9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2014 4:28 PM by artage
zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have used iPhoto for several years, and thought I'd give the competition a try.  I've listed below some of iPhoto's shortcomings, which resulted in my  switching to Picassa.  I'm tired of submitting feedback to Apple, and with each new release of iPhoto (and iMovie), critical functionality is still omitted.

 

1. iPhoto photo management is horrible.  Other photo management software such

   as Picassa or Lightroom allow you to simply import a top level directory,

   after which subdirectories with their meaningful names are displayed in

   the application.  No such directory hierarchy awareness exists in iPhoto.

 

2. Photo management with Picassa is automatic.  If I add or delete individual photos,

   or subdirectories in "watched folders", they are automatically updated

   in Picassa.

 

3. Picassa and Lightroom are referenced libraries, and work extremely well

   in that capacity.  iPhoto does not work well in that capacity, and I've

   read many recommendations in these forums to NOT use iPhoto as a reference

   library for that reason.  Instead they recommend that you import all of your

   photos directly into iPhoto.  The problem with this is that iPhoto will

   eventually become bloated and painfully slow.

   

4. Picassa allows you to take still snapshots from videos.  Brilliant!  iPhoto

   never had this ability.  iMovie actually did have this feature, but Apple

   in their infinite wisdom decided to remove the ability to take still

   snapshots from movies.  The "workarounds" recommended in numerous forums

   is to take a screen shot, or use MPEG Streamclip.  I still cannot believe

   Apple removed this critical functionality.

 

5. Picassa allows you to view your photos metadata.

 

6. Picassa allows you to select a start point and end point in a video and

   export just that small clip.  Nice!

 

7. Picassa is free and runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. 


MacBook Pro
  • 1. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    You do what you want - but on the other hand

     

    1. iPhoto photo management is horrible.  Other photo management software such

       as Picassa or Lightroom allow you to simply import a top level directory,

       after which subdirectories with their meaningful names are displayed in

       the application.  No such directory hierarchy awareness exists in iPhoto.

     

    You simply do not understand how iPhot works or how to use it - you are thinking of file management not photo management - iPhoto is excellent at photo management

     

    You can easily duplicate your desired file hierarchy usng folders and albums - and you can do so much more due to its database management

     

    The problem with this is that iPhoto will

       eventually become bloated and painfully slow.

    Again totally incorrect - I have nearlhy 60,000 photos in my library - others have reported up to 300,000

     

    And iPhoto integrates into all other Apple software which LR and Picassa do not

     

    iPhoto has lossless editing so no matter what edits you make you lose no quality

     

    Again it is your choice - but until you actually learn how iPhoto works you should excercise yoru choice but not try to mislead others into following you

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    To each their own, of course.

     

    iPhoto photo management is horrible.  Other photo management software such

       as Picassa or Lightroom allow you to simply import a top level directory,

       after which subdirectories with their meaningful names are displayed in

       the application.  No such directory hierarchy awareness exists in iPhoto

     

    That's not "photo" management, that's file management.  It's one way of doing things. It's a hybrid between using the file system to manage the files while using the app to manage the photos. It's done by the app writing hundreds (and hundreds) of invisible files to the folders. With iPhoto, the app replaces the Finder. As you never access the files via the Finder, where they are stored is of no consequence.

     

    Photo management with Picassa is automatic.  If I add or delete individual photos,

       or subdirectories in "watched folders", they are automatically updated

       in Picassa.

     

    Againm you're confusing photos and files. Well here's another way to look at it. File management in iPhoto is automatic. Delete the file from iPhoto and it's automatically remvoed from the disk.

     

    You keep confusing files and the data they contain. If you do that will have issues with iPhoto, sure.

     

    3. Picassa and Lightroom are referenced libraries, and work extremely well

       in that capacity.  iPhoto does not work well in that capacity, and I've

       read many recommendations in these forums to NOT use iPhoto as a reference

       library for that reason.  Instead they recommend that you import all of your

       photos directly into iPhoto.  The problem with this is that iPhoto will

       eventually become bloated and painfully slow.

     

     

    Happily agree that iPhoto is not good with referenced Libraries. Using them is pointless as it's more work for exactly zero benefit. iPhoto will not become "bloated and painfully slow". Why would it? iPhoto stores the files exactly like Picasa does (that's how you spell it btw), in the Finder. Each library can contain 1,000,000 images.

     

    Picassa allows you to take still snapshots from videos.  Brilliant!  iPhoto

       never had this ability.  iMovie actually did have this feature, but Apple

       in their infinite wisdom decided to remove the ability to take still

       snapshots from movies.  The "workarounds" recommended in numerous forums

       is to take a screen shot, or use MPEG Streamclip.  I still cannot believe

       Apple removed this critical functionality.

     

    And if that's a key feature for you, then good for you.

     

    How is Picasa at Slideshows? Books? Calendars? Cards? Uploading to Flickr? Facebook? etc?

     

    5. Picassa allows you to view your photos metadata.

     

    Here's a thing: so does iPhoto.

     

    6. Picassa allows you to select a start point and end point in a video and

       export just that small clip.  Nice!

     

    Pretty sure I can do that with iPhoto too. If not, I know I can do it with iMovie or Quicktime player.

     

    7. Picassa is free and runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

     

    iPhoto comes free with every mac. And you can be pretty sure that your photos aren't being datamined...

     

    Oh, how is Picasa on integrating with the OS? That whole thing of every photo in your library being available to every app on your machine?

  • 3. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    Fisaye Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is helpful for me because I just upgraded to Mavericks and discovered I have to purchase iphoto. Now, i'm thinking picasa. The only drawback for me is requirement to sign up for google plus. I dont want google plus!

  • 4. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    Why do you have to buy iPhoto? What version did you have?

  • 5. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    If you own any version of iPhoto '11 the update to version 9.5.x is free - if you own an older version it probably will work although an upgrade to the current version of iPhtoo '11 (whihc is  a purchase) is probably wise and might be necessary since some older versions seem to have issues even though they basically do work and are suppose to work

     

    If you use iPhoto you do not have to sign up for Google plus - you probably will want to sign up for iCloud though

     

    LN

  • 6. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

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  • 7. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    This screenshot shows which previous versions of iPhoto are compatible with Mavericks.  It also indicates which versions qualify for a free upgrade to iPhoto 9.5.1 and which require a purchase:

     

    iP95compatibility.png

     

    Note 1every day more users are reporting problems with iPhoto 8.1.2 so I've included it in the non compatible category.

     

    Note 2:  If your previous version of iPhoto was iPhoto 7 (08) or earlier you'll need to download and run the iPhoto Library Upgrader 1.1 application on the library before opening it with iPhoto9.5.1.

     

     

    OT

  • 8. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    mtngoatjoe@mac.com Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)

    Fisaye wrote:

     

    This is helpful for me because I just upgraded to Mavericks and discovered I have to purchase iphoto. Now, i'm thinking picasa. The only drawback for me is requirement to sign up for google plus. I dont want google plus!

    It would be helpful information if it was quite a bit more accurate.

  • 9. Re: Picassa vs iPhoto
    artage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I found Picasa's face recognition mechanism works better than iPhoto. iPhoto displays message that I have 28000 unrecognized faces and offers me to confirm faces only by five, not mentioning that it suggests completely wrong names. Comparing to Picasa iPhoto learns faces slower ,hope Apple can improve that.