Picasa Release Notes

Updates to Picasa are made on an ongoing basis. These updates may include bug fixes, performance enhancements, additional hardware/device support and other improvements. Download the latest version of Picasa at http://picasa.google.com/

Release Notes:

Windows

New in 137.69 - December 12, 2013

  • Picasa now includes Google+ Auto Backup for the Desktop.
  • Updates to RAW support to include newer cameras.
  • Patches to image handling. We would like to thank Hossein Lotfi, Secunia Research, for helping to identify several issues in RAW, TIFF, and JPEG handling.
  • Updated file size limits for uploads: 50 MB or 100 MP.
  • "Edit in Creative Kit" function has been removed.

New in 136.20 - April 2, 2013

  • Fixed broken auto-complete for search and tagging.
  • Fixed bug where filter thumbnails would become corrupted.
  • Fixed bug where saving an image could cause inadvertent cropping to a 1x1 rectangle.
  • Fixed bug where reverting an image was not properly refreshing the edit view.

Build 136.19 - March 26, 2013

  • Fixed application crash when saving images after certain types of edits.
  • Fixed image caching problem that caused displayed image to revert to original after saving to disk.
  • Fixed a bug that caused slow and sometimes erroneous handling of search text while typing.
  • Fixed an application crash in applying some types of blur effects.
  • Rolled back code that was intended to fix Import for some devices but broke support on Windows XP/Vista.

Build 136.18 - March 14, 2013

  • Closer integration with Online Contact Management.
    • Prevent loss of online contact information.
    • Added Refresh Contacts button for People Manager.
    • GMail contacts no longer created from local contacts.
    • Better merging of duplicate contacts.
    • For the same contact, ensure data from G+ supercedes GMail data.
  • Better Face Tagging support.
    • Stop creating duplicate online contacts for text-tags.
    • Improved auto-completion for tagging contacts.
    • Allow control of tag uploads on per-contact basis.
    • Improved synchronization between local and online tags.
    • Fix some null-pointer crashes in face tagging related code.
    • Better avoidance and removal of duplicate shapes.
    • Added experimental feature to write all face tags to XMP.
  • Preserve size settings for album upload as default for re-uploads.
  • Fixed application hang due to deadlock in directory scanner.
  • Fixed problems with album sync sometimes blocking images from upload.
  • Fixed problems with album sync not recognizing local changes and uploading.
  • Fixed errors handling PNG files with metadata errors.
  • Fixed an application hang during shutdown.
  • Fix crash during audio conversion portion of slideshow creation.
  • Fix crashes that could occur while accessing Picasa database.
  • Fix crashes occuring during memory allocation.
  • Address security issue in parsing bogus BMP data. We would like to thank coolkaveh for reporting this issue to us.
  • Address security issue in parsing bogus TIFF data.
  • Internal changes to accomodate G+ API changes.

Build 136.09 - September 11, 2012

  • Fixed Sync/upload to re-upload on image size or metadata changes.
  • Fixed reading jpg files saved by Gimp.
  • Fixed Reading some png files with metadata errors.
  • Fixed some errors storing faces in XMP data.
  • "Save as" and "Save a Copy" are now re-enabled when switching away from two-up AA mode.
  • The size option for uploads is now saved in the album data.

Build 136.07 - July 20, 2012

  • Fix for photos being unintentionally marked "don't sync".
  • Fix so links to private albums work.
  • Fix for some cases of duplicate photos in sync'd albums.
  • Farsi language option (beta).

Build 136.04 - May 30, 2012

  • Fixed various crashes.

Build 136.02 - April 30, 2012

  • Fixed various crashes.
  • Nametag deletes are now sync'd with online.
  • Sync no longer deletes online photos without asking.
  • Faster uploads.
  • Fixed uploading jpeg files with large color profiles.
  • Allow delete of Google+ contacts that are removed from circles.
  • Added option to turn of email notification when sharing to Google+.
  • Added Raw support for ten more cameras and Lightroom 4 DNGs.
    • Canon Powershot S100
    • Fujifilm X10
    • Nikon 1
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ4
    • Leica V-Lux 3
    • Panasonic DMC-GX1
    • Samsung NX200
    • Samsung NX
    • Sony NEX-7
    • Casio EX-Z500
  • Fixed emailing to a Gmail group.

Build 135.93 - March 22, 2012

  • Fix crash while trying to write error log.
  • Fix crash on bad slideshow audio.
  • Fix stale contact data in name tag auto complete.

Build 135.89 - March 21, 2012

  • Fix for picasa failing to launch after upgrade.
  • Fix crash when emailing via external email client.
  • Fix for some cases of excessive syncing.

Build 135.87 - March 12, 2012

  • Fixed various crashes based on crash reports.

Build 135.83 - January 19, 2012

  • Fixed various bugs and crashes.

Build 135.81 - January 4, 2012

  • Fixed various bugs.

Build 135.80 - December 15, 2011

  • Fixed various crashes.
  • Fixed name tags and contacts issues.

Build 135.78 - December 8, 2011

  • Added ability to upload to Google+: share with circles, post pictures to your stream, and upload images at original size.
  • Social Tagging: name tag people in your Google+ circles and notify them via G+.
  • New photo editing effects, including:
    • Infrared
    • Lomo-ish
    • Holga-ish
    • HDR-ish
    • Cinemascope
    • Orton-ish
    • Sixties
    • Invert Colors
    • Heat Map
    • Nightvision
    • Cross Process
    • Posterize
    • Duo-Tone
    • Boost
    • Soften
    • Vignette/Matte
    • Pixelate/Focal Pixelate
    • Focal Zoom
    • Pencil Sketch
    • Neon
    • Comic Book
    • Border
    • Rounded Edges
    • Drop Shadow
    • Museum Matte
    • Polaroid
  • Side by side editing: compare two pictures side-by-side, or compare different edits on the same picture.
  • Updated RAW support for pictures from newer cameras.
  • Support for WebP files.
  • On the Tools > Experimental menu, we've added support for migrating your database to another local drive.
  • Improvements to Face Movie maker: number of photos included, chronological ordering.
  • Sync now uploads unshared albums privately.
  • Improved restoring of virtual albums when you uninstall and reinstall, or move to a new computer. Album data is written to the picasa.ini file now, along with all of your other edits.
  • OAuth support: use 2-factor accounts without getting an application-specific password.

Version 3.6, Build 105.67 - June 7, 2010

  • Fix to various crashes during initial scan/startup as a result of Quicktime.
  • For Windows 7, fix for a question mark icon that displays in the Library list for photo folders with 1,000 or more counts.

Version 3.6, Build 105.65 - May 5, 2010

  • Drag and drop in Collage Maker for Mosaic, Frame Mosaic, and Grid.

Version 3.6, Build 105.61 - April 13, 2010

  • Increased stability through multiple crash fixes.
  • Fixed translation errors.
  • Several backup fixes including:
    • Disk-to-disk backup
    • Filtering previously backed up folders
    • Selecting the correct backup set in list

Version 3.6, Build 105.56 - March 23, 2010

  • Increased stability through multiple crash fixes.
  • Fixed translation errors.

Version 3.6, Build 105.41 - February 23, 2010

Version 3.6, Build 95.25 - December 15, 2009

  • Made a stability fix to Timeline.
  • Fixed an issue where Picasa would only show the face thumbnail when a new album is created from a 'People' album.
  • Fixed several issues in the import process.
  • Fixed an issue where dragging and dropping into another folder didn't actually move the photo.

Version 3.6, Build 95.18 - December 8, 2009

  • Added support for collaborative albums in Picasa:
    • The ability to make your own albums collaborative and invite collaborators.
    • The ability to upload to a friend's album.
  • Added better name tag recommendations.
  • Added the ability (in the Folder Manager) to remove folders from being scanned for faces.
  • Add the ability to create (and save) custom crop sizes.
  • Added an option in Settings to preserve the original JPG compression value when uploading to Picasa Web Albums
  • Imports can now be saved automatically by date taken, today's date, or a custom folder name. If date taken is selected, photos will be saved in separate folders by date.

Version 3.5, Build 79.81 - November 3, 2009

  • Improved stability during import.
  • Fixed a crash related to Quicktime.
  • Improved the migration process for users upgrading from XP to Windows 7.
  • Added RAW support for the following cameras:
    Canon EOS 7D Olympus E-620
    Canon EOS 500D Olympus E-P1
    Canon PowerShot A530 Pentax K-7
    Canon PowerShot G11 Panasonic DMC-FZ35
    Canon PowerShot A470 Sony DSLR-A230
    Kodak EasyShare Z980 Sony DSLR-A330
    Kodak EasyShare Z1015 Sony DSLR-A380
    Nikon D3000 Sony DSLR-A8
    Nikon D5000  

Version 3.5, Build 79.74 - October 15, 2009

  • Stability improvements.
  • Fixed an issue that displayed Israel incorrectly in the 'Places' panel.
  • Fixed an issue affecting 'Refresh online status.'

Version 3.5, Build 79.69 - September 30, 2009

  • Fixed an issue where the Universal Terms of Service displays garbled text when installed on non-English versions of Windows.
  • Fixed an issue where certain scanners weren't recognized when importing.
  • Fixed an issue where the Retouch edit was not applied.
  • Fixed an issue where editing contact information in Picasa altered the formatting of contact information at http://contacts.google.com/
  • Added a progress bar when batch editing with 'Auto Red Eye Correction.'
  • Returned the 'Copy full path' option to the right-click menu.
  • Increased stability through multiple crash fixes.

Version 3.5, Build 79.67 - September 22, 2009

  • Note that this is an English release only.
  • Added name tags in the Picasa software.
  • Improved geotagging: You can now geotag in Picasa using Google Maps in the 'Places' tab.
  • Improved keyword tagging:
    • New 'Tags' tab for easier tag management.
    • New Quick Tag buttons for easy access to commonly used tags.
  • Import changes
    • Added the ability to upload and share while importing.
    • Added the ability to add stars and upload only starred images during the import process.
  • Added the ability to modify the date and time on pictures. 'Tools > Adjust date and time.'
  • The Sharpen slider is now more responsive.
  • Improved reliability for CD burning

Version 3.1, Build 71.43 - May 4, 2009

  • Fixed an issue affecting the layout of Mosaic-style collages.
  • Fixed an issue where canceling the import process with safe delete selected removed photos from the storage device.

Version 3.1, Build 71.40 - April 28, 2009

  • Fixed an issue with overlapping usage stats text in foreign language versions.

Version 3.1, Build 71.36 - April 23, 2009

  • Fixed an issue where unedited 'Original Size' uploads to Picasa Web Albums were being compressed. These uploads should now respect the compression value associated with the picture.
  • Fixed an issue that caused cropped images to display incorrectly when combined with sharpen or glow.

Version 3.1, Build 71.32 - April 15, 2009

  • Fixed an error preventing the launch of Picasa.

Version 3.1, Build 71.28 - April 14, 2009

  • Added beta support for right-to-left languages Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Increased video upload limit from Picasa to Picasa Web Albums to 1 GB in filesize, but unlimited in length of duration (in minutes/seconds).

Version 3.1, Build 71.18 - March 23, 2009

  • Added support for ICC color profiles.
  • Newly created versions of hidden files will be renamed to be compatible with their Mac counterparts: '.picasa.ini' and '.picasaoriginals'.
  • Integrated user stats reporting. You can opt-out on the Tools > Options > General tab.
  • Various bug fixes to address user issues with database corruption, loading pictures, email, upload to Picasa Web Albums, and video rendering.
  • Added a fix for images appearing less sharpened when saved -- also applies to glow and film grain effects.
  • Updated RAW support for new cameras:
    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Canon EOS 50D
    • Canon PowerShot G10
    • FujiFilm IS Pro
    • Nikon D90
    • Nikon COOLPIX P6000
    • Pentax K2000
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ28
    • Panasonic DMC-LX3
    • Panasonic DMC-FX150
    • Panasonic DMC-G1

Version 3.1, Build 70.73 - January 8, 2009

  • Improved the Shop feature for certain languages.
  • Fixed an error with MAPI email support.
  • Improved uploading to Picasa Web, less retries.
  • Added support for Open Type Fonts.

Version 3.1, Build 70.71 - December 16, 2008

  • Now available in 38 languages -- newly added support for Hindi.
  • Added "Sign in required to view" option when uploading to Picasa Web Albums. This option allows you to share only with specific users.
  • Ability to click and drag on an image or folder to scroll up and down.
  • Sharpen now has a slider for more fine-grained control.
  • Text edit now has alignment option.
  • Many bug fixes in sync and uploads.

Version 3.0, Build 57.53 - November 20, 2008

  • Note that this is an English release only.
  • Better integration between desktop and the web
    • Automatically sync edits from PC to web, and share online albums directly from Picasa.
  • More editing tools
    • New Retouching tool
    • New Text tool
    • New Smart Cropping tool
    • Improved Photo Collage tool
  • New Movie Maker
    • Create video slideshows with photos, videos, and music
    • Direct upload of videos to Picasa Web Albums or YouTube
  • New Photo Viewer
    • Picasa 3 includes a streamlined photo viewer for browsing photos via the Desktop or Windows Explorer
Mac

New in 3.9.137.119 - December 12, 2013

  • Picasa now includes Google+ Auto Backup for the Desktop.
  • Updates to RAW support to include newer cameras.
  • Patches to image handling. We would like to thank Hossein Lotfi, Secunia Research, for helping to identify several issues in RAW, TIFF, and JPEG handling.
  • Updated file size limits for uploads: 50 MB or 100 MP.
  • "Edit in Creative Kit" function has been removed.

New in 3.9.16.37 - April 2, 2013

  • Fixed broken auto-complete for search and tagging.
  • Fixed bug where filter thumbnails would become corrupted.
  • Fixed bug where saving an image could cause inadvertent cropping to a 1x1 rectangle.
  • Fixed bug where reverting an image was not properly refreshing the edit view.

Build 3.9.15.36 - March 26, 2013

  • Fixed application crash when saving images after certain types of edits.
  • Fixed image caching problem that caused displayed image to revert to original after saving to disk.
  • Fixed a bug that caused slow and sometimes erroneous handling of search text while typing.
  • Fixed an application crash in applying some types of blur effects.
  • Rolled back code that was intended to fix Import for some devices but broke support on Windows XP/Vista.

Build 3.9.14.35 - March 14, 2013

  • Closer integration with Online Contact Management.
    • Prevent loss of online contact information.
    • Added Refresh Contacts button for People Manager.
    • GMail contacts no longer created from local contacts.
    • Better merging of duplicate contacts.
    • For the same contact, ensure data from G+ supercedes GMail data.
  • Better Face Tagging support.
    • Stop creating duplicate online contacts for text-tags.
    • Improved auto-completion for tagging contacts.
    • Allow control of tag uploads on per-contact basis.
    • Improved synchronization between local and online tags.
    • Fix some null-pointer crashes in face tagging related code.
    • Better avoidance and removal of duplicate shapes.
    • Added experimental feature to write all face tags to XMP.
  • Preserve size settings for album upload as default for re-uploads.
  • Fixed application hang due to deadlock in directory scanner.
  • Fixed problems with album sync sometimes blocking images from upload.
  • Fixed problems with album sync not recognizing local changes and uploading.
  • Fixed errors handling PNG files with metadata errors.
  • Fixed an application hang during shutdown.
  • Fix crash during audio conversion portion of slideshow creation.
  • Fix crashes that could occur while accessing Picasa database.
  • Fix crashes occuring during memory allocation.
  • Address security issue in parsing bogus BMP data. We would like to thank coolkaveh for reporting this issue to us.
  • Address security issue in parsing bogus TIFF data.
  • Internal changes to accomodate G+ API changes.

Build 3.9.12.24 - September 26, 2012

  • Signed for Mountain Lion.

Build 3.9.11.6 - September 11, 2012

  • Fixed Sync/upload to re-upload on image size or metadata changes.
  • Fixed reading jpg files saved by Gimp.
  • Fixed Reading some png files with metadata errors.
  • Fixed some errors storing faces in XMP data.
  • "Save as" and "Save a Copy" are now re-enabled when switching away from two-up AA mode.
  • The size option for uploads is now saved in the album data.

Build 3.9.10.4 - July 20, 2012

  • Fix for photos being unintentionally marked "don't sync".
  • Fix so links to private albums work.
  • Fix for some cases of duplicate photos in sync'd albums.

Build 3.9.9.637 - May 30, 2012

  • Fixed various crashes.

Build 3.9.8.632 - April 30, 2012

  • Fixed various crashes.
  • Nametag deletes are now sync'd with online.
  • Sync no longer deletes online photos without asking.
  • Faster uploads.
  • Fixed uploading jpeg files with large color profiles.
  • Allow delete of Google+ contacts that are removed from circles.
  • Added option to turn of email notification when sharing to Google+.
  • Added Raw support for ten more cameras and Lightroom 4 DNGs.
    • Canon Powershot S100
    • Fujifilm X10
    • Nikon 1
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ4
    • Leica V-Lux 3
    • Panasonic DMC-GX1
    • Samsung NX200
    • Samsung NX
    • Sony NEX-7
    • Casio EX-Z500
  • Fixed emailing to a Gmail group.

Build 3.9.7.585 - March 22, 2012

  • Fix crash while trying to write error log.
  • Fix crash on bad slideshow audio.
  • Fix stale contact data in name tag auto complete.

Build 3.9.6.580 - March 21, 2012

  • Fix for picasa failing to launch after upgrade.
  • Fix crash when emailing via external email client.
  • Fix for some cases of excessive syncing.

Build 3.9.5.573 - March 12, 2012

  • Fixed various crashes based on crash reports.

Build 3.9.2.539 - January 4, 2012

  • Fixed various bugs.

Build 3.9.1.535 - December 15, 2011

  • Fixed various crashes.
  • Fixed name tags and contacts issues.

Build 3.9.0.522 - December 8, 2011

  • Added ability to upload to Google+: share with circles, post pictures to your stream, and upload images at original size.
  • Social Tagging: name tag people in your Google+ circles and notify them via G+.
  • New photo editing effects, including:
    • Infrared
    • Lomo-ish
    • Holga-ish
    • HDR-ish
    • Cinemascope
    • Orton-ish
    • Sixties
    • Invert Colors
    • Heat Map
    • Nightvision
    • Cross Process
    • Posterize
    • Duo-Tone
    • Boost
    • Soften
    • Vignette/Matte
    • Pixelate/Focal Pixelate
    • Focal Zoom
    • Pencil Sketch
    • Neon
    • Comic Book
    • Border
    • Rounded Edges
    • Drop Shadow
    • Museum Matte
    • Polaroid
  • Side by side editing: compare two pictures side-by-side, or compare different edits on the same picture.
  • Updated RAW support for pictures from newer cameras.
  • Support for WebP files.
  • On the Tools > Experimental menu, we've added support for migrating your database to another local drive.
  • Improvements to Face Movie maker: number of photos included, chronological ordering.
  • Sync now uploads unshared albums privately.
  • Improved restoring of virtual albums when you uninstall and reinstall, or move to a new computer. Album data is written to the picasa.ini file now, along with all of your other edits.
  • OAuth support: use 2-factor accounts without getting an application-specific password.

Version 3.6.7.262 - June 21, 2010

  • Fix to various crashes during initial scan/startup as a result of Quicktime.
  • Translation fixes.

Version 3.6.6.241 - May 5, 2010

  • Drag and drop in Collage Maker for Mosaic, Frame Mosaic, and Grid.

Version 3.6.5.230 - April 13, 2010

  • Increased stability through multiple crash fixes.
  • Fixed translation errors.
  • Several backup fixes including:
    • Disk-to-disk backup
    • Filtering previously backed up folders
    • Selecting the correct backup set in list

Version 3.6.5 - March 30, 2010

Version 3.6.1 - December 15, 2009

  • Made a stability fix to Timeline.
  • Fixed an issue where Picasa would only show the face thumbnail when a new album is created from a 'People' album.
  • Fixed several issues in the import process.
  • Fixed an issue where dragging and dropping into another folder didn't actually move the photo.

Version 3.6.0.127 - December 8, 2009

  • Added support for collaborative albums in Picasa:
    • The ability to make your own albums collaborative.
    • The ability to upload to a friend's album.
  • Added better name tag recommendations.
  • Added the ability (in the Folder Manager) to remove folders from being scanned for faces
  • Added the ability to create (and save) custom crop sizes.
  • Added an option in Settings to preserve the original JPG compression value when uploading to Picasa Web Albums.
  • Imports can now be saved automatically by date taken, today's date, or a custom folder name. If date taken is selected, photos will be saved in separate folders by date.

Version 3.5.2.90 - November 3, 2009

  • Improved stability when downloading photos from Picasa Web Albums.
  • Added RAW support for the following cameras:
Canon EOS 7D Olympus E-620
Canon EOS 500D Olympus E-P1
Canon PowerShot A530 Pentax K-7
Canon PowerShot G11 Panasonic DMC-FZ35
Canon PowerShot A470 Sony DSLR-A230
Kodak EasyShare Z980 Sony DSLR-A330
Kodak EasyShare Z1015 Sony DSLR-A380
Nikon D3000 Sony DSLR-A8
Nikon D5000  

Version 3.5.2.78 - October 15, 2009

  • Stability improvements.

Version 3.5.1.68 - September 30, 2009

  • Fixed an issue where editing contact information in Picasa altered the formatting of contact information at http://contacts.google.com/
  • Added a progress bar when batch editing with 'Auto Red Eye Correction.'
  • Fixed an issue where the 'Tools' < 'Clear Geotag' menu item was disabled for geotagged photos.
  • Fixed a memory leak on Mac that occured while uploading.
  • Increased stability through multiple crash fixes. Thanks for reporting!

Version 3.5.1.60 - September 22, 2009

  • Note that this is an English release only.
  • Added name tags in the Picasa software.
  • Improved geotagging: You can now geotag in Picasa using Google Maps in the 'Places' tab.
  • Improved keyword tagging:
    • New 'Tags' tab for easier tag management.
    • New Quick Tag buttons to make tagging easier.
  • Import changes
    • Added the ability to upload and share while importing.
    • Added the ability to add stars and upload only starred images during the import process.
  • Added the ability to modify the date and time on pictures. 'Tools > Adjust date and time.'
  • The Sharpen slider is now more responsive.

Version 3.0.6 - July 30, 2009

  • Fixed an issue where applying the 'Retouch' edit created a 0kb new file.
  • Fixed an issue where Picasa for Mac caused very high CPU usage for some users.
  • Various crash fixes.

Version 3.0.5 - May 4, 2009

  • Increased video upload limit from Picasa for Mac to Picasa Web Albums to 1 GB in filesize, but unlimited in length of duration (in minutes/seconds).
  • Updated RAW support for new cameras:
    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Canon EOS 50D
    • Canon PowerShot G10
    • FujiFilm IS Pro
    • Nikon D90
    • Nikon COOLPIX P6000
    • Pentax K2000
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ28
    • Panasonic DMC-LX3
    • Panasonic DMC-FX150
    • Panasonic DMC-G1

Version 3.0.4 - March 2, 2009

  • Added 'Export as HTML Page' feature.
  • Added 'Shop' button which allows you to order prints from regional print providers.
  • Picasa for Mac color profiles should now align with other viewing applications.
  • Added support for deleting photos on network drives.
  • Files and folders containing '/' will now be scanned and displayed.
  • Introduced stability fixes for video playback and moviemaker.
  • Movies created by Picasa should now play correctly on YouTube

Version 3.0.3 - January 30, 2009

  • Picasa will now launch normally with an iPhone connected.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some JPEG files to be written incorrectly when exported.
  • Other minor bug fixes

Version 3.0.2 - January 22, 2009

  • Picasa will no longer close unexpectedly when reading certain TIFF files.
  • Pictures on other volumes or drives will no longer disappear from Picasa.
  • Fixed an error created by connecting certain scanners or multi-function printers.
  • Newly found and imported content will now show the correct date and time.
  • 'Originals' folders created by Picasa for Windows will no longer be displayed.
  • Added the ability to save to non-HFS+ volumes.
  • 'Open File in an Editor' now works properly on all supported Mac OS versions.
  • Various minor bug fixes, particularly for import and disc burning.

Version 3.0.1 - January 6, 2009

  • Right-clicking a photo will no longer cause Picasa to close unexpectedly.
  • Improved handling of network failures during upload.

Version 3.0.0.310 - January 5, 2009

  • Picasa for Mac initial launch. Note that this is a Google Labs beta release in English only.
  • iPhoto integration, Mac support information and other release notes can be found in the introduction to Picasa for Mac.