Photo Organisers and Online Photo storage

I’m returning to the topic of tools to organise photo libraries again. I’m not particularly impressed with the photo capabilities of MSN Spaces at the moment, for the following reasons:

  1. IPTC metadata is not preserved, and
  2. The quality of the online images looks pretty crap to me (at least in comparison to Flickr). Here’s a photo on MSN Spaces and the same photo on Flickrfor comparison.
  3. Flickr automatically makes a range of sizes available for each photo. MSN Spaces doesn’t.

I’ve just been playing with the Flickr plug-in to Picajet, and this seems to me to be much closer to what I’m looking for. It’s easy to select a batch of photos for uploading – they can be resized, or left at the original sizes; metadata is preserved, and transferred seamlessly to Flickr (no more re-tagging images), and the Flickr image displays are much better than MSN Spaces.

Come on, Microsoft, pull your fingers out!

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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