The free Picasa software is designed to help you organize your photos, regardless of where they reside on your computer. It imports (without moving or copying) photos from your iPhoto library and other folders on your Mac, including external hard drives if so desired (it’s designed not to affect your iPhoto library, duplicating files as needed). It also includes many editing tools, such as those for straightening, text generation, create collages, and removing red eye, as well as Photoshop-like effects and adjustments.
“We want to make it very easy for people to make their photos look better,” said Jason Cook, product marketing manager for Picasa, in a phone briefing with Macworld.
“There are millions of Mac users using Picasa Web Albums,” said Cook. “This makes their experience a whole lot better.”
Picasa for Mac will be demoed at Google’s booth at Macworld Expo this week.