Picasa Web Albums service, that is Google’s response to Yahoo Flickr, went live today. Like other Google beta services, Picasa Web is open by invitation only.
We’d an opportunity to try Picasa Web Albums and our first impression is it is extremely inspired by Flickr although not anywhere near. Here is a top notch comparison of Picasa Web Albums with Flickr according to several parameters like prices, storage, simplicity of use, features, etc.
Storage Limit and Price for Pro Accounts
Flickr Professional charges $25 for uploading up to 2GB of images monthly while Google charges exactly the same cost for uploading 6GB of photos each year. Therefore, Flickr provides 4 occasions more space for storage than Google in the same cost.
Storage Limit for Pro Accounts
Free of charge accounts, Picasa customers are restricted to 250 Megabytes of space while Flickr allows free customers upload up to 20 Megabytes monthly. Therefore the storage limit is roughly exactly the same for services. Also, there’s no bandwidth limit either in from the servies.
Both services give a internet browser interface for uploading pictures. If this involves software, Flickr includes a very fundamental Flickr Uploader software while Google has integrated the photo uploader in the actual Picasa software itself. However, Flickr provides other photo uploading options like Cell Phones and email.
Tags and Descriptions
Unlike Flickr, Picasa Web doesn’t have support for tags. You are able to attach labels to individual images or perhaps an entire picture album in Picasa Photo software however that does not reflect within the web albums whenever you upload a photograph. Both services riding time captions to pictures but Flickr instantly parses text and converts Web addresses into clickable hyperlinks.
Flickr enables customers to aesthetically mark many places from the picture by drawing a marquee and fix an account or even a connect to that area. For example, inside a group photo, you are able to mark the face and link it aimed at your website. Picasa Web Albums don’t have any such feature.
Both services allow customers to publish comments on other pictures. In Flickr, you may also sign up for your recent comments feed.
Mark a Photo as favorite
Both services allow customers to include any public picture for their favorite folder.
Both Picasa Web Albums and Flickr provide Feed for those photos from the user or selected album (or photoset). However, in Flickr you are able to sign up for photos according to Tags.
Downloading Photos locally
Flickr enables download of person photos while Picasa goes one step further and allows you download all pictures inside a web album. However, Flickr provides various size options whenever you download an image. We miss this in Picasa.
Support for Developers
Flickr exposes a pleasant API that’s been accustomed to develop some amazing web-applications such as the Flickr Graph. Google Web Albums provides no API.
Support for Blogging
Flickr allows you directly create a photo to some blog. This can be done from Picasa in your area although not on the internet Album interface
Where Google Picasa Web Album Wins:
Picasa offers an very easy program to upload photos online. You are able to aesthetically choose files and folders in Picasa, save these to the tray and upload these all at once. Picasa Slideshows tend to be simple to personalize because they are completed in Web coding.
Where Flickr Wins
Movies is really a elderly and powerful application than Picasa Web Albums. Flickr supports tags and photo groupings which will make the job to find relevant photos very easy. Unlike Picasa, Flickr provides towns and photo pools where anybody can join and share related pictures. Flickr comes with an active support community as well as your Flickr related queries are clarified very quickly. Also, Flickr comes with an API for developers.
Conclusion : Go ahead and take Flickr route. I’d most likely use Picasa Web Albums for storing picture backup copies but Flickr remains my personal favorite service until Google introduces tags, towns and much more photo uploading options.