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    Picasa closing, move to Google Photos

    I don't use, so fyi from the Picasa blog a couple of weeks ago:
    http://googlephotos.blogspot.com/
    none of this is happening today—if you have a Picasa Web Album you can keep using it as normal. We’ll start rolling out these changes on May 1, 2016
    we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos
    If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album today, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to Google Photos, and all your photos and videos will already be there
    As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. ... it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates
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    Thanks for the heads-up.

    cheers, Paul

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    So is Google photos going to allow us to edit the metadata on our photos? I'm about a third of the way through tagging and captioning my digital and scanned photos, and Picasa is so easy to use for this. I haven't found anything better...
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    Access,

    As long as you're not storing your photos in Web Albums you should be able to continue to use the current desktop version of Picasa w/o problems.

    HTH
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    Ah yes RG, but they won't fix any bugs and there is a big one. Geotagging with Picasa and Google Earth results in a message saying GE isn't installed. Reverting to an older version of GE fixes this (there are issues even with this but somewhat easier to get round).

    I shall use it until it breaks, but I know I can use ExifToolGUI to do the editing (it's just not as easy).
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    Beats using a sextant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    Beats using a sextant.
    With 19,000 photos to tag you're quite right!
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    MakeUseOf had an article last month which might be of help:
    Picasa Is Going Away: 11 Apps That You Can Use Instead

    The 11 covered are:

    Online Options
    Google Photos
    Flickr
    PictureLife
    Dropbox

    Desktop Options
    XnView MP
    FastStone Image Viewer
    Photoshop Elements
    OS X Photos
    Microsoft Photos
    JetPhoto Studio
    Paint.NET

    I've used XnView and FastStone a lot, FS is my current fav of these two excellent viewers. On the editing side, IrfanView and Google's NIK are free.
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