Using PicaJet and Flickr to Manage Photos on the Desktop and Online

I’ve been looking around for something to help me manage my burgeoning photo collection. I’ve got a Sony Ericsson K800 and a Nikon D40, and between the two of them I’m generating quite a few images. Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition came with my mobile phone software, so I tried that to start with. The tagging interface worked well for me — a quick once through tagging with who, where, when and occasionally what is all I ever have time for, and is usually enough to allow me to find an image again. However, the two things that bugged me about Photoshop Album were (1) that there was no integration with Flickr, so if I uploaded photos I’d have to retag them completely, and (2) I couldn’t export my photo catalog or move it between computers easily.

After a not too exhaustive search on the Web, I found PicaJet, and downloaded the free edition. I was encouraged because the tagging interface is great (very similar to Photoshop Album), and because PicaJet has an integrated Flickr uploader which preserves all of your tagging. I also discovered that the photo catalog can be easily exported, so in a nutshell, PicaJet ticks my boxes. You can do quite a lot with the free edition — tag photos, upload to flickr, some basic editing. I’ll be upgrading to PicaJet FX (the full version, around £30) mainly because I want to be able to do more with the tag categories — in the free version you can only have a two-level hierarchy, and you can’t add new top-level categories.

I tried Picasa2, but that doesn’t have any tagging support or Flickr integration.

I also downloaded Microsoft Photo Gallery, which advertises Flickr integration. The installation process was painfully slow, then the application crashed when I tried to launch it on my bog-standard Windows XP machine.