It's just the best.

I thought Picasa was great, but there were some niggling issues that meant that I didn't end up using it as my main photo cataloguing and manipulation tool. I was going to re-install JASC AfterShot after re-installing Windows on my home PC, but something made me check the Picasa website, and there was a new version just out! It's a big improvement, and it's now the only cataloguing tool that I have installed. The main things that I like are:

There is room for improvement in the next version, though:
In summary: go get Picasa; it's fab and it's free!

This page is http://www.strangely.org/diary/200502/picasa2.html. It was first published on Thursday 24 February, 2005 and last updated on Wednesday 23 February, 2005.