Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Bye, bye Flickr, Hello Picasa

As cool as Flickr is, there are few things that make it annoying as a regular photo sharing site.

First, the whole concept of a photostream is wickedly cool, yet doesn't quite jive with way I take photos. Why? A photostream presents images in newest-time-first. Which seems like a good thing, except, it means that you view a photo session in reverse by default. Which means you see the end of the trip first, then the beginning. Not exactly the desired effect.

Second, while flickr tags are neat, often what you want is a simple grouping of photos, an album, if you will. By default, flickr allows you to create like 4 groups of photos, and if you want more than that, you need to upgrade to a pay account. Yes, you can approximate a group of photos with a unique tag, but even that gets old.

So, what's a guy to do? Well, switch to Picasa, of course.

Picasa is Google's answer to photo organization, and their newest addition, web albums, does exactly what I want. It allows me to easily upload and organize photos using the Picasa desktop software, and then trivially push them to the web. By default, Picasa allows you to have as many albums as you want. And it still offers such nice features as the ability to blog your photos easily.

If you have a Gmail or Google account already, then you are just a click or two away from having a Picasa account.

For web album software that just works, give Picasa a try.

To see Picasa's web albums in action, click here to see a test album.

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