If you're a Mac user, you probably already use iPhoto to manage your digital photographs and images. And, of course, you can share photos through your .Mac account. Of course, one always should be careful about putting their photos online for fear of how they may be used in ways beyond one's control.
However, if you are a Windows user, then you must rely on other free tools available to you. The following software and web-based tools--listed in order of author's preference--boast powerful photo album management and sharing features.
- JAlbum.net - http://jalbum.net/
This is photo album software that makes web albums of your digital pictures. It works on all computer platforms (e.g. Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris) because it is a Java applet. It is also available in multiple languages.
- Picasa - http://picasa.com/index.php
This program searches your computer for all digital images and puts them into a virtual photo album. You can move photos around, re-arrange them easily, delete them, etc. Note that Picassa can work with Hello to share photos directly on the Web. It has an annoying feature in that it leaves a log file in each directory it scans. While one can easily do a file search and mass delete all the files, it can be a pain when working with web albums.
Hello with Bloggerbot - http://www.hello.com/
- Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/
Allows you to post photos online and share them with others. The web site describes Flickr as "the WD-40 that makes it easy to get photos from one person to another in whatever way they want." This includes photos from the web, from mobile devices, from the users' home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their photos. Flickr also supports sharing the photos via the Flickr website, in RSS feeds, by email, by posting to outside blogs.
- PhotoBucket - http://www.photobucket.com/
Photobucket.com provides image hosting for Ebay, live journals, blogs, message boards, and online photo albums.