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I've had it with Picasa3! It's become a royal p.i.t.a. lately (since Google took over).
I've downloaded Irfanview64 but I don't think it does what Picasa did, going through the whole hardrive and making a directory of all the images on it. Am I mistaken?
Is there another substitute that works as well as Picasa USED TO?
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Dan, what the heck is Picasa?
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The real solution is to store your pictures in separate folders on you hard drive, and to back that up on edrive or dropbox. If you just dump all your pictures wherever they happen to land, then you will have them scattered everywhere and will need a piece of software to find them. You can, of course, just use Windows Explorer and have it list all the jpgs on your drive. What you probably have is the same mess you'd have if every time you got pictures back fromt he lab, you just put them down wherever you were standing and left them there. I have a Photo folder with sub folders created for special trips, family events, specific topics and I download my pictures to specific sub folders. Everything is easy to find that way. And I delete many pictures that are pointless as I download them from my cameras or phone. Videos get the same treatment. After you've gathered 10,000 pictures what you have is a mess that you'll never be able to find anything in. Although Irfanview is free, it is capable of a lot when it comes to editing, cropping or altering.

The problem with digital pictures is that no one will look at most of them, simply because there are so many and they're mostly stuff you should have deleted rather than saved. I was a pro, newspaper photog earlier in my life, and we were meticulous about storing our negatives in envelopes clearly labeled with date, subject and IDs of people in the pictures. Last year I discovered that all my old negs were given to the historical society and that I can go and copy them if I want. I have some white gloves and sometime will go and copy the best stuff just to enjoy those years over again. Maybe even make a powerpoint of them to share with my senior group.

Sorry I don't know of any software that will search out every picture on your hard drive. I used to use a program called Thumbs that would make sizable thumbnails. It is now called Thumbs Plus, and the site suggests it has the search function. Trial version is free. Here: ThumbsPlus.com: The Home of ThumbsPlus

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Tom; that's sort of the problem, but not exactly. When I plug the SD card into the reader, or scan an image, Picasa acts as a Librarian. It asks where, or more to the point, what you want to call the image (File name) and files it accordingly.
It knows exactly where it puts every image. If you change an image it keeps both the original and the new version(s). And therein lies the problem; it knows the complete path , but I have no idea where it's actually located on the disk.
That's true of every hard disc or removable memory device. Whatever file system you use is the gatekeeper...it has you by the proverbial short ones. If the file system gets corrupted it's game over. Picasa now has dementia.
And Picasa has become corrupted. It's no longer being supported. Google wants into the game and is basically trying to force former Picasa users to switch to Google's offering. Not going to happen .
I've been using it for a decade at least; I used to use ACDSee prior to that. I may have to go back to them. I changed over originally because they were doing something which really annoyed me (must have had something to do with money... ). I basically thumbed my nose at ACDSEE and told them to p** o**. In my own defense I was right and they were wrong! *shock!*

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I thought I read recently that google is shutting down there picture storage app.Would this be the cause Dan ?
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Probably, Rick.
Have I mentioned how much I dislike Google (and MS)?
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Probably, Rick.
Have I mentioned how much I dislike Google (and MS)?
...unfortunately, 99% of the world is on MS...how the hell did that happen...?

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Dan maybe you can try MAGIX Photo Manager. I haven't tried it and they'll probably want to email you offers etc.

I just use Nikon's (free) ViewNX 2 to import photos from my phone or camera, but it doesn't do tricks like organizing all your photos. It just makes a new folder for each import. You can manually organize your photos in the app. The link for ViewNX says "Buy" but it's a free download. Maybe Canon and others also have free software available.

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Probably, Rick.
Have I mentioned how much I dislike Google (and MS)?
I have never hated an operarating system as much as 10 . To this day I canít believe I have to use the search function to find anything , the exact crap I could easily find with XP .
I sent them an email telling them this , but not in as nice a manner
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I was a librarian and archivist for hundreds of design of FPGA's (field programmable gate arrays) and 100 to 200 page schematic PCB designs. I have found that manual control of digital files is by far much easier then letting a program do it for me. All that is necessary is to treat your your digital storage as if it is a large file cabinet. You have a large file folder that you give a name to, inside that large file folder you have smaller fie folders. You name the smaller folders to either a an original designation of the digital files and other small folders for revisions of that designation.

To give you an example, I am a Ham Radio operator, I have radios from several manufacturers. I have all of the manuals in PDF format. I created a Main folder called PDF Files, inside that folder are lower level folders named for each manufacturer. Inside these folders are folders that list the name of the radio, below that are the manuals and firmware update files.

I know it seems to be a lot of folders, but it is easy to find anything I need. Also almost all programs have a way that you can define what directories you files go into. Microsoft Office saves all files to the director called Documents. I have gone into each program and set up subdirectories inside Documents so Excel does into a it's own subdirectory, Word in it's own, etc. If you look in settings for Picasa, I an sure you can define you own directory and subdirectories for your files, don't let the program control you, you must control the program to suite you.

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