ReviewerDate ReviewedVersionRatingReview
dhry Dec 9, 2009 3.6.0 Build 95.18
5 out of 5
The iPhone of the graphics viewer world. Something simple enough to install on your grandparents' machine. Doesn't skimp on necessary features, reasonably fast, reasonably intuitive, fun features such as image collages etc, and AFAIK the only free viewer on Windows which supports face recognition. Integrates nicely with Picasaweb (far better than Flickr) and even allows your relatives to link into your Picasaweb account then download pictures from your online gallery directly to their Picasa instance for offline viewing or printing. May not be for everyone or have uber-configurability but, like the iPhone, it has its place.

And for the anti-Google brigade - you have the option to not send anon usage statistics to Google when you install it - PLUS nobody's saying you need the internet to use it either. Just firewall off the entire program if that makes you more comfortable. Sigh.

Key Features of v3.6:
* Added support for Collaborative Albums. Now you can upload to a friend's album right from Picasa. You can also invite collaborators to your own albums when you're uploading photos or sharing with friends.
* Added option to share with groups during upload process.
* Added name tag recommendations when viewing albums or folder in the People Panel.
* Improved control over name tags: you can remove certain folders from being scanned for faces by toggling face detection for any folder (I guess this means bsagnell will now use it?)
* Added the ability to create and save custom crop sizes.
* Added an option to preserve original JPG compression quality when uploading to Picasa Web Albums. This will take up more online storage space, but upgrade prices are now much more affordable.
* Added option to import photos by date taken, today's date, or a custom folder name. If "date taken" is selected, photos will be automatically organized and saved to separate folders by date.
 
GeorgeSantayana Oct 12, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.60
5 out of 5
It's one of my favorite programs.

My only complaint are its lack of controls for videos. If it had better controls, I'd ditch WMP.
 
horsecharles Oct 12, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.60
5 out of 5
Another 5 for the latest substantial features and the continuous updates-- F'n A!
 
nukefixer Feb 5, 2007 2.6.0 Build 36.19.0
5 out of 5
One of the BEST freeware programs available, even better than some you purchase.
If you don't have it, get it, its that good!
 
extremely well Feb 5, 2007 2.6.0 Build 36.19.0
5 out of 5
It's really beautiful. And now even foreign-language folder names and tags work correctly. It's starting to be hard for me to justify using ACDSee Pro... But still there's plenty of room for improvement from all competitors - nobody yet maximizes the WinFX abilities Vista brought with it for faster rendering and totally sexy effects/GUI.
 
zridling Feb 5, 2007 2.6.0 Build 36.19.0
5 out of 5
It's pretty cool they offer a Linux version.
 
norz Feb 21, 2007 2.6.0 Build 36.19.0
5 out of 5
Does anyone know where the changes of this version are listed?
 
captainahab Sep 20, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.54
5 out of 5
Picasa is the best photo organizer available. It's a nice bonus that it's also free.
 
hondaman Sep 15, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
5 out of 5
Trying to add new folders where picures are located on your HD is harder than it should be.

Other than that, I love it, and use it daily.
 
Ian C. Sep 17, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
5 out of 5
You can change what folders it indexes, just gotta go through the menus to find it. I forget where exactly it was located, but it's there.
 
brusco Oct 4, 2007 2.7 Build 37.32
5 out of 5
@some guy (below)

Picasa is a photo ORGANIZER with some other functionality. You don't mention what you would use to organize your photos. Those applications you mentioned don't do it, or do it extremely poorly.

Your inability to understand what it is that you are reviewing is quite amusing. Its like saying you don't like Microsoft Word because it doesn't create spreadsheets like Excel does. Bonehead.
 
jspratjr Oct 3, 2007 2.7 Build 37.32
5 out of 5
enough said? you just mentioned at least 3 separate programs that you can do with 1..now that's enough said.

As others have mentioned, Picasa is an excellent program for its target audience.
 
czekar Jun 22, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
5 out of 5
Great program.

Too bad the screenshot is the same g**d*** picture.
 
ciwir Jun 21, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
5 out of 5
Great program and Picassa Web is too great but i prefer Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 for
 
pseudoheld Jun 22, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
5 out of 5
@ jogygeorge
the programm lets you choose where you want to scan! just check the settings
 
benZin Jun 21, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
5 out of 5
Guys, the "Picasa.ini" is always in all folders ?
 
Vimes Jun 21, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
5 out of 5
I enjoy using this application. I find it intuitive to use and I like how it organises all of my photos. The photo 'fix' 'tuning' and 'effects' features are simple but effective to use. The red eye correction functions well and is simple to apply.

I enjoy being able to order prints via the application to an online company, that I used previous to using Picassa.

Top marks for a great application.

YMMV
 
lilbasta Apr 25, 2007 2.7 Build 36.37
5 out of 5
When build 36.37 is installed on my 'pewter, it says "2.6" and not "2.7". Which is which? 2.6 or 2.7?
 
Ain Soph Aur Sep 23, 2008 3.0 Build 57.24 Beta
5 out of 5
really the best software to organize your images in a very stylish way. its easy to use, it looks very cool and smooth and works pretty good for me.

@Diam0nd
i think its not possible to NOT giving informations away while working on a computer... so what? i am really a extenzive shrooms user and i also smoke weed my whole life... SO WHAT?? i dont hide that, there is no reason. so, i dont have more secrets. bye the way, if you are frightend, you can use faststone in stead or something else...

peace out :D
 
navidh Sep 23, 2008 3.0 Build 57.24 Beta
5 out of 5
Quite simply...da bomb!
 
rendez2k Nov 15, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.97.0 Beta
5 out of 5
Uberfly, folder scanning can customized under tools, folder manager!
 
ernstblaauw Nov 14, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.97.0 Beta
5 out of 5
Perfect program! I always use this one to organize my pictures.

I got a question: Where is the source of all those beta Picasa versions? I can't fing it on Google...
 
alanpalmer Nov 14, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.97.0 Beta
5 out of 5
A very good program, especially for an amateur/beginner. Professionals would want more, but they'd have to pay. I've recommended it to some non-computer-savvy friends and they had no trouble understanding it and using it to enhance their photographs and publish them on the (free) Picasa site as a couple of albums.
 
driver8 May 7, 2010 3.6 Build 105.65
5 out of 5
Well, I'm still a big fan of Picasa, and glad to see continued development. It's a very responsive & intuitive image database, and great for quick & simple edits. Looking forward to trying the new drag-n-drop collage feature.
In future, I would like to see:
- better sharpening tool
- addition of denoise
- star-rating expanded to 1-5
- movie slideshow needs much improvement
- compatibility with PS plugins would be great, too !

Version 3.6, Build 105.65 - May 5, 2010
Drag and drop in Collage Maker for Mosaic, Frame Mosaic, and Grid.

Version 3.6, Build 105.61 - April 13, 2010
Increased stability through multiple crash fixes.
Fixed translation errors.
Several backup fixes including:
Disk-to-disk backup
Filtering previously backed up folders
Selecting the correct backup set in list
 
kindbud1 Jan 9, 2009 3.1 Build 70.73
5 out of 5
Great program.

Thank you, alanpalmer. Whoever submits this to betanews without linking to the changelog is a douche.
 
some guy Sep 3, 2008 3.0 Build 57.19 Beta
5 out of 5
I like the new build great program to get the photos to the web fast. I would like to see more templates. I also would like the option to upload viedos to google not just you tube.

love the quick veiw and the quic upload awsome
 
driver8 Sep 14, 2008 3.0 Build 57.19 Beta
5 out of 5
September 09, 2008 - Picasa 3 (Beta), Build 57.19

# Automatically sync edits from PC to web, and share online albums directly from Picasa.
# New Retouching tool, Text tool, Smart Cropping tool, and improved Photo Collage tool.
# Create video slideshows with photos, videos, and music.
# Direct upload of videos to YouTube.
# Streamlined photo viewer for browsing photos via the Desktop or Windows Explorer.
http://readme.picasa.com/picasaweb/

WHAT'S NEW
Sync your Picasa 3 and Picasa Web Albums edits
Retouch your images
Preview image files with Picasa Photo Viewer
Create and edit movies
Capture your screen
Add text or watermarks to your photos
Print captions
Upload easily to Picasa Web Albums
Control your Picasa Web Albums settings
Manage folders on your computer
Get more information about your photos

WHAT'S CHANGED -
Collage
sharing
Auto red-eye
Cropping
Screensaver
Multiple word tags
Importing
slideshow

Picasa : Picasa 3 feature overview - http://picasa.google.com.../answer.py?answer=93773

Picasa-3 blog - discussion of new features
http://googlephotos.blogspot.com/
 
nukefixer Apr 24, 2007 2.7 Build 36.36
5 out of 5
Continues to simply be the best free all around photo software available.

The web posting feature is top notch!
 
Lick Apr 24, 2007 2.7 Build 36.36
5 out of 5
Simply the best.
 
kpoulton Apr 23, 2007 2.7 Build 36.36
5 out of 5
April 20, 2007
Picasa 2.7, Build 36.36

# New RAW processing engine, with support for more cameras and improved color.
# New color engine for "tuning" fixes.
# Added support for Google Photos Screensaver.
# Improved BlogThis! reliability.
 
Dave \o/ Apr 23, 2007 2.7 Build 36.36
5 out of 5
Stunning program

http://picasa.google.com.../answer.py?answer=53209
 
Cris3 Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
If you want the filename for the picture to show below each image, go to Edit/Filename Caption/Filename. It doesn't show all file types, but at least the images have their name.
Color correction is superb. Saving the picture after editing should be less daunting.
 
Dreimanis Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
from what i found out, added support for latvian language
 
publicenergy Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
Full screen preview has always been there - you press CTRL ALT.
 
pipdipchip Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
I love Picasa. At first I wasn't sure. Although I did have many digital pictures, I found most of the photo gallery apps didn't fit my needs. Picasa is the perfect match between ease of use and features. I always put my pictures on Picasa and family always know what to click in order to see all the pictures I've taken and never need to ask any questions on use. A wonderful program for anyone looking to easily organize pictures.
 
horsecharles Jan 31, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
Installs on ALL windows versions, properly patched of course. The only real requirement is IE5, which was released before win98se even came out. I would advise those on 9x to hold on to the earlier releases when downloading updates-- as with Skype, one never knows when the next release will stop working on the platform.
 
twosheds Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
This was on Versiontracker yesterday (Sunday) - don't you guys have *one* staffer for the weekend?
 
englishmen Jan 31, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
5 out of 5
Very good program but i got this version of Filehippo on Saturday. Also why no change log?
 
ghammer Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Excellent! xnview, irfanview? Why would I want just a viewer when I can have Picassa?

I love the email capability and the straighten is great.

Give it a try, you'll be well pleased.
 
d3bruts1d Jul 21, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Never seen a better program for managing images. I've tried to keep things organized over the years, but hundreds of folders, subfolders, and more subfolders just get confusing after a while. While it isn't really an image manipulation program, but it does have a few little things that come in handy (i.e. red eye correction and crop). Easy to use right from the start. Nice job. :)
 
Pipewrench Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Best free Photo software ever.

Better than Photoshop Elements which costs $80.

I use it daily. Good stuff!
 
bobad Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Nice program. Very nice features and GUI. I prefer to use the Windows Explorer for thumbnails and organizing, and Fastone Image Viewer for quick viewing, but I could get used to Picasa. If it had a better method to quickly view pictures in full screen (without using the slide show) it would be great. I'll stick to Windows Explorer and FastStone Image Viewer for now, but will continue to keep an eye on Picasa.
 
mulberrycrush Jul 21, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Excellent software, Download it

A longer review
http://www.tekbunker.com/articles/Picassa/
 
jangofett Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
absolutely incredible! picasa has it all! excellent gui (although there are somethings that could be better placed, like making an image your wallpaper from the right click menu), auto resizing when printing, pretty good editing tools for the home user, email, integration with Hello, auto scans, etc, etc, i could go on but you get it. we have removed all other photo image editors and viewers that we have ever had or downloaded. the buck stops with Picasa....now if they would only release a linux version....
 
Paridine Jul 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Yes it does have a ZOOM option and please don't don't use these reviews to do a shameless plug of your own product.
 
yokozuna Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
ghammer, I allow to disagree with you. I use the combination of Picasa and FastStone Image Viewer (www.faststone.org, contrary to the name, it can EDIT pictures pretty well). Honestly speaking, I use Photoshop too :) Picasa is perfect for indexing, burning CDs with photos, etc., but if you want to use it as a standalone app for everything it can be kinda disappointing. Anyway, I give it five points.
 
OroKen Jul 25, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
Wow!!!, this program is awesome. You can organize your pictures and you can also modify them. It is a great program. Thanks Google!!!

¡Wow!!!, Este programa es increible. Tu puedes organizar tus imagenes y también las puede modificar. Es un grandioso programa. Gracias a la gente de Google!!!
 
alister Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
5 out of 5
darkpepe -- XnView is only a view/converter while Picasa allows you to touch up your photos (ie: remove red eye, etc....). I can view pictures on Windows XP without XnView. XnView is basically worthless. Picasa is get great program for doing minor touchups to photos.

Alister
 
muka3d Jul 22, 2004 1.618 Build 5.26
5 out of 5
Simply the best photo manager for the PC. This is the iPhoto of the PC world.
 
mikeyx11 May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
5 out of 5
If all you can do is complain about how slow something is and how much space it takes up, I think it's time for you to upgrade your computer. Software should be designed to take full advantage of your computer, that's why its necessary to upgrade your computer every so often to keep up with new innovation. So stop complaining because you just have a crap computer and aren't willing to get a better one to properly run good software.
 
avdven May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
5 out of 5
"Picasa.ini in all the folders..."

While this may be a drawback for some, I find it very useful. The main reason is that I store my images on my server and access them by logging in from multiple machines. This way, when I install Picasa on a client machine and point it to my P: drive (which is my networked images drive), it automatically grabs all of the information and organizes my photos on the client. Saves me from having to set up all of the same settings on every computer manually.

As for the software itself, I haven't found a better photo album program yet (and I've tried plenty.)
 
Don Juan May 27, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
5 out of 5
Great program. Refused to use any programs like this until I came across this one.
 
Mark Gillespie May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
5 out of 5
Awesome, I havn't seen anything this good. Has some very inovative GUI ideas. Newbies: make sure you read the manual...
 
SuzzyWoozy Mar 8, 2008 2.7 Build 37.49
5 out of 5
I will continue this thread started by 'some guy':

Photo Organizer: Picasa

Picture viewer/browser: FastStone (I can believe you're still struggling to use IrfanView)

Editing Picture: Paint.NET, PhotoFiltre (Infranview/Gimp if you still like to struggling part)

Know your needs, know your (free& powerful) tools.
 
Dave \o/ Mar 7, 2008 2.7 Build 37.49
5 out of 5
5/5 wonderfully easy program to use with nice hooks to an online web album.
 
WebWarp Mar 24, 2009 3.1 Build 71.18
5 out of 5
#frankwick
"Picasa is a great product, but to be honest I haven't used mine in about a year." NOW WHY DO YOU MAKE A REVIEW WHEN YOU DON*T USE THE PROGRAM ??

"SueAmma
"IrfanView, XnView and FastStone Image Viewer are much more to my liking."
READ THE RULES BEFORE POSTING ????? NOOB ?
 
cmotdibbler Nov 11, 2008 3.0 Build 57.52 Beta
5 out of 5
It seems to run as well as the last beta (very smooth). Wish there was a changelog.
 
infinitejones Jul 24, 2004 1.6.18 Build 5.35
5 out of 5
Wow. Incredible. It looks great, it's classy, it's obscenely easy to use, the HTML albums it creates are brilliant (although if it could do two columns with css rather than frames, it would be perfect) and best of all it's freeware - it's not even trying to sell you something else as far as I can tell! Highly recommended, even for browsing a few family snaps.
 
arvind Sep 16, 2004 1.6.18 Build 5.35
5 out of 5
WOW! I'm very impressed! Definately the BEST photo manager out there........looks classy, loads of features and easy use..........the best, period.
 
kuyawsadabaw Jul 24, 2004 1.6.18 Build 5.35
5 out of 5
I really like the interface of this program. Adding Hello to the package only made it better. If only Hello would pack in the P2P power of PixVillage (pixvillage.com)...
 
pvolk Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
5 out of 5
Wow Simply an incredible program and much better than Picasa 1. Its integration with Gmail is seemless and impressive. Its got a great, cool, smooth interface, plenty of new features; overall a great picture organizing program for everyone!
 
BklynKid Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
5 out of 5
Nice surprise. I tried Picasa1 but for some reason it didn't exactly stick.

This however is great, and I can't see how I ever got along without it, or how I didn't continue using it after the first time I tried it.

Nice smooth and intuitive interface (the scrolling dragger in the middle is an awesome idea!), everything transitions smoothly and the interface is just clean and everything is easy to find and do. The Gmail integration has been done great and the way everything is bundled together just makes you smile as you make your way through everything this program can do.

An unquestionable 5 out of 5.
 
chimpypimpy Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
5 out of 5
Absolutely perfect. Thank you Google.
 
martboonen Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
5 out of 5
Amazing...
This program will grow big, very fast.

And in some way in the future they Google will probably make a lot of money with it, but really. At this moment: Amazing program. Try it, use it and save it somewhere.
 
klumy Jan 28, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
5 out of 5
Excellent program
 
arvind Jan 20, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
5 out of 5
An absolute gem of a software. Google rules!
 
S_K Dec 13, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.97.0
5 out of 5
New in this update

Picasa now automatically downloads updates in the background so you don't have to wait for a download to complete when updating. To disable this feature go to Tools > Options.

* Added Vista / Internet Explorer 7 support
* Changed update behavior
* Picasa Web Albums is now available in 18 languages
 
norz Dec 13, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.97.0
5 out of 5
What's new? Didn't find any info on their site, nor did I find a dedicated blog...
 
gate1975mlm Oct 24, 2008 3.0 Build 57.41 Beta
5 out of 5
Picasa 3 is so great!!!
The new new image viewer like someone else said is fantastic!!!!

Build 57.41 looks to be a final version as the Beta text has been removed from the about box.
 
jspratjr Oct 23, 2008 3.0 Build 57.41 Beta
5 out of 5
How anyone can rate this free program anything less than a 5 is beyond me. Just keeps getting better and better.
 
DrTeeth Feb 25, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.41
5 out of 5
Only the Google-haters give it a 1; I give it a 5...it does what it says on the tin. For the nay sayers, the continual scanning can be configured.
 
cardob Nov 3, 2008 3.0 Build 57.44 Final
5 out of 5
Picasa is a very good application with plenty of features all working very well, it is very fast to query pictures on hard drive (I have around 50000 pictures so I know what I mean). It is free and no ads or anything like this. A+++++
 
Vimes Nov 4, 2008 3.0 Build 57.44 Final
5 out of 5
An excellent utility that works well. Ease of use with some great image manipulation features makes it quite a powerful package without the expertise needed to learn other cumbersome suites.
 
aruprc Nov 3, 2008 3.0 Build 57.44 Final
5 out of 5
Its quite fast, slick and has good editing features as well, a must for those who upload pics to Picasa accounts, makes it so convenient to just edit, caption and select the pics and upload from your PC. It has no spyware.
 
PagingDrLeoMarvin Nov 11, 2008 3.0 Build 57.44 Final
5 out of 5
I love Picasa
 
tylerhw Apr 25, 2009 3.1 Build 71.36
5 out of 5
Out performs any other freeware/Open Source Album Manager I've seen yet (And that's a lot) besides F-Spot which is also very good in several different ways. It also works really well when it uploads photos to the free web album. 5/5 for being cross-platform, easy to use and intuitive, free (duh), useful photo viewer included, and powerful image editing.
 
jspratjr Apr 24, 2009 3.1 Build 71.36
5 out of 5
Excellent for what it's intended for: image browsing, organization and basic image editing.
 
some guy Apr 24, 2009 3.1 Build 71.36
5 out of 5
nice photo quick fix get sit quick online photo gallery is very nice . Easy email that pic ect.... would like to see a better video encode system not every one uses you -tube. But all around you can't go wrong with this program.
 
dhry Dec 13, 2013 3.9 Build 137.69
5 out of 5
Still think this is a pretty good program. I just wish the built-in autoupdater would work. Check for updates with build 136, says there ain't any updates, but build 137 is out there. Same deal with Notepad++, the update check NEVER finds an existing update. Anyway. First world problem.
 
jensb Dec 14, 2013 3.9 Build 137.69
5 out of 5
Very good. And the "Check for updates" fount the 137 update, was running 136
 
mrm52 Nov 17, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.66
5 out of 5
Here is a change log for those who care

* Fixed corruption problem for Canon 5D RAW files (note: color balance may not be correct).
* Fix for problems importing from a scanner.
* Fix for problems exporting a webpage to a network drive.
* Fix for problems exporting a webpage to 4 or 8 character folder name off of the root drive.
* Fix for problems with special characters in your Gmail password (users would receive a "login incorrect" error).
* Fixed hotkeys.
* Fixed crashing on TIFF files with JPG compression.
 
Blackhole8746 Dec 7, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.66
5 out of 5
Awesome program the interface is so friendly it's astounding I own Photoshop CS2 9.0 and I have this installed and always in my system tray this chanegd my way of picture editing and managing, even sending via E-mail... This program is just awesome, I do qualify this as a MUST have and I mean MUST
 
mo_mo Nov 17, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.66
5 out of 5
i love this program
this is one of the best photo organizer i ever seem... keep up the good work Google :)
 
Jayayess1190 Apr 14, 2009 3.1 Build 71.28
5 out of 5
Awesome program, great tools and results. Wish it had a panorama maker like Windows Live Photo Gallery.
 
extremely well Oct 2, 2009 3.5.0 Build 79.69
5 out of 5
I'm starting to like this one better than ACDSee Pro 3.0 (also recently out)... Face recognition is such a damn amazing technology..... This will have to be integrated into the OS eventually with other semi/fully automatic tagging systems (for music with lyrics, videos/movies, audio recordings such as voicemails transcripts a la google voice, etc).
 
driver8 Oct 2, 2009 3.5.0 Build 79.69
5 out of 5
Google - please make your changelog easier to find ! (Loving the product, btw)

Version 3.5, Build 79.69 - September 30, 2009

* Fixed an issue where the Universal Terms of Service displays garbled text when installed on non-English versions of Windows.
* Fixed an issue where certain scanners weren't recognized when importing.
* Fixed an issue where the Retouch edit was not applied.
* Fixed an issue where editing contact information in Picasa altered the formating of contact information at http://contacts.google.com/
* Added a progress bar when batch editing with 'Auto Red Eye Correction.'
* Returned the 'Copy full path' option to the right-click menu.
* Increased stability through multiple crash fixes. Thanks for reporting!
 
brusco Jul 6, 2007 2.7 Build 36.60
5 out of 5
@AntiochMedia

No Picasa dosn't put loads of stray browser cache files in every folder. It uses one central database to store all info and thumbnail data. (Which is in C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2\db2 incase you're wondering) Which is why I like it. I hate the way Paint shop pro (jbf files) and even Windows Explorer (thumbs.db) leave crappy thumbnail cache file everywhere.
 
ShayEr Nov 28, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
5 out of 5
(from http://readme.picasa.com/picasaweb/)

November 20, 2006
Picasa 2.6, Build 35.65

# We are testing a number of improvements to Picasa in this build Windows Vista compatibility: installation, update, and several visible fixes
# New drivers for CD burning: improve compatibility and support dual-layer drives
# Fixes for video upload: timeouts are handled better in IE
 
oc-athlonxp.com Nov 27, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
5 out of 5
Excellent for a free program.

For the reviewer below: "For me, it doesn't give enough control. I keep my photos in one folder with somewhat organized subfolders but picassa can't be configured to just scan one area, it has to index every image on all drives. Why does it insist on bloating its catalog with native windows graphics and such that I don't want there. Google's just gotta know what ya got..." --Picasa has the option to include or exclude whatever folders you want. You have to go in the the program options and set it. For instance, I don't want my wife looking at the nude pictures of my ex-girlfriends, so I have that folder not only hidden in the OS, but excluded in Picasa! It has as much control as you want.
 
bsagnell Nov 28, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
5 out of 5
Still my favourite program, but my two main gripes still remain: Publishing to a web album rarely if ever works, with persistent retrying and timeouts and 'failed to connect to server' messages, with little success in the end.

Batch renaming still corrupts the file names if they contain a hyphen, like 2006-11-10 my dog.jpg becomes 2006-11-11.jpg, 2006-11-12.jpg for subsequent files (rather than 2006-11-10 my dog -1.jpg etc). This did not happen until recent builds, and should be easy to correct (please!). For instance by using the Windows standard of putting the file serial number in parenthesis (1) rather than separated by a hyphen.

Still, Picasa is my program of choice for 99% of my needs, which are not all trivial.
 
mo_mo Nov 28, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
5 out of 5
prefect
love it
works very well with my Nikon D70s jpeg files
however it is a bit slow with raw files format
maybe google should improve on that if possible? =)
just a suggestion ^^
overall still love it ^^
 
castiglione Dec 6, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
5 out of 5
Excellent PHOTO EDITOR.

This editor is excellent for many reasons, a few to follow.

The interface is flawless. You have the ability to use your webalbum with Picasa, even upload photos via Picasa.

The scanning ONLY happens if YOU SELECT it, so the fault of people saying it automatically scans is on their own heads. They didn't deselect that option (silly humans).

I gave it a five because I love what Google has done with Picasa.
 
hondaman Aug 18, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.67 Beta
5 out of 5
I love this program, no doubt about it. Being able to upload to your picasa site is pretty cool too. The interface is slick, although somewhat geared to the complete idiot as far as it scanning your hard drives. I would like an easier, more intuitive way to tell it exactly where my pictures are. Maybe during setup it should ask you what/where to scan?

5 of course for being an awesome free program.
 
castiglione Aug 18, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.67 Beta
5 out of 5
You don't have to select the option for the app to scan the hard drive.. that's obviously very simple.
 
Vimes Aug 19, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.67 Beta
5 out of 5
I have thousands of images and I love the way that Picassa organises my photos and how fast that it does it. I love the simple photo fix options and its ability to back up the image before making changes. The ability to link with the same online photo printing service that I use is a bonus.

Top marks from me for a superb utility, at a great price :)
 
dhry Sep 23, 2009 3.5 Build 79.67
5 out of 5
This new version adds face tagging, which they've had in Picasaweb online for a while now. Very, very cool.
 
nukefixer Sep 16, 2008 3.0 Build 57.22 Beta
5 out of 5
Best free photo software going!

A must have!
 
Ain Soph Aur Aug 20, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
5 out of 5
Picasa, FastStone & Paint.NET
thats it! :D
 
AntiochMedia Aug 21, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
5 out of 5
It's good for novices - a few things I don't like. I do not like the fact that it is integrated with an online file hosting service that limits you on space. If this app could manage web galleries have custom schemes for that, it would be very valuable.

I also wish that this would grow more to be like Lightroom and allow RAW Editing.

I'm asking for this to be a different program, but at the same time, I'd like Adobe Lightroom to be more like Picasa.
 
kindbud1 Aug 20, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
5 out of 5
5/5 of course

but W(here)TF are the release notes?
 
Vimes Sep 16, 2010 3.8 Build 115.53
5 out of 5
Excellent product with a great range of easy to use tools. Much better than any of the others that I have used.
 
ShayEr Sep 19, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.94.0 Beta
5 out of 5
Changelog:

http://readme.picasa.com/public/releasenotes.html
 
bsagnell Sep 19, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.94.0 Beta
5 out of 5
With this build there is one new problem and one old: The new one is that batch renaming no longer accepts numbers separated by hyphens in the file name, of type "2006-09-11 Name of picture.jpg". This gets corrupted in the following pictures to
"2006-09-12.jpg", "2006-09-13.jpg" etc. This worked correctly until the latest builds.
The old problem remains: Publishing to the web album never works with the Optimized, fast default. It only tries repeatedly. Selecting Medium file size works most of th time.
Please keep it up. Picasa is still my favorite for 95% of all photo activities.
 
docco Dec 18, 2008 3.1 Build 70.71
5 out of 5
It's just a great program! the whole watch/tag/upload/fix experience is so much easier...

btw, this review was written on "Picasa for Windows 3.1 Build 70.71". -- At 1st glimpse I wondered if they started to support Windows 3.1 ;-)
 
bsagnell Nov 4, 2009 3.5.0 Build 79.81
5 out of 5
Having used all versions since the first, I'll pass on this one until face recognition becomes user-selected, not the default. Unless I missed that function?
Otherwise the only photo editing and cataloging program most users will ever need. Version 3 highly recommended.
 
LazarusKane Nov 4, 2009 3.5.0 Build 79.81
5 out of 5
and here´s the Changelog:

Version 3.5, Build 79.81 - November 3, 2009

- Improved stability during import.
- Fixed a crash related to Quicktime.
- Improved the migration process for users upgrading from XP to Windows 7.
- Added RAW support for the following cameras:
Canon EOS 7D Olympus E-620
Canon EOS 500D Olympus E-P1
Canon PowerShot A530 Pentax K-7
Canon PowerShot G11 Panasonic DMC-FZ35
Canon PowerShot A470 Sony DSLR-A230
Kodak EasyShare Z980 Sony DSLR-A330
Kodak EasyShare Z1015 Sony DSLR-A380
Nikon D3000 Sony DSLR-A8
Nikon D5000
 
budzis Oct 3, 2010 3.8 Build 115.66
5 out of 5
Much better then Live Photo manager
 
d.chertousov@gmail.com Jul 24, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
5 out of 5
The best software to organize photos I ever saw.
 
bsag Feb 4, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.10
5 out of 5
One needs to understand the way Picasa works. It is not your usual editor/viewer.
First of all, it does away with your file structure by using full Google search. Just like the internet.
Secondly, it never modifies your originals. The edited pictures do not physically exist. They will only be created when you print, email, or otherwise export them. All the editing information is kept in a hidden file picasa.ini in the original file folder, which Picasa will use when displaying or creating the pictures. This is a tremendous advantage when you understand it, and allows you to always go back.
 
bsagnell Jul 29, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.43 Beta
5 out of 5
This version adds an important and elegant set of really desirable improvements. I have used Picasa since before Google (bought it for 50.- then) and have loved it ever since. Although I have Photoshop, Elements and many other photo programs, Picasa is always my starting point, and I rarely need to leave it anymore. It has always been perfectly stable and reliable for my mid-sized collection of less than 15'000 photos.
Printing is excellent and the Order Prints which has automatically selected the photo labs in my vicinity, which is Switzerland, works very well. It is a big convenience.
And now one can also save back edited copies, which makes it more understandable for new users who had great difficulties in understanding that the pictures Picasa shows do not exist physically before one prints, mails or exports them, thanks to the hidden editing information in the picasa.ini file. One of the best features of this program.

But you should indeed change the screen shot above, which bears no resemblance to the present program!

Now looking forward to the final release - thank you!
 
RWW Feb 3, 2008 2.7 Build 37.36
5 out of 5
I have only used Picasa for an organizer and it does a wonderful job.
 
alanpalmer Oct 31, 2007 2.7 Build 37.36
5 out of 5
Also @ Some Guy ...

"IrfanView to see your pictures" Ok, that's free, but the picture viewer is not a patch on Picasa's.

"photo-shop or psp or gimp to edit" The first two cost quite a lot of money and are unnecessarily complex for the target user. The Gimp is free, but is complex and unintuitive for many.

"lightroom to adjust" Another $300 program, also too complex for the target user.
 
uberfly Dec 7, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.94.0
5 out of 5
It's excellent, free or not. It does have it annoyances though. Like mentioned below, it has to scan ans store everything, relevant or not to where your dig iamge files are stored. It needs to be more customizable. For a non-free option, but much, much better IMO, try PicaJet.
 
elpopi Aug 26, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.71 Beta
5 out of 5
Great,fast and smooth running program.
Captions and tags(keywords) get written to jpeg IPTC metadata which is great shall you want to import your photos and tags into a different software.
If you shoot RAW+JPEG it can be configured to show JPEGs only.
And folder structure can be browsed thru in this version.
 
horsecharles Sep 5, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.71 Beta
5 out of 5
Please remove win9x from OS req.
 
Lisa Hayes Aug 27, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.71 Beta
5 out of 5
i was waiting for that recently added "folder" option for a long time.

good job! not the perfect sofware for my needs but this is as close as it can get.
 
improvelence Sep 7, 2007 2.7 Build 37.27
5 out of 5
Even if google is becoming evil and will signal the end of the world, they make (or re-brand) a damn fine product.
 
amweiss157 Sep 7, 2007 2.7 Build 37.27
5 out of 5
@Paul Skinner

no, it doesn't...

Copies of unedited images are stored in hidden sub folders. The thumbnail database is right where he said it was.

Still my favorite free photo editor/organizer!
 
Lammikko Oct 19, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.60
4 out of 5
Very slow image browsing from hard drive. Can't browse directories on fly, so you must import all your image directories. Otherwise very nice to use.
 
Mark Gillespie Oct 12, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.60
4 out of 5
2.0 was great 2.1 seems buggy. I can't export stuff to HTML, it worked previosly.

Marking it down a notch. Otherwise, awesome software, and free.
 
mjm01010101 Sep 20, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.54
4 out of 5
Nice interface, but dislike the .ini files wherever it find a picture. that is sloppy, 1995 Microsoft indexer type stuff.
 
powaking Sep 20, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.54
4 out of 5
Found this for the changes:

Multiple interface languages – Picasa is now available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Dutch, English (U.S. and UK) , French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. When you start Picasa, the software will automatically match your system's native language. To change the language in Picasa, go to Tools > Options. Change the language using the pulldown menu on the "General" tab. You will need to close and re-open Picasa to see your changes take effect.

BlogThis! - Post a photo to your blog in one click. Picasa's new "BlogThis!" button replaces the "Blogger" button and allows you to upload your photos directly to the Blogger web editor, without the need for a Hello account. To use, select a photo in Picasa and click the "BlogThis!" button. (If you do not have a Blogger.com account, follow the steps on-screen to create one.) When you are signed in to Blogger, the web editor will open. Click "Publish" to post your photo to your blog.

Print CD covers – Turn any photo into cover art. Click the "Print" button. Go to Tools > Options > Printing. Select "CD Cover Size" and apply. "CD Cover Size" is now one of the print layout choices.

Improved RAW handling – Picasa supports more RAW formats and cameras in this release, with improved color-balance support and faster speed. Work with your highest quality files from these camera manufacturers: Canon (.CRW, .CR2), Nikon (.NEF), Olympus (.ORF), Pentax (.PEF), Kodak (.DCR), Sony (.SRF), Minolta (.MRW), and Fuji(.RAF). New models supported include the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (aka the 350D), Pentax *istDS, Konica/Minolta Maxxum7D (aka the Dynax 7D).

External drives - Find photos on external drives using Picasa. Simply go Tools > Folder Manager to choose whether Picasa should scan a connected external drive to find pictures. When you unplug and reconnect, Picasa will find your pictures instantly (with no scanning), and will also preserve your labels
 
katewhite Aug 3, 2011 3.8 Build 117.43
4 out of 5
Good software. I like it.
 
Crispy777 Sep 16, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
4 out of 5
You forgot to mention geotagging as a new feature, which is important, because geotagging is the future.

Nested folders is also a welcomed feature.
 
photonboy Sep 16, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
4 out of 5
It has potential, but I find some of it is different for the sake of being different and is not necessary better.

I like the Windows Explorer way of organizing pictures and that should ALWAYS be an option. Some of the organization methods are useless for large numbers of pictures.

Remember "Form Follows Function."
 
ZoltarSpeaks Apr 14, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.61
4 out of 5
Hey DoHickey - Why don't you try to learn the program instead of just dissing it. There is a configuration option for *EVERY FOLDER* to change it to "Scan Once" or "Scan Always" (the default) and even an option to disable the new "Face Recognition" option on a FOLDER BY FOLDER basis.

I love Picasa. Everyone I show how easy it is to use, loves it. My only gripe is the lack of controls over where the thumbnails/database is stored. I have 200,000 stock photos loaded in Picasa. The database/thumbnails is 50GB large.
 
Vimes Apr 14, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.61
4 out of 5
I have always enjoyed using this. I do wish that you could configure the compression used when saving files which have been adjusted, as they are compressed too much.
 
mjm01010101 Jun 21, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
4 out of 5
"While this may be a drawback for some, I find it very useful. The main reason is that I store my images on my server and access them by logging in from multiple machines. This way, when I install Picasa on a client machine and point it to my P: drive (which is my networked images drive), it automatically grabs all of the information and organizes my photos on the client. Saves me from having to set up all of the same settings on every computer manually."

That is what the "application files" directory, and roaming profiles is for. Settings and metadata should be stored with the user/client, not the data/server.

On a separate note, I dislike the .ini files, it's sloppy.
 
AntiochMedia Jun 21, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
4 out of 5
Great Concept, however if I can disable Windows from placing a desktop.ini files in folders based on viewing preference, then allow me to do the same in Picasa.
 
AntiochMedia May 8, 2007 2.7 Build 36.40
4 out of 5
I'm lazy. Have they stopped placing little data files in all of the folders that are imported into Picasa? I've tried several versions that all did this. I have no tolerance for applications that litter my hard drive, and in the case of Picasa, it's a shame as this is a wonderful application that is a joy to use and is very well executed.
 
trevithick May 8, 2007 2.7 Build 36.40
4 out of 5
When Picasa finally allows you to print captions with your photos, I will be able to wean one of my clients off of RitzPix. Ugh!

The last version made a shambles of the folders and dates.

As to features, I find it to be the easiest of all photo manipulation softwares. I love the image straightening capability. (I must be leaning as I get older)

Please, give me printable captions!
 
calex71 Sep 23, 2008 3.0 Build 57.24 Beta
4 out of 5
negitive comments from the tin foil hat gang as usual about google.

the new image viewer is fantastic!!!! running in vista it opens an image much faster than windows photo galary could ever dream of.
 
AntiochMedia Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
4 out of 5
I'm a bit lazy on this. I love Picasa for all but one reason -- does Picasa still write a file a hidden database file in each directory that it touches? I don't like any application that adds data files to my harddrive outside of the install directory for that application.
 
-enthusiast- Jan 31, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
4 out of 5
More languages has been added.
 
bouchonx Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
4 out of 5
Another good thing "to do" in the wish list :

precharge in the memory the "afined pictures"...
The delay is very long !
 
Lammikko Aug 4, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
Good, but the interface is bit annoying. Too much bells and whistles. For example you can't properly hide unnecessary information on screen when viewing slideshow.
 
da3x Feb 19, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
Picasa added many interesting new features but heavily relies on third-party (allthough google owned too) external resources for some of those features. Overall a nice and good tool for image organization.
But PicaJet offers more when it comes to sorting images and includes many more interesting features related to that manner. They offer a free and a commercial version... you should check them out!
 
utomo Mar 7, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
It is good products, but google still need to improve it a lot.

Some of the improvements can be done:
- Bulk file managements: renaming, resizing, processing, and other bulk operations.
- More Functions, such as creating custom Photo frame, noise reductions, cropping tools.
and others.

How about adding picasa forums and implement what user wants :)
 
danilloOc Mar 28, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
It's a amazing program with a great interface and nice features, the only thing that don't let me use it is: it's DON'T have a tree panel, i wish it does.
 
DWolf Jul 19, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
Very nice program, good features, compatibility, etc. but it's a little bit slow, It's a must try program!!
 
zridling Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
Picasa is nice, but it's SLOW — it wants to index everything all the time, when all I want to do is look at (and sometimes edit) my photo collection! FastStone Image Viewer has a better, skinnable interface, keyboard shortcuts, startup speed, and is just as free as Picasa.
 
yuting May 10, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
4 out of 5
2.0 Still doesn't support Unicode so 4 stars.
 
Input Overload Jan 5, 2012 3.9.1.135.81
4 out of 5
tl307, is a spammer & his/her views are irrelevant & the software on the link are not the latest.
 
betasun May 10, 2009 3.1 Build 71.43
4 out of 5
Some "sliders" for ex. sharpness slider doesnot work for me .
 
betasun Nov 12, 2008 3.0 Build 57.52 Beta
4 out of 5
Its a fast Raw editor but the result in jpeg is degraded around 1 megabyte .also it needs a
adjusting slider for sharpness .
overall a very nice program .
 
mliviua Sep 24, 2004 1.6.18 Build 5.35
4 out of 5
No Zoom.
 
yohimbe9 Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
4 out of 5
This one is a much better improvement over the last one. I like the fact that it scans movies, too. But I don't like the fact that the first time it launches i'm not given the option to NOT scan any folders or at least choose the ones that I want. Otherwise, great job Google!
 
scorcho Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
4 out of 5
Raven Sati:

turn off 'check for updates' if you're worried about the program pinging back to Google's servers. also turn off the automatic media detection to remove the tray icon on startup.

the program is great and a vast improvement over the first Picasa. it wallops Adobe Photo Deluxe and the fact that Picasa 2 is free is only icing on the cake.
 
Pixelsmack Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
4 out of 5
It's a damn fine program. But one needs to understand that it is not the kind of program you'd use to quickly look at a bunch of pics in a folder.

This is mainly because you need to launch Picasa first, then browse. A program like ACD (or similar) is much more suited for fast viewing of files when you're searching around in your [Windows] folders. i.e. double click the image and, boom, you're instantly seeing that image full screen. Then a flick of the mouse wheel you're seeing the next one.

Picasa is to images what iTunes is to music. A great picture manager and even decent editor.

Whenever friends or family come over and want to see the pictures; Picasa is the new digital photo album. It does a wonderful job quickly presenting your images. Either using the fast and intuitive thumbnail mode or the gnarly timeline mode. That mode always gets the most, "oohs and ahhs".

The new file formats 2.0 supports are most welcome. Especially the RAW format support; for most popular RAW capable cameras. Picasa 2.0 offers some of the fastest viewing of RAW images I have ever seen. It takes my 6.3mp RAW images from my Canon Digital Rebel and has them displayed in under half-a-second!

One MAJOR disapointment though is still the lack of 16-bits-per-channel support for PSD files.

Whenever one gets to editing their RAW files in Photoshop you want to save in PSD as it offers the best quality while retaining your layers and compatibility with other PSD readers. Not having that ability to preivew images with Picasa's impressive viewer is a let down.

Hopefully in an update they can address this. Hopefully, now that 2.0 is out, updates will come faster too.

I also like that they offer email support similar to Apple's Music Store. You fill out a form and 48 hours later or sooner you get a response.

Considering that some companies CHARGE you for any kind of support after a certain ammount of time or don't even offer email support; this is a welcome addition for a *free* program.

Overall great work and look forward to seeing more!

P.S. Remember...it's F R E E ! !
 
Dony76 Jan 20, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
4 out of 5
Nice tool, I love it, but for fast picture browsing there is still Irfanview, which was the reason I kicked ACDSee.
I would love to see an option to make nice HTML-Pages for your website with it. But on the other side - that's already included in Irfanview
 
zridling Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
4 out of 5
Pixelsmack makes some good points, among them the fact that ACDSee 7.x is more suited to viewing and sorting more photos in quicker ways. The fact that it's freeware is irrelevant to its quality — everything from Google is free — and for freeware, this is outstanding. But overall, it's biggest problem is its lack of options — Picasa forces you to do what it wants to do, not what you need it to do.

THE NOT SO GOOD: I'm no fan of Picasa's indexing — many image apps do this now, PicaJet does it faster and offers many more options; Picasa's zoom feature is not sticky and the zoom transparency remains onscreen until you go back to its own zoom level, and during a slideshow, photos are consistently fuzzy; it lacks some keyboard shortcuts that would be helpful; the editing tools pane is too wide to allow a 1024x768 photo to fully display on screen in 1:1 mode; scrolling is slow, sometimes more sluggish than it should be; finally, its editing and navigational features are lacking basic features other apps share.

NOW THE GOOD: Google took an eccentric app in its first version and made it noticeably better. The quality of its thumbnails alone are unmatched and aid browsing. The printing and blogging features, along with the ability to make a movie out of your photos is stunning. Finally, its search capabilities are amazing. In short, Go Google Go!
 
Ian C. Nov 4, 2008 3.0 Build 57.44 Final
4 out of 5
The new viewer in this version is really cool, but a little buggy.
 
photonboy Nov 18, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.66
4 out of 5
Great, free program if it suits your needs.

I don't like the way you have to browse for pictures. I prefer the ACDSee method which is similar to Windows Explorer in thumbnail mode.
 
bouchonx Jan 2, 2006 2.1.0 Build 27.66
4 out of 5
This software is really one of the best.

The only way to be the ONE is

-to implement the ability to read all medias in the options (ogg, mp3) like xnview does.

--to respect the folders structure (this is the only BIG default of picasa)
 
hazlema Aug 18, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.67 Beta
4 out of 5
One of the best photo organizers I have ever used.

Only draw back is it really needs better folder support.
 
TC17 Nov 11, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.95.0 Beta
4 out of 5
This is a nice program, but still lacking. Like some others have said, its too simplified. It may or may not be a bug, but it also will not let you choose the option to not scan all drives when you install it.
 
utomo Oct 10, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.95.0 Beta
4 out of 5
What google need to lear is Making better User Interface, so it can be easily used by new user and advanced user. and improve the usability.

many google software are too simple the interface. sometimes it even make difficult to use/ too limited features.
 
rhy7s Aug 20, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
4 out of 5
Still the easiest image organisation app to recommend to the less technically inclined. I'm assuming release notes will appear at http://readme.picasa.com/public/releasenotes.html sometime.
 
legion Aug 20, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
4 out of 5
Nice but I need more filters or add brush function.
 
tp Aug 20, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
4 out of 5
i like picasa as an organizer and quick editor but it could be better, and I hope it does get better. I don't see any changes in this release, so just guessing that it's under the hood stuff..
 
AntiochMedia Sep 18, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.94.0 Beta
4 out of 5
4, because I used an old version and liked it.
4, because it stuck index files in each folder that I used with it.

I do not want to waste time installing this and watching it do the same thing. Does this add index files to each folder still?
 
extremely well Sep 19, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.94.0 Beta
4 out of 5
The best freeware photo manager, most certainly. But ACDSee Pro is still the best overall (on 2GHz+ machines).
 
alanpalmer Jan 6, 2009 3.1 Build 70.71
4 out of 5
@ docco: :D
Firefox did the same to me, "Firefox for Windows 3.1".

Concerning this latest build, I quite like it. Changelog (FWIW) is at http://picasa-readme.blogspot.com/2008/12/introducing-picasa-31-build-7071.html

I particularly like the easier method of uploading to a Web album, and synching.
 
hondaman Jul 25, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
4 out of 5
The web photo thing is nice, its just too bad you cant pick what hosting site you want to use.

4 stars because it lacks that feature.
 
iwashere Jul 24, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
4 out of 5
it's an awesome photo library. at most I like the easy rotate feature that let's you fix ... with just a mouse-drag.
also the export features are nice. you can upload to googles own blogger service, as well as export via mail. this also enables easy upload to flickr.com by mail. it integrates gmail into the program if you like that. you shoul.d do, because you can also use your contacts database from withing the program. so nice!
what I'm missing is a way to change the tags appearance order.. dragging tags and folders around should be added. so, 4/5
 
SilverFox2006 Dec 8, 2010 3.8 Build 117.29
4 out of 5
For folks that have speed issues have you discovered the tools options folder management feature that you can limit what gets scanned?
 
extremely well Dec 8, 2010 3.8 Build 117.29
4 out of 5
Version 3.8

Build 117.24 November 16, 2010
?Fixed various translation issues.
?Face Movies now correctly display captions.

Build 117.16 - October 20, 2010
?Now available in 38 languages.

Build 115.66 - September 29, 2010
?Fixed "Manage Online Contacts" 403 errors.
?Fixed corrupt metadata bug.
?Fixed various Face Movie crashes.
?NEF files appear again for mass storage devices on Windows 7.

Build 115.53 - September 15, 2010
?Fixed problems upgrading facetags from 3.6 and several other issues with cropped/rotated files.
?Fixed importing from scanners issue in Windows 7.
?Fixed screensaver issues with cropped pictures and captions not displaying.
?Fixed broken EXIF rotation and zoom in Photo Viewer.
?Create a Face Movie from a selection of photos in the tray (instead of using the entire Person Album).
?Original file jpeg quality preserved when saving from Picnik.
?Color Management is now turned off by default.
?Increased stability through multiple crash fixes.

Build 115.45 - August 17, 2010
?Added Face Movie to create face-aligned movies for named contacts.
?Added Batch Upload (via Tools > Batch Upload) to allow you to take bulk actions on your photos: upload, change options, and remove online photos.
?Added Picnik online photo-editing to the Basic Fixes tab.
?Added Color Management to support color profiles.
?Added the Properties panel to view EXIF data and improve support for XMP metadata.
?Added support for uploading photo order to Picasa Web for manually re-ordered photos.
?Added an option to upload people album thumbnails to Google Contacts.
 
mjm01010101 Jul 28, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.43 Beta
4 out of 5
"To ghammer, changing DPI is non-destructive. No pixels are lost, DPI means nothing until you print a file."

What do you think people do with pictures?

Anyway, the DPI setting is configurable.
 
coolticker Jul 30, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.43 Beta
4 out of 5
Wondefull interface, smooth and "MacOS like", but too heavy because of the complete scan of your hard drive when you have only a PIII 1Ghz machine. Also when you apply some effects to picture, it is nice they are only "virtual" and applied each time you go back to the pictute, but how do I save the resulting picture for real ?

After being a long time pro-ACDSee, I know use FastStone Image Viewer freeware that is smaller and have tons of really fast accessible features, I love its side-by-side up to 4 images comparator, really cool to definitly select the best shot !
 
Vimes Mar 6, 2011 3.8 Build 117.38
4 out of 5
I thoroughly enjoy using this application. I just wish that it would guarantee not to compress my jpeg files after you make changes. I know that it does save the originals but when I have used the correction tools I am happy to save the revised version but do not want to have the compression done (85% IIRC)
 
cs Sep 7, 2007 2.7 Build 37.27
4 out of 5
Changes:
* Added support for 7 additional languages: Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, and Ukrainian
* Fixed a problem with Picasa jumping to the wrong picture after deleting a picture
* Fixed two issues which could cause a "Failed to Connect" error when logging into Picasa Web Albums
* Fixed a case in which an error could result when opening pictures with third-party products
* Fixed problems related to Picasa Media Detector not disabling properly
 
rhy7s Sep 12, 2007 2.7 Build 37.29
3 out of 5
A bit limited but very handy for giving to the less technically inclined with the safety of non-destructive editing.

"don't see what I get with picasa that I don't have already have with Adobe Bridge and Photoshop"

Yeah, because that's really the market Picasa's aiming for ? :-/
 
netean Sep 12, 2007 2.7 Build 37.29
3 out of 5
strangely my antivirus claimed that the installed included a trojan! (probably a false positive, but odd nonetheless)

First run, started browsing my machine... reboot!

Ran second time, started browing my documents for pictures... reboot...

Sadly, there is still no upload facility to other web accounts (i.e. flickr) - not massively suprised as flickr is owned by yahoo, but still. I'd like that facility.

overall, not massively impressed
don't see what I get with picasa that I don't have already have with Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.
 
some guy Sep 13, 2007 2.7 Build 37.29
3 out of 5
to me I thought a Big AOL stamp on the front of this program would have done it justice.

IrfanView to see your pictures.
photo-shop or psp or gimp to edit

lightroom to adjust

enough said........
 
tannenwheel Aug 21, 2008 2.7 Build 37.64
3 out of 5
the good:

uploads to googles image host (the only reason to use picasa)

handles a lot of files

updates database index using a low impact tray tool.

handles video thumbnails without crashing

does support treeview, though its not default configuration

search feature is nice

can delete from disk (well, just to R-bin)

the bad:

does not display or download from picasa image host. wtf, google?

scrolling/paging bar is weird. i would prefer precision over bungee jumping. i understand, why they like it that way. but i like jumping between two positions in different folders, to compare etc. thats a big pain, now. the whole design would be more consequent if i could even select files from different folders at once.

needs customizable commands to run user apps 'on' selected image + hotkeys

database can not be moved from appdata and whines about lack of space even if the storage directory in appdata is "junctioned" to another drive where there is unlimited space.

should have optional per-image-fullscreen-view hotkey. irfan style.

picasa web host does not support animated gif files or png files? if i had money to buy another host i would not take such crap. thanx for the space anyway.

needs changelog and autoupdate ...

fazit: the overall experience is below google-feeling. also, an application that is officially designed for real life camera fotos only, not for other images - is illdesigned. life is complicated enough without such pointless specialization.
 
twosheds Sep 21, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.54
3 out of 5
If this ever manages to stop littering the hard drive with little index pellets I'll be happy to use it again, since otherwise it's a beauty.
 
cs Apr 18, 2009 3.1 Build 71.32
3 out of 5
Version 3.1, Build 71.32 - April 15, 2009

* Fixed an error preventing the launch of Picasa.
 
yokozuna Sep 16, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
3 out of 5
I have very mixed emotions. Picasa is a simple yet very good and intuitive editor but REALLY mediocre in organizing your photo collections. Does not compare to many other organizing tools like e.g. JetPhoto Studio (which is free and believe or not - made by two dudes from the interior of mainland China).
 
zridling Sep 15, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
3 out of 5
It's slow; choosing files and folders is clumsy compared to ACDSee 9; the UI uses far too much space on buttons and sliders (ever heard of tabs?) when the focus should be on the photo; rendering engine is also slow; it lacks good customization options, but despite all this, I love it. Makes your photos look fantastic and as a basic editor, it's better than most anything you'd pay for!
 
boelectronic Apr 14, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.61
3 out of 5
it WAS good... no more now... I liked it, face detection was great, but in last 2-3 updates it getting worse. too buggy, they are ruining Picasa instead of improve it. also lack of photo editing like resize and crop is not what I can ignore.
 
jogygeorge Jun 22, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
3 out of 5
One thin I dislike about this is that it behaves like every user is a newbie. Why is it forced upon us to a) scan entire PC for image files or b) scan "My Pictures" folder for images? I mean, the program can start and the screen pop up, but if I want to do neither, I should be given the third option of choosing the folder where my images are stored.

Right now, it scans and then I have to sit and delete all found images before I select the folders I want ... which itself seems like some hidden option!
 
DudeBoyz Nov 14, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.97.0 Beta
3 out of 5
Not bad, but the product tie-in things kinda bug me.

I think I prefer FastStone Image Viewer, though none of them are perfect.

For whatever reason, I find this program less than intuitive and a bit sluggish and buggy.
 
KSzostek Nov 15, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.97.0 Beta
3 out of 5
Not bad for beginners. Not much in features. Pretty sluggish, another project rushed out the door by Google.
 
uberfly Nov 15, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.97.0 Beta
3 out of 5
For me, it doesn't give enough control. I keep my photos in one folder with somewhat organized subfolders but picassa can't be configured to just scan one area, it has to index every image on all drives. Why does it insist on bloating its catalog with native windows graphics and such that I don't want there. Google's just gotta know what ya got...
 
SueAmma Jan 18, 2009 3.1 Build 70.73
3 out of 5
I think Picasa's GUI and limited funtionality would be great for Newbies.

A lot of screen real estate is wasted on large buttons and blank space which could be better used to present a larger image preview. The feature list is also limited compared to other photo organzers.

IrfanView, XnView and FastStone Image Viewer are much more to my liking.
 
KSzostek Apr 23, 2007 2.7 Build 36.36
3 out of 5
Still a bit buggy and still needs more options.

Not to bad for free.
 
DiasVFX Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
3 out of 5
Does they add full screen mode for images?
 
benZin Jan 30, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
3 out of 5
Does it always place 'Picasa.ini' (hidden file) in all the folders where you have photos ?
 
Black-Wolf Jan 31, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.08
3 out of 5
This software is great but not the best.
It does not support direct JPEG viewing when you double click on a JPEG image.

I still prefer ACDSee over this.
 
zee7 Jul 24, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
3 out of 5
Picasa is all right; slightly better than average, with a very nice interface and great blogging tools if you're into that, but FastStone Image Viewer is much better as an all around image organizer and photo tweaking tool.
 
AntiochMedia May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
3 out of 5
benZin: Thank you for letting me know before downloading. That's my only and main problem with Picasa. I'm not even bothering until that method is removed. You don't see WinAMP leaving ini files in my MP3 folders.
 
benZin May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
3 out of 5
Picasa.ini in all the folders...
 
DigiSyn May 27, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
3 out of 5
Great features & GUI. The fact that it crashes while scanning for new pictures is what earns it a 3. So far I have not been able to find any pattern to the picture files that is on when it craps itself.
 
cs Mar 24, 2009 3.1 Build 71.18
3 out of 5
Release Notes for Version 3.1, Build 71.18 - March 23, 2009

* Added support for ICC color profiles.
* Newly created versions of hidden files will be renamed to be compatible with their Mac counterparts: '.picasa.ini' and '.picasaoriginals'.
* Integrated user stats reporting. You can opt-out on the Tools > Options > General tab.
* Various bug fixes to address user issues with database corruption, loading pictures, email, upload to Picasa Web Albums, and video rendering.
* Added a fix for images appearing less sharpened when saved -- also applies to glow and film grain effects.
* Updated RAW support for new cameras:
o Canon EOS 5D Mark II
o Canon EOS 50D
o Canon PowerShot G10
o FjiFilm IS Pro
o Nikon D90
o Nikon COOLPIX P6000
o Pentax K2000
o Panasonic DMC-FZ28
o Panasonic DMC-LX3
o Panasonic DMC-FX150
o Panasonic DMC-G1
 
frankwick Mar 24, 2009 3.1 Build 71.18
3 out of 5
Picasa is a great product, but to be honest I haven't used mine in about a year. For organzing photos, making panos, uploading to Facebook, etc I now use Windows Live Photo Gallery. For serious edits, Photoshop.
 
cs May 5, 2009 3.1 Build 71.43
3 out of 5
Version 3.1, Build 71.43 - May 4, 2009

* Fixed an issue affecting the layout of Mosaic-style collages.
* Fixed an issue where canceling the import process with safe delete selected removed photos from the storage device.
 
cs Apr 30, 2009 3.1 Build 71.40
3 out of 5
Version 3.1, Build 71.40 - April 28, 2009

* Fixed an issue with overlapping usage stats text in foreign language versions.
 
tannenwheel Nov 15, 2008 3.0 Build 57.52 Beta
3 out of 5
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. latest beta crashes all the time, like randomly after X seconds.

now i have to give a bad rating :p , not because a beta is buggy, but because they shovel those betas into my throat (notifer and all) without allowing downgrades (no old download available, exept V2 which might not be compatible, i dont want to risk messing up my database, cause you loose the sync-assosciation to online albums each time you rebuild the database, which is actually the real problem)

thats not "testing"

now i cant use picasa until next beta :(

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edit: well, turned out picasa was crashing each time process lasso was trying to interfere with it. a year ago, when i tested process lasso for the first time, it made faststome image viewer unusable. so process lasso sucks. set it, forgett it, have it stalking your system.
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still, i will never delete a picasa setup file again, until two further versions are available.
 
BOTOX Nov 19, 2008 3.0 Build 57.52 Beta
3 out of 5
Picasa Photo Viewer stopped working, uninstalling Picasa resulted in an error (it hung).

When I looked in the Task Manager, multiple session of process picaphotoviewer.exe was active, each with a 5 Mb footprint.

After reboot I could remove it, but I feel uneasy using it. Don't know what went wrong.

It could work for you flawlessly, but for me it did not. I advise to wait with this one, until the official release is there.
 
hardgiant Jan 19, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
3 out of 5
Cool effects and all but the picture quality is really bad. I also really hate programs that have another skin on top of Windows XP theme.

Probably stick to ACDsee for most chores and will use this ounce in awhile.
 
KSzostek Dec 13, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.97.0
3 out of 5
Still a bit buggy, needs more options.
 
some guy Feb 24, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.41
3 out of 5
while I like the image view of it and it's simplicity to upload, but it's like Nero lil to bloat for me and not enough control image re size compression ect...and the scanning of the hard drive for pictures everytime you run it..
 
cs Apr 25, 2009 3.1 Build 71.36
3 out of 5
Version 3.1, Build 71.36 - April 23, 2009

* Fixed an issue where unedited 'Original Size' uploads to Picasa Web Albums were being compressed. These uploads should now respect the compression value associated with the picture.
* Fixed an issue that caused cropped images to display incorrectly when combined with sharpen or glow.
 
Thik Hai Nov 18, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.66
3 out of 5
I would like to rate Picasa2 with 5 Stars if the program was only able to show all the labels assigned to a particular picture. I am sure one day it will be possible. Until then I keep on using Photoshop Album 2.0 as my main photo organizer. But I will praise the day Picasa is also able to offer this Label facility.
Thik Hai
 
cs Apr 15, 2009 3.1 Build 71.28
3 out of 5
Version 3.1, Build 71.28 - April 14, 2009

* Added beta support for right-to-left languages Hebrew and Arabic.
* Increased video upload limit from Picasa to Picasa Web Albums to 1GB in filesize, but unlimited in length of duration (in minutes/seconds).
 
DudeBoyz Nov 27, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
3 out of 5
Free is good, but I do think this thing feels more like a sales tool for services than a functional program.

I do prefer FastStone Image Viewer, I believe. But for beginners who cotton to the interface, it may serve their needs. For me, it just never felt like I was really in control. It did not feel intuitive and I got frustrated with it. I'll keep trying the app and see how stable it is longer term.

It really does irritate me that you can't seem to exit out of that forced scan at startup. Pushy software is LAME.
 
jogygeorge Nov 28, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
3 out of 5
Maybe it does allow one to customize the folder to be scanned, but that is only after the initial scan! On installation, no option is available to select the folder to be scanned ... atleast not until the last version ... this one, I do not know!
 
twosheds Aug 18, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.67 Beta
3 out of 5
Would be a great free app if there was any way to pop the hood on it (and if it didn't leave those damned .ini pellets in every folder it scans). But it's un-changeable scan-everything-straight-off approach makes it unworkable for a disc with large collections.

Currently too dumbed down to consider seriously. Even MSN Live Messenger will EVENTUALLY surrender a preferences panel if you look hard enough....
 
DudeBoyz Aug 20, 2008 2.7 Build 37.63
3 out of 5
I still feel that this program is too sluggish. It also doesn't seem to be updated as frequently as it could and probably should be. I believe there are better, faster and more efficient programs out there available for free, and that is one reason why I don't recommend this program to anyone. Yes, it is free, but I do not think it stands up well against the competition.
 
zapatero Jul 24, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
3 out of 5
Good to organize photos if you have them scattered over the hard disk. Not the best program to edit photos, though. Red-eye correction is too coarse, does not work for me.
 
rhy7s Jul 24, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
3 out of 5
To ghammer, changing DPI is non-destructive. No pixels are lost, DPI means nothing until you print a file.
 
photonboy Jul 28, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
3 out of 5
On the right track, but I like a simple Windows Explorer interface. They should completely do away with the 3D timeline.

K.I.S.S. (I'm a big ACDSEE fan, but I think it's too expensive for people who only use 4% of the functionality)
 
xippon Mar 6, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.10
3 out of 5
Interesting GUI with full of effects, fast searching by typing keywords, but it miss function for drag&drop pictures to other programs etc. mayby in the next relase ?
 
Blackhole8746 Feb 3, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.10
3 out of 5
What is this nonsense no direct SAVE button to save the changed you make to an image? What the freaking hell is this?
 
forgie Feb 3, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.10
3 out of 5
Didn't like how it paid no attention to my directory structure and caused me to spend way more time then I wanted grouping pictures. Fixed some day I hope?
 
RWW Jul 28, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.43 Beta
3 out of 5
Excellent software but I agree it would be used more if you could choose your hosting site. I know I would.
 
some guy Mar 3, 2011 3.8 Build 117.38
3 out of 5
I like it but please give a choice to scan nothing during installation .
 
Paul Skinner Aug 22, 2007 2.7 Build 37.23
3 out of 5
@brusco:

Yes it does. They're hidden, that's all.
 
Yogurth Oct 12, 2005 2.1.0 Build 27.60
2 out of 5
Still lacks several very important image formats like Targa(.tga). Very slow and annoying Hard Drive scanning engine. Well atleast they removed that picasa.ini trash.

If You really want top-notch free image organiser, go for XnView.

2 stars from me.
 
forgie Jun 21, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.01 Beta
2 out of 5
takes my full directory structure and turns it into a flat view requiring me to label everything and categorize again. Not worth the trouble.
 
biertjes Jul 21, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
2 out of 5
Picasa is a rahter good program but it has a very big disadvantage for only suporting ANSI character set. If you are using characters like Chinese, you'd better avoid this.
 
darkpepe Feb 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
2 out of 5
Nice GUI, but not worth the download. Use XnView instead. (freeware, better than irfanview)
 
benZin Jul 5, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.84
2 out of 5
Picasa from Google just to have a good look. but there is no zoom and it's slow! So I uninstalled it.

And over all, I found the file 'Picasa.ini' in all the folders it had checked for images!!! A roof, the 'Picasa.ini' cannot be disabled! Argh. I imagine it's something similar to 'Thumbs.db' from Windows XP, but I hate that! Picasa can go to be reprogram!
 
zridling May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
2 out of 5
Gives good face (GUI), but wastes a lot of space and is slow as cold bull snot.
 
DoHickey Feb 26, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.41
2 out of 5
instead of adding things, why don't they take out that continual scan & start up scan thing. When you have thousands upon thousands of images in different folders, this thing takes forever after install.
I just don't like it, never have. And unless they take that start up scan away, I never will. I'm not going to try this program anymore.
I also had trouble after editing photos. It wants to save it as another file altogether giving me multiples of the same photo. I don't like to configure things to death to get them to do what I want.
 
KSzostek Apr 24, 2009 3.1 Build 71.36
2 out of 5
It has been out for a long time and still so basic.

Thats the problem with Google they rush to put out a program then they basiclly forget about it, they are veeeeery slow to add content to most of their projects. Disappointing.
 
Warat Nov 28, 2006 2.6.0 Build 35.65.0 Beta
2 out of 5
It's not about excluding some folders from being scanned, it's the fact that Picasa NEEDS to scan a folder in order to work with it.

I have tons of images I want to manage, Picasa uses nearly a gig of my HD for them, and I don't like that.
 
KSzostek Sep 30, 2010 3.8 Build 115.66
2 out of 5
Very disappointing been using Picsa a long time but I have changed to Windows live photo gallery beta, WOW what a nice program run circles around Picasa.
 
ghammer Jul 24, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.41 Beta
2 out of 5
Nice if you only view images.
Destructive if you make any changes at all to jpg files.

Look at your original, see its size, resolution, DPI.

Make any change with Picasa.
Compare the original and the edited.
No thanks.

Nice viewer though.
 
guevara Dec 9, 2009 3.6.0 Build 95.18
1 out of 5
Google spyware
 
munga42 Sep 17, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.91
1 out of 5
Can not change index location..

Would othervise give it much higher score
 
Uriel Feb 29, 2012 3.9 Build 135.86
1 out of 5
Google Spyware - The next time you lose your keys, call Google and they can tell you which of your friend's house they were left at.
 
guevara Feb 29, 2012 3.9 Build 135.86
1 out of 5
Google spyware!!!!
 
gawd21 Apr 24, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.61
1 out of 5
More Google spyware!
 
Diam0nd Sep 23, 2008 3.0 Build 57.24 Beta
1 out of 5
I think google pretty much got information on everyone already, yet still they try to gather more...

Try ExifPro or IrfanView or XnView, better. They are both free (except for ExifPro) AND spyware free.
 
Hilbert Oct 22, 2010 3.8 Build 117.16
1 out of 5
A perfectly useful product totally ruined by enforced scanning.

Picasa on any PC that more than a 'grandma's machine' causes all sorts of problems, especially if you store images, backup etc. outside 'My Documents'.

We really do need to bring back the stocks and pillories for the control freaks who write such stuff.
 
FatBastard Mar 24, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.56
1 out of 5
It sucks...
 
some guy Jan 3, 2014 3.9 Build 137.80
1 out of 5
Picasa has notice the image you have taken to be located at 175 Grand ST AZ 600256 would you like to link your friends ? and invite all your family into your group ? could you please give us their names and phone numbers..
 
uberfly Jan 5, 2014 3.9 Build 137.80
1 out of 5
Thank you for letting us follow you around everywhere you go, even letting us peek in on all your family photos. I'm sure we can make money off them somehow. Love, Google
 
RealNews May 26, 2006 2.2.0 Build 28.20
1 out of 5
A total silly prog.
for what this seek at start?
 
Raven Sati Jan 18, 2005 2.0.0 Build 18.77
1 out of 5
Read about all the hassles with spyware and adware with this little dog on this blog -

http://google.weblogsinc.../entry/4855307085341518/

I had the same experience - a machine full of crap.
 
Blaxima Feb 24, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.41
1 out of 5
"The iPhone of the graphics viewer world"

Comparing this to a crippled, overpriced piece of crapple would mean it does not warrant 5*s and this rubbish doesn't.

The database system and the constant scanning of your hard drive coupled with the limited functionality has always been an issue and ones that don't look like they'll ever change.

Of course then there is the whole privacy thing
 
FatBastard Feb 24, 2010 3.6.0 Build 105.41
1 out of 5
This program sux! (In my humble opinion)
 
nilst2006 Nov 2, 2008 3.0 Build 57.44 Beta
1 out of 5
Google spyware.....
 
zridling Aug 18, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.67 Beta
1 out of 5
Wow, this version crashes hard. Picasa is fine if you've got small collections, but if you're into photography and have tens of thousands of photos, Picasa's performance takes a significant hit. Whatever they did, undo it.
 
cees2000 Sep 16, 2008 3.0 Build 57.22 Beta
1 out of 5
another attempt by the Google Stasi to collect user information. There are better apps around that are truly free!
 
DoHickey Aug 18, 2010 3.8 Build 115.45
1 out of 5
For ( ZoltarSpeaks )
There is no way to stop it from doing the scan at the first start after install.
It should prompt you when you run the program the first time and not just do it on it's own. Have you tried to find all the little files it makes in all your folders from doing that? Drive pace is big deal with me, even though I have a lot of drive space, I like to keep an eye on the way a program uses drive space.
I have looked around at all the configuration settings. You assume that people don't investigate things, but we do.
I don't like it when a program runs amok doing all kinds of things when you first install it. Right out of the box it should prompt you to do things without taking control & you have to configure the hell out of it later.
Xnview has this crap beat & it doesn't spy on you by sending info to a server.
 
nilst2006 Nov 4, 2009 3.5.0 Build 79.81
1 out of 5
Google - no thanks ! Pure spying on users !
 
Blaxima Sep 30, 2010 3.8 Build 115.66
1 out of 5
Very poor image enhancements and like DoHickey said, there is no way to turn off the scanning and subsequent files created because of the scan. It will create these files where ever you have an image file and that even includes program folders that have a little splash screen image. that is really, really lame
 
imafurby Jul 28, 2006 2.5.0 Build 32.43 Beta
1 out of 5
This sucks. Don't know what it's supposed to do. I want an image viewer, not a hard drive inspector. It loads slowly and starts out by scanning my hard drive for images by default every time. (this after it locks up and crashes in the first place)
Buggy, over engineered piece o' crud.
Google shmoogle, use the dough that you wasted on this to put another john in your new 747, and use it to flush this down.
 
SoundMix Mar 3, 2011 3.8 Build 117.38
1 out of 5
Changed to Windows Live Photo Gallery and not looking back.
 
FatBastard Apr 5, 2013 3.9.0 Build 136.20
1 out of 5
Totally sucks!
 
some guy Apr 5, 2013 3.9.0 Build 136.20
1 out of 5
google is turning into Microsoft connect share we want your information !