To upgrade, or not to upgrade, is that your question? There are definitely some features worth upgrading for! And that is what I’ll talk about in this article. However, your pictures are precious, and any upgrade can have it’s problems on some people’s computers so what do you do first? You better know the answer to this question! Already have a good backup of all your pictures? Ok, let’s go.
You might be able to upgrade by clicking on Help and Check for Updates but more often than not, this won’t inform you about new versions. If it reports that ‘This application is up to date’ you can still update to version 3.9 by going to the website at and click the big “Download Picasa” button. Follow the instructions to download, then install or Run.
Be prepared to wait a bit, this is a bigger file than past versions. I found that the Run process took an abnormally long time and it had no progress bar showing – so, just be patient, it will finally pop up with the license agreement and, after you click ‘I agree’ and Ok the folder location, you’re almost done.
All your photos are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically, so you can find them fast, and share them how you like. I have been trying to update picasa 3 since I got windows 10. I get as far as clicking to accept Google to make changes, then nothing happens and picasa page disappears. A recent Picasa update (3.9 build 136.18) broke some of the functionality of the Import feature. Some people couldn’t import pictures from their camera at all. Picasa, free and safe download. Picasa latest version: Manage, edit and share your photos with ease. Aug 14, 2015 I am having Picasa problem as well. I purchased a new computer last week with 8.1, sales person recommended I do the Windows 10 free update, which I.
Cool New Effects In my I mentioned the differences in your opening screen, this time I want you to take a look at the effects. There are two more tabs-worth of effects. As usual with Picasa, they are simple click and maybe drag a slider bar or two to try them out. If you don’t like the effect, you can always Undo.
Lomo-ish The Lomo-ish effect looks more rich, vibrant and focused on the center while the edges are dark. If you read about you’ll find that it’s film photography with an old toy camera!
HDR-ish The HDR-ish (High Dynamic Range) effect is kind of like Sharpen on steroids. In fact, I find that I need to move the sliders all toward the middle to lessen the effect a bit. But, I really do like the sharpness and contrast that HDR-ish can give. The picture on the left is my original, the right has added HDR-ish effect. Orton-ish This look comes from a slide-sandwich technique devised. In addition to adding depth and richness to the photo, there’s some dreamy, blurring going on. Framing effects I think these are my favorite new effects.
The picture above demonstrates both ‘Vignette’ – the dark shadow around the edges, and ‘Museum Matte’ where you can define an inner and outer frame at specified width and color. There is also ‘Polaroid’ which adds a thick white border, and a simple border or drop shadow. There’s even more – too many to show you here. Some of the effects are fun, but I doubt I’ll use them often, like Neon: Neon: And, here’s one that I doubt I’ll ever use, but it might be a lifesaver for some folks – Invert colors can be used to make a negative be positive. Invert Colors: Positive/Negative Side by Side Editing All the above images come from using the new feature of side-by-side editing. You can put one picture up on the screen twice and apply editing features to just one of them to see the difference. You can also put two different pictures on the screen side by side.
Very easy, and very useful! New Album Definitions If you use Albums a lot, this might just be the one feature to make it worth upgrading! In the past, I’ve had to caution users, and explain in depth how Albums are a Picasa-only feature. If you copied your pictures to another computer without using PIcasa’s backup and restore, for example, you would lose your album definitions (not the pictures themselves – just the album groupings). Now, in 3.9, album definitions are stored in the same picasa.ini file as all edits – right in the same folder with the pictures. So, if you move a folder of pictures to another computer, then install Picasa, it will be able to read the album designations from the Picasa.ini file in the folder, and recreate your albums for you.
One less thing to worry about. What about Google Plus?
Some folks are distressed that, in version 3.9, Picasa Web Albums seems to be going away and in it’s place is Google Plus. I have three things to say about that: • Realize that Picasa Web Albums is on the web. It is a companion to Picasa on your computer that you can choose to use or not. If all you do is use the Picasa software for managing the pictures on your computer, then the change from Picasa Web Albums to Google Plus Photos doesn’t affect you at all. Video Mixture Software. • If you do use Picasa Web Albums – which requires a Google account – and you’ve never linked your Google account to Google Plus, then nothing has changed for you. Baidu Antivirus. When you click the ‘Share’ button you will be sharing on Picasa Web Albums.
Google will continue to encourage you to join Google Plus, but so far as I can tell, you can just say no. I’m not sure how long this will be true, but if Picasa Web Albums does morph completely into Google Plus Photos, I doubt that sticking with an old version of the Picasa computer program will make a difference. • Google is on the move and we can’t stop them – I can’t anyway.