Google on Monday revealed that the Mac OS X version of its photo management software Picasa has reached the Beta stage and is available now as a free download. Like iPhoto, Picasa allows users to manage, edit, and share photos. It also integrates with Google's Picasa Web Albums photo sharing service. An iPhoto plug-in, along with a Mac OS X standalone tool, were previously available for uploading images to Picasa Web Albums. The Windows version of Picasa has been available from Google since 2004, after the company's acquisition of Picasa, while the Linux version was first distributed in 2006.
Google noted that some Picasa features, such as geotagging and web cam capture, aren't working yet in the Mac version. The software requires an Intel processor, Mac OS X version 10.4 or higher, 256MB RAM, and 100MB of available hard drive space.