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August 26, 2004

Image Management

Dear Vanessa --

Digi-photo news: I've been playing with Google's Picasa software for image management, here. It's iPhoto for Windows, basically, with one major advantage over iPhoto; it respects your own filing system. Unfortunately, it has a couple of badly-judged failings; no ability to zoom in on the pix; and no ability to burn CDs. But it's free and attractive, it's a snap to download and install, and it's eager to serve.

I've also been having fun with Flickr, an online photo-management whatsis. You can upload photos, designate who can see which images, and arrange and display the photos in albums. I've had a good time doing so. But what I've enjoyed most about Flickr has been surfing other people's photos, which Flickr enables you to do via numerous paths. It's amazing how many striking images people are making with their cameras; and it's giddy-making to be allowed glimpses into other people's lives. You can give Flickr a looksee here.



posted by Michael at August 26, 2004


I use iPhoto every day.

It works okay, but is way slow when you have more than about 10,000 pictures. I think that the Kodak offering is supposed to be faster, but with fewer features. I would totally switch to Flickr/Organizr if there were a way to sync the two. I need to have my pictures even when I'm not on the internet.

One thing that iPhoto does that I haven't seen elsewhere is the nifty zooming thing. See all of your pics in thumbnail, then select one and zoom in until it's big enough.

Qpict is a generalization of the media management idea, it can track movies and such as well as pictures, and is generally faster and more powerful than iPhoto. But it cost mucho dinero, is only for the Mac, and uses Quicktime to recognize media. So if you have any non-Quicktime stuff, it can't see them,

ps: iPhoto is spelled iPhoto, not Iphoto.

Posted by: John on August 27, 2004 2:32 PM

Thanks for the info and correction.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 27, 2004 2:47 PM

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