Mar 272013

A recent Picasa update (3.9 build 136.18) broke some of the functionality of the Import feature.  Some people couldn’t import pictures from their camera at all.  I found that I had to click the dropdown arrow to select my camera – when I hadn’t had to do that before.  They have since issued the next ‘build’ 136.19 and that problem has gone away. 

What Version Do You Have?

To check what version of Picasa you have, click on the Help menu, then About Picasa.  You will see a screen that looks like the following image.  Notice the numbers that are highlighted in yellow – that’s your version and build.


How Do You Upgrade?

If you have Automatic Updates turned on, you should get notices automatically when there is a new version and you will be prompted to install it.  To see if you have Automatic Updates turned on, click on Tools->Options->General.  Towards the bottom of the dialog box, you should see Automatic Updates and your choices are: Update Automatically, Ask Before Downloading Updates, Don’t Check for Updates.  Update Automatically is usually the right choice. 

If you want to manually check for updates, you can click on Help->Check for Updates.  If there is an update available, it will start downloading and it will update when you click OK.  If it reports that “the application is up to date” and you know that is not true, you can always go to and click on Download Picasa.  Once it is downloaded, you need to open and run the picasa39-setup.exe to install it.  Don’t worry, you won’t end up with two copies, it will just overwrite your existing software.  It doesn’t touch your photos, everything will be just the same, you’ll just have the latest version of the program.


Nov 192008

Do you know what version of Picasa you have?  And by ‘version’, I’m not just talking 2 or 3.  There is also a ‘build’ number that represents updates to the version.  It’s important to get the latest builds because they are created to fix bugs and add new features.  To find out what you have, you click on the Help menu and choose About Picasa.  So, for example, my Picasa is currently version 3.0 and build number 57.52. 

Google updates Picasa all the time. You have the choice to 1. let it update automatically, 2. to ask you first, or to 3. only update manually. You make this choice by going to Tools / Options and click on the General tab.

My recommendation is to set this option to update Picasa automatically.  You will then see a message when you open Picasa that updates are ready to be installed.  If you’re not sure that you’ve received all the updates, you can use the Help / Check for Updates Online. 

Picasa 3 Out of Beta?

To get the new version of Picasa … Picasa 3 … you will have to go to the website ( and download it.  This is not an ‘update’, it is a new program.  When you download it, Picasa 2 on your computer will become Picasa 3 – it updates it and keeps all your photos, edits, albums, and settings in tact.

With my latest update to build 57.52, Picasa 3 logo on my computer no longer includes the Beta designation.  It sure looks to me like it has been released from Beta, yet I can find no mention of this in any of Google’s blogs or news items. If you don’t know about the term, Beta, it’s how software companies indicate that they are still testing the software.  They are saying that it is not yet finished. If it is released from beta – they are saying that it *is* finished.  That doesn’t mean it is bug-free.  New bugs will always be discovered.

That’s why it’s important to do your updates!

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