Thursday, March 25, 2010

Who Does Picasa Think They Are?

If you upload photos directly to Google's Blogger service like I do (instead of linking them over from Flickr or SmugMug or ImageShack or PhotoBucket) they are automatically placed in a Picasa Web Album.

But Picasa is mainly known as a free photo editing app that Google offers as an alternative to PhotoShop, for anyone who hasn't heard of IrfanView.
(I'm not hot-linking any of these services because I assume y'all know how to use web search engines).

Anyway, WTF is up with these screenshots of the exif data from my last batch of photos?
Exif data is settings information from your camera and editing software that gets embedded as a small file within your .jpg image file.
It hides there doing no harm, and in fact can be quite useful.
If I come across a photo on the web that arouses my curiosity, it only takes a second to right-click on the image and select 'Properties' to see all of the important camera settings along with a bunch of crap that makes no sense.
Try it.

It's faster for me to check a camera setting of mine on the web rather than using my off-line exif reader, and that's what I was doing when I noticed the above bullshit.

Rest assured, I use PhotoShop.
Just who does Picasa (Google) think they are to take credit for editing done on another program?
And why do they let one P-Shop reference slip by, when apparently they can take ALL the credit if they want?

This kind of sneaky crap infuriates me.
They have no right doing this, but on the other hand I have no way to fight it besides moving all of my blog posts (5 years worth!) somewhere else.
It would take me months, and Google/Picasa couldn't care less anyway since they're hosting all of my stuff for free.

If you go back to my last set of Spurs pics, only the Coyote shot lists PhotoShop in the exif. That's a mere ONE out of 6 photo files of mine that haven't been altered without my permission in a single blog post.
This smells like fraud, lying, and bullshit.

And if you use Gmail, I would suggest that you take the necessary steps to disable "Buzz".
It's another new and invasive thing the big G has done without your knowledge.

Did you get a Gmail warning of what Buzz does?
Of course not.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Not good. Bastards!