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December 8, 2007

Picasa 2.7 for Linux

Google has a preview release of Picasa 2.7 for Linux. The previous version launched last year didn't include the features from Picasa 2.5+ for Windows (like the Picasa Web integration), so this is a good opportunity to add these features to Linux. Here's what is new in Picasa 2.7 for Linux:
* Upload to Picasa Web Albums
Use the new "Web Album" button to post your best photos online to share with friends and family.

* Save edits to disk
Save edits, undo saves, and revert to the original file with ease. We've got batch saving too! Picasa will even match the jpeg quality of the original. Right-click on your saved files to try the new "locate original" feature.

* Folder hierarchy views
Browse through folders Explorer-style. Use the button at the top of your Albums List to try them out.

* Improvements to Import
Import into an existing folder. (...) We've made importing photos from your camera faster too.

* Better RAW support
Now you can work with RAW files from the Canon 30D, the Nikon D200, Adobe DNG files, and more.

* Many other enhancements
Larger thumbnails, better caption editing, ability to configure the row of buttons, special "Starred Photos" album, search by ISO and focal length.

The release still doesn't support videos, full-screen slideshows and it's still using WINE.

More about Picasa for Linux at Google Groups.

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  1. Will you release native Picasa in future?

  2. A proper place to ask this question:

    (Side note: somebody asked this question, but there was no real answer. Probably the WINE version works reasonably well.)

  3. I still don't get why it is so hard to get the full version working with wine... with most programs that relatively easy...

  4. when will there a MAC version of Picasa?

  5. you think that this indexing is a good or bad thing?

  6. First off, those former comments are crazy and make no sense to appear here.

    Second and importantly, great little writeup. It's exactly what, I, as a picasa user in Linux care about knowing. A screenshot, a changelog, and what else is up. I was ready to blog about how Picasa for Linux was getting good. I hadn't tested the videos yet, bummer.

    Again, thanks for the article. Digg+1 from me!

  7. Cool. When will the debian packages hit the apt repository at

    I'll be waiting for new the Ubuntu/Debian packages to auto-update...

  8. Love Google. You guys are bigger than Microsoft, to me and the stuff I use your apps for anyways.
    But I am not getting this version of Picasa. Either you do it natively for Linux or I am not interested. Enough of this crap. You have the resources to do a proper version of Picasa. You don't do it because you don't choose to.

  9. I would love to use the Picasa for Linux, but is dreadfully slow on my 1 ghz PC. Well, most everything is, but the whole WINE deal isn't helping anything!

    I do appreciate it being available, though! Thanks Gloogle.

  10. Glad to see Google reusing some native code. Or, at least, it seems like it's using native code. On my system, yum installing picasa pulled in gphoto2, ncurses, readline, popt, libieee1284 and sane-backends-libs. Way to go!

  11. When will you release this as Free Software?

  12. If it's using WINE...

    No Thanks, I'll stick to the other programs that are actually native, not some crappy experiment using some BETA compatibility layer.

    Nice Try.

  13. I still prefer Pixel image editor on Linux - since Picasa cannot do the same as Photoshop and also looks quite weird using those WINE libraries.

  14. Yawn! How did Picasa for Linux make it past version 1.99? With all the resources Google has at its disposal, they're still making us put up with W[h]ine? With all the great Linux talent at their disposal??? ... shame, shame, shame! The only thing holding me back from dumping m$ entirely is good photo editing and cataloging software. I was hoping that Picasa would solve one of those issues, but apparently not. Come on, Google --- bring on the native code!