Originally posted by drumsticks
From what I can remember, Picasa (not Picasso) allows photos to be anywhere. It searches for pictures automatically. There is no notion of a library. Any watched folder is input automatically. It really is quite good in this aspect. Downloaded some files onto the Desktop? No problem, appears in Picasa two seconds later. Downloaded new photos from camera into folder xyz? No problem, appears in Picasa two seconds later, provided xyz is a subfolder of a watched folder at least. You only have to specify which folders are watched. You can move folders and rename from within Picasa, but any changes made external are auto updated from within Picasa as well. This is the program's strongest selling point.
This is what annoys me about Picasa. I've been forced to use a PC cause I just moved overseas and I don't have a macbook yet.. (OMG the store just called to say they have one for me! Yahoo!) Uh.. Yeah anyway Picasa annoys me because it raids the HD looking for photos.
I saved a web-page to my documents, lo and behold Picasa imports every little gif and jpeg in the folder. Plus it imported all my uncle's photos too, I don't want them in my library, and I don't want mine in his.
Also the interface isn't too nice, it needs a lot of streamlining, the scroll bar is slow and strange to use, and the search feature is nice but you can't keep the searched item in view when the search is cancelled, it flips back to the library and I have to manually go find where the picture is..
Anyway, in short I miss iPhoto, though I do like the editing features in Picasa a lot and I haven't tried iLife '06 yet either, I'm not sold on Picasa yet. Knowing Google it will become something great however. I'll give it time.