Google released Picasa 3 this week, with a bunch more features. The ones that look most promising are:

  • Photo Viewer – faster, chromeless way to browse images on your computer
  • Automatic Web Sync – choose albums on your computer to always sync with the web

That’s all fine and well, but the real reasons to use Picasa are the web albums:

  • Images automatically fit the available browser area
  • Album view thumbnails can be adjusted to tiny, small, or medium size
  • iPhone-optimized version is lightweight and very functional
  • Facial recognition software is scary good. Why “tag” thousands of photos when Google can do it for you?

Read more about Picasa 3 on the Google Photos blog.

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