Google has just released a web companion to their popular Picasa software, which looks to be a competitor to Yahoo!’s flickr. The new service is called Picasa Web and is available for free by invitation only at the moment. If you have a Gmail account, you can request an invitation at the Picasa Web site.
Some of the features that Google mentions are:
- One-click web upload using PicasaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Ã¢â‚¬Å“Web AlbumÃ¢â‚¬? button
- Free storage space to post and share approximately 1000 photos, with the option to upgrade to more space
- High-quality photos, automatically resized and optimized to fill available screen space
- Pre-loaded images enable quick scrolling using arrow keys, and mimic a desktop experience of Ã¢â‚¬Å“flippingÃ¢â‚¬? through photos, even on the web
- End-to-end photo management that makes it easy to download uploaded photos back to your computer
Google even has a sample web album available to see what it looks like.
I noticed the ability to add comments to photos, show camera data, view as slideshow, download images, and even subscribe to RSS feeds of albums. I have always loved Picasa and I think this will be a great addition to Google’s apps. I’m not sure how many people will abandon flickr, but this is a great starting point for Google to test the waters.
If you don’t have Picasa, I highly recommend it. You can download it by clicking the “Get Google’s Photo Software” button on the right of this page.
If any of you have an account with Picasa Web and have given it a try please share your thoughts!