The 10 Best Picasa Alternatives to Use Instead

Dan Price Updated 24-01-2019

Picasa is now just a distant memory. For many years, Google’s photo management software was the best-in-class, but in 2016 the company decided to kill Picasa.


The app that replaced Picasa—Google Photos—left a lot to be desired. Sure, it has lots of cool features, but for people who like a more hands-on approach in their photo organizing software, it’s not powerful enough.

Amazingly, even after all this time, there’s not an app that you can definitively call the best Picasa replacement. So instead we’ve compiled a list of the best Picasa alternatives.

Online Options

Picasa had both a desktop and an online component, and Google is pushing its users towards 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.

1. Google Photos

google photos app online

This is, of course, the most obvious choice. Google Photos certainly offers some advantages over Picasa; 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 photographers who use RAW files 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.


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.

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.

2. Flickr

flickr web app

While it’s generally thought of as an image-sharing site to host photo albums for free, Flickr is also great for photo storage and organization. Sadly, its usefulness has been tempered slightly by the decision to limit free users to 1,000 photos Flickr Limits Free Users to 1,000 Photos The new owners of Flickr are making changes. While Pro users are gaining features, free users are being limited to 1,000 photos. Read More rather than 1TB of space.


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.

The paid-for Flickr Pro removes the limits and ads, allows you to upload unlimited photos in any resolution, and offers advanced stats and metrics.

3. Dropbox

dropbox photo viewer

Dropbox is extremely versatile 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 , making it a 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.


And while $100/year isn’t cheap, it’s not too bad for 1TB 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 or for workplace collaboration.

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.

4. XnView MP

XnView MP app windows

XnView MP 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.


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.

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.

Download: XnView MP (Free)

5. FastStone Image Viewer

faststone desktop app

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

Its features include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, and even a musical slideshow.

More advanced users can benefit from RAW support, curves, levels, noise reduction, sharpening, lighting adjustment, and clone and heal tools.

The app is free.

Download: FastStone Image Viewer (Free)

6. 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, such as 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 tag.

Download: Photoshop Elements ($99.99)

7. macOS Photos


If you’re on a Mac, you already have a pretty decent photo organization and editing system ready to go: the aptly (though boringly) named Apple 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.

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 number of tools that are provided.

8. Microsoft Photos

microsoft photos windows app desktop

Like the Photos app on macOS, this is a native app available for Windows users from the Microsoft Store. It offers both basic editing features and organizational functionality.

Interestingly, the app also has a video editor. You can use it to create videos out of your photo collection and make tweaks to your existing videos.

Download: Microsoft Photos (Free)

9. JetPhoto Studio

jetphoto studio desktop app

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.

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 macOS.

Download: JetPhoto Studio (Free) nbla

10. Paint.NET desktop app

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 been gaining market share and has turned into a very popular and capable editor.

Features like layers, curves, levels, and a whole library of brilliant Paint.NET extensions 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 boasts 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 only available on Windows.

DownloadPaint.NET (Free)

Moving on From Picasa

Picasa has gone for good, and is never coming back. Google has moved onto Google Photos, and the sooner you choose an alternative the better.

You may be wondering whether you can still download a copy of Picasa. While there are undoubtedly ways and means to do so, we don’t recommend that course of action. As Picasa is no longer updated, using it becomes more of a security risk with every passing day.

If you’d like to learn more about photo editing, check out our article on things you should know if you use GIMP An Introduction to GIMP Photo Editing: 9 Things You Need to Know GIMP is the best free photo editing app available. Here's everything you need to know about editing photos in GIMP. Read More .

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  1. Dick Cecil
    August 3, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Do any of the above mention photo apps, especially free ones, have the Sketching ability that Picasa had? I miss that very much. For a computer illiterate like me Picasa was heaven. I could actually use it!

  2. Tammy
    December 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

    I just got a new laptop with Windows 10 am I hate the fact that I no longer have picasa! This is a nightmare! I want my old computer back with picasa!!!! What was Google thinking? They have ruined my photo editing forever! I will not use Google for that. I dont care about backing up in the cloud, i have external hard drives for that! This really sucks!!! I truly hope they bring it back. Google editing is not the same.

    • likefunbutnot
      January 24, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Picasa is still available for Windows from

      Google Photos is relatively feature complete and now even has some capabilities Picasa didn't in terms of object/scene identification (search for something like "Sunset" or "birthday" to see what I mean) and its recognition engine extends to dogs and cats now as well.

      Picasa also struggles when its file index gets too big, which is the biggest reason I had to give up on it. It doesn't do well against even a 1TB collection of images.

      And you should back your photos up to a cloud. Portable drives break and die and your photos are moments in time and files you'll never get back if there's ever an issue with your storage. You don't have to use Google; Amazon, Microsoft, Backblaze or Crashplan are also good options. It's just that if you're serious about maintaining those memories, you should be using multiple storage options.

      My biggest knock against Google Photos is that desktop web browsers and mobile devices have sub-par printing capabilities. It's not the end of the world to have to download files to a proper computer for printing, but it's annoying.

      • MSF
        October 23, 2019 at 4:01 am

        do you own free internet?

  3. teresaellisrushlo
    March 29, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I liked Picasa because not only were able to edit your photos, but you were also able to make collages, and use the photo of your choice to enhance it. The other was being able to write on the photos and date them or name them. You could also make posters which I also liked. I loved Picasa so much that I stuck with it until now but of course it wasn't doing what it was without the updates. But I still use it for the collages I want to make. Picasa is the only photo editing tool I ever used and loved it, and right now I haven't found any thing that fits even close. I want to edit my photos the same way picasa allowed you to do with out restrictions, and free.

  4. KathM
    February 12, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Hi! Has anyone found a safe download for Picasa? I had to get a new hard drive and I 't a download but my anti virus software flagged it as suspicious. Loved Picasa - downloaded Phototheca but it is not as intuitive.

  5. AndrewR
    January 6, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Cyberpunk PhotoDirector looks good. I downloaded the fully featured Ultra version for £35. It's good for both organising and editing, accepts jpeg and RAW in fact it's very similar to Lightroom.

  6. Bob
    January 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Will use Picasa as long as I can... google photos sucks...

  7. Michael Svarre
    November 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Stay with Picasa - best program ever.
    Hoping Google will put it out as Open Source ;-)

    • Chad
      January 1, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      Yes, Agree. Picasa is still available; however, they have moved it to the cloud and rebranded the name. This is simply an attempt to get you to move your data to their storage... once you go over the 'free' storage... then they start charging you for the additional space. If your Internet provider has a data cap (like Comcast 1TB) then all this editing and up/downloading goes against your monthly limit and then your charged an additional $10 per 25GB. I think were all better off finding another solution (thinking: Photoshop Element (facial recognition)) that allows us to save, work, and store our files locally. Picasa was simply a bate and switch move by Google.

  8. Michael Svarre
    November 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Stay with Picasa -best program ever
    Hoping Google will be putting Picasa out as OpenSource

  9. Dave Lister
    October 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

    FastStone, all day every day.
    I does a lot more than you mentioned and the website doesn't do a good job of selling it (perhaps because it's free).

    but some of the more useful features you didn't mention are
    .raw support
    Curves, level, basic noise reduction, excellent at sharpening, a "Highlights and Shadows" (if you're familiar with Photoshop) adjustment that they call "Adjust Lighting" which I use quite a lot.
    Clone and heal. Side by side compare images....
    A very powerful photo app and and all you need if you don't actually need Photoshop imo.

    • Joanne Kress
      November 26, 2017 at 5:34 am

      Does this have facial recognition and tags?

  10. Dolyce Brown
    September 11, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Thank you for all of this information. I have a new laptop with Windows 10 and in desperation I downloaded Picasa 3 because the pictures program is pretty useless. I did download Google photos but still use a camera so it isn't working for me to email pictures - it wants me to upload them to cyber space or somewhere,
    I think I will have to try Microsoft Photos and delete the Google app.
    I want to transfer my pictures from my camera to my computer and then mail some to friends. How difficult is that!!!! I am so disappointed that Google decided to stop supporting Picasa as it was the best program for my needs .

    • Judith
      September 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      where did you find a safe Picasa 3.9 for windows 10? My old laptop is dying; I LOVE Picasa and want to install it on the new windows 10 laptop before that happens.

      • Dolyce Brown
        September 21, 2017 at 4:06 am

        This is a reply to Judith about Picasa
        I just googled it and when it opened I downloaded . I think it is Picasa 3 and it had all my folders. I don't know how long it will last but it sure is nice.

        Windows 10 is pretty awful and not user-friendly.

  11. pcisak
    September 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I tried ACDSee for Mac, Beta version (per Frank Pederson's suggestion below), which is a well regarded Windows photo editor. The Mac version is more like Elements than Picasa.
    Pro's: nice tree view of files and folders, it works on RAW files, has a wide range of photo finishing tools such as tint etc, and it is easy to perform basic photo fixes e.g. contrast, fill, crop. It imports from iPhone which Picasa no longer can and seems to work with iPhotos and Photos libraries though I haven't done much with them as I don't like or use them.
    Con's: Repair function is extremely limited, red eye only, with no re-touch that I could find, no face recognition, doesn't play videos, doesn't do Photoshop layers. And the Help button is useless.
    ACDSee doesn't try to organize photos, fine with me but maybe a Con for others. I really dislike how Apple hides files imported by Photos, this is much better, and better than Picasa's weird tree structure.
    Overall, this is clearly a work in progress, but they have been putting out monthly updates, so expect to see the holes filled soon. Then they will undoubtedly start charging for the program; the basic Windows version is only $30 now, not bad. The programs reviewed above seem to be very limited, but I don't want to buy Lightroom plus Elements, so ACDSee could be a good intermediate solution for amateurs who want more than what Photos and the like offer.

  12. Weefy
    September 4, 2017 at 11:12 am

    In the past few days Picasa has stopped allowing my scanner to interface and upload photos, so I guess this really is the end of a long and very happy relationship. Like everyone else I am still searching for a good, simple, alternative. Most I've looked at offer too many, and quite often, extravagant options. All I want is a simple photo-editing system, ideally Freeware, but most don't offer anything as good as Picasa. Someone recommended FastStone Image viewer freeware - but it's not free. OK, they only want you to make a donation, which I don't mind as I do this with Firefox, BUT unless you make a donation you can't actually access the programme!! Not's not what I call freeware!

  13. Gabor Banoczi
    August 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    It is funny (not!) that it is a year and half after Picasa was discontinued and this article was written. And the comments are just coming. I love Picasa, had since before Google bought it. I have not seen any other solutions that are as robust, fast and easy to use: folder view, timeline view, facial recognition, soft albums, soft edits, elegant slideshows with music if preferred, integration with printing shops (could send physical pictures to family overseas), etc., etc.

    I have a hard time with gphotos as it is difficult to have a good overview, slow even on a fast connection (compared to hard drive based anything). Duplicates. Printing is a pain. Downloading is a pain. Uploading is a pain. I do appreciate the backup feature of my phone pics, but I take pictures with my camera, too. I still have not found a reliable and easy way to get images to my local storage and vica versa.
    The assistant is interesting sometimes but do I really need it?

  14. Mary and Family
    August 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    OMG so aggravating, to take an excellent product like Picasa and kill it. I HATE GOOGLE.

    • Christine
      September 4, 2017 at 4:22 am

      I SOOOOO agree!!!.. I haven't found anything even close to Picasa. I need to upgrade my home computer - but am not because Picasa is still on it & I have no replacement yet :-(

      • Micah
        October 9, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        Yes they clearly don’t care what the customer wants!

    • Dolyce Brown
      September 11, 2017 at 3:21 am

      So do I. I loved Picasa and hate this new method.

  15. Jose
    August 4, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Google did the same thing with sketchup. They buy a company that makes nice software and then bury their products. . I don't understand their business model. Why buy the company if you are going to get rid if the product? I love their stuff and most of it is free. I don't think they develop anything themselves though. They seem to buy the work of others.

  16. Ola Ljung
    July 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hi, one feature I liked in Picasa was the option to only import new pictures from the camera, and exclude those already on disk. Every time I had to resort to windows import I ended up with lots of duplicates. Is there any alternate software with this option? Still use Picasa for import from camera, then sync to Google Photo, original size. Big problem that .mov are not imported from my Canon cameras, has to do it manually. Also use PhotoMove 2.5 free to organize in strict date order for backup to NAS, great little program.

  17. Stany de Béthune
    June 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Picasa is (was....) a rich enough and very versatile tool to accomplish most of the photo-editing tasks, even sophisticated ones, needed by a vast majority of users. A very well thought program not simply at the editing level, but also for photo-management (photo-database, albums, filtering...) and publishing (Picasa-Web) , not to mention the many "photo-creative" aspects of the program allowing people to play with their imagination. I have been using it for years and am still discovering with surprise new aspects of the program I had never thought of before.
    There are no other "free programs" that I'm aware of covering so many aspects and with such an original and easy to user interface..... and even sophisticated and expensive programs could benefit from Picasa's approach.

    Let's hope someone comes up with a free clone-like Picasa in the near future.

    • Cigdem Ozdemircelik
      July 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

      I totally agree with you. I can not find a replacement that is as easy to use. I have Lightroom and Photoshop Elements but I do not find them to be a good organising, quick editing tool. It takes so much more time.
      I still can not understand why Google will push semi-baked idea of Google Photos on its users and cancel a perfectly functioning tool like Picasa.

  18. Christine Wheway
    June 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    So my search brings me to nothing that will work yet to replace my beloved Picassa. What I'm looking for is the face identity portion as well as the scrap book feature I make collage pages of every sporting, event have them printed and put in books. I'm at a loss for the collage page option with being able to type text over the images. Any help with that one? Please!

    • Tom
      June 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Project Life app?

  19. Pattie
    May 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    if I uninstall google pictures will I loose all of my pics in Picasa?

    • Dann Albright
      May 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      I don't know what you mean by "google pictures," but your photos should be fine if you install anything. I'd back up the computer before you do anything that might cause trouble for your photos, though.

  20. Pattie
    May 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    so upset over Picasa - some of my pics are uploaded to Google (which I DO NOT LIKE) I have pictures everywhere on my computer just downloaded JetPhoto and now I have EVEN MORE
    come on Google wake up and do something for the people that you are leaving hanging that love Picasa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Dwain
    May 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    This is a decision by Google that I cannot quite understand. I have Adobe Lightroom also, which I pay a subscription for, which I can use. It is a much more powerful and capable tool for processing photos, it comes with more complexity and has a much higher learning curve. My wife and kids understand how to use Picasa, and Picasa is still easier for organizing photos, creating albums (even temporary ones). The last function and one I use extensively is the facial recognition in Picasa. I suppose Google Photos will be at least as good, or better at this, but I have no interested (or the internet bandwidth) to upload my RAW photos. Lightroom claims to have facial recognition, but my usage of it so far indicates it is far inferior to what was free and very easy to use in Picasa.

    In the end, and I hope Google and Adobe are listening, I would purchase Picasa, or pay a reasonable subscription, to keep a simple and very effective tool on my desktop.

    • Dann Albright
      May 22, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Unfortunately, I doubt Google is listening. And Adobe isn't really known for software under enthusiast level . . . so I wouldn't hold your breath. I think our best bet is to wait for someone to come up with a good replacement for Picasa that's easy and cheap. Here's hoping!

  22. Connie
    May 19, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I don't like the online only options. I want something I can use on my Mac. I take a lot of sporting event pictures of my kids and their teammates and like how easy it is to email to other parents and also burn to a DVD as a back up in case the pc crashes. Because Picasa is starting to crash every time I open it - I think I need to find something else ??

    • Dann Albright
      May 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Yeah, it's probably time to find a new option. If Picasa is crashing, it's not going to be a reliable option.

  23. Connie
    May 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I have been using Picasa but now I'm starting to have a lot of problems with it. It keeps crashing every time I upload new pictures to it. Have not found one yet that I like to replace it. I have a Mac which complicates things somewhat.

    • Dann Albright
      May 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I haven't heard of that happening to many people, but I'm not surprised. When software doesn't get regular updates, it stops working. Sorry to hear that! Still hoping for a good replacement . . .

  24. lm
    May 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I'm actually still using Picasa. I've just found no alternative for my case.

    Organizing over 400 GB of images (30 GB of them unsorted, that need to be tagged and then filtered and moved to their destined location)
    Switching from a fine working, free program to the "upgrade" (Google Photos) would mean paying monthly (for the needed storage space) to be limited by my rather poor broadband connection in the end. (which would mean over a month continous upload to get them there in the first place)

    So if there is another free alternative than can tag and organize locally and is able to handle that amount of files....

    • Dann Albright
      May 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Free options are sorely lacking at this point. Continuing to use Picasa is probably your best bet, but there's a good chance you'll have to go to a paid option sooner or later. Hopefully much later!

  25. Susan L Arndt
    May 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I will be using Picasa for as long as it is available! I found something I like and I'm sticking to it. Maybe, just maybe, enough people will do this and they will rethink their decision.

    • Dann Albright
      May 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      You're definitely not alone. I've started to hear reports of Picasa not working real well anymore, though, so its days may be limited!

  26. Carolse
    May 9, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I would rather store my very important and/or precious, timeless photos on a site that I pay for, even if there are *some* ads. I'd like if there was an option to sign up on a site with only your phone number and/or zip code and to not use email. I would like that. I would appreciate getting messages only through that direct photo site, meaning I would see the notices only when I sign on and am interested in announcements. I don't need to be able to print directly from the photo site or send files off to print or make print products. I want to pay for storage space, not use my own personalized url/domain, and have less ads than usual since I am a customer paying. What if I could pay for 36 months at once and strike a very good bargain? Would there also be such thing as paying 4.99-15.99 per month and getting lots of official privacy + secure ownership, and being able to upload 3.5GB of photos and 8GB of videos total per month...something extremely rewarding like that? Imagination is streaming. If features are extremely advanced, very user accessible and a breeze to navigate, and the mobile adapted site is excellent, I understand a higher per month charge. What if you want rudimentary for some things and want to pay 8.99 USD a month and get what you pay for?

    • Dann Albright
      May 13, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      That's a lot of specific things you're looking for! I doubt you're going to find anything like that. Especially if you want to pay but not use your email address. That's going to be quite rare (if it exists at all).

  27. Carol
    May 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I purposely am online looking for information, suggestions, and descriptions on paid-only services for photo storage, 2GB, 5GB or 8GB, and being able to upload videos of 2GB and if it exists in a service, videos of 10GB each. I would be willing to consider $8 and up per month (less space offered for less $), or a better deal per month for buying 6 months at a time upfront.

    • Dann Albright
      May 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Those are some pretty specific requirements. I assume you've looked at the major providers like Flickr and Dropbox . . . not knowing the specs of different services, I don't have any recommendations for you. Hopefully someone else will have a suggestion!

  28. 2CV67
    April 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    In Ubuntu Linux, I have been running Picasa in Wine for many years & have MANY thousands of pictures Tagged, Straightened, Cropped & Brightened by Picasa.

    I know Picasa is dead as far as Google is concerned, but I persevere with it because:
    1. I like the way it works - including that editing does not affect the original picture file but is contained in tiny .ini files, so I don't have to decide whether to double my file size or throw away my originals. I always thought that was important!
    2. I have a huge amount of time invested in all that picture editing!

    I have several backup copies of Picasa 3.9 so can & do easily install it again in case of problems.
    But one day I expect it will finally become unusable.

    Does nobody, anywhere, have any project to substitute another application which can read & interpret the picasa.ini files which contain all the picture-modification data?

  29. Jo Ann Oroark
    April 12, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I am an old lady scrapbooker and love Picasa. I need something that will let me send to Walgreens or Walmart since I get upload failed and can't make the export function that some have suggested work. I do like to edit, but that is not my main concern

    • Dann Albright
      April 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Have you tried just using the Walgreens/Walmart website or app? That might be a better way to go.

  30. pissedoff
    March 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm've...squirreled...away.....'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jo
      April 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

      I agree with you and how!!!..My heart is broken here. I can actually see my passion for photography dying in front of my eyes. Photoshop? Nope.Like some others, it is way too expensive, complicated and timeconsuming. What we need is an OFFLINE method of storage with basic editing similar to Picasa. Why is no-one listening?

      • Dann Albright
        April 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

        As far as I understand, Lightroom is a good alternative to Photoshop that (I think) should be cheaper. If you're on a Mac, the Photos app works pretty well, too.

    • Mykel
      April 28, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      I'm with you! I have Picasa on my computer that needs to be replaced and I'm afraid to get a new computer because I don't want to lose my Picasa! How do I make a backup copy to put on my new computer? Anyone, anyone??

      • lm
        May 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm

        Thats the reason I keep the installation files around. Either on disk or by just writing them to a CD/DVD (Yes, there are still people who have such drives)

        • Dann Albright
          May 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

          Yeah, that's probably a good habit to get into. It just seems so superfluous when you download an app that everyone loves and wants to keep around. :-)

  31. Sharon
    March 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I loved Picasa and have used it for many years. Can anyone suggest a program, free or otherwise that will use the Picasa captions I spent countless hours putting on my travel pictures. I also want a slideshow feature which will use the captions I created? Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dann Albright
      March 9, 2017 at 1:59 am

      If I remember correctly, Lightroom will import captions . . . but you should double check on that one.

  32. York Onnen
    March 3, 2017 at 1:51 am

    It's disheartening when longtime software such as Picasa fades into the sunset, just when we've built our computer photo-shopping around them. Switching to Google Photos is not that intuitive but I guess we'll figure it out. We will keep on using Picasa in our home-based computers and try Google Photos in our new laptop. Beats running to the drug store for photo development just a few years ago!

    • Dann Albright
      March 9, 2017 at 1:58 am

      Yeah, as long as you can keep using Picasa, I recommend it!

    • pissedoff
      March 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm'

      • jo
        April 10, 2017 at 10:10 am

        I would send one to you if I knew how...

      • Dolyce Brown
        September 11, 2017 at 3:30 am

        I downloaded Picasa 3 to my new laptop with Windows 10 (which I Hate) and it has brought with it most of my folders that I had on my previous Windows7 laptop. I love Picasa and will keep trying to use it as I am having no luck at all with this new stuff.

    • JBob
      September 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Picasa is dead! If you continue to use it, it will eventually die because of some little bug that invades your computer. Google photo is a complete joke. It has no capabilities or useable features. It doesn't interface well with anything. Apparantly it was an attempt to emulate the Apple photo software that you get with an iPhone or iPad because that is all it does. Apparently there is nothing iavailable that will include all the features found on Picasa. My Picasa is dead and can not be resurrected because the only way to do so is download it again and it is not available anywhere. I had thousands of photos saved on it in my hard drive that are now gone. I make photos with my Canon camera only and do not want to store them on someone else's server somewhere. That only opens up additional loss probabilities. Thankfully I have kept all my SD cards since digital photography began and can reload them onto another program if and when one is invented. Surely there is some young person who is capable of writing it and is not afraid to challenge the well healed organizations. There are a lot of people out there that would pay well for the right to install the software on their Windows computers and keep their photos safe on their own machines.

      • Missing Picasa
        September 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm

        Exactly how I feel and it's exactly what I do.

  33. Frank Pedersen
    March 2, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Good article and good comments, thx everybody.

    I'm having a look at "ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac BETA!"
    Free download here

    Beeing a Mac & iPhone user for many years and a home photographer, I've used the iPhoto programme because it's free and works for all the Apple devices.

    But I've never been so fond of iPhoto as the library is so large and unmanageable - it's a database afterall. Therefore been using Picasa due to the easy GUI and edit + manage photo features.

    Was also used to Picasa from the Microsoft Windows pc - and ACDsee. So now I hope the new beta is doing the job. And maybe it can set me free from iPhoto or the even worse Photo heir!

    ACDsee first look:
    It's fast!! Not like iPhotos feet-dragging performance....
    It can manage albums and pictures.
    It can edit - lot's of settings to every picture. White balance, Light eq, color and tone curves,
    It has batch edit - change settings to many pics in same process - eg. timestamp, copy, move...
    Haven't found out yet 100% how it works with iPhoto librarys. It works with local libraries, but I have my system library coubled with iCloud. But there must be a way...

    So maybe there's light at the end of the tunnel for me.

    Best regards

    • Dann Albright
      March 9, 2017 at 1:58 am

      I've heard of ACDSee, but I've never used it. Sounds like it might be a great option, though! Thanks for the tip.

  34. Shiva
    February 18, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Photo-managing tools are there with comparable features. But the easy photo-editing features that were available on Picasa were matchless. I mostly used the single feature: " I am feeling lucky". I was always impressed by the way the photos were clearer and better and with a single click. I don't want to spend any more time and effort on a photo. Hence that feature is matchless.

    If any software would give " I am feeling lucky" feature, i would be ready to pay for it.

    • Dann Albright
      February 19, 2017 at 2:36 am

      Pixelmator, which I use, has a similar function to I'm Feeling Lucky, and it tends to work pretty well! I recommend giving it a shot.

    • joyce
      April 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      yeh me too, I loved the 'I am feeling lucky'.
      I think though ot wasn't so much the simplicity of the editing as the ease of filing... especially the Tools Manager where you could choose to see only some of your photos not every single one.

  35. David Griff
    February 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    While Picasa is still up and running make sure you are storing face data on the actual file (Tools/Options/Name tags/ Store name tags in photo). Update your existing photos (Tools/Experimental/ Write face to XMP). This may take some time.
    Make sure you note where the database is stored and back it up (Tools/Experimental/Choose database location).
    If you want to move Picasa to a new computer, the directory letters and structure must be identical, otherwise Picasa will lose links to the pictures. (More detailed instructions are on the web).
    The only app which I find comes close to Picasa for organisation of photos comes with Synology back-up drives (DS photo). This seems to recognise all the data in the jpg file (faces, tags, location). I'm not too sure how good it is on face recognition.

    • Dann Albright
      February 19, 2017 at 2:09 am

      Thanks for the tip! I hadn't heard that one yet; it's very useful, and it's something a lot of people are asking about. I hadn't heard of DS Photo, either. Might have to look into that. How is it for anything else other than the facial data? Any editing/organizational features?

  36. Cheryll Edwards
    January 12, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I, like so many others, am devastated at what Google has done to Picasa. I wish the people that developed Picasa would do it again. I would be very happy to pay for it, and because of that they would be very happy.
    A.) I used the people tag, I loved that Picasa kept folders in Year and date order, and I made movies. Now what program can do all that and you don't have to be a computer engineer to use the program?
    B.). And let's top it off. I am going to have a new computer tomorrow, as my hard drive was crashing. (Very thankful for Mozy backups) but is there any way I can download Picasa into this new computer so I can continue to use it until it really dies? Thank you so very much. I am so sad.

    • Dann Albright
      January 13, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Getting Picasa onto the computer might work, though I think your chances will be better if you have a Mac. I'm not sure; you'll just have to try to transfer it over or download it from your backup. It's certainly worth a shot! And as far as I understood, Lightroom is the best option for getting those features back. I'm not sure how many of them are shared, but it's been getting a lot of very positive reviews in the comments.

    • Dianna Kelly
      February 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      AGREED!!! Since the announcement until now Feb 2017, I've been waiting for that perfect alternative since it seems you and I use them in much the same way...the best I had after that was ThisLife by Shutterfly (damn near perfect) and then Shutterfly shut that down! :( Can't they leave well enough alone!? :) Still waiting....sigh

  37. Wendy
    January 4, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Hi I loved using picasa but no longer avaible so now I am trying to find something close..I can find a lot of thing close but I am looking for the part the change ur photo to black and white then add a flower in color ..I find with the brush it makes such a over spread any help thanks

    • Dann Albright
      January 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Well, if you want to do that in the best-looking way possible, you'll probably want to use something more powerful like GIMP or Pixelmator. That gives you a lot more control on colorizing. As for doing it quickly, though, I'm not sure. Lightroom is supposed to be really good, and it likely has a similar feature. That would be my first recommendation.

  38. Bren
    January 3, 2017 at 4:41 am

    I love picassa and will stick with it as long as I can import my photos into it.
    Does anyone know why they retired Picassa? I would be willing to pay for it if they kept it.

    • Dann Albright
      January 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      It seems like Google got rid of it to encourage more people to use Google Photos, which keeps people online and going back to a Google-branded product. I'm sure they benefit somehow from having access to those millions of pictures as well. Many people have said the same thing, that they'd be happy to pay for it, but no such luck.

    • S.
      January 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Can pictures from picasa still be accessed? I got a new computer and am having a hard time finding them.

      • Dann Albright
        January 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        That depends. If you got a new computer, you probably don't have Picasa on it, so I'm not sure if your edits will have been saved. But the files are definitely still there if you transferred them over.

    • Jules
      January 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I love Picasa, have used it for years and have thousands of images in date order.
      I am no good at IT and dread trying to move these photos to another program.
      I have a mac and think I will have to move to iPhoto for ease but cannot work out how to get it to index in the way Picasa does with an index running down the left column. I also need the import feature to excluded duplicates. Any ideas?

      • Dann Albright
        January 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm

        You can use Duplicate File Finder, a free app on the Mac App Store, to clean up duplicates; it won't help you in the import process, but you can run it right after you import photos to get them cleaned up. As for setting up iPhoto to look the same way, I'm not sure if that's possible.

    • Phyllis
      January 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Same here! I love Picasa and would pay decently for it-having a hard time accepting that I will not be able to use it at some point!

      • Dann Albright
        January 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        I know; the situation really sucks. I'd be happy to pay for it too, and you'd think that would be a pretty strong motivator to keep it around. Evidently Google finds more value in storing people's photos on its servers.

    • Joyce Foster
      March 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      When something is working perfectly that is the time to get rid of it. I am disgusted at losing Picasa. I am not that confident but I managed very well with what Picasa had to offer. I am now totally at a loss. Very angry and frustrated.

      • Dann Albright
        April 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        That does seem to be Google's strategy, doesn't it? It was the same with Reader.

  39. GiSWiG
    December 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Is there any that imports videos? I tried something that I can't remember but it only imported pictures from my camera and not the videos, mostly MOV files. Picasa does and even plays them in the organizer. Also, does any come with the photo viewer like Picasa? Being able to traverse a folder of pictures easily without opening a photo organizer.

    • Dann Albright
      December 28, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      XnView definitely does.

  40. George Kaparos
    December 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Do any of these programs have facial recognition. That's my main love of Picasa. If I want to find pictures of this person or that I can just click the facial recognition profile and find a slew of photos for that particular person.

    • Dann Albright
      December 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Photoshop Elements has face recognition, and so do Apple's Photos app, FotoBounce, and Google Photos. I haven't actually tested any of them, so I'm not sure if they're as good as Picasa in this area, but that list should give you a place to start!

  41. RedDog
    December 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

    One more replacement for Picasa - Phototheca(
    It can import photos from various sources, track folders and do auto-update. Phototheca has features to share photos on Flickr, Facebook, Google Photos and Twitter! What an irony - this app can share selected photos and albums to Google Photos but Google Uploader can't. There are many other viewing and sorting features inside.

    • Dann Albright
      December 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      I hadn't heard of this one yet; thanks for the recommendation!

    • Zman111
      January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Phototheca did not work correctly on my PC with Windows 10. It was not easy to uninstall.

  42. mike wertelet
    December 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    i started out on picasa and up installed upgrades to the newer version that came out and it was a great editor.. I master a lot of the commands for my own editing style now its gone!!!!
    just sucks its gone... looks like google photo perhaps for a free option or photo shop elements may be the best choice for a 100 bucks....
    I wish I knew it was coming cause my picks were not all downloaded as saved edits only on my picasa roster as edited and now those are gone- only what I saved back to my computer as edited is left edited... a lot of work lost because of google ending picasa...
    how do you get those edits back??????? picasa system wont load so... IDK...

    • Dann Albright
      December 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      I'm not sure that you can get those back; especially if Picasa won't load. That's strange, though—the app itself should still be working.

  43. Mike
    November 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    There is NO replacement for Picasa, it is by FAR the best and easest photo editor out there period.

    Its like 20 apps in one.

    Someone must be butt hurt and/or not making any money on it.

    Google photo is ridiculously dumb, its like a new version of paint brush. Stupid.

    • Dann Albright
      November 28, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Yeah, Picasa was the best thing that I've used for photo editing and management. That's why I'm encouraging people to continue using it as long as possible. I haven't tried too many alternatives yet, but nothing seems to come close. Except maybe Lightroom.

      • JBob
        September 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

        Agreed! But if you value your photos and videos made with a teal camera, get them copie not an SD card pronto. Picasa WILL leave you highland dry when you least expect it.

  44. Anne Morin
    November 21, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I will stick with Picasa as long as I possibly can. Not one of the above alternatives is even close to the quality and friendliness of Picasa. I am hoping Google will allow those of us who have been using it for all these years to keep it, regardless. Too bad. Too bad.

    • Mike
      November 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      you are 100% right...Picasa is the best

    • Dann Albright
      November 28, 2016 at 2:28 am

      As long as you can still run it, it's pretty much the best option that there is. I'm not sure how many options there are for people who want to download it for the first time, but because most people have it already, it's not going to be a big deal until modern OSes stop supporting it.

  45. Tim
    November 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    NeoFinder is also good as a photo organizer (no editing).

  46. Albrecht B.
    November 4, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    There is actually no alternative to Picasa for mac. (besides Photos app). I am not sure why many "reviewers" compare the locally installable standalone software with online backup solutions. they aren't even apples and oranges, they're apples and cabbages.

    Software that:
    1.Organizes local photos into albums
    2. Capable of touching up and correcting photos locally
    3. Capable of backing up the entire library
    4. Capable of uploading to multiple 3rd party cloud services
    5. Capable of viewing sorting and editing Videos.

    DOS NOT EXIST for MAC besides c rapware that is Photos app.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      I haven't used Lightroom, so I don't know if it meets all of those requirements . . . but it seems like it has at least most of them. Have you looked into that?

      • Grumps
        January 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Lightroom has a lot of function but its performance is really bad compared to Picasa. Even just browsing though your photos is many times slower than Picasa. I gave up on it years ago.

        • Dann Albright
          February 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

          I hadn't heard that! Thanks for sharing your experience. I'll have to keep that in mind when I'm recommending things.

  47. Robert Harrison
    October 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I hate depending on an internet connection to be able to see my photos. I also like the amount of editing options Picasa offers. Not to much, not too little. I like the fact that I could post directly to Facebook from Picasa or email the pictures.

    I am hoping that some enterprising person will take over Picasa or make something very similar for people who like to keep their photo files on their computer or an external drive.

    So until then I will continue to use Picasa as it.

    • Dann Albright
      October 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Yeah, I'd love to see a similar client released for those same reasons. Keeping some photos online is fine, but being able to easily manage everything from my hard drive is definitely preferable!

  48. JD
    October 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Picasa going away - like others, arg!

    I have no interest in a cloud solution. I store all photos on multiple hard drives for redundancy, and just use Picasa to organize the pictures and generate slide shows.

    Yes, I can continue to use Picasa as long as my MacBook Air continues to work. But if I am correct, when one needs to upgrade their laptop, then that is the end of Picasa for them. Is this correct?

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      It depends on the level of the update. With most updates, apps will continue working. If you upgrade to a completely different version of an OS, you might have trouble, though because people are so committed to keeping Picasa around, you might also be able to find a good workaround with some searching.

  49. 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??

    • Elizabeth
      October 10, 2016 at 4:47 am

      I agree!! I just bought a new computer and am so disappointed that I can't have Picassa now! None of these options even compare, unless you want to pay for them. Why Google... why??

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

    • Holly
      October 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      You need to click on the info button to see the date and time. You can also adjust the date/time on individual photos, but not on a whole album like you could with Picasa. My husband always forgets to reset the clock in his camera when we travel between time zones. It was so easy to fix this with Picasa.

  53. 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!

      • Peter Sy
        January 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

        My approach to cloud synchronization -- having decided that $100/yr for 1TB on DropBox was an OK deal, I looked for the best way to use this. I put the "Pictures" folder (and all sub-folders managed by Picasa, etc.) into the DropBox folder, and enable syncing of this structure on all the family devices where we want (and have room for) the photo collection -- currently about 120GB. On some devices, I sync only recent or selected folders. And, of course, I can get at any photo anywhere with a browser.

        DropBox also uses your LAN where available, and it's quite fascinating to see photos appear almost instantaneously on my PC as my wife uploads her photos to her PC. And DropBox works well on my iPad -- I get thumbnails of any folder I open in a few seconds, and very fast access to any individual photo I select.

        None of this helps the "Picasa-going-away" problem, and I'm looking at Lightroom for when/if Picasa ceases to function effectively. Meanwhile, I did find a download of Picasa for my new laptop ... but BEWARE ... the one I found came with a Trojan -- fortunately trapped immediately by my anti-virus.

        But the moral of all this is simple. Google abandoned "do no evil" long ago (they even used Google Alerts to distribute links to stolen documents on WikiLeaks). Remember, at Google YOU are the product and the company's only interest is to monetize everything it can discover about you. Act, and use any Google services and apps only in so far as you are comfortable with this. And do not expect your convenience to be a factor in whether any Google product continues to function.

        • Dann Albright
          February 6, 2017 at 7:09 pm

          Sounds like Dropbox is working well for you! If you can justify the annual $100, it's a great way to manage your photos. I'm thinking I might have to switch to that soon, as my external hard drive just isn't as convenient as using a cloud service.

  54. 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

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

    you suck - at least give the die hards the option

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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.


    • 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!

  60. 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. :-)

        • Uncle Bob
          January 17, 2018 at 4:41 am

          I like the idea of somebody buying it, but not Apple. Many of us use PCs and there is now way Apple would help us!

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

    • Steve K
      October 24, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Spot on review. But don't forget G+ and the fact that Google seems to take pride in confusing everyone about where you are and how you got there in the Google nightmare. The only thing that works simple with Google is their browser. Youtube has become a joke and they are worse than facebook when it comes to spinning the average user around in circles. PS - their interfaces suck big time.

      • Dann Albright
        October 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

        That's true; why is Chrome so awesome when everything else causes such difficulties? We should demand that the Chrome team develops Google's next product.

    • Dianna Kelly
      February 15, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      THANK YOU MARLYN!!!!!!!!!! For saving me from having that exact same rant just now........sigh...XO

    • Dianna Kelly
      February 15, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you Maryln!!!!!!!!!! Now I don't have to post my rant, thank you HERE HERE! XO!

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

    • Dann Albright
      July 25, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      There's a comment on this article (// that discuses how you can important tags into Photoshop Elements, but other than that, I'm not aware of anything that'll solve the problem. If you come up with any other strategies, though, be sure to post them here so other people can take advantage!

  65. 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!

  66. 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 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?

  67. 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

  68. Anonymous
    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?

    • 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!

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

  71. 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?

  72. 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!

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

    Oh, and for a detailed analysis of how PictureLife stored the metadata, check here:

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

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

  74. 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.

  75. 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?

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


    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 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.

  77. 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.

      • Nancy
        July 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

        Dann, my Picasa just won't open any longer. So frustrating. I assume (with my limited understand of how these things work) that my tens of thousands of photos are still on my hard drive. If I download another editing and organizing program, will it import all my photos automatically? And does its doing so actually reproduce all those photos on my hard drive, taking up a lot of memory? (Sorry if these are rookie questions!)

  78. Anonymous
    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.

  79. 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?

      • Uncle Bob
        January 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

        It seems that to use NIK you have to have photoshop installed so that rather defeats the purpose. Like many others I have thousands of photos on my PC and have used Picasa for years. Many of us I believe would consider ourselves to be amateurs and Picasa did everything we wanted it to. Still on Windows 7 myself, shortly upgrading to Windows 10, hopefully I will find something comparable by then.

  80. 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!

  81. 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 (// 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.

  82. Anonymous
    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.

    • 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?

      • Anonymous
        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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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!

  88. 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.

  89. 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?

  90. 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.

        • 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?

  91. 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!


    • 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


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

        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


        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:

        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:

        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.

  92. Anonymous
    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!

  93. 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.

  94. 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?

  95. 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!

  96. 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. :-)

  97. 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 "

    • 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.

  98. 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 (// 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. :-)