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Google offers name tagging in new Picasa

Beta 3 allows users to identify individuals

Google has launched a new version of Picasa, its free online photo storage and editing software.

Picasa Beta 3 now allows users to assign 'name tags' to individuals captured in images, in a style similar to that offered by social networking site Facebook.

Other changes to the software include the ability to automatically sync albums from a PC to the web, ensuring images and albums can be added, deleted or edited both online and locally at the same time. Users will also benefit from the addition of new photo editing tools including red-eye reduction and retouching facilities as well as updated slide show options.

"Sharing online has skyrocketed in importance as more of us develop a network of friends and family who are tuning into our pictures," said Google product manager Mike Horowitz in a blog.

"Unlike piecemeal alternatives, Picasa manages all these things inside a single application, and with a consistent, easy-to-use interface."


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