I don’t think I have ever written about Picasa, the free photo manager from Google. It is one of the best, innovative programs I have ever used. If you have a digital camera, it is really a must. It does what I have not been able to with other programs, at least not as easily. Before Picasa, I actually believed that I could keep up with my mounting photo collection by using folders and filenames alone. But after a while, I had no idea where any particular picture was.
This program does it all very well. I get the most use out emailing photos with it, and making web photo galleries. It does both of those so quick that, without the program, I wouldn’t even want to bother anymore. It’s quick and easy photo corrections are pretty capable, and the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is always fun to toy with. The best feature of this program is that it never actually edits any of the original photo files! It stores a hidden .ini file in each photo folder that keeps track of your edits, rotations, etc. from Picasa. But keep in mind that it doesn’t substitute for hardcore photo editing, such as you would do in Photoshop.
There is a actually new version of Picasa that Google released recently, which is version 2.5. It adds some new features, hardly any of which I’ve tried yet. If you haven’t yet tried Picasa at all, then you are crazy. Try it out and you won’t go back. Read more about Picasa at: picasa.google.com.