PicasaStarter is a tiny application that gives a solution to a couple of shortcomings of Picasa, the image organisation and editing application by google:


– The database with pictures can’t be shared among different users (not on the same computer, not in a network).


– You cannot choose where to put the database (eg. putting them on a network drive or NAS would be practical).


– You can only use/have one database per user, choosing between multiple databases is not possible.


 This little application offers a convenient solution for those limitations… so you can create any number of picasa databases, put/move the picasa database wherever you like, and share them among multiple users and computers in your local network.

See: PicasaStarter.


Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor ICE

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images.

via Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor ICE.

Shape Collage – Free Automatic Photo Collage Maker

Shape Collage creates nice collages “with shape”:

Denoise My Image – Noice Removal

DenoiseMyImage is a freeware/shareware that can remove digital noise from your photos.

DenoiseMyImage employs modified NonLocalMeans algorithm (from Buades, Coll, Morel), that is state-of-art in removing digital noise from photos. Our algoritm is more than 50 times faster original one and preserves its advantages. Neither waveletet denoising (i.e. BayesShrink) nor anisotropic diffusion have same or better results.

via Denoise My Image – Description – ADP Tools.

SEAMonster: A .NET-Based Seam Carving Implementation

I have mentioned Seamcarving based image resizing on my blog before, an algorythm that changes the size of a photo without removing too much information.

Today Aaron pointed me to SEAMonster, a .NET-Based Seam Carving Implementation which will be open source later.

Google Picasa 3.0 (beta)

Google has a strong day today. Chrome was released today, now comes Picasa 3:

The Picasa 3.0 (beta) ReadMe tells about the new features in Picasa 3:

More editing tools
• New Retouching tool
• New Text tool
• New Smart Cropping tool
• Improved Photo Collage tool
New Movie Maker
• Create video slideshows with photos, videos, and music
• Direct upload of videos to Picasa Web Albums or YouTube
New Photo Viewer
• Picasa 3 includes a streamlined photo viewer for browsing photos via the Desktop or
Windows Explorer

Version 3 can be downloaded at: http://dl.google.com/picasa/picasa3-setup.exe

The beta runs find with my 80.000 photos and the new features are quite helpful.

Noiseware Community Edition – Noise Reduction Freeware