Thursday, January 15, 2009

What's new in Picasa & Picasa Web Albums


Picasa for Mac (beta) arrives in Google Labs

Now there's a faster, easier way to share photos from your Mac. With powerful tools like automatic web sync, photo retouching, and creative collages, Picasa for Mac puts you in control of your photo collection, both on your computer and on the web.

Improved Sharing

Friends and family can now easily see all the albums you've shared with them when they visit your gallery page. When viewing any album, you can also see who you've shared it with. Additionally, the new "Sign-in required" album setting gives you even more control over who can see your photos.

Better-looking video

Videos larger than 320 pixels now play back in higher-quality MPEG4 format.

Automatic comment translations

If your photo is getting kudos from around the globe, we'll automatically translate comments in foreign languages to your default language.

Focus on People

Our new technology allows you quickly and easily add name tags to your photos to help you automatically organize your photo collection according to who's in each picture.
See name tags in action >>

Search, discover and have fun

The new Explore Page can help you discover popular, interesting and recent public content from millions of users across the globe.

Experience the future of Picasa software

Picasa 3 has more powerful features, including a retouching tool and new Sync functionality to make uploading and sharing photos faster and easier. You can also create custom collages, improve your slideshows, and turn your photos into movies with YouTube integration.

Email upload

You can now forward photos to your online albums using email. Perfect for use on your mobile device, you can even collaborate with friends by submitting photos to one album with the same email address.

Control how your images are used with Creative Commons

With the new Creative Commons licensing feature on Picasa Web Albums, you can choose a CC license for your images that enables you to share your work while retaining control over its use.

Hear from the Picasa Web Albums team

Learn tips and tricks directly from the people behind the product with our Picasa Web Albums blog. You can even Add the RSS feed to your iGoogle homepage or Google Reader subscription.

Map your photos

See your photos arranged on a map, and show friends exactly where you took your best pictures. Simply type a location into the 'Place Taken' field when creating a new album, or refine a photo's placement using a drag-and-drop map. It's a great way to share photos from a summer vacation or road trip. For a quick peek at what results look like, check out our demo album.

Picasa Web Albums for mobile devices

Take your favorite pictures with you everywhere. You can now use your mobile phone to see any picture you've posted to Picasa Web Albums. You can even post comments on your friends' latest photos.