EasyShare(ES) came with my z700 digital camera (5x optical zoom, 4mpx, uses SD memory and 2xaa batteries). Pro: It manages the camera very well and uploads pictures to Albums under the Kodak Pictures directory. The raw pictures are uploaded into a new directory created with the name of the Date you perform the upload (not the date the pictures were taken). At first this seems all wrong, but muse over it a bit and you'll see it is rational -- For a two week vacation, would you really want 14 unique directories for the trip? ES solves this viewing problem by sorting the album in multiple ways, including View By Date Taken + Reverse Order -> the sequence the pictures were taken in! You can create New Album names and then download them into the camera (if the camera supports this features) so as to help you organize your pictures when they are being taken; eg: on our trip to Europe, we created an ablum name for each city in our itinerary. When we arrived, I set that as the current Collection Name and just started snapping pictures. When we got home and uploaded the multiple SD cards, all the Albums were loaded per the names chosen -- really saved a lot of time. You can add captions to you pictures, rotate Portrate views so everything is viewed right-side-up, and edit with light/contrast. ES also gives you a Gallery online for sharing your pictures with your friends. You upload into collections or ablums and then invite via email your friends to see your work via a slideshow. (they better have hispeed access). Con: speaking about BLOATware! The update download is 35mb and worse still is the impact of ES on your registry. Getting ES to find your camera is problematic -- sometimes it would find it straight away, but after a software update, it may require the uninstall/reinstall of the USB camera driver via the Device Manager. Due to a system failure, I needed to reinstall ES and it proved to be a real chore!! The uninstall 'completed', but the reinstall was contaminated by residual files on disk and registry entries left from the first install. Using the BIG HAMMER technique, I deleted the files manually and then attacked the registry -- Find 'Kodak', delete the key and repeat until midnight + 3 pots of coffee! Really brain dead registry implementation by KODAK engineers -- must have every possible interface implemented as an indirect access via a registry key. Once I got to the end, the reinstall worked as if ES were never present (as all reinstalls should). There are other programs are available -- it's a 50/50 choice if I would elect to purchase this software.