Picasa 3.0 by Google is available for download. If you want to skip this brief review and discover it for yourself, head over to http://picasa.google.com for the free download.
Some of my favorite new features in Picasa 3.0 are:
1) Add text to photos - adding text is as easy as clicking the text button, clicking anywhere on the picture, and then typing. You can customize the size, angle, font, and colors all very intuitively.
2) Sync photos in Picasa to your Picasa Web Albums - no need to continuously upload your photos every time you make some changes. The sync feature does this automatically.
3) Retouch Button - now it is possible to clear up minor blemishes in your photos with slightly less intuitivity then the text feature, but simply none the less.
4) Name Tags - Possibly saving the best for last, Picasa tries to learn what people look like and present them all to you to be name tagged. Its not perfect, but it is not bad either. Features like this will help people organize there pictures, especially those who have not spent much time organizing and now have huge folders of pictures that are unsorted.
There are many other great features for you to discover, this was just a few of the highlights.
Picasa does not compare to Adobe Photoshop in terms of power or features, but it is impressive for a free web based program. Picasa does win in terms of ease of use for beginners, and is much better at networking pictures as you might expect from a Google Product.
"A little over two years ago, we launched Picasa Web Albums to make publishing photos online easy. Now Picasa Web Albums hosts billions of online photos from around the globe, with users adding millions of new snapshots every day. Each of these photos records a different moment, or a different perspective, but one thing they all have in common is that in each case, the person behind the camera wanted "
"Today, Picasa Web Albums introduced a new "name tags" feature to help you automatically organize your photos based on who's in each picture. Gmail's contact list plays a key role in making name tags work: not only does it help you quickly auto-complete names as you tag the people in your photos, but any new contacts you create in Picasa Web Albums automatically become accessible in Gmail."