One of the leading photo management
and editing programs available on the internet, Picasa was developed by Google as one of many side-projects to their search engine business. Picasa allows you to organize and touch up the photos in your collection, and is completely free to use.
Being a piece of freeware, you might expect Picasa to be lacking in functionality or refinement. It isnвЂ™t - as youвЂ™d expect from anything designed by Google, Picasa boasts an incredibly simple and intuitive interface which makes seemingly-difficult tasks a lot easier. As just one example, the Retouching and Red-Eye Removal tools in Picasa operate automatically without requiring you to deal with the nitty-gritty of targeting blemishes and flaws. The program also packs effects filters and more advanced Tuning features which can fix up the subtleties of your photos, while its non-destructive editing process
is a boon when quickly editing lots of photos. A lot of the features in Picasa are similar to those in more advanced and costlier editing suites, albeit simplified for more mainstream use.
The program isnвЂ™t without its limits. Surprisingly for a program designed by Google, search capabilities often arenвЂ™t as extensive as you might expect, and the non-destructive editing system will spawn a host of .ini files all over your computer folder system - not what youвЂ™d prefer from a program meant to clean up your photo management. However, Picasa remains a sturdy and extremely easy-to-use photo program
, and should be a must-try for anyone whoвЂ™s looking to dip their toes in photo editing without buying a full editing suite. The program even features GoogleвЂ™s trademark вЂњIвЂ™m feeling luckyвЂќ button which automatically touches up your photos - you canвЂ™t get more simple than that.