Google Finally Releases Picasa for MacOS

Google on Monday, just in time for Macworld, announced that Picasa for the Mac has finally arrived, albeit in beta form. Google had previously offered a standalone Picasa Web Albums uploader and an iPhoto plugin for Mac OS, but Mac users were trailing both Windows and Linux in terms of a full-blown Picasa implementation.

Though still in beta, Picasa for the Mac has most of the features of the 3.0 Windows version. However, Google emphasizes the beta label, and notes that some features like geotagging and 3rd-party printing aren't functional.

Nicely, however, they've made sure that Picasa for the Mac plays nicely with iPhoto. Photos stored stored in the iPhoto library, are treated as read-only, with Picasa duplicating files as needed, so your iPhoto library isn't ever affected.

Google says they'll be demoing Picasa at Macworld (where else?), but they also have a video tour below. You can download the beta