PICASA -- After a few weeks of using Picasa and my 200 GB hard drive together, I have concluded that it would be nice if the hard work involved in labeling pictures translated into some kind of meaningful metadata labeling of those images. People like James Corbett, Jon Udell and Feargal McKay have expert opinions on the matter. I have discovered that when I use Picasa, the program does not write International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) data to the images. That's ironic because Picasa is a Google product and Google has to know the importance of IPTC data.
When I shoot a picture with my Fuji S602Z, the camera embeds EXIF data. I can also embed audible data alongside the image. Some test versions of new cameras have facilities to write user info--like IPTC keywords. Sony MiniDisc Recorders have offerred that facility for at least four years.
I will buy a megapixel camera that permits me to write captions or keywords directly into the metadata of the photo image. If I get that capability, I will be in much greater control of the terabytes of images I'm gathering.
And I'm waiting for Picasa and Photoshop Album to inherit as metadata the information I write into the file names of my images.