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  A RAW Look at iPhoto 5
Subject:   Comparison to Picasa?
Date:   2005-01-20 06:32:10
From:   -RDM-
Derrick- have you had an opportunity to compare iPhoto 5 to Picasa 2? Curious.

I'm about to plop down the money for iLife'05; however, I dl'd Picasa 2 on my XP box yesterday (free free free) and was seriously impressed with the app. While I vastly prefer OS X to XP, I found Picasa to be a huge improvement over v.1 and even an improvement over iPhoto 4. So much so that I actually had the thought cross my brain that I'd like to use Picasa 2 for photo management ... but I rather jump to iPhoto 5 as well, I just would.

Quite interested in your thoughts between the two.

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Comparison to Picasa?
    2005-01-20 14:02:05  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I haven't tried the new Picasa yet, but my inclination is to stick with iPhoto. I like iPhoto 5 a lot, and it integrates so well with my overall workflow on the Mac, that I doubt I would switch at this point. But maybe others who are more on the fence will chime in for ya :)
    • RE: Comparison to Picasa?
      2005-01-27 13:38:23  mark_sloan [View]

      I downloaded Picasa a couple of days ago and while it has some good tools, I find the app itself unbearably difficult to use. The label tool is awkward and the scroll bar IS NOT a scroll bar but some kind of zoom shuttle thing. It's controls are all over the place and does not seem to allow for nesting of folders (thankfully iPhoto5 added this) and the folders are based on the actual file structure. It is too literal when it comes to the file system.

      As a side question, can you export a RAW file from iPhoto5 as TIFF and work losslessly in an older version of Photoshop, like version 7? It isn't worth the upgrade price for me to go to CS and $79 for Photoshop Elements 3.0 seems a bit much if I can use iLife for a similar purpose.
    • RE: Comparison to Picasa?
      2005-01-20 14:14:49  -RDM- [View]

      Thanks for the reply. My entire workflow is also on OS X, XP is merely a supplment to stay fresh in supporting family and friends and such (though I used to make a good living supporting Bill's empire).

      For the benefit of all the iLife'05 apps, I'll buy it. I am especially interested in iPhoto 5, so again, thanks for the "review".

      It would be nice to hear from others on Picasa 2. I know Pogue has a blurb on it and iPhoto - he gives the editing edge to Picasa, fwiw.
      • RE: Comparison to Picasa?
        2005-01-20 18:27:56  puggsly [View]

        I don't have iPhoto 5 yet but saw some people comparing Picasa to it so I did a quick look at the application against iPhoto 4 as it relates to storing and sharing photos and there was absolutely no comparison.

        I left editing alone because I knew how much things were changing with iPhoto 5 vs 4 and also because I don't see that as the primary function of iPhoto. I'm still cleaning it up but you are welcome to take a look at what I saw.


        • Derrick Story photo RE: Comparison to Picasa?
          2005-01-21 00:00:00  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

          You make some good points in your piece, especially the one about integration with other apps. iLife 05 and iWork take this to a new level.

          Bottom line for me is, if you're a Mac person and like the way your Mac thinks, iPhoto fits in the picture nicely.