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Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro?

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Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? John Doe 01 7/2/12 3:12 PM
Hi,
I have just received the new MacBook Pro Retina and I am really amazed by the high-resolution screen. Unfortunately, Picasa does not support the Retina display and photos do not look as stunning as on iPhoto. However, iPhoto I cannot cope with. I have really tried but having known Picasa from my Windows computers I found it in many ways not the right tool for me. Picasa has some great advantages which I don't want to miss. However, the support of the new resolution I find critical for future use as it really makes a big difference.

Are we going to see the Retina support coming to new versions of Picasa? Please...

Kind regards,
Robert
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? macaz 7/3/12 10:21 AM
I have the same request.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? aerobless 7/6/12 10:23 AM
yup please support retina displays... sooner or later windows devices will have them too so why not do it now.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Nocturnal_Nick 7/12/12 7:30 PM
I've also got a Macbook Pro Retina running windows 7 Ultimate, and unfortunately many of the applications I use don't behave like they should on a true 2880*1800 display! I just don't understand why they can't act just like they would on a 27" iMac or Dell display with the same resolution!

My gripes so far concerning:

Google Chrome (Canary on Mac works fine, but I don't like Mac OX)

I may have found a solution, I'll get back to you shortly, this requires a restart.

Nick
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? andypandyhah 8/18/12 9:30 PM
It's not just the pictures, the entire program's toolbars and text is pixelized, because of the Mac retina 15 inch's high-definition display. It generally doesn't effect me but I have these little peeves that really affect my work, and this is one of them, I can't stand pixelized things, as well as images. Google, please release an HD version of Picasa for the Mac Retina Display 15 inch.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? JanuschM 9/9/12 5:50 AM
We need a Retina Update, Picasa on MBP Retina is blurred and frustrated
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? vicktor_alpha 9/11/12 7:47 AM
I would like the same thing - come on Google, this omission might actually make me start using the awful iPhoto!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Arthur Pf. 9/22/12 11:47 AM
I have the same request, I just updated to the Retina Display and the Picasa app just doesn't look good :-/
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? cybernytrix 10/31/12 7:05 PM
Google is the new Microsoft. 

Microsoft Office released Retina Display  support for Office a few weeks ago. and Office is way more complex than Picasa.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? yin2010 11/3/12 10:16 PM
that's not a totally fair comparison if you think about how important office is to microsoft versus how important picasa is to google ... although I agree that google should make picasa support retina display *now*.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? gurmukhp 11/7/12 3:23 PM
I support this request too, although this app hasn't had an update in ages, so is it dead?
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Vahdyx 11/13/12 9:17 AM
I too want this support! Google please update for retina!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Rob Mosher 11/16/12 6:24 PM
Unfortunately we MBP-r users still represent an insignificant portion of the market share. While I'm sure it's on the whiteboard at their office (near the bottom of a long list of features to be implemented), it's not practical to devote a lot of time and money on something that affects less than one-tenth of a percent of their users. From my understanding (from ports of Lightroom and Photoshop, etc), it takes a lot of man hours to implement all the necessary Hi-Res assets. I could be entirely wrong, but I'd expect support when PC manufactures begin to release HiDPI displays in the second quarter of 2013. 
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Sergiu Destinatus 12/3/12 4:23 AM
Yes, Please, a retina Picasa !! I hope it will be done soon. Are there any ways to make at least the font look not pixelated?
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? UltraBird 12/6/12 7:22 PM
In the meantime, you can turn your resolution up to max in the display settings or, better yet, download SetResX to run at native resolution.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Vahdyx 12/6/12 7:32 PM
I somewhat disagree with your comment. If I were to correct it, I'd say it's just as a product (picasa) there's not that many people using it (picasa) in general, wither it be Mac or PC. So they're desire to fix it is low since Mac users with retina display is even lower than that of standard users. I get what you're saying, but since it lacked details this is what came to my mind at first glance; Google still allowed their team to create retina support for Chrome... In fact the speed in which they allowed this update was incredible. 

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Stefan Lisowski 1/5/13 7:43 PM
Yes, I would like retina support for Picasa too.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? bertfaerstain 1/31/13 1:22 AM
me like retina support.  thanks!!
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Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? UltraBird 2/15/13 8:30 PM
Update to my previous post.
This utility is better:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/display-menu/id549083868?mt=12


To be clear, you can set your display to its native resolution of 2880x1800, but it’s not a great solution. Yes, you can view your Picasa photos in full retina resolution, but the interface is teensy, potentially unusable for some people’s eyes.



Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Equidamoid 2/28/13 12:51 AM
So... Just to bumb this topic.
Hey, Brian Rose, have you asked what to improve? Here it is!

PS
maybe it will be easier to port digikam to mac os...
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? 劲张 3/26/13 8:27 PM
I have the same request.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? tommylux 3/27/13 12:27 PM
They have just released an update, but no sign of retina support.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Marat Kashapov 5/17/13 4:01 AM
+1 to support retina on picasa
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? aonghas 5/26/13 4:16 AM
Pleeeeease Google!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? TomGB 10/16/13 6:31 PM
+1 for that.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Guido Durazzo 11/7/13 6:32 AM
+1, please!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? adamrichardcooper 11/11/13 12:13 PM
Same request. Retina support, please. Make Picasa look as good as it functions. :)
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Andre W. 11/11/13 3:54 PM
+1
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Dr. Drive 11/11/13 6:34 PM
Please Google add retina support! Otherwise I will have to resort to iPhoto! ewwwww
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Jacobo Vilas 11/11/13 7:55 PM
I just got fed up waiting and switched back to iPhoto. I guess google is too busy with google+
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? ambstuc 11/27/13 11:49 PM
Yes I think Picasa would definitely be first choice for many Mac users, but currently the poor resolution deters me from using it. PLEASE GOOGLE, get yourselves a few more Million Picasa followers!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Brandon Danevicius 12/13/13 12:43 PM
Yes Please! Looks like some program out of the 90's as it stands. Waaaay to grainy especially for an application whose explicit purpose is the display of hi-def images.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? lostprofet 12/14/13 9:36 AM
same request here
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? greenprell 12/22/13 8:12 PM
Can't believe this hasn't been done yet. Add Retina support! This is embarrassing for you.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jmwein 12/26/13 6:23 PM
Has anyone found any good alternatives that upload to Google+ since Picasa now looks terrible on my Mac?
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Equidamoid 12/26/13 10:33 PM
I don't know any. Lightroom maybe, but I'm too greedy to buy it.
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Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? tommylux 12/28/13 3:20 AM
New update Dec 12 and it doesn't include retina support! makes you think what the hell are they doing?
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jmwein 1/20/14 6:58 AM
This is getting insane. How can a photo viewing/editing app not have support for high resolution displays!? Is Google simply abandoning Picasa the way it's abandoned so many of its other products in the recent past?

Unfortunately, there's no other desktop application that syncs seamlessly with my Google+ albums. If Picasa doesn't get support for retina displays soon I'll be forced to switch to Lightroom or Aperture and sync to a different photo sharing site. I've been waiting for an update in order to avoid that situation but it seems like thats going to be the only option. 
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Brian.Fitz 1/21/14 11:20 AM
I love Picasa. But I just got a new Macbook Pro and Picasa looks awful. I'm not even that concerned with the pictures being high resolution, but goodness, the menu options are VERY blurry.

Hard to on the eyes, hard to read, hard to use.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jmwein 1/23/14 12:22 PM
I REALLY wish someone from Google would let us know what's going on and what their plan is with the software. The fact that photography software hasn't been updated to work with retina displays for over a year now is pretty ironic. Unfortunately, it also most likely means that Google is preparing to stop support for the desktop software and focus solely on their web editing features on Google+. For the record, I believe this is a huge mistake but one that Google seems destined to make. Either way, please give us some sort of update!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? enriquein 1/30/14 3:54 AM
Agreed. I'd love to be able to use this app in my 13" retina MBP. 
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Rafał Jastrzębski 2/5/14 8:54 AM
me too
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Vlad Velciu 2/11/14 2:29 PM
Count me in too. There are some things that google does not fix and it is unbelievable how they manage to omit simple things. I understand they are ginourmouse but some things plain easy to fix. If it were something that may contradict some Licenses or Patents or even Google's future strategy, let us know for God's sake.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Vlad Velciu 2/11/14 2:32 PM
Besides Retina support they might take a look at (you might say that this is an easy one and that it must already be included but it is not) FULL SCREEN SUPPORT FOR MAC without pressing the play button.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jmwein 3/7/14 10:18 AM
Another update to the application today and still no fix for retina displays. Is it really THAT difficult to support them?! Come on already!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? enriquein 3/7/14 10:51 AM
You'd think that since Chromebooks have High DPI displays they would add that feature. Oh wait. Right. They don't run any software. Great.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Rokas 3/21/14 4:48 PM
Hi,
Are Google guys reading this forum messages? It is really strange to me, that they cannot develop an update to support retina displays for such a long time... Google, please solve this!
I am new to Mac, I've been a Windows user for years, and I did not expect that popular software will be not compatible with even not so new Mac models for such a long time.
First I did a mistake and imported all the photos to iPhoto - and then I noticed, that iPhoto is a software for stupid people, who do not even understand anything about the files. I really like Picasa and want to switch to it completely, but my eyes start to hurt after working half an hour with it. Then I look at iPhoto on my brand new MacBook Pro and I like the image quality. Still cannot switch completely to Picasa because of this, because I find iPhoto better for photo preview.
I will be waiting for the update that solves this issue. I hope, that Google will still continue to develop Picasa... Maybe they do not want to update it so much, because they are thinking of decommisioning it? People, any news/thought on this?

Regards,

Rokas

Kaunas, Lithuania, Europe

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? aonghas 3/24/14 5:00 AM
Many people share your frustration! Perhaps there is a petition we can start somehow to get Google's attention? Would be cool if they integrated Google+ Auto upload into Picasa!

Please Google, please!

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Wei Zhong 3/26/14 8:43 PM
after one and half years, picasa still doesn't support retina display. Why is google so lazy?
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? ZoliQa 4/1/14 1:37 PM
Any updates????
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jmwein 4/1/14 2:00 PM
The silence is deafening....and disappointing. 
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? tommylux 4/1/14 5:16 PM
This is the only thing missing for me and picasa would be perfect. The reason why I don't use iPhoto is because it is crap at network shares.

What is it about picasa the reason why you don't use iPhoto or another alternative? I recommend Lyn photo editor as the best app for network performance.

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Luck Fluke 6/14/14 2:31 PM
They are probably killing it. And will probably loose google drive customers to other clouds ...
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Kenny Novak 6/17/14 5:07 PM
Installed Picasa to sync my Google+ Photos, looks blurry on my new MacBook Retina. Would love to see the retina update!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? elx 6/22/14 10:59 AM
Thank you!  It's a work-around, but it seems to look much, much better.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? aonghas 6/22/14 12:33 PM
Hi elx which workaround are you talking about? Thanks
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Dr. Drive 6/22/14 12:36 PM
I think elx might be a spam bot.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? PatB77 7/19/14 1:18 PM
Seriously Google, it's July 2014. This is embarrassing..
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Dr. Drive 7/21/14 11:41 AM
hahaha, Picasa on RMPB has a minecraftsy feel to it... Pixelated action please!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? steve_camberley 7/23/14 10:52 PM
yes me to, I really want to avoid moving to a bad iPhoto experience! Picasa is great at organising photos. I would happily pay for a retina update to Picasa. Please Googie Woogie! :-)
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? tommylux 7/23/14 11:22 PM
I have considered moving back to windows. Clearly companies like Microsoft and Google don't like working for apple.

Their iPhone are OK though.

Is there no 3rd party app to scale picasa even if all icons are reduced also?

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? sammw 8/18/14 4:54 AM
Any update, sill no retina support??
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jmwein 10/18/14 4:51 PM
At this point it's simply ridiculous that there has been no response from Google. No other way to describe it aside from saying it's shitty customer service. As end-users of this product, we have the right to know whether development will continue or whether development has been suspended. If Picasa, as a desktop application, has a future then I have every intention of continuing to use it to manage my photo library. If not, I will start the painful process of migrating my library to other software. But being left in the dark, I'm forced to make an uneducated decision which isn't right. 

Google- respect your customers and at least give us a status update (if not more info)!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Edwin aan de Wiel 10/24/14 4:14 PM
Agree

Picasa is the best for fast enhancing your holiday pictures, but Aperture has best way to view your pictures due to retina support
So, I am forced to this terrible routine now>
- files are downloaded automatically in Aperture from iCloud.
- connect iPhone to see if all pictures are imported (panoramas not always come with iCloud)
- Export all images in new folder on desktop
- Open Picasa and start working on that folder (enhancing, selecting etc)
- Save all images (otherwise the edits are invisible)
- Import the folder in Aperture
- Check if all is ok, then delete original folder (no need to have originals since versions are much nicer and only take space)

Quite a workflow, with Picasa suporting retina it would be much better
Editing in Aperture  I tried, but takes much much more time, with less options especially special effects. But also the vignette is much better done in Picasa.

So.. Retina support in Picasa please!!!!!


Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Kalin Yancy 12/28/14 12:58 PM
In three days it will be 2015 and Picasa still hasn't gotten any Retina love.
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Macbook pro user32 1/4/15 11:23 AM
Picasa. Y U STILL NO SUPPORT RETINA. We need you. :( 
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Mueez Siddiqui 1/30/15 6:29 PM
+1!
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? jlous 2/18/15 4:43 AM
Pretty please?  
Picasa is the only worthwhile photo manager that manages file folders in a sane way, but if it can't actually display PHOTOS properly, what good is it?

I suspect Google is actually plotting to make Google Photos replace picasa entirely, and that is why there is no development.  
If so, can we please have THOSE extensions soon?
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? RinusA 2/27/15 1:26 AM
Sorry, but that is nonsense: you can use Google+ Photos as a modern replacement of Picasaweb with some organisational facilities and even some cloudediting if used in the Chromebrowser (probably not yet retinaproof either), but G+ never can replace the fast and versatile Picasa manager and editor and creator. 
Rinus

Also I recently picked-up this from Earl Bosallier (topcontributor at the Picasaforum) about the the hires-problems: 
Hi:
That is a problem that comes from Picasa's basic design where they use fixed size fonts and graphics for their dialog boxes.
It has been reported in the past, but no fix is likely because it would require a complete modern GUI redesign, and we hardly ever even get bug fixes.

Here is a way to enlarge some of the text:

Earl

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? Retina support 3/25/15 7:18 AM
please retina support 
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? RinusA 3/25/15 1:57 PM
As you could see this complaint is started in July 2012, so don't expect any improvement of Picasa anymore. In meantime there have been a lot of updates, but not for Retina. See my comment on February 27. 

So, forget about Picasa and start with the new successor of iPhoto. 
And probably it is also more realistic to start with iCloud instead of going on with the old Picasaweb (not very suitable for your iPad either). 

There is no Google personel here to tell the truth behind this neglectance. 
Rinus 
 

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? John Doe 01 4/9/15 11:58 PM
Now that Apple has recently released the new Photos app for Mac alongside OS X 10.10.3 I was wondering whether it is a true alternative. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to try it out therefore I turn to you guys.... Is Photos capable of handling pics similar to Picasa? Can it be used solely offline without the need to hook up to the cloud? Can photos still be shared on an individual albums base without the need to synchronize all photos via iCloud?

Having started this thread almost 3 years ago I believe Google gave up on Picasa and instead focuses on pics in the cloud a la Google+. However, still reluctant to move to the cloud and with over 100GB of pics I still need an offline photo management software. Being fed up with the lack of Picasa support by Google I would like to get your views and experiences on Photos or any alternative.

My requirements are:
  • keeping the existing folder structure
  • high performance of the photo management software with low usage of resources
  • ability to operate it fully offline
  • sharing feature using the cloud (whereby I care little about whether to share via G+ or iCloud or flickr)
Cheers,
Robert
Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? RinusA 4/10/15 12:56 AM
I don't think that it is reasonable to expect a good idea about Photos unless by taking time yourself for a few month to discover its (bad) habits, because you have your own peculiar needs no others can dream off. 

But apart from your off-line work, it is a wrong idea to think about 100 GB in the cloud. You should see the cloud as a secundary backup in iPad-quality (2048px long side) which is totally free on G+ and uploads in reasonable times. But you can't expect from Photos that it can sync with G+ like Picasa, however that is not needed at all: if you are ready with a folder in photos, it can be uploaded into G+ straightly and G+ will do the resizing for you, but with too much compressing to my taste. So you better can export from Photos in 2048px size and then upload to G+ without the Google resizing (and enhancing). 

Because G+ now coöperates with Google Drive without using any additional storage, you can build a structured backup there, because G+ is fully flat and unsortable (just on recent changes). That makes possible more efficient sharing also, because sharing a main folder on the Drive means that all subfolders will be shared also with the same group, whil on G+ you need to share each album individually. 

Maybe this sounds more sound in your ears, because as soon as you start to get 100 GB in heaven you will go straight into hell :-)
Rinus

Re: Picasa to support retina display of the new MacBook Pro? sarah11918 4/10/15 6:19 AM
My requirements are:
  • keeping the existing folder structure - Photos works the same way iPhoto does, so it doesn't use your own folders; it creates its own database/library
  • high performance of the photo management software with low usage of resources - I haven't heard much about this, so no real complaints from users so far re: resources. As for whatever counts as "high performance" when it comes to photo MANAGEMENT, again, remember it organizes your photos the same way iPhotos did (tagging, creating folders WITHIN Photos, not within Finder etc.) so if you like that kind of management, it sounds like it's the same general style just overall an improvement over Photos
  • ability to operate it fully offline - yes if you don't connect iCloud. but be advised if you choose to sync to iCloud it's ALL your photos or none, not selective
  • sharing feature using the cloud (whereby I care little about whether to share via G+ or iCloud or flickr) - this is the one I'm curious about, as I haven't seen which cloud sharing services are supported, or in what way (e.g. ease of sharing individual photos vs ease of sharing albums), but yes I believe it is intended to make sharing easy.
The existing photo structure is the deal breaker for me. I did not like how iPhoto "managed" my photos, and so I won't be using Photos. But, current users of iPhoto seem generally pleased with the Photos improvements as it seems very much like the same program, just better integrated with iOS devices and some better photo editing tools.

The only program right now I've seen that I'd consider switching to for photo management that *is* still updated regularly is Lyn. It works the way Picasa does in terms of viewing the photos that you have in existing finder folders, and allows for easy online sharing to a handful of services, Picasa being one of them. I'll start a separate thread for Lyn to see if anyone has actually tried using it seriously and how they like it.

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