Tuesday, 1 December 2009

New version of Picasa

There is a new version of Picasa available (3.5), it’s been out for a over a month but I’ve only just caught up on the Picasa Blog to see the news!




The face recognition looks really smart ;)

I really like this app, the basic edits are often all I need and the slick integration with Picasa Web Albums is great…


Go get it: http://picasa.google.co.uk/


  1. I like picasa too. The face recognition takes a little training, but I love the photos it finds!

  2. Picasa is my tool of choice in this area because of its positives, but I am so frustrated by the geek-bias in the UX of the Web Albums.

    Being a geek its not like I don't understand tagging, but I think the engineers ignore user behaviour. Its perfectly natural (probably MORE natural) for people to *BROWSE* photos rather than search for them.

    My dad just wants to check out my albums sometimes to see 'what's new' or 'what's interesting'. He doens't always KNOW that I just posted my latest humourous attempt at growing a mustache in the "Misc Crazy" album.

    Sometimes we're not SEARCHING for things, and sometimes we find interest in photos for reasons other than they way they were tagged.

    All this is to say that I'm frustrated by the Picasa Team's ongoing refusal to simply add "Sort Albums by Name" as an option. Its only the largest single request by users.

    Nevermind ideas like nested albums/multiple galleries.

    I get that Google is all about search, but heirarchial browsing behaviour is a legitimate human tendency. Sigh.

    Sorry to rant :)


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