Mac users, you can stop holding your breath. Google announced that Picasa for the Mac, a free desktop application for editing, organizing and sharing digital photos, is now available as a public beta through Google Labs.
It’s an exciting announcement for anyone who’s looking for a good photo management app on OS X that isn’t iPhoto or for anyone who’s used and fallen in love with Picasa on Windows or Linux. This release still sports the beta tag, so you can expect a bug here or there, but overall it appears to boast most of the same features as its counterparts.
The application is available as a free download at picasa.google.com/mac/. Mac OS X version 10.4 or later is required, and the release is for Intel-powered Macs only.
From the press release:
Picasa for Mac makes it easy to manage large photo collections and helps users make professional-looking edits without any technical knowledge, including:
- A drag-and-drop photo collage tool that gives users control over layout and content
- A retouching brush to wipe out scratches and blemishes – and repair old photos
- A slideshow movie maker that uploads users photo montage videos to YouTube with a click
- Smart auto-cropping that guides users on how to zoom in on their subject
- And, auto red-eye removal.
Many of us take pictures so that we can show them to the people we care about. Picasa for Mac integrates seamlessly with Picasa Web Albums, Google’s free photo-sharing site, which offers features like name tags – the ability for users to automatically organize and share their photos based on the faces in each picture.
If you have a Mac and you manage to install Picasa, tell what you think in the comments.
[via Google: Picasa for Mac]