Picasa is Google‘s great photo editing and sharing app. It makes ridiculously quick work out of acquiring images from your camera, sorting them, letting you crop/edit/touch them up, and share them by email or post on-line or blog.
But in our world where "my computer" is giving way to not only multiple computers (desktop, notebook, netbook), but multiple devices (smart phones, tablets, other connected devices), and multiple users per device, the simplicity of Picasa begins to fall down rapidly once you try to have multiple users share the same Picasa photos on either the same or different computers.
Zoli Erdos over at CloudAve writes a deeply technical article that will help advanced users be sure their Picasa instance works with all the others on a home network.
But, this is the age of the CLOUD. Google has always been the company that took our desktop stuff and made it cloud-able. They taught us that email, your calendar and your documents should follow you everywhere you go. Picasa, which was an acquisition, has made inroads into the Picasa web space and sharing photos with Buzz (if your friends use it), but there are still some issues I wish could be fixed:
- Let me share a photo set with other Picasa users easily. I don’t want to have to upload them every time either. Just set-it-and-forget it. When there’s an update, alert my friend to the new image, and just put it in their Picasa for them when they next look. An intuitive option would be to let me select some photos and right-click/long-press the images and have a "share with…." flyout menu option show up.
- Let me define groups of people for granular security. For example, public, friends, family, personal, etc. I may have "work friends" or "golf buddies" I want to share photos with that would not find much interest in the photos I share with the other. Likewise, a scanned photo of my wife’s great aunt might be of great interest with her own family, but it would lose relevance quickly traversing my side of the family tree, even though we’re all "family".
- Why can’t android phones share images easier on Picasa? Really?