For ages I would buy overpriced annual upgrades of Adobe photoshop elements.
I have grown quite unhappy with the annual price as well as the cumbersome mode in which it manages it's catalog files and has challenges with SAN / natwork drives. For the last year or two I've completely given up on the product.
I do want to commend the excellent use of TAGs in the product - that was very well done.
I've recently installed Google Picasa 3.
I'm very impressed with the following:
1. It's ability to access network shares is incredible - this is especially important when I have a shared hard drive with family pics sitting on the network.
2. It does a great job creating virtual albums and exporting them onto SD cards - especially at reduced resolution - I like using this to display pictures in a digital picture frame.
3. It's ability to quickly and easily import pictures from other directories.
Hope your holiday weekend is going well.