No More Picasa


In case you missed the news, Google is shutting down Picasa on May 1, 2016, forcing everyone onto Google Photos or perhaps encouraging them to use another service all together. If you are in the later group you might want to consider Forever Historian. I have also heard good things about the far more expensive Adobe Lightroom for photo organization.

Why is Google shutting down Picasa? The simple fact is that Google relies on advertising to support its business, and somebody at Google has determined that they can show you more advertising and better monetize your photos if you are using Google Photos. Google is not a photo preservation and they will support a product as long as it makes sense from an advertising perspective. From their perspective there is no reason to continue to support Picasa.

For more details on this announcement see Google is shutting down Picasa on May 1, 2016 and Google is shutting down Picasa in favor of Photos.



About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 Response to No More Picasa

  1. Sherrie Breese says:

    Boo! hiss! I liked Picasa. Used it for collage photos.

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