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Hi, I have a client who uses iphoto.  First off, is iphoto any good for simple edits and syncing with other devices?  I use Picasa on windows 7 and use dropbox to sync with my iphone.  I like that but once a photo is synced to all devices it's pretty hard to delete.  Anyway, I've downloaded Picasa to the Macbook Pro and it's currently indexing folders with photos.  Her albums organization is pretty good within the iphoto section but a bit chaotic everywhere else.  Anyway, I'm looking for the best way to sync between devices, best simple editing tool that also organizing albums, and suggestions on how to organize if we choose Picasa but plenty of stuff has been organized already in iPhoto.
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iPhoto works well but really only syncs with the Photos service in iCloud and all iDevices .. everyone else just gets to look in to the shared albums on iCloud .. so if you've Android devices in the mix they can view but not participate/add/manage photos.

The BIG advantage of Picasa is that it manages photos in place .. i.e. wherever they are located on the HD whereas iPhoto insists on importing all photos into its own Library folder which has a custom structure and you organise it via the iPhoto application but the actual folder structure inside is full of random photo numbers and names.

Running iPhoto and Picasa side by side is also a bit messy .. so if you're proposing Picasa .. the user really needs to abandon iPhoto or there'll be lots of duplication.  (I'd not recommend letting Picasa index or manage the contents of the iPhoto Library folder as there are multiple duplicates in there)

Export the iPhoto Albums / Events to folders .. then index these with Picasa

Dropbox can work quite well as long as you have a PC/Mac to manage the photos as deleting photos from mobile devices is painful!!
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I already indexed everything on the mac including the iphoto.  Is it too late to export from iphoto and  reindex?  Also, have you had problems with deleting photos on Dropbox once they synced to multiple devices?  I find unwanted photos repopulate after I deleted them.  This makes me think twice before using Dropbox.
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"Is it too late to export from iphoto and  reindex? "
It is never too late .. however before you re-index I'd add them to the IGNORE list in Picasa or else move the iPhoto Libraries to an external drive or ZIP them so that they are not indexed ...

Dropbox management of photos can be a little over-enthusiastic ... in that it does try and keep files when you delete them on mobile devices .. sometimes (although it has gotten better than it was in the past)

Like I said .. if you have all devices on the one account ... and use the desktop/laptop to manage and delete files .. I find that it the Windows / OSX file management is better than using the mobile device.

You might want to look at UNBOUND - http://unboundformac.com/dropbox.html
or read a few other ways to work with Picasa, Dropbox and OSX/iOS
http://kimandbarry.com/2013/automatically-sync-photos-between-iphone-picasa-using-photo-stream/
http://chambersdaily.com/bradleychambers/2013/8/3/regular-people-have-no-idea-how-to-manage-photos-their-iphone
http://www.512pixels.net/blog/2013/08/revisting-dropbox-photo-management
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