11 October 2008

Two Things

Today I'm going to share a couple of things I really love right now, and they both start with the letter P:

Pandora-- Pandora is an internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. You set up your own "radio station" which plays only music you like. The really interesting thing about this service is that it "learns" from your choices and selects music based upon the attributes of songs to which you've given a "thumbs up".

Picasa 3 -- I've written about Picasa in the past (read my past post here), and I now love it even more. Google has recently launched Picasa 3 (still in beta but fully functional) with a host of new features, many of which are PERFECT for scrapbookers, especially scrapbookers without Photoshop (yep, that would be me)! Best of all, Picasa is a free but powerful organization/editing tool for digital photos. Here are my two of my favorite new features:

* the ability to put text directly onto a JPEG format photo, using any font on your computer (there are couple of formatting limitations which I hope get worked out through testing)

* many new collage options, including my beloved grids, which allow for much more creative control. They've also added several options for creating "gatherings" of different-sized photos, plus the ability to print collages in a variety of sizes.

If you're not familiar with Pandora or Picasa, check them out!


Lily said...

just downloaded the pandora app. Haven't had a chance to play iwht it yet.

Colleen said...

Don't know much about either, so thanks!

Connie said...

I've been using Pandora for awhile, both at home and at work. I love that it plays the music I like, and no commercials! I'll bet you have your own Coldplay station, hmm?

:: gingerkitty :: said...

cool thanks

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

I've heard good things about Pandora and Picassa before. I could try it out sometime.

BonnieRose said...

thks for sharing!

Fonda said...

I love Pandora and have been listening to it for a while. The founder of it is actually going to be in Des Moines to speak (it might have actually happened last weekend!). I love it at work, we are in the basement and no radio reception!! You can even get it on a Ipod if you have the wireless feature, it's very cool!
I have downloaded the new picasa but haven't tried it yet. I love the new features you describe. I wish there was a MAC version! BooHoo!

Anonymous said...

"creative control" is that an oxymoron?