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Now that Picasa is going away Picasa Is Going Away: 5 Reasons You Should Be Disappointed Picasa Is Going Away: 5 Reasons You Should Be Disappointed Picasa will be discontinued on 15th March, and there are good reasons to be disappointed that its long run is ending. Here are five reasons why you should be upset. Read More , a lot of people are going to be looking for an alternative to the much-loved photo organizing and editing app.

There are a lot out there, and our readers have made a lot of recommendations, but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious answer. We’ve come up with a list of 11 good options that might work well as a replacement for Picasa, and we want to hear your favorites in the comments!

A quick note: for the most part, I’ve tried to stick with free or affordable options here. There are a lot of other potential replacements that cost a lot of money, but because Picasa was free, I’m going to focus on free replacements. If you think a paid replacement is worth it, let us know down below.

Online Options

Picasa had both a desktop and an online component, and Google is pushing its users toward moving everything online. You might be understandably hesitant to do this, but some of the best options out there are cloud-based. Here are a few of the better ones.

Google Photos

This is, of course, the most obvious choice (but it’s not necessarily the best one). Google is phasing out Picasa so that more people will use Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos If you aren't using these hidden Google Photos features, you're really missing out. (Hint: There's free and unlimited photo storage!) Read More , and it’s going to be very easy to switch between the two. It certainly does provide some advantages; it’s integrated with other Google services, including Google Drive; you don’t need to open a new account; it’s free; it offers basic editing options; it supports RAW files Budding Photographer? Here's Why You Should Be Shooting Raw Budding Photographer? Here's Why You Should Be Shooting Raw Every dSLR, prosumer and even some high-end compact cameras have the ability to save raw image files. This isn't just a higher quality of image, it's a gift from the photography gods. Read More ; and the interface is really easy to use.

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Unfortunately, it also has a number of drawbacks. The editing tools that are currently available are extremely limited, especially compared to Picasa. Photos that you upload from your mobile device are automatically scaled down to save room in your Drive, and you only have a limited amount of storage space for non-scaled photos.

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Basically, you’ll be making a lot of compromises. That said, it’s not a bad option. The automatic uploader makes sure that all of your photos are backed up in the cloud, and because it’s a Google product, sharing is made very easy. There are also both web-based and mobile options, which is really nice if you do a lot of smartphone photography 10 Simple Tricks to Boost Your Smartphone Photography 10 Simple Tricks to Boost Your Smartphone Photography There are a few tips that are especially useful when you're taking shots with your phone; they'll help you take your pictures from "blah" to "fantastic" in no time! Read More as well as taking pictures with your camera.

Flickr

While it’s generally thought of as an image-sharing site Online Photo Albums: Where to Host Them for Free Online Photo Albums: Where to Host Them for Free Which online photo storage service is the best? Between free price tags, unlimited storage space, and photo security, which service is best for you? Read More , Flickr is also great for photo storage and organization, mostly because of the fact that you receive an entire terabyte of storage for free when you sign up for a free account.

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You also get editing tools powered by Aviary; they’re not the best, but you can do all of the basics that you’re likely to need, like adjusting brightness and contrast, and getting rid of red-eye.

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Unfortunately, Flickr’s auto-uploader is now part of its pro plan, which means you’ll need to manually upload all of your photos. This shouldn’t be too hard, but it’s one aspect where Google Photos is the clear winner. The pro plan also includes more stats on your images, ad-free browsing, and a discount on Adobe Cloud purchases.

PictureLife

One of the biggest advantages of PictureLife is that, like Google Photos, it supports RAW files, which means you can store your originals here as well as your edited photos. Because RAW files take up so much space, though, you’ll burn through your eight free gigabytes rather quickly, and you’ll find that you need more space.

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The editing tools on PictureLife are powered by Aviary, just like those on Flickr, so you’ll get the same suite of options. Not fantastic, but better than Google Photos. The options for increasing photo storage aren’t great compared to Flickr, at $50 per year for 100GB, $100 per year for 500GB, and $150 per year for unlimited storage.

Dropbox

Dropbox is an extremely versatile 15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Dropbox 15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Dropbox Cloud storage services have come and gone, but Dropbox is probably the one that's been here the longest. And now it has upped its game with a host of new features. Let's explore. Read More and useful cloud storage app. And although it doesn’t offer any editing options, Dropbox still gets a mention here for its ease of use and simplicity. Whip up a set of folders for organizing your photos, upload them, and you’re good to go. That’s all there is to it.

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And while $100 per year isn’t cheap, it’s not too bad for a terabyte of space. The biggest advantage here is that extra space can be used for anything else, as well. You could store music in the cloud, use it for workplace collaboration, or any of the other things people do with Dropbox Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of For many advanced computer users, Dropbox is the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices.... Read More on a regular basis.

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The free account only gets you 2GB of space, which will run out really fast, but you can complete some “quests” to get little additions to your allowance How To Get The Most Free Space On Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive & More - The Complete Guide How To Get The Most Free Space On Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive & More - The Complete Guide Cloud storage services offer a minimum amount of free space to everyone who signs up, but you can often get more. You can upgrade your cloud drive with gigabytes and gigabytes of free space in... Read More  if you don’t need a full terabyte.

Desktop Options

The best thing about Picasa was that it was great for organization and also had capable editing tools as well. Unfortunately, that’s a bit of a rarity in the photo management software scene, so many of the apps listed here will only perform one of those functions. You may have to start using two different pieces of software to manage and edit your photos.

XnView MP

This recommendation from one of our reader includes a few editing tools, but it’s best used as an image organizer. The interface isn’t particularly pleasing, but it does provide a lot of information about your photos at a glance, like filename, size, date taken, and lens details. One of the most useful things you can do with XnView MP is tag your photos so you can easily keep track of groups that don’t occupy the same location

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This software is actually meant as a media browser, and not only a photo browser, so you can get all the same sorts of information for videos, audio files, and any of over 500 file formats that it recognizes. I wasn’t blown away by XnView MP’s interface or abilities, but it seems like the type of software that would be extremely useful if you spent some time getting to know how to use it.

XnView’s software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it’s free, which is definitely a selling point. The company also publishes a mobile photo editing app, so it’s possible that more desktop editing capabilities will appear in the future.

FastStone Image Viewer

Another recommendation from a MakeUseOf reader, FastStone Image Viewer is like XnView MP in that it has some minor editing capabilities, but is best used as a photo organizer.

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Because it’s Windows-only, I wasn’t able to test it, but the FastStone website lists “image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow, and much more” as prominent features. And it’s free, another big bonus.

Photoshop Elements

The Photoshop family of software has been the industry standard in photo editing and management for a long time, and there’s a good reason: it’s really good at what it does. Elements is like a stripped-down version of Photoshop that helps you organize and edit all of your photos.

It includes a number of features that users liked about Picasa, like facial recognition (though this is reported to not work as well), easy uploading for sharing, and the ability to create scrapbook pages, calendars, and other fun printables. And it has the photo-editing power of Photoshop behind it, which means you can be confident that your photos will come out looking perfect.

The downside to using Elements is its price: $100.

OS X Photos

If you’re on a Mac, you already have a pretty decent photo organization and editing system A Cleaner, Faster iPhoto: Upgrade to Photos for OS X Yosemite A Cleaner, Faster iPhoto: Upgrade to Photos for OS X Yosemite Photos for OS X has finally arrived, replacing iPhoto with an image management application that Mac users will actually want to use — but is there enough here to satisfy Aperture refugees? Read More ready to go: the aptly (though boringly) named Photos. It doesn’t have a whole lot of editing power, but the auto-enhance, color, and light adjustments are easy to use, and you can include extensions from other apps.

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The biggest benefit to using Photos is that the interface is very clean, it’s really easy to work with, and if you have a Mac, you already have it (in fact, it probably opens automatically when you plug in your camera). The biggest drawback here is the lack of editing abilities, but most people will be happy with the amount of tools that are provided.

And if you want more editing capabilities, you can easily use it in conjunction with Pixelmator How to Use Photos for OS X With Photoshop, Pixelmator and Other Image Editors How to Use Photos for OS X With Photoshop, Pixelmator and Other Image Editors Get your Photos images into Photoshop, Pixelmator and other applications despite the new restrictions put in place by Apple. Here's how. Read More or another editing program.

Microsoft Photos

Like the Photos app on OS X, this is a native app available for Windows users from the Microsoft Store. As I wasn’t able to test it out, I have to rely on reviews, but it looks like it’s a pretty good app that lets you organize your photos and make basic edits.

You can also use the mobile version to get a unified experience across devices, which is cool. If you have experience with this app, let me know what you think of it in the comments!

JetPhoto Studio

If your needs are simple, and you just want a program that will help you organize your photos and do the most basic of edits, JetPhoto could be a contender. The Studio version of the app is free (though you’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version to work with RAW files), and provides a good-enough interface to keep your photos organized.

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The editing tools are about as basic as they come, so you’ll want to rely on an image editor for making any tweaks. JetPhoto is definitely best at organizing, and is a decent lightweight app for what it provides. It’s also available for both Windows and Mac.

Paint.NET

If you’re going to use an app like FastStone or JetPhoto that’s great at organization but doesn’t provide a whole lot in the way of editing, you’re going to need an app that will help you turn your photos into masterpieces. Paint.NET has quietly been gaining market share and has turned into a very popular and capable editor Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download We all edit images to some degree. Whether it’s a simple crop or resize, or maybe just adding some text, it’s nice to have an image editor that is reliable, fast, easy to navigate and... Read More .

Features like layers, curves, levels, and a whole library of extensions Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins Have you ever needed to do computer artwork that involved more than simple crops and resizes? For a long time, your only real options were Paintshop Pro and Adobe Photoshop, although the rise of GIMP... Read More are usually reserved for more expensive photo-editing apps, but Paint.NET packs all of these for free. It’s not the prettiest editor out there, but it gets the job done, and won’t cost you a dime. Unfortunately, however, it’s Windows-only.

Moving on from Picasa

Because you’ll still be able to download and use Picasa for a while, a lot of people will likely stick with it. But many others will switch to another option to continue getting updates and support from developers. There are benefits to both, and it will be very interesting to see which services see a big boost.

I plan on going to Flickr. What will you be doing? Will you stick with Picasa for a while or switch to another service? Which will you be using? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below!

  1. RT McLean
    September 12, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Well this night went sideways.... was just trying to find out if/when Google was ever going to update Picasa's RAW file converter for new cameras....never obviously!!! This is unbelievable!! So when this computer goes, that's it, no more Picasa! Livid now!! WHY??

  2. Kathleen Degelmann
    September 7, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I will definitely stick with Picasa as long as I possibly can. I have many thousands of pictures there in years worth of albums and folders. I am SO upset with Google for getting rid an almost perfect system with Picasa and Picasa Web! I would PAY to keep it! It worked so well!!!! If I ever loose all my albums, I will cancel Google from my life in every way and never use them again. What are they thinking?

  3. Nancy
    September 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I have used Picasa for at least 10 years. I am at a loss that it is being phased out and I really don't like the editing component on Google. I went on line to find another editing program and ended up on MUD, which gave me great information on other programs to edit my pictures.
    I love taking pictures and frequently make books on Shutterfly, upload to Facebook and share with friends. I take most of my pictures on a Nikon P40 or a Sony 6000-both really good cameras.
    If anyone has any suggestions about their experiences using other programs, other then Picasa, which I love, please let me know.
    Usually, I crop, enhance the colors and remove the red eye on my photos. That's how basic I want my next photo program to be.
    Help!!!

  4. Raj
    August 29, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Google photos does not recognize the date the picture was taken. It does not seem to read metadata. It only knows the date the picture was uploaded. Makes it very difficult to use.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Really? That's weird . . . that seems like a simple thing to read.

    • aiden
      September 8, 2016 at 12:53 am

      interesting because my google photos are reorganized by the date they were taken, not uploaded. actually also shows the location they were taken when using a device that allows that.

  5. DoctorDri
    August 28, 2016 at 11:55 am

    None of these options do what Picasa did: sync your hard drive and your internet pics cloud.

    Now I have to manually upload every photo album and manually update it and be sure that the online copy matches the original and keep track of folders/albums organizations cause if I change something in my hard drive it won't be reflected online and automatically uploaded, like Picasa did.

    So, no alternatives really.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      I think Flickr has the syncing hard drive and cloud option, but I believe it's for premium members only. You could use Dropbox to sync stuff, but that's not great for photos. The other option is doing everything in the cloud, but there are a number of reasons why that might not be an appealing idea!

  6. Christina Fletcher
    August 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    This decision sucks! so sorry we don't want to share - it's not always about sharing unless u you are under 20

  7. Christina Fletcher
    August 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    you suck - at least give the die hards the option

  8. Gerda
    August 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks again for your suggestion. I tried over and over again and was successful in one case with someone without a Google account. I hope to send more albums which my friends can open without problems.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Glad you got it to work! I hope you can repeat the success.

  9. Gerda
    August 21, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Thanks, Dann Albright, for your support. I tried to make a new album with Google Photo's. No problem so far but my friends seem to need a Google account to open the album and not all of them are willing to. The information I found said that 'anyone' can open the album ... Anything I did wrong?

    • Dann Albright
      August 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Not having used Google Photos much, I'm not sure . . . is there an option that you can check when you enable sharing for an album? It wouldn't surprise me if you need a Google account to view an album, though. A huge number of people have them, so for a lot of people it wouldn't be an issue.

    • aiden
      September 8, 2016 at 12:54 am

      just put them in a shared album and give them the shared album URL they do not need to have a google account

  10. gary Masters
    August 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Picasa was part of my life and every picture I took was quickly imported. Now when I try to import it just freezes on me (program not responding). How did they do that to me? I have Photoshop elements and that ought to be my next choice but the first step has eluded me for well over a year now. Many years ago I was busy using ACDsee and liked it a lot. Given a few more dollars income I may have stuck with it. I also pay Google and Amazon to store picture for me. Amazon would not help me remove unwanted files, so I moved from the free Prime tool to a pay service. Not too happy about that trick. But I do so much with Picasa and have no idea at all how to move on. Not at my age and situation. This is a really serious blow to me.

  11. Gerda Meesters
    August 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I still think it's a shame that Picasa has to disappear. I find iPhoto and Google Photo disappointing. My comfort is Photoshop Elements though I miss a few features of Picasa.

    Gerda

    • Dann Albright
      August 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      I agree—really disappointed that Google decided to get rid of it. Glad you found something that's at least a decent replacement, though!

  12. Jeffrey Poh
    August 11, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    PIcasa has been a great software since launched by Google years ago and I have been depending on it for downloading my photos from iPhone straight to a Windows-based computer with the ease of naming folders and files.

    Besides, Google Photo has a "issue" of organizing photos based on events which might not be accurate and will requires manually sorting and opening of new folders. In that case, more time is wasted just trying to sort these photos out.

    In fact, I would appreciate if someone in the market to purchase Picasa as a software and redevelop it for further enhancement then just changing a new platform.

    • Dann Albright
      August 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Yeah, I've been interested in Google's Photos' automatic organization of photos. It's not a terrible idea, but there's no guarantee that it's going to organize things the way you want. I'm sure a lot of people would love it if someone else bought Picasa, but I sincerely doubt that it'll be up for sale. Which is really too bad—it's a great app.

      • Jeffrey Poh
        August 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        Well, I think if the price is right, it could still be an possibility to it. One of the things is that once the library gets larger, it becomes uncontrollable... lolx. Perhaps Apple should do it, I feel that Picasa is still much better than Photos

        • Dann Albright
          August 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm

          That'd be awesome if Apple bought it; Photos is pretty lackluster. I like their mobile photo apps, but the Mac one just isn't that great. But I get the feeling that Google would sell Picasa to pretty much anyone before they'd sell it to Apple. :-)

  13. Theodore Derf
    August 6, 2016 at 3:00 am

    OnOne Photo Suite is a good option. It's Photo browsing is second to none and lighting fast. It's photo editing ability is equal to Photoshop and easier to use. I have both and prefer OnOne. List price is about $100, with a 30day free trial. But if you get on their mailing list they will occasionally send you a deal where you can purchase it for less or get a BOGO.

    • Dann Albright
      August 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      I've never heard of OnOne . . . I'll have to check it out!

    • Shanna Hostetter
      August 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Can you tell me if they have the collage option like Picasa did? I used the collages very frequently and can not seem to find one like it.

      • Dann Albright
        August 21, 2016 at 4:01 pm

        As far as I can tell, On1 doesn't have the ability to automatically create collages; you'd have to do it manually.

  14. Marlyn R.
    July 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    The #1 reason for me to avoid moving my priceless pics to Google Photos is that Google has a LONG history - as far back as I can recall - of putting out software products which capture a large amount of the market with excellent & generally useful features then taking away all/or some of the best/most useful parts of an app or program, leaving it's clients scrambling to find other programs to replace what'd been lost. Whose to say Google won't snatch the rug out from under our feet by declaring Photos obsolete in a couple of years, changing or eliminating our favorite features or deciding some of it's now fee-based?

    Google never explains or apologizes for it's whims & utterly ignores complaints from the general public, even when those complaints pour in by the tens of thousands a day. Worse, they'll do it again in a heartbeat whenever the whim takes them, tossing a virtual mid-finger to those who disagree with them.

    Picasa was a well-known & widely-used photo app. It offered most of what everyday people wanted & needed on a daily basis. It offered both Desktop & Cloud options & helped untold millions - including moi - organize, store & protect their images with 95% of the most-used formats being accepted. And, yippee, it was free! Was it as good as Photoshop? Nope. Pro photographers who had the need - and time - to endlessly play with their pics needed more, but the rest of us were perfectly happy.

    Another frustrating change happened 4 - 5 years ago when Google suddenly got rid of their cute little emoticons (~200 of them) in favor of their (currently) utterly hideous yellow 'ghost-blobs'. Many of us screamed bloody murder; Google stood pat & refused to return the former ones, merge the two or allow one to choose between. Another complaint about GMail is they still have only their unbelievably primitive format which gives users the choice between plain text and, if one wants to spend [a lot of] time, a hugely limited HTML version of the plain text. AOL & Yahoo (amongst others) upgraded from plain text 20 yrs ago.

    Thanks to Google dumping Picasa I spent a helluva lot of my valuable time this past Spring moving vast amounts of pics 'n vids to other Cloud-based storage, a bright, shiny new 3TB Toshiba storage drive and, of course, to DVD. (Redundancy is a necessary evil if one really loves or has something they'll want/need down the road; no one should trust any software, hardware or even luck for the long-term. Lord, knows, we've all been there, done that & got the T-shirt when it comes to corrupted or lost data & files!)

    • Dann Albright
      August 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      I think you're right to be nervous about Google getting rid of Photos after a couple years. Picasa was hugely popular, and it just doesn't make sense that they'd shut it down . . . same goes for Google Reader and a couple other things they've scrapped in their prime. It might be useful for sharing some things, but housing all of your photos with Google definitely doesn't seem like a good idea.

  15. Elizabeth
    July 25, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I like Google photos, because everything I had in Picasa is already there and all the photos I take with my camera or phone all go straight there for free cloud storage. I especially like the photo assistant to make lovely collages and stuff for lazy b***ers like me. But only problem is I now have to search through 23,000 photos to find a particular one because I don't have the tagged people anymore.

    • Dann Albright
      July 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Yeah, the instant transfer is definitely nice, and will save a lot of people effort, as long as you're fine with Google having all of your photos on their servers. Not having the tags is rough, though. Sorry to hear that!

  16. Eric Scott
    July 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I have over 100 GB of photos on Picasa, with 400-odd different people identified. These are family photos dating back to the 1920s. I would hate to have to re-create the individual identities! It looks as if the face ID connecting to the person in a photo is unique to Picasa. Can anyone verify this? Any helpful suggestions would be gratefully received.

  17. Shelly
    July 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I LOVE Picasa's editing software. I also liked that it was an actual program for the computer. Do they even have anything comparable to that, instead of everything online?

    • Dann Albright
      July 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Depends on who you mean by "they." If you're talking about Google, then no, they don't, not since they retired Picasa. If you mean someone else, well, that's what this article was about! Check out the recommendations above!

  18. Donah Sewell
    July 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Try out PicMonkey. It is a great editing program, but you cannot store anything there. Keep your Picassa on your desktop and continue to use it for storage, but send your pic to PicMonkey to edit and then it will send it back to Picassa automatically when you hit the save button. The basic version is free, but you can upgrade to do more sophisticated editing for a very nominal charge.

    • Dann Albright
      July 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Does the free editor do much more than Picasa? It sounds like a bit of a hassle for not a whole lot of gain.

      • Donah Sewell
        July 14, 2016 at 8:03 am

        PicMonkey is waaaayyyy better than Picasa. The drawback is that it does not store anything. After you edit your picture, you have to send it back to your computer or to Picasa or any other photo storage program you are using. PicMonkey does everything Picasa does and more for free, but it also does airbrushing, wrinkle removing, teeth brightening, eye brightening, eye liner, blush, mascara, whiskers, you can make yourself thinner in places or give yourself breast enhancements. You can change the color of your eyes, apply hair highlights, do all kinds of backgrounds (add the beach, the rain, the snow, or bricks, etc.). You can layer pictures, apply stickers and/or embellishments, do a lot more sophisticated cropping and resizing, and there are way more fonts to choose from. You have to upgrade for a nominal cost to do some of the more complicated applications, but none of it is difficult to use. Just log onto PicMonkey.com and you can get started right away. No downloads or costs for basic editing. All I use Picasa for now is storage and printing.

        • Dann Albright
          July 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

          So it sounds like PicMonkey is a solid editor, but if it doesn't offer storage and organization, I think it's a hard sell that it does "everything Picasa does and more for free." That's true of editing, but the appeal of Picasa for a lot of people was that it does pretty much everything you need in a single app, which is hard to find elsewhere without paying for it. It does sound like a good editor, though! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

        • Shanna Hostetter
          August 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

          Can you tell me if PicMonkey has the collage ability like Picasa did? I used this all of the time and can't find one that works the same.

        • Shanna Hostetter
          August 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

          Also - can you use this program without being online?

  19. Peter
    July 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I use PS Elements 14 but I also have the free digiKam which has all the organising and editing functionality that anyone other than a professional could ask for

  20. Jillayne Hitchman
    June 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I, too, am mourning the passing of Picasa and am sad to see that all of these products appear to be a compromise in ease, functionality, and/or price. What about the Nik Collection that Google is now offering as a free download? Is that a good option? http://www.dpreview.com/news/8401470303/google-offers-nik-collection-photo-editing-applications-for-free

    • Dann Albright
      July 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      I've heard mixed things about Nik. It sounds like they're good apps, but I don't know that they'll provide the organizational capabilities of Picasa. That's what it seems like to me, anyway. If anyone else knows more, please share!

  21. JJ greive
    June 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    The feature I need is 'Export as a HTML page', anyone have a good alternative to this? Super useful for me as a home inspector, sharing the files with clients on my own server.
    thanks - JJ

    • Dann Albright
      June 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      That's an interesting one . . . I don't know of any, and a quick search makes it look like that's rather rare. Hopefully someone with experience in this particular operation can chime in here!

  22. Dale.E
    June 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    This sux, with over 3 Tb of photos I am not likely to use a cloud based alternative.
    I hope the last version of the windows program keeps working....

    • Dann Albright
      June 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      It should keep working for quite a while, so you shouldn't have trouble with that. I understand your reticence to use a cloud solution with that many photos—I started using flickr and only posting things I might want to share. Keeps me from using up a ton of space, but it also requires a lot of time to get everything sorted.

  23. uHu
    June 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Looking for an alternative, but can't find anything with the same ease of use. I use the tags and especially the face recognition for organizing, but don't need any back-up or storage features. I would like the app to be available and fully functional even miles away from the nearest network of any kind.
    The editing functions of Picasa are very fast to use, and is what I use for 99.9 % of the pics I publish. I do use Irfanview for resizing, compressing and simple croping and rotating, because that's the best and smallest app for that. And I do have the full Adobe fleet of programs, CC version, but those big applications take much more of my time for doing small changes, and are about as user-unfriendly as a computer program can get.
    So, what comes after Picasa for me?

    • Dann Albright
      June 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      That's a tough one. Have you tried Lightroom? It's going to be heavier than Picasa, but not as serious a Photoshop, and that might be a good compromise. It's going to be really tough to find the exact combination of things you're looking for, and it might turn out that Irfanview is the best way to go.

    • Mike Renald
      July 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Have you every tried ACDSee 19?

  24. Marcy
    May 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Dann, Thanks for all this information. I am an avid Macbook Picasa desktop amateur user and I do not want to use a cloud application.Two features I have really liked are image dimension sizing from a predefined set of sizes via a dropdown menu and the ability to add text directly onto photos in addition to captioning.

    I would prefer to continue to use Picasa but am now faced with having to copy pictures from my camera's SD cards or Iphone 6 into Mac Photos app. I can not find a straightforward way to transfer these to Picasa. Is there a way? If not, can you recommend a replacement software that will do the editing features I mentioned above?

    Thanks. Marcy

    • Dann Albright
      May 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      You want to transfer photos from your SD card to Picasa? You should just be able to click the Import button in Picasa, near the top of the screen, and it will give you a list of potential sources; select your SD card or your phone, and import from there. You could also just transfer images from your SD card to your hard drive, or from your phone to Dropbox, and go from there.

      Let me know if that's helpful!

      • Marcy
        June 2, 2016 at 11:22 am

        Hi Dann,
        Your suggestion works for the SD card, does not show SD card as source but shows "none" and when I select none it imports from SD card. That however does not work with Iphone. So I will look at dropbox for Iphone download of photos. Thanks for help on this.
        Are you aware of any other editing programs that have: image dimension sizing from a predefined set of sizes via a dropdown menu and the ability to add text directly onto photos in addition to captioning.

        • Dann Albright
          June 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

          Hm; that's weird. I remember Picasa always seeing my iPhone when I plugged it in. But yeah, check out Dropbox and see if that works. I'm not sure off the top of my head which other apps let you choose from a predefined set of scale values, but hopefully someone with more experience with specific alternatives to Picasa will be able to help you out with this question!

  25. Damo
    May 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Oh, and for a detailed analysis of how PictureLife stored the metadata, check here:
    https://spekxvision.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/using-picturelife-a-review-of-metadata-preservation/

    • Dann Albright
      May 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks a lot! That could be super useful for the transition.

  26. Damo
    May 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Unfortunately Picturelife has been struggling for a while after having been bought by StreamNation, who themselves folded, and were looking to re-awaken PictureLife as their core product. Sadly, there's been outages since, with many probably thinking "oh no, can I still access my photos?!" (I host my own S3 bucket for them).

    It's a shame - there is no compare of both organising (tags) and sharing (private URLs, albums, streams) out there, with their fairly unique capability of preserving the metadata and letting you export it with the photos. Hopefully they'll be able to sell the code to someone else, although evidently there's a plethora of similar apps, most of which want to lock you in by not offering the same level of export (including iPhoto and Google Photos).

    Evidently there is no sustainable substitute for your own NAS and a good folder structure!

    • Dann Albright
      May 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing that; I wasn't aware of Picturelife's issues. That's too bad! I agree about apps wanting to lock you in with the lack of export functionality; that's super annoying, though it makes sense from a business perspective. The Picasa alternative space is surprisingly limited, and you might have a point about creating your own organizational system. I've done that recently, and it's great, but using Picasa to both organized AND edit was really convenient. There's a big, gaping hole where Picasa was, and I have to imagine that someone will take advantage of that soon.

  27. Christina Dahl
    May 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Just a warning for those of you who either didn't hear about Picasa shutting down (like me) or intend to continue using it anyway: I just tried to access an album worth a lot of working hours (my next photo book, as a matter of fact) - and it was deleted. On my own computer. I am pretty devastated right now - and extremely unhappy about having to start all over using Lightroom. So my advice would be: Run while you can - and never trust Google with any of your important stuff.

    • Dann Albright
      May 9, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      That's very strange; I'm not sure how that could happen, and I haven't heard of other examples of that problem. Hopefully if anyone else has had a similar experience, they'll chime in here and we can start figuring out what would cause that and how to prevent it. Was there anything different about that album? Why was it that one that was deleted, and none of the others, I wonder?

  28. Mark
    April 22, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Dan:

    So I finally just purchased a new desktop and was just trying to reload Picasa when I discovered the shut down. I scanned your article and comments to try and understand how messed up things will be. I can't download the program. I have been using it for organizing and editing my photos for many years. Will all the edits translate into a new program? I don't know what I have except some many thousand photos on my hard drive. I shot both with a digital rebel and of course my phone....bad timing for me to be offline for a few weeks while I replaced my old desktop.... Cloud storage would be fine but I want to keep the full resolution pictures and would prefer to keep them in the 2 tb I just put on my desk top and back up drive then pay a fee to the 40 gig or so of space I currently need. Have you what is the my best option? I have not explored my options yet and am still in shock......you mentioned lightbox which costs but I need something? a cry for help

    • Dann Albright
      April 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Read the article in more detail first; that should help you figure out which app is best for you. Depending on how you saved your edits, they should transfer over to another program. And the originals are probably still there in a hidden folder. If you're willing to pay for something, I'd say either Elements or Lightbox will be a good option. And any standard backup solution will help you keep them synced to your hard drive or an online provider.

  29. Kit Kimes
    April 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I'm assuming that Picasa isn't going to be disabled remotely somehow. As long as I can continue to use Picasa, I'll do it.

    I don't use it for editing or uploading my photos. It's strictly to organize and catalog my photos on my various computers. I haven't found anything better for that purpose, so I see no need to change.

    • Dann Albright
      April 26, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      That's correct, there's no remote disable going on. You can continue to use it as long as you want. The only reason I recommend switching to something else is so you can continue to get updates to whatever software you decide to use. I think a lot of people will continue using Picasa, and that'll work just fine.

  30. Stephen Treger
    April 6, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Add me and My family to the list of end-users upset over losing a well-used software application. I manually maintain the file structure for the Photos. Inside the Picasa Folder are years (2016, 2015, 2014, etc) in each are the months (01-Jan, 02-Feb, etc.) and within the month are sub-folders for events or collections of photos or sometimes just random photos from the month.

    We use Picasa to do minor editing and retouching, but mostly to then wade through the 3,000-5,000 pictures amassed annually to create a collection to represent the year. Once this Album is complete we export copies of the photos out and share the "BestOf" folder.

    I read through the options above, including the comments and don't really see something that will fit in nicely - we may end up going back to using IrFanView, which would be a shame as adding to a Album.Tagging is cumbersome. But it works with our existing file structure, doesn't import into a Database, and allows simple edits and plugins.

    • Dann Albright
      April 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Yeah, the kinds of organizing and editing you're talking about are what Picasa is best at. Remember that you don't have to give it up yet! It'll probably keep working for quite a while, so you could potentially stick with Picasa until it gives up the ghost.

      Otherwise, you might want to check out Lightroom for managing that many photos. That's a big number, and it might be worth it to invest in something a little heavier-duty for that kind of work.

  31. aa
    March 30, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    How about the Nik Collection ????

    • Dann Albright
      April 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Someone else mentioned the Nik Collection, and I had never heard of it, but it definitely looks like a good option! Is that what you're using now?

  32. Gordon
    March 29, 2016 at 12:18 am

    You should have included GIMP in your list of photo editing tools. It is free, and has most of the features of Photoshop in it.

    • John Schmitt
      March 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

      I use it simultaneously with Paint.Net

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      GIMP is definitely an option, and I used to use it a lot, though I've since switched to Pixelmator. I was trying to include as many options as I could that did at least some of both organizing and editing, though I had to include a number of single-use options. But yes, GIMP is free and awesome. It's overkill for a lot of the editing that I do, but if you need a lot of power, it's tough to beat!

  33. MajorTom
    March 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I was using Picasa for:
    1. Tagging.
    2. GeoTagging.
    3. Face Recognition
    4. Fixing time picture taken

    Can someone did find a freeware supporting all those?
    Also, maybe there is a software (or will be) that imports all picasa data (picasa.ini) that includes those tags and so?

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Lightroom does face recognition; I've heard it's not quite as good, but that it works decently well. I don't know of anything that will import the picasa data, but a commenter on this article (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-reasons-disappointed-googles-decision-kill-picasa) does talk about how to import some tags, so you might be able to use that.

    • Nathan Jones
      April 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

      As for why to use GeoSetter and not ExifTool: ExifTool is a command line program :)
      So GeoSetter basically just acts as a GUI to ExifTool.

      • Dann Albright
        April 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        Thanks for that! Sounds like it could be a really useful tool.

  34. Jan F.
    March 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Nice roundup.
    I never used Picasa so I can't compare it to other products in terms of usability and features but I do think it's worth throwing Adobe Bridge into the mix if you want to manage your photos. It has been around for a decade and it is free.
    http://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      I've never actually heard of Bridge; looks like a useful piece of software, though! Is that what you use?

      • Jan F.
        March 29, 2016 at 7:42 pm

        No. The handful of pictures I have are in Photos (previously iPhoto)

        I do know people in our (and others) graphics departments who use Bridge to manage digital assets. But in hindsight it might for a different, professional audience than Picasa.

        Not sure if Bridge was distributed on it's own before Creative Cloud. It has always been part of the Creative Suites. That might be the reason why it's mostly unknown.

        If your work is truly photo centric then Adobe Lightroom is another tool worth mentioning. I've seen a lot of (professional) photographers switch over to it over the last couple years. It somewhat combines post processing with digital asset management into one tool.

        • Dann Albright
          April 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm

          I've heard a lot of good things about Lightroom! I might have to shell out for it. I'd rather stick with free (or at least cheap) things, but if it's the best tool for what I need, I might have to give it a shot. I think a lot of people will probably be making that switch.

          How do you like using Photos? I've considered using it, but the fact that the library is hidden really bugs me (I know I can look at it anyway, but I feel like I won't have the organizational capabilities I would if it was open; maybe that's not true, though0.

  35. Mzantsi
    March 20, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I used Picasa a lot for synchronising collections to the cloud, which I would use for sharing on gmail, etc. My understanding is this will cease with the closure of Picasa web albums.

    For me, what's critical is the interface between desktop and cloud. The only system that seems to offer this as an alternative to Picasa is Adobe's Lightroom, which I'm trying and considering purchasing. It's more than I need, but covers the basic functions. There seems to be a real gap now between the hobbyist and professional markets.

    I agree that the ease of editing captions is a killer feature which is left out of most apps.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      A gap between the hobbyist and professional markets is exactly how I would characterize this; that's a perfect way to say it. I think quite a few people will be going to Lightroom, though the number of free options might make some people downgrade instead of upgrade for the sake of saving money. I should give it a shot; I haven't tried it yet.

      And yes, captions seems like such an easy, simple thing that should be included in pretty much everything . . . but isn't. Annoying.

  36. Jaime Salcedo
    March 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Why you did not mention Pixlr? It is a good photo and image editor that comes with Drive.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      I've never tried Pixlr; sounds interesting! What do you like about it? And what do you use to organize / manage your photos?

      • Takin to many photos
        June 2, 2016 at 11:57 am

        I briefly checked it Pixlr. They have a Web based option. They also offer a Desktop version for $1.99 or $14.99 per yr. I hope Jaime replies to share what they like about it and how they use it, and such. Thank you for your article. I'm looking into most of the suggestions you made and mention here in the comments. I've been using Picasa for years, mostly for tagging and photo editing. Guess I never got the hang of the best way to use it to organize my photos. I have thousands of photos, and I'm overwhelmed about the best way to organize them. Especially after I've moved hundreds off of my phone and stuck them in files with a date range of when the photos were taken. Any suggestions are welcome, or sites to refer to.

  37. Andrew Rau
    March 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Fotobounce is an option for desktop. Has facial recognition that is pretty good, and some cataloging options. It's getting into mobile/cloud as well, but still limited in my option.

    I really want to go all cloud and love the idea of Google Photos, but it's still lacking some manual options (like adding/editing geotag, creating your own tags). For example, I can search Dog and see all of the dogs I've had over the years, but what if I want to search for a specific one? I have to create a collection for that dog specifically. Would be easier if I can just have a tag (and not be forced into typing it into the description.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Yeah, I have to imagine that more robust tagging will be coming. It just seems like a no-brainer, and I can't imagine it would be that intensive from a development standpoint. I really hope Google Photos steps up their game and becomes a better platform. It has potential, it's just missing a few important features.

  38. Marie
    March 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Can anyone address the issue of captions? I've been using Picasa for years to post slideshows for friends and relatives that contain about 25 to 30 photos, each with a caption. I've been away for three weeks and returned to find all my Picasa photos migrated to Google Photos, but the captions seem to be missing. Finding an alternative to Picasa that preserves/allows captions is an important issue for me. Thanks.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      I haven't heard anything about this, but I'll keep an eye out and let you know if I hear anything! Hopefully someone else can chime in quickly with an answer.

  39. CBF
    March 19, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Damn you Google, Picasa is one of my favorite things ever.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      That's exactly how I felt when I heard that it was going away. You're not alone!

  40. Tom Marinello
    March 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I primarily use Picasa as a photo organizer/browser and turn to a more industrial strength editor most of the time, so was glad to see some recommendations for an organizer. But GREYHOUNDS!!

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Glad you found the article useful! I used it the same way. And yes, GREYHOUNDS. :-) That's my boy Walker.

  41. Tropheus
    March 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Thumbs Plus by Cerious is an excellent program for photo and image management. Great program that really deserves your review. Its not a new contended. They were doing this 20 years ago.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      I've heard of Thumbs Plus, though I've never used it. Their website is a bit of a headache to read through . . . does it have any editing capabilities? Or do you use it primarily for management and organization?

  42. Jonathan Storm
    March 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Since the announcement of Picasa going away I've already started searching through other possibilities. I've even done some in-depth analysis on certain programs to see how well they would organize, what they would do in the background what would they do to the actual files, and if you needed to install special software, like database software. After reviewing quite a few of them and ruling a lot of them out, I continued to check reviews for photo organizing and I did not see any reviews for the program irfanview. It's a freeware picture viewer with editing capabilities very similar to photoshop but not as robust. Unfortunately it has nothing in the way of organizing the photos but should at least get a mention for its photo viewing and editing abilities.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      I've heard of Irfanview, but I don't know a whole lot about it. I know there are definitely a lot of fans out there, but I'm not sure what sets it apart from the other options out there. Have you used it? What do you think of it?

      • Jonathan Storm
        April 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

        I have used it and for many years now. It has it's own set of plugins for editing. It can take a selection of photos and make a screensaver or a thumbnails page. It can create an html webpage complete with thumbnail photos ready to move over to your website. It does group renaming as well as group format changing (i.e. gif to .jpg) and each one with many settings to adjust where and how the file is placed and named.

        Perhaps you should take a look for yourself. I may not be doing it justice.

        http://www.irfanview.com

        • Takin_to_many_photos
          June 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

          I may consider this option, if I can get past the poor site design. Question. Approx. how often does it get an update?

  43. Dennis Primm
    March 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Hello all,

    I've been an avid Picasa user, but I've found a great replacement that I've been using for a few months that does much more than Picasa could ever do.

    It's Sony's PlayMemories Home. It enables you to manage and edit photos and videos on your PC. You can not only organize your photos and videos easily, but also upload as many photos as you want using the cloud service.

    You can also cut and join videos! It is an amazing piece of software. I suggest you look at it.

    Good luck!

    Dennis

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      PlayMemories Home, huh? I've never heard of that! Is it PC only, or can you also get it on Mac? And what are the editing capabilities like?

      • Dennis Primm
        March 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        Dann,

        I responded earlier and stated that it was only for PC, but there is a Mac version. Just go to their website

        http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/disoft/int/download/playmemories-home/win/en/

        and look for the orange horizontal bar that states "Install PlayMemories Home" and on the fourth (4th) line below it you will find "Download Mac version here".

        I apologize for the error.

        • Dann Albright
          March 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

          No problem, and thanks for the update! I might have to check this out, as I'd never heard of it before.

    • Takin_to_many_photos
      June 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Dennis, I have a question or two, since I can't a clear answer on the site. So a user does download editing software? (from what it appears) Then, can does everything have to be maintained via the cloud? If using one of their cloud account, is there a max of space or do they offer additional storage for a minimal fee? Thanks, in advance!

      • Dennis Primm
        June 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

        Takin_to_many_photos,

        I'm so sorry I didn't respond sooner. I've been busy with our church website.

        In ref. to your first question - YES! Just download the software from:

        http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/disoft/int/download/playmemories-home/win/en/index.html

        and install it.

        In ref. to your second question, I've always used my HDD or an ext. USB HDD, but here's what their Help site says:

        - Uploading automatically (Unlimited Upload)

        Activating the All Sync function from "PlayMemories Home" enables you to upload an unlimited number of photos for free. (The long sides of photos will be resized to 1920 pixels.)

        - Uploading manually

        You can select photos or videos to upload to "PlayMemories Online". In total, 5 GB of photos and videos can be uploaded.

        Here's a link to that webpage:

        http://guide.playmemoriesonline.com/help/en/pc/pmh-upload.html

        I hope this answers your questions!

        Take care,

        Dennis B-)

        • Dann Albright
          June 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

          Thanks for this great response, Dennis! I don't know anything about the Play app, so this was extremely helpful.

        • Dennis Primm
          June 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

          Glad to be of help! I really love using this app!

          BTW, I don't know if it has facial recognition or not, but I never used that function with Picasa either so no love lost there either. HA! HA!

          I hope will try out PlayMemories Home! It's great for videos!!! You can put captions on your videos, cut the videos and then combine them. It's been great for me and our church website which I maintain. Lots of video editing tools. It has saved my butt many of times!!! It works best for mp4 and m2ts formats. If you have other formats then use cloudconvert and convert your files to the formats listed above. I usually use mp4 as that is what I use mainly for YouTube uploading.

  44. fcd76218
    March 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    What, no love for Linux?! :-)
    You mentioned a bunch of apps for Windows, even one for the Mac but nothing for Linux. DigiKam and Shotwell are good Picasa replacements running on Linux.

    • Dennis Primm
      March 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      You're right, they are good replacements!

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks for the vote for DigiKam; that seems to be a very popular option for Linux. I've never used Linux, so I wasn't sure I could speak to good options for it. But yes, that definitely seems to be a good option!

  45. TravisB
    March 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I like Fotor for light editing, and GIMP for more advanced editing. Both are free.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      I've never heard of Fotor; looks interesting, though! I used to use GIMP for advanced editing, but I switched to Pixelmator because the interface is easier to use. It was worth the $10 or $20 I paid for it, but I did like GIMP while I used it. I just feel like I can use Pixelmator faster.

  46. Johan Andersson
    March 18, 2016 at 5:37 am

    You missed PhotoScape. It's a really good editing software and it's free. Not the prettiest though.

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      I'm a big fan of free! Is it also an organizer, or does it just do editing?

  47. Robin Seaver
    March 18, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Let me understand, Dann; you're moving your precious photos to Flickr, a Yahoo! service, when Yahoo is closing several of their services.

    Google Photos facial matching is truly magic. Way ahead of any others. Seeing is believing!

    • Dann Albright
      March 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      I plan on using Flickr mainly for photo sharing. And even if Yahoo is closing services, I really can't imagine that they'd close it down. It's absolutely massive, and one of the most popular sharing sites on the internet. I feel pretty good about its stability!

  48. Yodi
    March 17, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I've already created a new account on Flikr.

    • Dann Albright
      March 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Me too. :-)

  49. Dingoe
    March 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Luckily picasa is NOT going away. Yes, the webalbums move to Google photos.
    But Accoding to the picasa blog:
    "Picasa Desktop application
    As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. For those who have already downloaded this—or choose to do so before this date—it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates. If you choose to switch to Google Photos, you can continue to upload photos and videos using the desktop uploader at photos.google.com/apps. "

    • Dann Albright
      March 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      You're right, and a lot of people will just stick with Picasa until it stops working, and that's a totally viable option. But others will be more comfortable with an app that's receiving regular development and updates, which all of the above will (at least we hope!). If other types of software are any indication, it'll probably work pretty well for a long time.

    • Dennis Primm
      March 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thank goodness! I'm glad it will still work. I like how I can send multiple pictures to my family and friends through Picasa.

  50. Photo Dude
    March 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Haven't been using Picasa lately, but one of the main features for me was the (pretty good) face recognition.
    From your article I can't determine if any of the other apps and applications support this.

    Another contestant you didn't mention is Microsoft Photo Gallery. Does all that Picasa does, including face recognition.

    • Dann Albright
      March 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      I found the face recognition to be surprisingly accurate. A commenter on this article (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-reasons-disappointed-googles-decision-kill-picasa) mentioned Photoshop Elements as having decent face recognition, and found a way to bring those faces over to Elements from Picasa, which is pretty cool.

      I don't know about Microsoft Photo Gallery; that's different from the Microsoft Photos app that I mentioned above? Is that what you're using now?

      • Photo Dude
        March 18, 2016 at 9:09 pm

        Microsoft Photos only shows photo's and allows basic editing (for as much as I can see). Photo Gallery also has basic editing but for me the face recognition is what I use it most for. Although the recognition of Picasa was better in my opinion, I switched to Gallery because it stores the found people as tags in the EXIF data of the photo. That means you can search photo's by tags using Windows Explorer (very useful) and when copying the photo's (e.g. for backup purposes) you retain that info. Picasa stored the tags info in its own database. Today I learned that Picasa supports storing the people tags in EXIF data too, but you have to turn that option on first.
        Currently I'm exploring digiKam; it's face recognition should be pretty good, and it stores the people tags in the photo's EXIF data too. I'm running it on my personal library (>30000 photo's) but it takes a while :)

        • Dann Albright
          March 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

          I've heard good things about digiKam! I've never used it myself, but a number of our readers have recommended it. I can imagine that getting it up and running on over 30K images would indeed take a while. :-) How has it been going? Think you'll stick with it?

          The features you mentioned for Gallery sound really useful! I like the idea of being able to search tags from Explorer; that could definitely save some time if you knew what you were looking for.

        • Don Sutherland
          March 29, 2016 at 1:52 am

          I've used Photofiltre for editing for years with no complaints. Played with paint at times also. Lots of storage places under various names so just track where you've put the finished products. Plus DO NOT forget any passwords. Did that once, very painful to one's brain.

        • Dann Albright
          March 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm

          Yeah, remembering your cloud password for photo storage is pretty important. :-)

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