Tuesday, September 16th 2008

Flickr vs Picasa: The best of two worlds, please

I use Flickr for my photos. It’s great in many ways and gives me full control. I can use it both as an online backup and a simple way to show my photos. But it has one drawback:

It sucks for visitors.

What I mean is, it isn’t very easy to use if you’re not a Flickr user yourself. It takes a lot of thinking and guessing.

Screenshot of a photo on flickr

For instance…

Picasa, on the other hand, get’s quite a few of these things right.

Screenshot of a Picasa gallery

I guess user interfaces (or the lack of them) are Google’s forte:

At the same time, I don’t want to have to put photos into sets or albums, as one does with Picasa.

So here’s my appeal to Flickr and Picasa: I’d like the Flickr developers to make navigation easier and faster for viewers. And Picasa, get working on the power stuff that Flickr has. I’m thinking of things like the organizer (which is only second to Lightroom when it comes to … organizing).

I’d prefer it if Flickr made the move though, so I don’t have to upload all my photos to Picasa… 🙂

2 Responses to this post:

  1. Robert Nyman says:

    Yep, Flickr definitely sucks for visitors, most of the time.

  2. Michael says:

    Amen. We have been working to get some photos out there for our family and for 50 something non computer users flickr just doesn’t cut it. Non-intuitive navigation and the fact that you have to be a member to order prints are my main gripes. But Picasa – while easier on the navigation and printing just doesn’t look as nice and you can’t put your photos into sub albums. Oh well hopefully someone will come out with a nice hybrid soon.