Picasa came out with a new version last week … version 3.5. The biggest new feature is face recognition and name tags. Picasa will scan through all your photos, mark the ones with faces, and put them in a group called ‘unnamed people.’ Then, you can look at those people and give them names. After you have given a few pictures names, Picasa will try to match the other unnamed people to the ones you have identified. · (Tutorial Videos:Naming Faces)
This is all way cool, but it also is a bit time consuming. If you have thousands of photos, it could take 24 hours or even more for Picasa to go through the first scan. You may want to turn it off temporarily so that you can work on other things in Picasa without being interrupted. Or you may not be interested in the face recognition feature at all.
To turn it off:
- Tools / Options
- Uncheck ‘Enable Face Detection’
When you’re ready to let it resume working on face detection, you can go back and check the box again.
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