Picasa from Google

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Roger, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Anybody know if this is 8-bit manipulation or is it capable of 16-bits?
    It can take raw files directly but it's not clear what happens after the
    internal conversion.
    Otherwise, seems like a pretty nice program.

    Roger
     
    Roger, Aug 1, 2007
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  2. Roger

    Somebody Guest


    16-bit right. Now that is wishful thinking. It is 8-bit, lacks most
    functional controls for most of the tools and Google is just really poor at
    updating the thing. It is years behind most public domain programs and yet
    they can't update it faster. Typical Google, buy it and tout it to make
    their portfolio look good, but then when really take a close look you
    realize like most of Google's stuff it is either in permanent beta or just
    crap.

    Somebody!
     
    Somebody, Aug 3, 2007
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  3. I've used picasa for an age as a photo viewing sorting and organising
    tool. Based on what you posted what would you recommend in its stead?

    Doc
     
    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Aug 3, 2007
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  4. Roger

    Somebody Guest

    In a perfect world it would be Picasa with more features/more powerful
    features. Picasa has a lot going for it. It has a nice clean interface, it
    is fast and flexible for something's. But, its RAW processing (since it does
    support RAW and using its adjustment tools on them, that is RAW processing)
    is poor and those same tools are weak even for non-RAW images. No control
    over sharpening, lacking basic image editing (basic to even a basic level
    which Picasa doesn't haven't).

    Right now for image cataloging and processing I am using Adobe Photoshop
    Lightroom 1.1. Don't get me wrong it is far from perfect too. However, I
    know Adobe will make major updates to it. So far I have seen nothing from
    Google that would indicate that this will happen to Picasa. Even their last
    so called "major update" to Picasa was a joke. If the fact that Picasa is
    free is an issue, then charge $19.95 for it. If this got it updated and it
    got it some much needed enhancements I would gladly fork over $20 for each
    major upgrade.

    Somebody!
     
    Somebody, Aug 4, 2007
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