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Shanti Jun 14, 2005 3:53 PM

Ok i was looking for a software to organize mi pictures more than editing them (but eit functions are nice anyway) so i used picasa, i like it a lot the interface is nice, except it does a crapy job organizing the pictures the way I want them, it seems it organizes the pictures the way picasa wants, per example, try moving 1,000 photos to a new category :)

i have not tried PS elements, but i've heard is nice, so in your point of view, and bised the obvious reasons ( picasa is free ), which one is better to organize pictures in a custom way?


Shanti Castillo G.

Geeek204 Jun 21, 2005 3:20 PM

Although I like Picasa (mostly because its free). PE3 is very cool.... I love the organizer. It is very easy to use, looks as nice as Picasa and has much more functionality. Download the trial and check it out!!! Highly recomended.

Steve K Jun 22, 2005 12:55 PM

I use an old version of Photoshop which I consider the best program I own - digital photo editing is an almost daily task for me.

I did try Picasa for a while and think its a fine application (especially for free), but for organizing, I don't see a lot of advantage over the "Nikon View" software that came with my camera. Even my trusty Windows 2000 Pro offers some nice features, e.g. good preview features including videos and audio files. I think Win XP has similar features, but I don't use it (yet). And Picasa's editing features are very minimal. So for me, Picasa is pretty much a (nice) solution in search of a problem.


slipe Jun 22, 2005 2:19 PM

Adobe offers a free starter version of their PS Album. I know that if you download the latest Adobe Reader they will offer it to you. It is probably a come-on for the full program, but you could probably see how the program organizes things. You might also find this freeware interesting. Take a look at some of the scripts available for it:

For image editing you would do a lot better with an older version of PhotoImpact or Paint Shop Pro than Picasa. You can pick them up on E-Bay for ten bucks or so.

Steven R Jun 23, 2005 10:40 PM

Hi Shanti: All the mentioned products are good. Let me add a couple of free programs that every digicam shooter should have.

The "Irfanview" editing program also includesa pretty neat thumbnail editor that allows you to organize and move your photos around into different folders.

Another very good editing program that is free is "Photofiltre". I find myself using it often for a quick retouch, in many ways it is quicker and easier than PhotoShop.

Give them a try. You can't beat the price!

Steven R.

Ikki Jun 27, 2005 5:06 PM

It's difficult to recommend as there are many applications and everyone has their own individual likes and dislikes. This is what I use:

I use PE for editing, I recently moved from 2 to 3, but if you already have 2, stick with it, for editing it's not worth the upgrade. As for photo albums, I much prefer Picasa, just by the way it is laid out. I am not a fan of photoalbum in PE3.

The best thing is to download trials (most have them and Picasa is free) and see for yourself.

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