Basic Editing

Get Picasa While Still Available

Written by Gail Bjork

picasa-softwarePicasa is a great, easy-to-use photo editing program available free for many years to PC and Apple users. Unfortunately, Google ended support of this fine program on March 15, 2016!

After March 15th, the Picasa software will still be available, just not from Google. Do a search and there are several sites where you can download it, such as download.com, cnet.com, softonic.com. Make sure it is compatible with your operating system.

I highly recommend you get the software if you do photo editing on your computer or notebook, and find programs like Photoshop too difficult to use.

Picasa no longer developed

According to the Google Picasa Blog. “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 photos.google.com/apps.”

picasa-uiPicasa web albums available, but with limited functionality

If you’ve been using Picasa Web Albums, “for those of you who don’t want to use Google Photos or who still want to be able to view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments, we will be creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data. That way, you will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos).”

For more information about what’s happening with Picasa and Picasa Web Albums, visit the Google Picasa Blog.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.