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Google's Picasa 2 - Has anyone tried It?
Brian Schapper, Photographer
Coburg | OR | USA | Posted: 9:47 PM on 01.19.05
->> I downloaded (free) Google's Picasa 2 last night and tried it out. I was very impressed by its ability to find my images and catalog them. It has some interesting quick functions for image correction and some fun stuff like slide shows and movies. The interesting thing about Picasa is that you can process images for corrections and effects, but it does not affect the original image. It is keeping track of the corrections and effects in a database and you can undo the changes. To get an image file with the changes, Picasa 2 exports the image as a new file.

I was just wondering what others think?
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Stephen Voss, Photographer
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 10:30 PM on 01.19.05
->> Brian,
My fiancee uses it as her main photo management software. The new version is a huge step up in terms of speed and managability and I'm pretty impressed with the various editing tools built in. Certainly not a professional tool, but definitely worth recommending to friends/family who have lots of digital photos. Plus, it's free.
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Colin Corneau, Photographer
Brandon | MB | Canada | Posted: 10:49 PM on 01.19.05
->> It's a PC-only option, from what I saw...fine, since iPhoto comes free with the Mac OS.

Interesting, that memory for image alterations Brian mentioned sounds like the History function in PS.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Nashville | TN | U.S. | Posted: 10:58 PM on 05.06.07
->> I actually just downloaded this tonight and am pretty impressed for it to be free. Runs smoothly and I can upload pictures to Walgreens and go pick them up down the street. Purty kewl.
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Chad McCan, Photographer
Liberty | MO | USA | Posted: 10:03 AM on 05.07.07
->> I have used it for almost 2 years now. I love it for speed and simplicity. I use it to sort images mainly. I can find what I am looking for quickly. Sometimes it has trouble finding new images if I don't import them, but I have over 50,000 photos in the thing too.

I also recommend it to all my friends who are just getting into photography. It's perfect for a beginner who wants to quickly improve their photos.
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Mike Brice, Photographer
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 11:20 AM on 05.07.07
->> I recommend it to all my friends and family as an alternative to Photoshop. I also recommend it to my wedding clients - so they can apply any effects they want to the files such as black and white, sepia, etc...

I don't think it replaces the power of photoshop, but I think it is great for the casual photographer.
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David Meyer, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 1:25 PM on 05.12.07
->> Like Mike, I also recommend it for my family and friends. I think it's quite intuitive. I've actually been using it myself lately for prints.
With Lightroom and Photoshop I simply could not get good results. The colors were way off. I researched, tried a plethora of settings, wasted a ton of ink and paper and still didn't get the results I was looking for. I then took my own advice and installed Picasa, imported some photos I wanted to print and fired away. They came out spot on.
Obviously, Adobe's tools are much more sophisticated, but if you're looking for the route of least brain damage I highly suggest giving Picasa a try.
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Jason Palmer, Photographer
Wichita Falls | TX | USA | Posted: 1:51 PM on 05.12.07
->> I haven't upgraded to the new version yet...

But i use it at home and love it. I've been trying to convince the newspaper that this is the type of program we need to quickly search our archives, but they haven't taken the bait yet.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 4:57 PM on 05.12.07
->> I use it at work, where I recommend my "correspondents" (amateurs w/point & shoots) use it to organize their photos for submission to our weekly newsletter.

It has one near-fatal defect for serious photographers, tho - by default, it resizes photos when you email them, and even if you "fix" that, it will only send full-size images one at a time. Multiple image sends are always resized. Grrrr....

For casual users, though, it is a great program and I highly recommend it.
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Luke Trottier, Photographer
Bath | ME | US | Posted: 2:57 PM on 05.14.07
->> Picasa2 is about two years old now. Its an outstanding program for amateurs and professionals but it does not replace Photoshop. There is also a version for Linix/Unix based operating with KDE or Gnome installed.
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Neal Vaughan, Photographer
St. Joseph | MI | usa | Posted: 6:22 AM on 05.15.07
->> "Picasa2 is about two years old now."


And updates are rolled out for it all the time. The age of it doesn't really matter. It's currently on 2.7.

"It's a PC-only option, from what I saw...fine, since iPhoto comes free with the Mac OS."

Kinda. The downloadable version is windows only, but you can setup and use the web albums through a mac. (and of course with the new macs you can run any windows software).
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