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A nice image-compare feature now possible in Picasa 3

I use the Canon software to get decent images out of RAW mode for further editing; I use Photoshop for fine-tuning images to be published in BG (for example); but for everyday, plain-ol' browsing, previewing, quick-fixing, backing up and much more I use the free image management and editing program Picasa 3 from Google.

Unfortunately Picasa is focussed a little too much on gimmicky "social networking" junk (the latest being a big ugly green button labeled "Share") but the software can't be beat for its ease of use, speed, and price -- particularly for the non-pro user.

That said as brief introduction, I simply want to mention here that a neat and useful feature has just been added: an image-compare function. You can now pull up two images (or the same image in original and edited state) side by side on the screen (full screen F11 mode is especially useful for this).

One big plus with Picasa is the speed with which you can switch between images -- they change so fast (and without distracting screen redraws) that a pseudo-3D effect is even possible simply by toggling back and forth between two images shot from a slightly different perspective.

This same benefit is now possible when viewing two images simultaneously. So, you can have your view of the wings and the head, too, at the same time. Or you can have "bugface A" on the left and rapidly toggle between bugfaces B, C, and D on the right.


As a "non-pro", I have used Picasa for years and have been very pleased with it for organizing, e-mailing, cropping and various modifications. I haven't used it much since downloading the latest version because it's not my picture-taking season.

I had not been aware of the new image compare feature and I want to thank Kevin for pointing it out. That's one feature that I would've loved to have over the last few years.

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