mardi 22 septembre 2009

New face-tagging, iPhoto compatibility, & more Mac-friendly features in Picasa 3.5

Today, I'm happy to announce that we're releasing Picasa 3.5, a new version of our free photo editing software. Since we launched it as a beta Labs product 9 months ago, we've been steadily improving Picasa for Mac. Now that it has almost all the same features as the PC version, we've decided it's time to remove the beta label once and for all.

If you haven't tried Picasa for Mac, the new version gives you the ability to add name tags to your photos so that you organize them by what matters most: people. Picasa groups similar faces and lets you easily add a name tag to dozens of photos at once. After you've tagged some photos with names, you can do creative things with your tagged photos, like quickly finding all the photos with the same two people in them, making a face collage for a friend, or simply uploading and sharing people albums.

In addition to name tags, Picasa 3.5 has integrated Google Maps so you can more easily geotag your photos. And using our redesigned import process, you can now import photos from your camera and upload selected photos to Picasa Web Albums in one easy step.

Of course, Picasa for Mac is also designed to "play nice" with iPhoto, taking a special read-only approach to editing photos stored in the iPhoto library. It duplicates instead of changing files as needed, so your iPhoto library isn't ever affected when you use Picasa.

Picasa 3.5 is available in English (for now; more languages to come). You can download and try it today at

mardi 15 septembre 2009

iPhone Solar Charger

iPhone Solar Charger is one of the coolest gadgets that i come across! Given iPhone 3GS's hunger for power, solar power is the ideal continuous charging for our precious iPhone 3GS. Currently i have been using iPhone 3GS with my 3G and Wifi on 24/7. As such, my iPhone is using alot of energy. This high consumption of energy has caused my iPhone to use more than 50% battery energy by end of the day. Recharging everynight is a must for me. This iPhone Solar Charger will definitely solve my problem. A good gadget to get!

mardi 1 septembre 2009

Improved Contact Sync in Snow Leopard

In May 2008, we told you how iPhone and iPod touch users could sync their Gmail contacts with Address Book in Mac OS X 10.5. Now with Mac OS X 10.6, syncing Gmail contacts is also available to users who do not have an iPhone or iPod touch. If your Mac is running Snow Leopard, you can turn on contact sync in the Address Book preferences.

The syncing is better, too: in Mac OS X 10.6, only contacts in Gmail's "My Contacts" group are synced, rather than all of Gmail's contact suggestions. And photos are now transferred as well, since sometimes you just need to put a face to a name.

Before turning on contact sync, it's a good idea to back up your Gmail and Address Book contacts. Our help page explains how to do that, and covers a bit more on how contact sync works.