Google to end support for Picasa

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On Friday, Google announced it’s ending its support for its desktop photo management software Picasa. The program will be available for downloading through March 15, 2016; after that point, no further updates will be provided. Google is offering support for either exporting photos from Picasa, on top of the photos being available through Google Photos.

This was probably long overdue, especially given how little advertising or attention Google’s given Picasa in recent years. For starters, OS X, Windows, and many Linux distros all come with default photo management software. There’s also the switch by many to using smartphones for taking photos, with said photos backed up into online services automatically. Finally, Google’s been making improvements to its Google Photos service to cover much of what Picasa did.

Still, Picasa did have its fans, though they’ll now have to find some other photo management software if Google Photos or their operating system’s default programs aren’t good enough. I don’t have any recommendations for Windows. For OS X, I’d probably go with the default Photos program, or an open source program. On Linux, I’d recommend Shotwell.

Did you ever use Picasa? What’d you make of it, and what will you be switching to (if you haven’t already)?

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  1. I’ll find a place for my coming albums – not as comfortable as with one click in Picasa. What makes me mad is the loss of my hundreds of existing albums and the even more links into them. If tehy’d just said: “No new albums” – ok, but to dissolve the old ones is a serious break of trust. –

  2. It is very obvious that you do not use picasa. It is not about webalbums, it is about editing. Google had already destroy the webalbums when they combined it with google +. They could go off in space if they want to, but don’t kill something because you don’t want. I used a program for years that no one updated or did anything to it, but it suited my needs and I can still download it if I need another copy. And it is not even free. I really feel that google does not love us.

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