Picasa 3 for Linux

Google’s Picasa 3 is a free photo software, 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 Linux now.

Picasa 3 runs on Linux compatible, and won’t delete your pictures or put them online without your permission. Version 3 is still in beta, a preview of the upcoming release of Picasa 3 for Linux with 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.

Please see http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/testrepo.html for information on using Google’s Linux Software Testing Repository to install Picasa 3 for Linux.

I tested the Google’s Linux Software Testing Repository, after testing, I found the Picasa 3 Beta is still not in the repository, so you have to download the RPM package to install it in your Fedora system.

rpm, for Red Hat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva i386 or x86_64: http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/testing/i386/picasa-3.0.5719-02.i386.rpm

Please try out this beta release and provide feedback to Google to help them improve this product.

New Features of Picasa 3 beta:

  • Improved integration with Picasa Web Albums
    You can sync your Picasa 3 and Web Albums edits, change your online album settings from Picasa, and delete online albums from Picasa.
  • Better uploading with the upload Drop-box and bandwidth throttling.
  • New Retouch tool to remove unsightly blemishes and improve photo quality.
  • Improved Collage tool lets you have total artistic control over your collage content and layout.
  • Auto red-eye: same results, less work for you.
  • Easily add text or watermarks to your photos.

And there is a video tour 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?

Please download the vido Ogg Theora . (right-click and save as)

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