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Google upgrades Picasa, adds Face Movie, Picnick

August 18, 2010: 12:18 PM ET

The update also has some bug fixes as well as some great new functionality and is available for Mac and PC.

Google (GOOG) has been busy upgrading its cross platform photo editing and library application. I like Picasa because it not only works on a Mac or PC (and syncs to both), it also syncs to the web so that my photos don't die if my computer does. Picasa also syncs with smartphones including Android and has a great web interface for other Webkit smartphones.

Apple's (AAPL) iPhoto and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Live Photo Gallery only work on their respective platforms.

Today's 3.8 update includes the ability to batch upload multiple albums at once as well as well as edit those albums inline. That's nice, but the two headliner features that users will get a kick out of are Picnick photo editing inside the native OS app and something called Face Movie.

Face Movie allows you to take a stack of photos of the same person and tell Google arrange them in movie form in a way that keeps their faces stationary throughout the video. Here's their example:

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