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Google offers update to Picasa photo software

More free photo editing and organising from the search giant

Google has introduced an upgrade to its Picasa photo editing and organising software, opening up advanced capabilities that include new lighting and colour effects, and CD burning.

Picasa 2.0, available for free download from the Google website from today, builds on the product Google gained when it acquired photo management company Picasa last year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the release underscores the search company's focus on allowing users to better find and organise information stored on their computers.

Picasa 2.0 scans stored images and sorts them by date, allows users to add labels and star ratings to favourites, and lets them keep pictures in multiple albums.

For editing, users are offered basic fix buttons for cropping photos, removing red eye and fixing contrast and color. The new release also contains added effects, such as the ability to focus on a subject and turn a gray sky to blue. Picasa 2.0 can also be used to create a poster or screensaver with photos, or even a short film.

The sharing features have also been enhanced. Using Picasa's instant messaging product, Hello, photos can be sent directly to a friend's computer, or transferred to a personal blog using Hello's Bloggerbot tool.

The new software is available for download from Google's Picasa page at www.picasa.com. It requires Microsoft's Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP operating systems, and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.

The search company snapped up Picasa in July of last year, and began offering free downloads of its then current software, Picasa 1.6, almost immediately. The software had been selling for $29.


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