Which do you like better: iPhoto or Picasa?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Frisco, Aug 3, 2006.


Which do you like better: iPhoto or Picasa?

  1. iPhoto

    19 vote(s)
  2. Picasa

    12 vote(s)
  3. Never used Picasa/iPhoto

    4 vote(s)
  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Picasa Web Albums Uploader is available for Mac.

    I just recently used Picasa for the first time. I was very impressed and surprised at how good it is. I wish it was available for Mac, but with this release of the Uploader it doesn't look like Google will be making it. I guess they think iPhoto is good enough.

    Which do you like better: iPhoto or Picasa?
  2. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    iPhoto gets my vote, since it's the only one that works on my Mac.
  3. happy.buddha macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2005
    New Hampshire
    I prefer iPhoto but wish that it used the category function of Picasa.
  4. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    I like iPhoto because it fits so seamlessly with all of my iLife apps and they all just function together. Plus, Apple makes it so I am morally bound to use it. :)
  5. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    It goes without saying iPhoto is far better when it comes to integration with other Apple apps.
  6. fourwalls macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    The new version of Picasa (v 3) is superior to iPhoto. The only thing is that these programs do not compete because iPhoto is limited to the Mac and Picasa to Windows and Linux.

    Check out v3 of Picasa if you have not already! Wow!
  7. Jeremy.Black macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    I would agree. Picasa is fantastic and keeps getting more so with every update. I have been a Picasa user since the early days under winXp. I am still running it under VirtualBox on my new MBP. I like iPhoto but I do not like the way photos are stored on disk.
  8. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    Really, I kind of like the way iPhoto (and other mac apps) store their content kind of like a database file. I like it because to manipulate a photo in another program such as seashore you have to make a duplicate from iPhoto then manipulate the duplicate. Because of this, I find that I am less likely to somehow mess up the original photo.
  9. Jeremy.Black macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    If all of my machines were Macs I would probably like it too. But I have several machines still running XP and one running Ubuntu. I also am running SageTV which works best when I have the photos organized by year. I like to have my photos all under one directory like this.


    Maybe there is a way to organize them like this under iPhoto and I just haven't found it? There are a couple of things I love about iPhoto - particularly the multitouch capability for flipping thru and reorienting the pictures.
  10. lamadude macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2006
    Brussels, BE
    I prefer picasa, it seems to work much faster than iPhoto, and I prefer the way it handles files. It's the program I miss most in OSX.
  11. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    iPhoto is pretty good. I'd have to say I prefer Aperture though (granted it is expensive if you let that stop you :D)
    The lack of any zoom function within a normal viewer of iPhoto window is quite annoying. I normally find myself wanting to zoom in on the 10 glorious megapixels of photo detail, but I am instead forced to "edit" the photo, which is annoying when it takes a second to load and further shrinks the photo on the little 13" screen of my MB... The simple addition of the Loupe in Aperture makes things positively wonderful when I am, say, examining just what sort of critter I happened to photograph from the next peak over :D (mind you that is without any crazy zoom lens. I love camera technology, lol)

    This is the one thing I HATE about iPhoto/Aperture. Try uploading a file to a website using their basic browser-based uploader. Try to find that file by navigating to it like you think you would be able to. Nope. There's a database file there. And you can't "View Package Contents" from within the browser.
    So, you are forced to make a copy just to conveniently upload, or to find the exact Filename for each and every photo you are uploading and manually search for it from the search bar in the browser window. You would think that something like Safari that is so "integrated" would be able to navigate through iPhoto/Aperture's database, but I guess not.

    Back on subject, I have not yet used the new version of Picasa, but the old versions were nice, but iPhoto/Aperture still wins in my mind.
  12. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    Makes sure you put them into events that are organized within iPhoto, and makes sure you have your preferences set so that iPhoto keeps your library nice and neat. They should then appear as:
    iPhoto Library/year/event_name/photo_001.jpg
  13. Diaresi macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    I just can't agree with Picasa, it's good don't get me wrong, but I much prefer the whole events thing in iPhoto.
  14. majorp macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
    I much prefer Picasa too and hate the way iPhoto/Aperture store files. Is Picasa not coming to osx soon?
  15. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I've never used Picasa, so I had to vote for iPhoto.

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