This post is a break from my regular method of publishing images. I would like to take the time to review Picasa, the photo manager and editor from Google, which is included as part of the Google Pack.
I have been using Picasa to manage my pictures for over a year now, and have found it very satisfactory. Importing photos is a breeze - all you have to do is plug in your camera, select "Import", and click "Import All" after selecting your device. Once photos are imported, Picasa indexes all the photos in the folders you select on the computer, and lets you view them as a timeline, slideshow, or list view.
Search facilities are excellent, providing you add keywords to your images. With my collection of over 3000 photos a search takes less than a second!
For each photo, there are basic editing tools, with a useful backup of the original photo in case you wish to restore the changes you made.
There are also lot's of extras, including support for geo-tagging, and uploading photos to a free 1GB Picasa Web Album!
Overall, I would recommend Picasa to anybody with more than about 10 photos to manage. It is an excellent tool, and used properly can keep a reasonable sized image collection under control.