The web search giant was at last able to pick one photo managing application over another, and the winner is the thoroughly groomed Google Photos. According to a recent report, Google axes support for Picasa, redirects longtime users to Photos.
Google said Feb 12 that it would end support for Picasa app for PC on March 16. Moreover, users that stored and managed their photo albums via Picasa Web Albums are encouraged to switch to Photos in the meantime.
Ending support for Picasa app is not a tragedy because the software has rarely seen a major update in recent years. And users can safely use the app without any constant updates. The tragedy is about to happen for Picasa Web Albums users, whose metadata is not that easy to move from one web service to another.
Anil Sabharwal recently said that the company was aware of the amount of time and dedication users have invested in storing and managing their photos via Picasa. As a result, the developers are trying to figure out a way to make the transition as painlessly as possible.
You will be able to download Picasa app for desktop until March 16, after which the app will still remain operational. Nevertheless, don’t expect any updates for the dated software beyond that date.
If you want to move your photos to Google Photos you can download an uploader app for desktop from Google Photos’ site.
But for users of Picasa Web Albums the situation is more complicated. Many of these users have stored precious metadata on their photos for either organizational or sharing purposes. Plus, people might have posted comments on specific photos. So, it would be rather hard to save all the data and somehow store it on Google Photos.
Google announced that photos on Picasa Web Albums have been already archived and transferred to Google Photos. So, you can basically log in your Photos account to have access to your Picasa photos and videos. But there is no word yet on the metadata’s fate.
Plus, there are some die-hard fans of Picasa Web Albums that would not want to make the transition for all the reasons in the world. For these people, Google is currently looking for a solution that will allow them to access their favorite photo managing service.
The company was not very specific on the solution, it only said that it would offer a ‘new place’ where users can view, download or erase their albums but without the option to create new albums or edit the existing ones.
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