Rant on Google’s Picasa

June 24, 2008

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The other day I had my rant on Google Docs, you would think I would end my Google criticsm there, but I have a few more complaints.  Picasa is a utility I would love to be in love with.  Unfortunately for online photo sharing Flickr still has my heart.

Problems I have with Picasa:

1.  Space limits, with my paid Flickr I get unlimited space – for another 20.00 (though 5 dollars less then flickr) I get 10 GB – I’m pushing close to that already which wuold cost me 75.00 to jump up to the next price point which is 40GB.   After two years Flickr has significant savings.

2. Number of items in an album, an album in Picasa is the equivalent to a set in Flickr.   I was trying to sync some pictures from Flickr to Picasa with Gnome Conduit, I discovered that an album can only have 500 pictures in it (yes this is an issue for me).  The main reason this is an issue is that pictures HAVE to be in an album, so I am forced to organized my photos (that’s fine) but I don’t need parameters telling me how I have to organize them.

3.  Editing and manipulation tools, Flickr may not have the best photo manipulation tools but they beat Google hands down for function.

Ok I had my little Picasa rant, I’ll let it go now.

4 thoughts on “Rant on Google’s Picasa

  1. If you have a flickr pro account, why are you using Picasa’s online photo sharing capability? Simply use Picasa for organization and use the Picasa2Flickr plugin to upload to your flickr account.

  2. If you have a flickr pro account, why are you using Picasa's online photo sharing capability? Simply use Picasa for organization and use the Picasa2Flickr plugin to upload to your flickr account.

  3. @Ross:

    From a Photo Sharing perspective, I could care less about Picasa. I don’t even really use the tools to their full extent on flickr enough to truly justify that complaint, but it is what is holding Picasa back for others.

    However using API’s with other services and from a data portability perspective having only 500 pictures per album is horrendous. If you weren’t forced to put pictures into albums but could allow them to roam free I would have less of an issue since my only complaint then would be storage space. I do pay for space from Flickr so though the quantity isn’t the same I can’t truly complain about space from Google if I’m not willing to pony up.

    With data portability and all the API tools coming out the album thing really needs to be addressed in my opinion.

  4. @Ross:

    From a Photo Sharing perspective, I could care less about Picasa. I don't even really use the tools to their full extent on flickr enough to truly justify that complaint, but it is what is holding Picasa back for others.

    However using API's with other services and from a data portability perspective having only 500 pictures per album is horrendous. If you weren't forced to put pictures into albums but could allow them to roam free I would have less of an issue since my only complaint then would be storage space. I do pay for space from Flickr so though the quantity isn't the same I can't truly complain about space from Google if I'm not willing to pony up.

    With data portability and all the API tools coming out the album thing really needs to be addressed in my opinion.

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