mimes1, on 03 November 2009 - 03:24 PM, said:
OK - here is what I know. I was a die hard ACDSee user, complete with tags. I had it down to a system; download the collection, and tag it right away. And cross tag also. I had tags coming out of my ears. Well, at the convention, Ro sang the praises of Picasa. Ro's commented that your operating system is going to be faster at finding things than anything, and also that Google people really have the search thing down. So I tried it,and I am sold.
For some of the questions/concerns above, here are some suggestions:
Use Parenthesis for searching - that will narrow your search. For instance, if you want only black papers from Mandy, type in "MST" "Black" "paper". Before you can finish typing you will have all of Mandy's black papers at your fingertips.
One other thing I discovered is that it seems to search to the top level of what you have highlighted over on the left hand side. I keep it on "MyScrapbookLibrary" for all my searches then it finds everything. It also seems to search chronologically by origination date - not date that it was put on your computer necessarily. There may be a way to change that, but I haven't worked that hard to find it just yet.
I Seeing all my layouts doesn't bother me. The cool thing is, if you put your data into the meta data file, if you look closely when your LO's show up, all your metadata is listed right below your layout. If you need to know what you used in a layout, that is a much easier way to find out as opposed to opening your LO in Photoshop to read the metadate. I love this feature.
If I want brads - I type in "Brad" - they all show up. Brown paper? I type in "Bro" and before I can finish typing its on my screen. I have found this to be way more efficient than ACDSee, and believe me, I did not want to leave ACDSee. But, Picasa brings things up in an instant. ACDSee has to sit and think - for a while.
For those of you who are reluctant - give it a chance. For me, finding Picasa alone was worth the trip to SLC!
i am still an acdsee girl but would love to be rid of the addiction... one thing i dont see picasa doing or maybe you can explain...if i type in brad for example i get each file at a time..in acdsee i would see all the brads on a page and then can see them together which helps me to compare, for example, the size or color i was looking for..with picasa i would have to keep scrolling down and wont see them all at once...is this true? or am i doing something wrong? my acdsee isnt slow to load up... so speed isnt the problem...i also like to just click control E and the item opens in photoshop...is there any shortcut with picasa? thanks for any info amy...since you know acdsee and picasa i would love to hear from you