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    Picasa and Photoshop Elements

    I use Photoshop Elements 4 and like it, both for editing and managing my photos. Several people have said that I should try Picasa. From what I can tell, Photoshop Elements is a more powerful program, especially for editing, but Picasa has some nice, easy-to-use features for managing your photos.

    I'm wondering if there are incompatibilities between the two programs. Can I keep Photoshop Elements and have Picasa on the same machine? Will I regret it if I try it? Will the two programs fight for control of my photo organizing efforts?
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    Re: Picasa and Photoshop Elements

    Elements is a good editor, as far as I know Picasa is a low end editor.

    As for the managing, of photos, I have not found one yet that does NOT use method that REQUIRES their software to use (keeps the money coming in). When there is one or several that can read other's data then I will find a use for it. I try to use the embedded information that is found using the Windows meta data. Just have a look ate all of the options in Windows Explorer in the Details Viewing mode. Right click on the Header bar and select "More". This information will be available on ANY machine with out requiring special software.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Picasa and Photoshop Elements

    You can safely use both programs on your computer without interference. Ease of use and sharing your photos via the web are two characteristics of Picasa. Photoshop Elements (PE) is more a more technical editor giving you control of many more options. If your editing needs are basic either works just fine. If you want to do operations like changing colors, eliminating blemishes, merging photos, adding text and basic graphics, ... then PE is what you want. Give Picasa a whirl and see which one fits your needs better.

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    Re: Picasa and Photoshop Elements

    Lou,

    You asked about two specific programs, but for the sake of completeness I think you should know about another offering that is similar to Picasa and in several ways better, in my opinion. It is called Photoshop Express and like Picasa is a web-based photo storage/editing/arranging/sharing program. It is Adobe getting into the ring to spar with Google. You sign up for a free account and get 2GB of storage, your own website for sharing your images and many tools for managing your images, very good and easy to use editing tools, and clever ways to present your images as slide shows if you so choose.

    The bottom line is the editing tools are good, it is all web based so no additional software on your computer, and it is easy to use; it is a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> service.

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    Re: Picasa and Photoshop Elements

    Thanks for the info. I've downloaded Picasa and so far I really like it for "arranging." I use Elements for the same thing, but it has more features than I usually need. I'll try Photoshop Express, too. Maybe I'll write up something comparing and contrasting the three programs.
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    Re: Picasa and Photoshop Elements

    Two other useful programs I use are Snagit and DateMeNow. Snagit is primarily a screen capture program, but it has some very nice features for annotating images. You can put arrows, callouts, torn edges, etc. on your images. Very useful. DateMeNow is a new freeware program that can put a visible datestamp on your digital photos. It can also add the EXIF date to the filename, to facilitate sorting pictures by date taken.
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