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Picasa is a great photo-album application. And it's free. (Windows only. Mac users are stuck with the equally excellent iPhoto.) The price is a nice bonus, especially since photo management is one of those tasks that everyone does, yet everyone does a little differently. Picasa's quality stems from its simplicity, the quick loading of images, and the clear understanding that photo software is meant to get your pictures from the camera to somewhere else -- a printer, the Web, or stored on disc. If you couple Picasa with a cheap storage reader, right there you've got a great digital photo setup, without having to pony up big bucks for Photoshop. Google recently bought the company behind Picasa, which seems like a big vote of confidence for this smart little piece of software.