Google is at it again. After quietly releasing a new iPhone optimized version of its home page and core services, today they release an iPhone and iPod touch version of Picassa Web, the photo management tool. Picassa, in case you are not already familiar with it, is a free desktop-based photo management tool which Google acquired in 2004. Since then, Google enhanced Picassa with web based photo albums allowing users to upload and manage albums from a web browser and share them with friends and family. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free?
This iPhone release allows you to quickly see all of your web albums using Mobile Safari. Clicking on albums gives you full picture views and comments from your friends. Other features allow you to view your friends’ albums (located under ‘favorites’), search for photos in your own albums or the community photos, or choose to view albums in a slideshow.
This version of Picassa Web can be accessed with iPhone or iPod Touch at picasaweb.google.com. You can go to Google’s home page and launch this application from the “More” tab. Currently, this is only available in English, but since you’re reading this we assume that’s not an issue. However, if your foreign friends can’t find the link under “More”, tell them to change their language preferences to English and then they should see it.
To upload your photos to Picassa Web you must download the desktop application first. It’s totally slick, and free, so there’s no reason not to check it out. It’s available for Mac and PC.