Alternatives to Picasa?

Does anyone out there know any good alternatives to Picasa that run on Windows XP?

I’ve been using Picasa for years now. In the past, it has always been very good. Now, however, it has grown slow and bloated to the sacrifice of essential features, like easy transfer of new images, or scanning for the newly transferred images.

I’m open to all suggestions.

That is all.

3 thoughts on “Alternatives to Picasa?

  1. GIMP runs on windows and is arguably the best free photo editor out there. I know you likely edit a lot more than I do, so I’m largely speaking on rep.

    You could always stalk a SCAD student and see if you can get an educational discount version of photoshop :)

    I hope you and Jaime have a great holiday!


  2. Wow Lance, I didn’t know you still checked my blog!

    I have Photoshop 7 for editing, which I’ve used for years. I am looking more for an organizational tool than an editing tool, though.

    Actually, I don’t even need an organizational tool. I just need something that facilitates an easy transfer from card-to-computer, allows me to chronologically scroll through 12,000+ images without having to navigate a folder tree, and allows me to view slideshows that work every time.

    Picasa used to do it all, and it still does, but it has become very buggy. It fails to complete image transfers if I have shot in RAW (DNG). Slideshows seem to randomly pause. Scrolling is glitchy.

    I know I don’t have much room to complain because Picasa is free. Over the years, though, I have recommended Picasa to dozens and dozens of non-techie-type people. Some of them are starting to move away from Picasa. If it doesn’t function as expected, even free software isn’t worth its price.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Nat!



  3. You and Jaime both are still on my RSS feeds, so I read every one of em :)

    The only other one I can think of is Flickr. Natalie hates Flickr and uses snapfish instead, which of course I hate. Flick does pretty seamless transfer though and for $25 a year its pretty feature rich.

    Sorry I haven’t been on AD at all. Not sure why as I still discuss politics with folks, but less formally I guess. You guys need to get on Facebook ;)

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