Picasa and G+: a powerful symbiosis of Google

With the advent of Google Plus the company began a policy of integration of existing products with a social network, which makes a big bet. Search, GMail, YouTube, Google Reader, Blogger and many other services now anyway interact with laquo; Plyusomraquo.; And, of course, an important support for G+ was a program to work with images Picasa. Certainly, photos – it is an essential component of the social network, and Google has put here all the available potential. The section laquo; Google Fotoraquo, in fact replaced the previously used by default with Picasa Web. In this review, we discuss how being in laquo; Pikaseraquo, work from home and went to a photo archive integration with Google Plus service benefit.

work program

Among other programs for the organization of image Picasa does not pretend to laquo; ubiytsyraquo; Adobe Lightroom or ACDSee – it does not replace, but rather complements the unique functionality. The program is not a professional fotoorganayzerom – it is rather a means to view the photo archives of the home, and in her present processing functions designed for the fastest possible image editing.

First thing to do when you install Picasa on your computer – to specify the areas in which the program should be monitored with photos and videos. It can scan your chosen once or monitor them constantly. If you have files in chaos, where folders are scattered all over the hard disk, then Picasa may seem like magic find. It will find all the images (including RAW, PSD, many video formats), even those that you already forgotten, and neatly arrange them in the form of tape, sorting folders by date, size or name. You can scroll through your photo archives, using the mouse wheel. This option is a great alternative to viewing the images in a selected folder, although the classic mode structure in a tree can also be use.

library window Picasa

However, if you want to organize your photo archive in chronological order, then on it will still work, as the date in the pictures do not always match reality. The clock in the camera settings for shooting are often knocked down, and if the picture was taken from a mobile device, not the fact that there is generally entered date and time. The image can also be obtained by scanning when the creation date is listed during this operation, not history photo. All this causes confusion in the film events, and no magic here for Google vasnbsp, do nothing. You should change the information in the EXIF-data image files, for which there is a special tool for changing the date and time. However, you can get by with a little blood – just select a different date of recording in the settings folder. This will work as long as you do not reinstall the software database.

Next concept that you need to know in order to understand the logic of the program – is the collection: laquo; Papkiraquo;, laquo; Proektyraquo;, laquo; Web albomyraquo;, laquo; Hidden papkiraquo, and so on. Move files to them on the progress of the photos, for example, you take out a collage or slideshow – they will be placed in the collection laquo; Proektyraquo, decided to make some of the images inaccessible to prying eyes – those will go to laquo; Hidden papkiraquo, a password. You can create your own collections, and move back pictures used as the default laquo; Papkiraquo.; However, in order to create a set of images, it is better to use a special collection laquo; Albomyraquo.; It contains a group of virtual images that you can view, edit, sort, save on disk, without affecting the original files.

Collect and organize the archive pictures in Picasa, you can easily export the image, and as a separate folder, and back up all your photos. When you export the individual files you can specify the size and quality, and at the time the backup is copied only in its original format, while retaining their structure on the disk, as well as a local database program and installation files Picasa. Thus, you are always and everywhere will be able to deploy its photo archive.

Editing photos in Picasa

Picasa photo editing tools are designed to ensure that their use was limited to a couple of mouse clicks. To correct defects in the pictures or art to make them here is so simple that it does not have to spend any significant effort even when processing an entire folder of files. A set of commonly used tools submitted to the main panel: framing, alignment photos, automatic removal effect laquo; glazraquo red;, retouching defects, adding text, auto color, contrast and branded button laquo; I’m feeling lucky! Raquo; (can be interpreted as laquo; do krasivoraquo ;) that adjusts color and contrast in a picture with one click. For quite lazy is a function of group editing, which allows to apply these effects to the entire folder of images.

edit window Picasa

The remaining toolbar rendered precise lighting and color correction, and 36 filters and effects that can be overlaid on an image – sepia, soft focus, pixelation Polaroid frame and so on. Most of them are adjustable. While among professionals scorn the functional kind, you still have a chance to surprise friends effectively restore photos, most importantly – to apply these features to the site. It is worth saying that in the new version of Picasa an opportunity to compare the two images before and after treatment, thanks to the developers – before this had to cancel and repeat the steps.

From a group of pictures you can make collages and films. Collages in Picasa quite spectacular, especially if you use them in a lot of pictures. There are several modes of their creation: a pile of scattered pictures with stylish frames and without them, the two types of mosaic, grid, index prints and multiple exposure, when the images are superimposed one on another. Create a slide show of photos from the user is not surprising, but there is a functional Picasa spectacular piece, as the regime laquo; umnogoraquo, go with the influx of persons. Separately, you can create an impressive film with persons selected user, but you need to identify a person in the photos.

name tags

Name tags – this is what people around the world love Picasa and that most distinguishes it from other programs to work with images. In recent years it has become fashionable to celebrate in the social networks of their friends in photos. Picasa allows you to do the same, but much faster and with individual images, and with all the home photo archive of thousands of photographs. This was possible because the technology is integrated into its automatic face detection in images.


Friends in photos is as follows. If you specify a directory in which you want to scan an image, turn off mode laquo; litsraquo with recognition;, Picasa finds these photographs and all persons under laquo; Polzovateliraquo, inviting them to add the names. Once you once or more than once in person, as the program will automatically mark it on other images. If the program is confident that the user is logged correctly, it will happen without notice. Recognition quality depends on how well a person can see in the photo, if it is not turned sideways. If the program has a doubt, it asks you to confirm or reject the hypothesis, and to confuse laquo; molcharaquo, can only in the case of high similarity between people.

mode mark persons Picasa

Although this technology is very effective, yet without manual intervention Picasa recognizes only part of the face. The rest you’ll have to mark the course of viewing photos, assigning the names of those whom the program is not found, and adding rights where she did not see it (as a rule, it will be of poor quality pictures.) However, Picasa makes it easy to here, when you type the name of an indefinite person, it will show users which people most like, and often hint is accurate. Besides program laquo; umneetraquo; during assignment user more photos.

To manage contacts in Picasa present the user manager. If you enter the program with an account Google, you can sync them to laquo; Google Kontaktamiraquo;, with each pin will be awarded used in miniature picture. This bundle allows you to create a complete database of contacts of all the people with whom you’ve ever been familiar with, but this will not do any social service. Note that with the advent of Google Plus service contacts laquo; Krugovraquo, integrated with contacts and Google, and if the user you want to add to your present laquo; Krugahraquo, then it does not have to create a separate contact.

User Manager in Picasa

Marks people in the photos are and the photos in Google Plus, if you do not change this setting. However, other people who will have access to the picture can see the mark only if the person you have chosen to approve the tag. Approve the tag can nick Google Plus or other users of the contact list, which have set up e-mail.

sync photos

It is no exaggeration to say that relying on Picasa Google Plus service was the most comfortable in the world of service, allows you to put your photos online. As is done in another photo and social networking? You create music there, select multiple images on a computer and then download them and set up. In Picasa, just select the folder and press laquo; Send to Google Plusraquo;. With this you can select circles or users who can access the image in it.

Send photos to Google Plus

Photos appear on the new album on your page, and will appear in the film community events for which you have granted access. Please note that the images will be posted in the social network, and Web Albums Picasa – a service that is still functional, but stayed in the shade after Google Plus integration with other products of Google.

Albums in Google Plus

More progressive option – enable real-time synchronization to the Internet for a specific album. This allows you to edit photos in the folder, add there new or delete existing on your computer, and any changes will be made immediately to your web albums, and vice versa – if you add a picture via the web interface, it will be saved on your computer. By the way, off sync mode does not delete the downloaded pictures on Google Plus.

Place pictures on the Internet can not only to share it with someone else, but also to create a network backup. In Picasa there is a function laquo; Import from Google+ raquo;, making it easy to copy all or some of your albums from the social network to your PC. Therefore makes sense to sync your entire photo archive, making part of the folders private, part – available to others. For this to happen it is more convenient, there are a tool laquo; dobavlenieraquo Mass, where it is possible to note a list of all the folders you want to upload to web albums, and you can customize the need for synchronization, access and size of photos.

Mass adding photos to web albums

Google allows users to download an unlimited number of images smaller than 2048×2048 pixels and video for less than 15 minutes. The service can automatically compress photos with these requirements, but if you want your photos in original quality, the space will be limited: no more than 1 GB of data. Additional space in Picasa Web Albums can be purchased at a price of 5 # 36, a 20 GB in a year, but here is the problem rather than the price, which is quite democratic, and in the complexity of the payment is carried out only with the use of a credit card.


Integration with Google Plus went Picasa clearly benefit. In terms of functionality shifted to the back office is not inferior to Picasa Web laquo; Plyusuraquo, and the convenience of users mark on pictures even surpasses it, but the interface of the service is already considered obsolete, and its social component is much less developed. The photos on the Internet, in any case, lay precisely in order to be seen by other people.

Perhaps the only laquo; noraquo, which may discourage you from placing photos online with Picasa, – the fact that the social networking site from Google uses far less people than Facebook and laquo; Vkontakteraquo.; However, this problem is partially solved by the installation of special add-ons to make use of Picasa to upload photos to that and other social network.

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