Portable PicasaPortable Picasa is a software application for organizing and editing digital photos, originally created by Idealab and owned by Google since 2004. "Picasa" is a blend of the name of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, the phrase mi casa for "my house" and "pic" for pictures (personalized art).In July 2004, Google acquired Picasa and began offering Picasa for free download. At the time of the acquisition, the company's management team consisted of Lars Perkins as CEO, Mike Herf as CTO, and Dan Engel as VP Market Development. Native applications for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X are available through Google Labs. For Windows 98 and Windows Me, only an older version is available. There is also an iPhoto plugin or a stand-alone program for uploading photos available for Mac OS X 10.4 and later. Picasa is also available for Linux (through customized win32 builds bundled with Wine software). However, these builds do not run natively, instead utilizing wine's compatibility layer. As a result, Picasa for Linux has a comparatively limited feature set, and several features are incomplete. In addition the Picasa Linux interface is restricted to Wine's theme, giving Picasa a dark gray interface which clashes with its default colors. Strictly speaking, Picasa is not available natively for Linux, yet Google states on the Picasa website that Picasa is "Linux compatible".

 

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