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On a previous post, I had asked about multiple installations of Picasa. The answers tended to be more trouble than they were worth, so I'm on to option 2:

Is there a good alternative to Picasa I could use on my computer that would handle just my work photos? I would continue to use Picasa for personal photos by setting it to only check certain personal folders.

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Honestly none of the suggestions (and ensuing arguments) really turned me on. I really love the ability to put stars on my photos in Picasa and to add tags in the Google way. Picasa is just too smooth a program for my purposes (and again, my purposes are not extreme photo editing, just simple managing). –  NoCatharsis Feb 23 '10 at 3:09

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How about Windows Live Photo Gallery:

With Photo Gallery, it's a snap to get your photos and videos from your camera to your PC. Find your favorite photos and share them with friends and family. Make your great photos look even better, and create impressive panoramic photos too.

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You sound like a spokesperson for Microsoft! But I appreciate the answer and will give it a try. Thank you. –  NoCatharsis Feb 15 '10 at 18:53
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Just took the blurb off the page to give you some background information before leaving this page :) Let me know how it goes! –  John T Feb 15 '10 at 18:55

Have a look at what IrfanView has to offer:

  • Many supported file formats
  • Multi language support
  • Thumbnail/preview option
  • Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
  • Toolbar skins option
  • Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
  • Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Fast directory view (moving through directory)
  • Batch conversion (with image processing)
  • Multipage TIF editing
  • File search
  • Email option
  • Multimedia player
  • Print option
  • Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
  • Change color depth
  • Scan (batch scan) support
  • Cut/crop
  • IPTC editing
  • Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
  • Capturing
  • Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
  • Lossless JPG rotation
  • Unicode support
  • Many hotkeys
  • Many command line options
  • Many PlugIns
  • Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like "I Agree" or "Evaluation expired"
  • No registry changes without user action/permission!
  • and much much more

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or XnView:

  • Import about 400 graphic file formats
  • Export about 50 graphic file formats
  • Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support
  • Image IPTC, EXIF metadata support
  • EXIF auto rotation support
  • IPTC editing
  • Resize, rotate, crop support
  • Lossless rotate & crop (jpeg) support
  • Adjust brightness, contrast...
  • Auto levels, contrast
  • Modify number of colors
  • Apply filters (blur, average, emboss, ...)
  • Apply effects (lens, wave, ...)
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Slide show with effects
  • Batch convert, batch rename
  • Create WEB page easily
  • Screen capture
  • Create contact Sheet
  • Create or edit Multi-page file (TIFF, DCX, LDF)
  • TWAIN & WIA support (Windows only)
  • Print support (Windows only)
  • Drag & Drop support (Windows only)
  • Compare image side by side
  • Filmstrip layout
  • 44 languages support (Windows only)
  • And many many other things...
  • No Adware, No Spyware

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Both are free, portable versions are available as well. Neither program is limited to one installation or one running session only.

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If the OP is a fan of Picasa, he's probably looking for alternatives with similar qualities. -1 from me. –  ceejayoz Feb 15 '10 at 18:48
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@ceejayoz - ah yes, and those programs don't have similar qualities??? LOL ... both beat Picasa hands down and you don't have to worry about privacy breaches Google products are notorious for. –  Molly7244 Feb 15 '10 at 18:50
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I like the polish of Picasa, but if it's just features you're after these two will certainly do. –  Ivo Flipse Feb 15 '10 at 19:03
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@Molly Having a third of the interface taken up by a Windows directory tree really doesn't scream "simplicity" to me. None of that looks compelling to me in comparison with something like iPhoto, Picasa, etc. –  ceejayoz Feb 15 '10 at 19:25
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@Molly Again, that's not simplicity, nor ease of use IMO. Both look like they suffer from the classic "designed by a programmer" issue that hampers usability for normal folks. You may like both tools, but if someone's using Picasa and enjoys its "ease of use and simplicity", I don't believe the two apps you posted fit the bill. –  ceejayoz Feb 15 '10 at 21:25

frankly, I just ask my self the same question, I have the same dilemma too. because Picasa doesn't animate the GIF file I opened, and have trouble viewing TIFF (that have multiple images in one file, scroll-able) and SVG formats.

for my need : I need to also use the above. anything not in my complaint = is solved by the current software (picasa in this case). picasa have a lot of good point. but the bug/feature/characteristics/feel I mentioned above = not solving my problem.

Every user have their own needs, style, and set-up (lcd/crt, with or without graphicards, with or without installation space to spare, etc..). U and me, and all others too, may be different. I don't need the upload feature, advanced editing feature (which I can always use photoshop for that), and putting stars on my picture. But I need a way to manage the picture library and picasa offering is quite interesting.

I've been a fan to IrfanView before, but I installed picasa instead just to have a run on it. after few years and work, I keep on stumbling upon by the same 'imperfection' mention in the 1st paragraph, regardless of how many times they update their software.

My point is, try to be purpose driven in your search, and NOT to 'try' other software.. just use it(not for long, 3 months is good enough for myself). define your needs specifically, eg:

  1. do you need speed of picture loading or 'eye-candy'ly interface is preferred?
  2. do you use/refers to EXIF data in your work?
  3. is advanced image editing applicable?
  4. do you really need an image management system in your viewer?

and so on..

since picasa is free, and i'm not paying the coders salary.. then it's almost useless even if I highlight it and 'request' for a feature that I need, but not the normal majority. Same case with other Image viewer program, Irfanviwe can view more formats than just images/photo/RAW/animated gif, but it's not really an 'eye-candy'. :)

if you can specify those needs that I listed above..and the more specific it is.. the better.

then we look for these features/bug in user reviews or technical bench-marking (that normally done by it magazines like Chip magazine), or even in wikipedia. shortlist your picks, and install them demo use them one at time, just to get 'feel' take note on your 'result' and pick one. (^^)/~

May the search begun..

Plan B :

My plan B? I don't have one. Just use what I can install, and use ONLY that software at all times. :)

Let say I still want all the features that I've definitively defined, and there is absolutely no software that can offers that.. then I only have 2 choice, either to abandon the 'project', or to proceed with the same plan, but different approach.

Different approach is hard for me to explain in text. I share my personal case on how I work around it.

my case : "To look for image viewer/manager/editor that can do standard things, but including :

  1. open RAW in high speed
  2. open 94.1 MB jpeg file in high speed
  3. view a collection of High-res photos in high speed
  4. provide a black/dark frame, so that pictures viewed = clearer | great for presentations
  5. have contrast control so that I can brighten in prior to printing
  6. I need to look into EXIF data. And don’t want the EXIF data to be lost after the editing.
  7. sometime I do batch prosessing, means doing the same thing (image resize/retouch/convert to other format) in bulk.
  8. My machine is not high-end,and limited space for installation partition, If possible I don't want a 'heavy' apps. 9.e

upon trying around, these software only solved my need partially, say :

Picasa - solved prob # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Photoshop CS - solved prob # 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 GIMP - solved prob # 5, 6 Irfanview - solved prob # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Win Pic Viewer - solved prob # .. actually, none of above Ms powerpont* - solved none
Ms explorer** - solved none
Ms office pic viewer - solved prob # 5, 7

Clearly, CS is not an image viewer, but from what it offers, it answers majority of my needs. so i ended up having it in almost every pc i'm working on. :)

so.. what about feature no 3? how do i work around it. Still, I'm looking for a photo/image/picture viewer, not an editor.

solution (for my case) :

cheers, good luck in your search. hope this helps.. in any way possible. :)

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