Picasa For Mac Beta Released, First Look

Google has officially released its popular photo management application Picasa for Macs, after years of offering Picasa as a free Windows download.

It's an exciting announcement for anyone who's looking for a good photo management app on OS X that isn't iPhoto or for anyone who's used and fallen in love with Picasa on Windows or Linux. This release still sports the beta tag, so you can expect a bug here or there, but overall it appears to boast most of the same features as its counterparts. That includes:

Photo Management

Picasa scans your entire computer for new photos and keeps them neatly organised, with great timeline features, tagging, and folder organization.

Image Editing

Picasa sports simple but impressive editing capabilities, including non-destructive editing of photos. The Mac version offers a few smart options for users looking to run both iPhoto and Picasa so that neither application steps on the other's toes.

Integration with Web Albums

Just like Picasa for Windows and Linux, Picasa for Mac offers seamless integration with Picasa Web Albums, Google's online photo sharing site.

There's no telling what Apple has in store for us at Macworld, but right now the Picasa release looks to throw down some serious competition for iPhoto.


    Yes it's such good competition for iPhoto Steve is getting sick.
    I am using picasa from now on.
    iPhoto runs inefficiently, swallows storage by duplicating any photo you touch into a 'modified' folder and picasa's 'Fill Light' adjustment is better than any iphoto option to save a photo.
    All it has now is the photobooks, which i do love.

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