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.
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?