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Picassa 3 Beta is now available from Google. I use Picassa as my quick and dirty editor for my blog posts, and web galleries I share with friends. I use Adobe Lightroom for my main cataloging, raw editing, and printing tool, but Picassa fills a nice nich for me. Picassa 3 has fixed a few flaws, added some new cameras to it’s raw support list, and added some new features. It looks like Canon G9 Raw support is fixed. They have also added a very nice text tool for adding watermarks, which supports transparancy, rotation, and color picking. There is a new movie tool for creating animated slideshows with music. Personally, this release resolves most of the issues I had with the previous version. The main thing that i still consider a major shortcoming is the lack of control in the sharpening tool. All they need to do is add a slider to control the sharpen amount.
Picassa is a great free tool that gets better with every release. Thanks Google!
There was an accident at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome this past Sunday. The pilot, Vincent Nasta was killed in a crash durning the WWI airshow. I didn’t know him personally, but I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the Nasta family and his friends at the Aerodrome. I believe it was Mr. Nasta who took my son Evan on his first flight.
* Updates *
A tribute page for Mr. Nasta
Official Aerodrome Statement