Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
|Google's new favicon|
André Resende, a computer science undergraduate student at the University of Campinas in Brazil, submitted the design that inspired our new favicon. His placement of a white 'g' on a color-blocked background was highly recognizable and attractive, while seeming to capture the essence of Google.
|by André Resende|
Although we changed the color layout slightly and moved the 'g' off center, his submission formed the basis for our new design.
Incorporating all four of Google's colors (red, yellow, green, and blue) into the four corners of the favicon was a theme we liked in many submissions. We also saw this idea in the designs submitted by Hadi Onur Demirsoy, Lucian E. Marin, and Yusuf Sevgen (pictured below).
|by Hadi Onur Demirsoy|
|by Lucian E. Marin|
|by Yusuf Sevgen|
We hope you like the new favicon, which nicely integrates all of our original criteria: distinctive in shape, noticeable, colorful, timeless, and scalable to other sizes.
While I'm sure we will update it again, we also hope our new favicon inspired by Andre is a warm, colorful beacon to Google on your browser tabs and bookmarks. A big thank you to Andre, Hadi, Lucian, and Yusuf, as well as all of the other people who helped us define our new look in a uniquely user-driven way!