June 13, 2006 9:01 PM PDT
Google puts photos on the Web
Google puts photos onto Web
CNET's Elsa Wenzel takes a first look at downloadable Picasa software from Google.
Picasa, technology Google acquired in 2004, is free downloadable software that lets people find and edit photos on a desktop computer and send them to others from a Gmail account or publish them on a blog.
Picasa Web Album is designed to let people easily upload and store their photos on the Web. Uploaded albums can be public and available to anyone who knows the Gmail account under which they're listed, or private ("unlisted") and available only by way of a special link Picasa users can send to whomever they wish.
"All users need to do is select the photos they want to share and click on a button and the photos are online," Graham said.
Viewers do not need to sign in or have a Gmail account to see the photos. A "recent activity" section shows recent photos uploaded by friends. Users can comment on each others' photos and can store about 1,000 photos or so before needing to pay for more storage, Google said.
Photos automatically resize to fit the screen and have no ads next to them. Images are preloaded for fast viewing and users can download entire albums at 1,600-pixel resolution, large enough to make 4-by-6-inch prints, Graham said.