Top Reasons to Use Picasa over iPhoto. Or why iPhoto sucks.

by Yuji

iPhoto is terrible at organization. I realized that the minute I saw that photo imports appear in their own date separated folders.

All of your organization is good ONLY for iPhoto. You can have nicely grouped albums of pictures, but on your hard drive, they are still in these individual folders by date.

That means you’ll have photos taken on July 20th in one, July 21st in another.

Also, I noticed the “iPhoto Library” isn’t a typical folder and isn’t even navigable by web upload dialog boxes.

It’s extremely messy to have organization ONLY IN iPhoto.

Plus, there are too many very practical benefits of Picasa’s organization. I feel as if Apple wants to remove the filesystem as much as it can from its user. Picasa works with it and doesn’t use as much magic.

Note that for all the great organization features Picasa brings, it has its share of problems in other areas… iPhoto is better at SYNCING. It’s fast and knows which photos to download.

Picasa downlaods slower since it has to read through all pictures on your phone to determine which are duplicates.

Can’t have the best of both worlds it seems. For now, a small extra wait when syncing photos is completely bearable to me.

Enter Picasa: Free.

Wow, this thing is an improvement.

It has support for both virtual organization (folders stay the same) and real, physical separation.

Imagine the dialog box I get when I drag a photo from one folder to another..

Can it really be? Yes.

But wait. There’s more…

Right click reveals a move to new folder shortcut, add to album/new, split folder here (all photos TO the split stay in folder, rest go to new folder.

So convenient.

Next, it lets you define certain important folder attributes so that it’s a little more functional than “New Folder”.

And when we click okay?

Oh, and great out of the box editing support.

I’m glad I didnt’ give up and end up with 1000 pictures over 500 folders, in organization only accessible to iPhoto.

Picasa Collections: Virtual folder organization

Just as Albums virtually organize photos (iPhoto-style) and Folders physically organize photos (on the filesystem), Collections virtually organize physical folders.

Did that make sense?

To start, right click on a folder you’ve created and select “Move to collection”

Select a new collection name or previously existing one, and you’ll see your new “collection”.

So there you have it.. Virtual organization of real folders.

Minimize them, focus on groups of folders without having to nest your main folder groups so far.

Copy full path:

If you need to get a single file in a giant list to your upload form, iPhoto wins: you could drag directly from the photo in iPhoto to your file select box. Well, at least in Picasa, that’s not the ONLY way to find your photo.

In Picasa, right click and select full path.

Then, in your file selection window, push command shift G, then command v to paste the direct path.

There ya go.