Can we have Picasa support for the iPad?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article entitled “Just say NO to tethering!”.  In which I wrote about how a prospective iPad customer wrote to Steve Jobs and asked him if Apple will be allowing the tethering of the iPhone to the iPad.  Jobs’ response was a simple and to the point, “No.”.  Well, it appears that Jobs has received yet another inquiry on the unreleased iPad.  This time his brevity is extended to a full sentence.

Seth Weintraub of 9to5Mac, reports that Steve Jobs has received an email inquiring about supporting the Picasa format in iTunes.  Below is the email, and Steve Jobs’s response:

“Date: 20 March 2010 14:45


The iPad photo app looks incredible.  Are there any plans to
support Picasa’s faces and album’s in iTunes, so I can take full
advantage of the Photos application, since Photoshop Album is
long discontinued.  If not, please can you look into supporting
the Picasa library format?



From: Steve Jobs <>

Date: 20 March 2010 16:02


No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places

Sent from my iPhone”

As I stated above, Steve Jobs’ response this time was a little longer than the one before.  The author of the email’s request is a legitimate question.  I personally use iPhoto for all of my photo needs.  The two latest iterations of iPhoto have come a long way from where Apple had started with it.  However, there is a majority of people out there that have adopted Google’s Picasa as their photo management application.  From what I understand it is just as good as iPhoto, plus it’s free.  Google has put a lot of thought into this application, so I think it might be hard for some people to switch from Picasa over to iPhoto, or even for them to switch to Aperture.

Some might say that this is just another example for the feud that is continuing to brew between Apple and Google.  There are rumors that Apple is dropping Google in lieu of Bing as their default search engine for the iPhone.  Whatever the case may be, I think the iPad is too new for Apple to throw in support for Google Picasa’s face and albums.  I think with more time this can likely be achieved with a plug-in to iPhoto or an importer tool.  As I write this article there are only plug-ins to move your iPhoto library to Picasa, not the other way around.  If any of our readers are aware of such a plug-in to import Picasa albums into iPhoto, feel free to let us know in our comments section below.

Photo Credit: Logo Picasa

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