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Picasa 3

by James 4 December 2012 9 Comments

Picasa 3 is a free program that tends to be more than a photo or image viewer, a complex application for a new generation.


The image viewer that I chose to use was IrfanView, a legendary freeware program. But things are changing and IrfanView doesn’t seem to keep up with the pace. Many of you suggested that I should try Picasa 3. So I decided to give it a go.


picasa screenshot

picasa screenshot

And I must say I was quite impressed. The feature list is quite long, as the program offers many awesome possibilities. The main thing is that, as an image viewer, Picasa is great. The preview function is very good, lightweight and fast. If you go further and you want to retouch your images Picasa offers quite a few possibilities, enough for doing some quick edits to your photos.

As for the rest of the features, they are quite impressive: you can sync your files to your Picasa Web Album, create and edit movies, make screen captures.


Version Tested




Operating System

Windows, Linux

Download link


It’s free does its basic job, image viewing, wonderfully.

Easy to use.

 Doesn’t support some image file types.



IrfanView is history! Picasa 3 is something from another century, a complex and yet easy to use freeware program. I’m definitely going to keep this one!

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!



  • kcyr7236 said:

    Thanks for the review. When I downloaded Picasa3 it grabbed 99,667 MB of space on my hard drive! I assume something went badly wrong! It also removed all my photos from my 2007 Picasa 2 folders from my hard drive and half of 2008. I’m a compulsive backer-upper so have not lost the photos but was very upset at what happened. Would really appreciate any ideas about this problem!

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Picasa 3 takes only 55 MB on my PC. I didn’t have Picasa 2 installed, so maybe that has something to do with it. Did you first uninstall Picasa 2 and after that installed Picasa 3? Maybe something went wrong because of that. I had no problems at all with Picasa 3 so far. Please come back with more info.

  • Yuyino K said:

    Yo no estaba muy convencido de instalar picasa pero me gusta probar nuevos programas y el picasa 3 me ha parecido muy bueno en edicion y como visor de imagenes, y lo instale sin inconvenientes, asi que me parece muy puntual el comentario de Johnny Karp. de resto lo unico con lo que no he podido dar es para ver las imagenes con el visor de picasa a tamaño completo (FULL SCRREN) si alguien me puede ayudar le estare agradecido. Slds.

  • Agnese said:

    Vai piccasu 3 dzēšot ārā izdzēsās pilniigi visas bildes?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    English, please.

  • Jon said:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I think I’m still going to like Irfanview better for some reason. I think I’ll just stick with IrfanView.

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  • Poppy Scott said:

    Picassa and Flickr are both great tools for sharing photo online-‘;

  • Shower Cubicle  said:

    both picassa and flickr are good if you want to share pictures online~;;

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