At the end of 2015 the shutdown of the photo applications Carousel (by Dropbox) and Adobe Revel put off loyal users. Obviously the user numbers of both services were not high enough to compete with industry leaders such as Google (Picasa/Photos), Yahoo (Flickr) and Facebook (Instagram).
Offering a free online storage for photos along with sophisticated software for different devices and, at the same time, being profitable is a difficult job. Therefore it is no surprise that one of the, or rather the most popular image organizing software is being discontinued. However, even though Google has not given Picasa that much attention over the years, giving it up entirely is still a kind of shock. Mainly because Google’s alternative Google Photos cannot fully replace Picasa yet. At least not when you are the traditional desktop user who uses Picasa for photo management, image editing, sharing and even ordering prints online. But when Picasa Web Albums is all you ever needed then you’re lucky, Google Photos can do that, too.
So what’s the alternative for those who don’t want to be forced to go on-line?
I personally tried a lot of different free- and shareware over the years but always came back to Google Picasa for, beside combining image organizing, editing and online sharing, its user interface is probably the most intuitive on the market. If you’re willing to pay for getting a similar user experience Zoner PhotoStudio, Ashampoo Photo Commander and Magix Foto Manager are a good bet. (Older versions are often free but without support.)
I haven’t tried PhotoScape up till now so this will be my next try. But, of course, there is still hope. Picasa, at best, could be Open Sourced. But also selling it to another company (Google bough Picasa from Lifescape, Inc.) could be an option to keep the software going.
Dear Marissa Mayer,
Wouldn’t be Picasa be a great opportunity to bring Flickr to the desktop and lure more users? It could also work with Tumblr …