Windows/Mac: Google’s free desktop photo organiser is stepping up to iPhoto and other web tools by adding face recognition and syncing it with Picasa Web Albums, making it easy to send Uncle Bob every single photo you’ve got of Aunt Marla.
The new Picasa 3.5 contains a facial recognition feature similar to the one already present on Picasa Web Albums, but letting it run over your likely vast collection of assorted photos stashed on your hard drive is a lot more convenient. Picasa creates a new sidebar menu list of “People”, and asks you to name the folks it finds in its main “Scanning” menu. If you’re signed into Web Albums with a Google account stuffed with contacts, that’s pretty easily, actually — just start typing a name, then select the contact that pops up as you type.
The other big addition to Picasa 3.5 is a tool to use integrated Google Maps pickers to geo-tag photos without having to have Google Earth installed and used as a marker generator.
Read up on Picasa’s name tag features, and grab a copy of the free download below. Tell us how well facial recognition is working, or not, with your own photos in the comments.