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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

By Gary Sims on October 10, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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Google's Picasa is all about photos -- it helps you instantly find, edit, and share all the pictures on your computer. Although it isn't released as open source it is free to download and use from Google's Web site. The new version 3, which is currently in beta, is available for Windows as well as Linux.

Version 3 has some great new features, including a new retouch tool to remove unsightly blemishes from your photos. If you don't want to download the beta, the previous stable version is still available.

This video gives you an idea of what Picasa can do, how it works, and how it looks. Once you have watched the video, why not go and download Picasa and give it a try yourself?

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Gary Sims has a degree in Business Information Systems from a British university. He worked for 10 years as a software engineer and is now a freelance Linux consultant and writer.

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.74.193.182] on October 10, 2008 10:51 PM
Alread have it. I like all of the effects they did; its impressive for a non-RIA app to do that...

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.115.128.191] on October 11, 2008 01:46 AM
Is this thing native, or is it still using wine?

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Re: Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 127.0.0.1] on October 13, 2008 04:07 PM
Still using WINE, still doesn't do everything on Linux that it does on Windows. I find it entirely frustrating that the sole reason my wife wanted to go back to Windows from Ubuntu was the lavk of video support of Picasa in linux. Works great in windows, no worky in linux. Fail Google, Fail.

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Picasa 3 Not for Linux: Google ports Picasa to WINE

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.251.129.228] on October 11, 2008 08:14 AM
There. Fixed that for you. The .correct title should be "Google ports Picasa to WINE"

Picasa is not available for linux.

Google’s not making aversion of Picasa that runs on linux with opengl, it’s making a version of WINE that runs Directx and Picasa. DirectX gives the control of video and photo rendering to Microsoft and helps erode the existing standards like OpenGL:
http://picasa.google.com/linux/faq.html#26

Have a cached copy of "Halloween documents I", any one?

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Re: Picasa 3 Not for Linux: Google ports Picasa to WINE

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.115.128.191] on October 11, 2008 08:30 PM
Thanks, thats A much better title, and a program that I still wont bother with. Don't worry F-spot, you are still safe!

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Re(1): Picasa 3 Not for Linux: Google ports Picasa to WINE

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.181.103.89] on October 12, 2008 05:19 PM
F-Spot is written in C# on the Mono platform.

Isn't C# a Micro$oft language? :-)

The good thing is that it's released under the GNU GPL.

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.239.79.51] on October 11, 2008 09:18 PM
Hate the damn thing.
Tried using it a few times on Win and linux and I hate the way it views files.

I want someting like irfanview but for Linux. Irfanview is as easy to use as VLC yet still hides plenty under the hood.

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 90.154.218.101] on October 12, 2008 08:06 AM
"...why not go and download Picasa and give it a try yourself?"
Well, Gary Sims, you seem to have answered your question yourself in the first paragraph:
"...it isn't released as open source..."

No, thanks, I'm not fond of respecting a piece of software, whose authors do not respect me...

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 189.127.77.48] on October 13, 2008 03:37 PM
I like Gthumb to manage my photos. It's kind of a simplistic approach, but you still can tag photos and create albums. If you need something more robust, go for Picasa or F-Spot.

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 208.117.13.13] on October 13, 2008 11:47 PM
Look up what 'killer application' means. it's not a killer application for Linux because it's available for windows and soon OS X.

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 206.109.43.42] on October 14, 2008 06:28 AM
What's with the annoying music, it made it impossible to hear the speaker.

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Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.34.234.112] on October 22, 2008 11:44 AM
Don't you guys use an application if it is not "open source"? What the heck? It does not ask for money and does photo viewing and organizing better than any other 'open source' application out there anyway. Sure it's no Photoshop but then I don't think you ever complained about the stupid applications that come on digital camera CDs or with some scanner CDs. Those absolutely suck, are not 'open source' and yet people use them. I can't recommend Picasa enough.

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