Picasa Web Albums provides users with an easy way to manage and store their images online. The application is very popular and works by allowing users to upload images and share them online. Images can be shared in a click and users can mark others as favorite for notifications when those users upload new images. Picasa is great for following family and friends or artists. The application also allows users to sort images into web albums. These are enhanced by full screen slide shows, global maps that are associated with specified images and video playback features. Picasa offers numerous functions and features that allow users to easily upload, manage and share their favorite digital memories.Show more screenshots »
Picasa is a part of the Google family of internet applications. Google is one of the most widely recognized companies on the web today. Google’s roots date back to January of 1996, when it began as a research project by a pair of Stanford University students. The students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, wanted to find a better system to rank search results. Their efforts have since grown into one of the biggest names on the internet. Google is now responsible for bringing many innovative updates to the world of search engines and page ranking. The company has also produced many helpful online applications, including Picasa.
There are many websites that allow users to upload and share their digital images. Picasa stands out because it offers many helpful features that seem to cover just about everything. It takes on many of the qualities users love about most Google applications, by being intuitive and easy to use. Users can build their own online photo albums and share them with others. They can also associate an image with a geographical location and include a map, which is another unique feature most photo management websites do not offer.
Picasa is easy to use for even a novice computer user. Images are provided in well spaced thumbnails. Users can create albums, giving them a name. The albums are easy to browse, with a few helpful pieces of information such as number of photos included and date the album was created along with the album title. Users can also choose to make their images public or private by clicking on the corresponding setting.
To use Picasa, a visitor must have a Google account. Many people already have one and can sign in without going through the creation process. Those who do not can begin by clicking on the blue “Create an Account” button just below the login form. The registration form asks for a username, password and two check box options. One will enable history logging and the other will keep the user signed in. Next, the user is asked for a first and last name, date of birth, location and whether or not they would like Google to be their default homepage. After submitting the information and completing registration, the user can begin using Picasa and other Google applications.
The cost of Picasa is perhaps one of the best aspects of the application. Anyone can log in using their Google account and access Picasa for free. There is no charge for uploading and managing images. No subscription fees are required. All it takes is the user’s time to upload and sort their images.
Anyone who wants to share images online can really appreciate Picasa. The site makes it easy to upload and organize images and determine which will be made public and which will remain private. The user stays in control and can use Picasa’s many handy features to customize their online photo albums.