Google will be shutting down Picasa Web Albums on May 1, 2016, and as of March 15, 2016. Are there any recommendations for a desktop alternative to Picasa?
Picasa is an image organizer and editor that performs the function of sharing an image with others as well. This product has been discounted but still the existing version of Picasa can be used for performing the basic editing and image management functions that are still hard top found in other image management applications. Picasa makes it easy for the users to easily explore for all of their pics on their computer and arrange them in a shape of an album as well. Picasa can be said as an image management program that works beyond the basic functions of image editing and processing. Like you can share your image with your friend right from the Picasa instead of going for the additional image sharing tool. The combine features of the Picasa are the management of photos in the PC, transforming the photos with photo editing effects for giving them new shape and sharing the photos. It is one of the best image editing and managing programs.
After over a decade of ownership of the product, Google announced just a few weeks ago that they will be closing the shutters for good on Picasa, a cross-platform photo viewer and organizer with basic editing capabilities. In the, Google has set March 15 as the end of support for the desktop client, with changes to the accompanying web album hosting service set to roll out later in the spring. While it wasn’t open source, as free product with a strong commercial backer, Picasa’s desktop client had become quite popular among amateur photographers, and so with news of the project’s discontinuation, many are wondering where to turn next for their photo management needs. Picasa was available across multiple platforms, and while it had not been recently packaged for Linux, it still worked well for many Linux users inside of. Sadly, this isn’t the first time we’ve had to recommend alternatives to a discontinued Google product; three years ago, we helped you find for your RSS reading needs. While there’s no word yet on whether Google will release the code for Picasa under an open source license now that it has been discontinued, fortunately for you, there are many open source alternatives already out there to help you with your photo organizing and editing needs.
Photo viewers For some, the greatest value in Picasa was just as a simple photo viewer and browser; a great to quickly flip through multiple images without waiting for a full fledged editor to load, but going a little above and beyond their operating system's default. Here are some great replacements for that need. Some, like Picasa, offer minor touch-up abilities, while others are strictly viewers. •, the built-in image viewer with many Linux distributions, does a fine job with displaying images in most common formats, although it is slated to see an upgrade in the near future as GNOME moves towards for file previews. • is another open source basic image viewer, which, while simple, benefits from the speed that comes with being so lightweight, and is a good choice for Windows users. • is a Qt-based image viewer for Windows or Linux which is designed to be fast and flexible with thumbnail caching, mouse and keyboard shortcuts, and support of many formats.
Photo organizers The major functionality of Picasa that puts it above just a photo viewer is photo organizing. Once you’ve got a few hundred photos in your collection, a flat structure just won’t cut it; after a few thousand, it’s simply impossible. Additionally, photos often contain a great deal of metadata which can help in the organization process if you can easily edit it. Here are a few open source tools for organizing your photos. • is an image organizer that is a part of the KDE family, supports hundreds of different file formats, has multiple different collection organization methods, and supports user plug-ins to extend its functionality. Of the open source image organizers listed here, it's probably the easiest to get working for Windows in addition to its native Linux packaging. • is an image organizer which you'll find as the default in many GNOME-based distributions.
It contains basic editing features like cropping, red eye reduction, and adjusting color levels, in addition to automatic organizing including grouping by date and tagging features. • is another GNOME image organizer, and while it hasn't been updated in a few years, the older release which features basic tools for amateur photographers including basic editing functions, color adjustments, and exports to the web or photo CDs. • is another image viewer and browser for GNOME which has a similar feature set, including basic editing, web album export, batch renaming, etc. Web albums Picasa linked with an online album as well; Google is continuing on this functionality with Google Photos, but there are plenty of open source alternative for this function as well, for anyone willing to host their own web album software. • is an open source photo gallery program written in PHP with a large community of users and developers, featuring a number of customizable features, themes, and a pluggable interface. •, another PHP/MySQL gallery program which you can easily self-host in your own web space, which integrates well into a number of content managers and forum systems.
So how about you? Are you a current or former Picasa user, looking for a new option to manage your photos? Or have you already moved on to something newer, and preferably, open? These certainly aren't all of the options out there, which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below. +1 (hundred! Hotspot Shield New Version. ) Almost all of the features in Picasa I can find somewhere else.
However the two reasons I use Picasa are the collection of functionality that most apps get at best 75% of, but primarily the 'edit for idiots' features are missing or underpowered in other apps- auto color balancing (I don't know how to do myself and attempts to learn usually leave portraits looking like oompah loompahs), quick red-eye fix, quick blemish fix, etc. IPhoto is the only app I've found comparible in such features, and ideally I need a MS Windows available app. If Picasa dropped or neutered the edit functions I'd have moved to a different app already, that's it's true appeal. That it does great at organization, is multi platform, and publishes to one of the few decent usable web gallery services is bonus.