Weekend Widget: Picasa 3 Beta

September 6, 2008

There are a number of applications out there for managing your digital photos. Some of the applications have a pretty hefty price and yet one of the best applications is absolutely free.

Google recently released a beta of Picasa3. Obviously the price is right. As much as I work with digital photos, I’ve never settled on a “management” application. I’m not sure if this is because none of them do what I want or maybe I just have no desire to organize my photos. If you’ve seen my desk, you might think I have no desire to organize anything. 🙂

Google has put together a nice video that gives you an overview of the new and improved features. If you aren’t sure if Picasa is right for you, this video is worth a watch. I’ve included it below.

Like most photo management applications, it will upload photo to an online photo album. This might be the biggest downside of Picasa since it only supports Picasa Web Albums and not some of the other more popular online resources. Probably the coolest new feature is the ability to make basic multimedia movies from your photos and upload them to YouTube.

One thing is sure, Google makes sure that Picasa supports as many Google resources as possible. It is a small download, so give it a try and see if it is right for you. If you have another application that you prefer for managing photos, leave a comment and tell us all about it.

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Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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