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Aug 31, 2009

New Picasa 3 : Picasa Basics: Picasa 3 feature overview

To get you started on the upgrade from Picasa 2.7 to Picasa 3, we've provided a detailed run-down of what's new and what's changed. This page explains the basics, but you'll need to get your hands dirty to really appreciate the changes. Click the links below to learn more about each feature.


Sync your Picasa 3 and Picasa Web Albums edits

Tired of having to manually re-upload your photos after making further edits? By enabling 'Sync to Web,' edits made to your photos in Picasa 3 are automatically transferred to your corresponding online albums.


Retouch your images

Always want to be airbrushed? Use the Retouch tool to remove unsightly blemishes and improve photo quality. It can also help you to restore old photos with marks, water stains, and scratches to excellent condition.


Preview image files with Picasa Photo Viewer

The photo viewer is a fast, lightweight application for viewing images on your desktop or through Windows Explorer. Installed with Picasa 3, it lets you to take a quick look at images without having to fully open the Picasa 3 program.

movie maker

Create and edit movies

Combine your photos, videos, and music into a movie or use the editing room to trim your existing movies.


Capture your screen

Instantly take and import your screen captures and webcam captures into Picasa 3.


Add text or watermarks to your photos

You can easily personalize your photos using the Watermark and Text tools.


Print captions

Your captions are about to see a little more action. You can now print your captions or photo file names on or below your photos.


Upload easily to Picasa Web Albums

Use the Drop Box to hold quick uploads and upload throttling to multi-task during your upload.

PWA settings

Control your Picasa Web Albums settings

If you have an online album in Picasa Web Albums, you can now control the online settings through the corresponding folder or album in Picasa 3.

move folders

Manage folders on your computer

It's now possible to move entire folders around on your hard drive from within Picasa 3.


Get more information about your photos

We've added new icons and tools to the Library view to quickly communicate useful information about your photos.

Picasa 3 now has the ability to support more photos on your computer -- now up to a million photos! And we've made plenty of other improvements that we think you'll enjoy. Click the links below to learn more about each feature



Experiment with six different collage types and a slew of new settings in the more hands-on collage creation screen.



Why take two steps when you can do it in one? Upload an album to Picasa Web Albums and email invitations to friends and family with just one click.


Auto red-eye

Our improved technology automatically detects faces and corrects the red eye in your photos.


The Crop tool offers three crop suggestions based on the composition of your photograph. Don't miss the 10 different dimensions to choose from when cropping.



Spice up your screensaver by pulling in pictures from additional photo sources, such as your Web Albums and photo feeds.


Multiple word tags

You can now add multi-word tags to your photos. Finally, you can tag your rocking chair as 'rocking chair,' rather than 'rocking' and 'chair.'


To help you import images from a particular day or event, Picasa now segments your images according to the time frame when they were taken.



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