This blog is about Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com/ ) And here's why you should try it: It's free, it's super easy, and it actually lets you do some pretty cool things.
Here is the number one thing I use it for: It's retouch function. About a year ago I began the very long process of scanning all my family's old photos into the computer. I never actually finished but I did get through probably 1-2 thousand photos. And now I'm hoarding them... sorry!! But anyways. After uploading them into Picasa, they originally looked like this:
That's a picture of my mom in the second grade. She's the one posing on the desk. After using the picasa retouch function I am left with something that looks like this:
Is it perfect? No. Could Photoshop do it better? Probably. But it is easy, free, and no instruction manual necessary. Oh and it also works wonders on getting rid of zits too... my high school pictures now look like I had amazing skin....