Another Google piece of software that has been introduced for Linux. Unlike Google Earth which runs "native" on linux using opengl, Picasa uses Wine and Mozilla. Google says that this enabled them to quickly port the application. this might not please the purists but it still means that folk can use the software, which may not be a bad thing.
To get the software, follow the linux
version now on Google labs links like so......
for those that might not be able to
read the address bar, simply click on the picture to get taken to the
Doing so,you should see a page like this
I chose the rpm file
download. Saving the file, then installing as normal with rpm on
Double click on the rpm file
give it the root
Just to try it out
after install, I launched it via a shell. After trying it, I
added it to my menu buttons to make it easier for myself. Notice from
the shell, I haven't required to go into root to run it.
simply agree to get
it to work.
Simple stuff, tell
it where to scan. This may take a while if you have large image
directories you wish catalogued. Either that or simply pick where you
want it to scan.
After scanning, my version looks more like this.
simple click on any
picture to bring it up for editing etc.
Picasa is one of
those applications you either love or loathe. To be honest, it wouldn't
have bothered me all that much if Google hadn't ported it across.
It's editing is basic, and its cataloguing is also pretty basic. I'm sure if I persevere with it, I'd grow into it, but I had already been using other programs on linux to do what I wanted.
It's yet another reason to show off that linux can also do some of the same software that windows has, but I don't feel it is essential.
give it a go and see what you think yourselves, after all, linux is all about choice and Picasa helps extend that.
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