We’re still looking for an official Windows 8 Picasa app, but you can resort to the desktop version or a third-party app called Picasa HD
Every once in a while, we want to modify our pictures and post them on social networks such as Facebook or Google+, and while the skills required to use a program like Photoshop are not achieved over night, some might want a simpler alternative. If you fall in this category, then using Picasa on your Windows 8 computer is the next best thing.
Important update: we’ve found a reliable Picasa app to use on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 device, so head over to this article to read more about Picasa HD app from the Windows Store.
Google’s photo editor, Picasa is very useful tool for many users out there, and its seamless integration with he Google+ platform make it even better for quickly uploading pictures to your profile. Give the fact that Picasa is a very well known photo editor, we won’t have to explain every single feature that it provides, but we will give you a tour of Picasa for Windows 8.
Running Picasa on Windows 8
Although on the Picasa website in the list of compatible operating systems, Windows 8 is not present, I did install it and I can say with certainty that it works great. So, if you were wandering if Picasa works on WIndows 8, then the answer is a definite YES.
Users can download and install the 3rd version of Picasa from the official website, and as you know, it is free of charge (download link will be provided at the end of the article). Once you have installed the program, it will automatically start scanning your computer for photos.
If you plan to use Picasa on your Windows 8 computer for uploading photos to your Google+ profile, then you will need to log on to your account by using the link at the top right corner of the Picasa window. Furthermore after the scan is complete, you will be able to upload any photos or albums to your profile by clicking on the Sync button on the right of each folder. The process is very simple, like all other Google products.
In terms of editing, not much has changes in the latest updates, so users can still make the classic modifications to their photos, like balance colors, contrast, rotate and add certain effects. One new feature that was added is the Side-by-Side editing, where users can have the original version of the photo right next to the edited one, so they can see the differences better.
Once your Google+ account is linked to Picasa on your Windows 8 computer, before you upload photos, you can tag your friends and then upload them. This feature makes it easier for users to completely edit their photos before they upload them.
As you can see, Picasa for Windows 8 is a great photo editor and for Google+ users, an even better tool to upload photos to their profiles. It has the quality of all Google products and a host of features are effects for editing your favorite photos. I recommend Picasa for all Windows 8 users as a great and lightweight Photoshop alternative.
Download Picasa for Windows 8