Friday, April 1, 2011

A New Toolbox Need

(I've been away for a while.  Life interrupted me.  I am back.  I know it is April 1st, but this is no April Fool's gag!)

I've finally given up on Picasa.  It is the ornery-ist thing I've tried to work with.  So I threw it out.  I wish I could have wadded it up and tossed it, but I had to be happy just to empty my recycle bin.    I really needed to hear crunching or a bang. 

Now I am on the look out for a program that is simple and free.  I need to organize more than anything else.  I don't want it to hold all my many gigs of photos.  I like that I could uninstall Picasa without any worry about any loss of my photos.  I don't really need the program to do much of anything else.  I have PSP 8 and Photoshop Elements 9 to "work" on any that needs fixing.  But the basics like red-eye removal and straightening up a photo is nice to have handy. 

I have downloaded and have been looking at FastStone Image Viewer, but I don't think that it is quite what I had in mind.  Also have been reading about Zoner Photo Studio Free.  It has a free version, but is it worth it? 

I know PSE9 can organize your photos into albums.  What I don't know is if my photos are deleted with the program if it is uninstalled.  There are also photos that I have within folders that go with my RootsMagic that I don't want touched at all.  Can I stop that?  How hard is PSE9 to work with?  I just started working with this program a couple of months ago, so I am a big-time NEWBIE!

If anyone has any opinions they would share about this, I would appreciate hearing them.  What is the most used photo organizing program used by everyone?

Sheri

2 comments:

footnoteMaven said...

Sheri:

In Elements9 The Missing Manual it says:

"Elements stores your catalog separately from the actual program files. That means you can install and uninstall Elements as many times as you like without damaging or losing your existing catalog."

Personally, I'd back it up.

-fM

FamilyTwigs (Sheri Bush) said...

Thanks fM! I am going to back up and have a try.