Windows only: The new Picasa lets users designate who can collaborate on albums while they’re uploading pictures. It’s a huge time-saver over the old method and more efficient for granting friends and family access to individual photo albums.
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Granting permissions to others is a snap with the new feature. When you’re ready to put your photos online, Picasa’s upload tool asks who you want to share the albums with and who’s allowed to have access so you can tweak those settings before uploading. The old way required you to jump around to different screens to assign permissions after you uploaded your pics, so this new feature makes a lot more sense. Conversely, if you have access to your friends’ albums, you can upload photos directly from your computer and into their user account.
The new version of Google’s popular photo management app for Windows has a few other tricks up its sleeve, too. Users can save custom crop sizes, pre-set image compression sizes for future upload, and also quickly add contact names to the the permission settings thanks to Picasa’s new auto-suggest feature. While we think these are a pretty slick addition to Picasa’s toolkit, some folks may have other dream features. What kinds of features and tools would you like to see in an online photo sharing service? Let us know in the comments.