Let's face it, the photo management tools for Linux can tend to be either too complex for the average user or offer nothing in the way of modern features. The biggest gap in the spectrum of Linux tools for photo management, image editing is smack dab in the center. That center is where the majority of users work. Few users needs the power of The GIMP or Blender and few users want to use an application that lacks features found in most modern image applications.
Fortunately Google has made their Picasa 3 available for the Linux platform. This entry into the photo management tools should satisfy most users with plenty of bells and whistles. In this article I will show you how to install and begin using Google's Picasa 3 in the Linux operating system.
Fortunately you will not have to use WINE or any other third-party application in order to install Picasa 3. All you have to do is download the file that works with your distribution and install it. I will show you how to install Picasa on both Ubuntu and Fedora. I will show you how to do this via the command line. You will find, however, that when you click on the associated file your browser will most likely offer you the option of installing this file with your installation tool. If that is the case, just let that auto-installer work its magic.
To download the files go to the Picasa 3 Linux download page and download the file you need for your distribution (they offer and .rpm for Fedora/Mandriva/OpenSuSE as well as a .deb for Ubuntu and Debian).
If, however, that is not the case, you can easily install Picasa 3 from the command line. Here's how.
I will assume you have downloaded the file to ~/Downloads. With that being the case do the following for Ubuntu:
sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb
Fedora users will follow these steps:
If you look in the Applications > Graphics menu you will find a sub-menu for Picasa 3. In this sub-menu you will see two entries:
The former starts the application and the latter allows you to set up Font Linking, Screen Resolution, and Menu Font.
When you open up Picasa 3, anyone that has used the application in another platform will be instantly familiar with the interface (see Figure 1). When you first open Picasa 3 it will instantly check your ~/Pictures directory and immediately begin importing all of your images.
As you can see, from Figure 1, Picasa 3 for Linux offers all the same bells and whistles as does the version for the Windows platform. You shouldn't miss a beat.
Google has been outstanding in their support for the Linux platform and Picasa 3 only helps to prove that point. If you are in need of an easy to use, feature-rich photo management tool, give Picasa 3 a try.
Update: Picasa for Linux is no longer available on the official Picasa website.
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