About eight months ago, Google launched a photo and video storage and storage service known as Google Photos. It quickly gained popularity and was hailed as one of the best services of its kind. Since its initial launch, Google Photos had been closely compared to Google’s pre-existing photo storage and editing service, Google Picasa. Questions were raised about the future of Picasa, as Google photos offer a very similar service and rumors continue to float over the end of Picasa. Surely, on Friday, February 12, 2016, Google published an official statement that made it clear that Picasa would soon retire to fully focus on Google Photos.
Support for the Picasa desktop application will stop on March 15, and the rest of the changes are will be implemented on May 1st . While some have seen it coming, now there will be many who are looking for an alternative to move from Picasa. But before going into something else, let's first tell you a little about Google Photos, as it is the default alternative provided by Google.
Google photos is a cloud storage service very similar to Picasa. It offers you unlimited storage space for high quality photos and videos and also works as a decent photo editor. You can also download the version of the service application on your desktop or smart phone, allowing you to easily back up photos. The backup part is simple, all you need is a Google account for it. With the desktop application, you can assign specific parameters to allow automatic backup from specific devices and folders.
As for those who are looking for something more than Google Photos, here we are going to list some alternatives to sufficiently quench their thirst for Picasa.
1. Windows photo gallery
Windows Photo Gallery is an application that will make you feel at home. It has one of the simplest and easiest-to-use designs you'll find in any photo editing application. It does not offer you the storage solution that Picasa offers, but it works well if you are looking to manage all the images on your desktop.
Its photo editing functions are quite decent, and allows you to easily upload them to OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Vimeo. In addition to the basic edition, you can also add subtitles, make collages, slide shows, panoramas, photos and movies. A feature that makes it stand out is its ability to save the names of tagged people and the information of geotags directly in the metadata of the file.
Using Photoscape can be a fun experience, whether to edit, improve or create something special. It has a wide range of features that include basic editing and correction, batch editing, creating collages, creating gifs with multiple photos, screenshot and splitting photos, among other things.
It does not offer the same cloud storage as Picasa, but it is one of the most versatile photo editing applications that exist. It is a photo editing application to the earth more than anything.
3. FastStone Image Viewer
Despite what its name suggests, FastStone Image Viewer is more than an application to view photos. You can use it to organize your photos easily; You can add tags, move photos to desired folders or even add folders to favorites. It allows you to make basic edits such as cropping, adjusting light, colors, curves and adding effects, etc.
Although if you're not satisfied with your editing capabilities, FastStone itself gives you the option of using an external editing program, talk about being too modest.
4. Flickr and Amazon Prime Photos
For those of you who are specifically looking for a storage solution, Flickr and Amazon Prime Photo are your best option. Flickr is one of the best photo management and sharing applications in the world and is quite easy to use. The first thing you need to use Flickr is a Yahoo account; Need this account to register on Flickr. Once you have registered, you can explore Flickr to understand how incredible the service is. It provides its users with 1 TB of free space and offers a simple interface for editing, managing and sharing photos. You can create your personal collections and albums and share them with your family and friends. Flickr is also available as an application for Android and iOS and you can use the same account on all your devices. With Flickr, our photos really travel with you.
Amazon Prime Photos It is also an identical service to Picasa and Flickr in terms of storage. Just as Picasa uses a Google account and Flickr uses a Yahoo account, Amazon Prime Photos uses an Amazon account. With an eligible Prime member, you receive free storage for all your photos on Amazon Cloud Drive, as well as an additional 5GB of free storage space for personal video and document storage. You can download the Amazon Prime application to add photos from your Android or iOS device or install the Cloud Drive application for PC and Mac to add photos from your computer.
Now, if you need a good editing platform while using Flickr or Amazon Prime Photos, you can always turn to Ribbet .
Ribbet It is an online photo editing platform that does not require downloads, registrations or anything. You can simply visit the website and start editing. Even the option to edit a photo is there, it will probably be the first thing to see when you visit the site. To edit a photo, you can upload it from your computer or connect it to your Facebook, Google or Flickr account. It does not become simpler than this.
Hopefully, at this point an alternative worthy of Picasa must have been found. Windows Photo Gallery, Photoscape and FastStone for your editing and Flickr needs and Amazon Prime Photos for your storage needs. You can use them however you want. Of course, if you are looking for more advanced photo editing software, you can always try the likes of Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw.
Although Google Picasa was once unique and offered a unique experience, it would soon be assumed by its successors after its inevitable retirement. We hope that the cow left by Picasa will be filled with these alternatives with ease.