Windows Live Photo Gallery and Picasa
I’ve gotten a few responses to my posts about these two programs that convince me that I haven’t explained things as well as I should. In particular I’m disappointed that people have viewed these as an either-or choice. They’ve said that all though Windows Live Photo Gallery sounds interesting they already have too much invested in Picasa to make the switch.
I understand. We all suffer with these learning curves on software and hate to change to something else. It’s nice to keep using something you’re familiar with. But, here’s the key point
I’m not asking you to switch!
If you’re using Windows you already know how to use Windows Live Photo Gallery. It’s just a better version of Windows Explorer. It’s an upgrade to what you already have.
You’ve all seen this. It’s Windows Explorer. You know how to use it to create folders, move things around, etc.
. You should be seeing this instead
You don’t have to give up Picasa. But you should have both. Everyone should. You might not ever use the photo editing tools but it can’t hurt to have this. I won’t repeat the screens from my earlier post https://arthillphoto.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/introduction-to-windows-live-photo-gallery/ but I urge to read it and see what’s available. There are things like panorama stitching and Photo Fuse. (Photo Fuse is an amazing tools that lets you take several group shots and choose the best face for each person). I use WLPG to upload pictures to Flickr and Smugmug. (Used to use it to upload to Facebook but stopped doing that because Facebook’s photo support is so lame).
You get 25 gig of free storage. So you have all your photos at Picasa Web. So don’t use your free storage or just let the program use it automatically to create little galleries for you when you send a photo email. (See my post at https://arthillphoto.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/sharing-your-photos-online/).
I’m not against Picasa. I have it and I use it. It has some features that WLPG doesn’t have. But it has some big weaknesses for every day use. I have yet to figure out how to use the Folder tool on the left side. In WLPG there’s nothing to figure out – it works like Windows.
Lastly, if you’re using Windows Live Writer to do your blog you should use WLPG for your picture inserts. Highlight a couple of pictures, drag them toward Windows Live Writer and WLPG gets out of the way to let you drop the pictures into Live Writer.
Okay, I’ll stop ranting. I just wanted to clear that up. Don’t view WLPG and another (sigh) program you have to learn. Just download it and install it today as a better Windows Explorer. You’ll be glad you did. I promise.