Google finally shutters its aging Picasa photo platform

Patrick O'Rourke

February 12, 2016 7:00pm

Google’s once popular image organizing service Picasa is set to finally shut down on March 15th, 2016.

The fifteen-year-old image editing/organizing platform, which actually hasn’t been update in nearly five years, was once one of Google’s most popular web applications. Google says it made the decision to close the service because it feels Picasa took away from its Google Photos platform.

“We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products,” said Google in a statement sent to MobileSyrup.

Following its closure date, Google says users will be able to view Picasa web albums through a new archived gallery, as well as via Google Photos.

Picasa is seen by many as being ahead of its time and is one of the first web-based photo management platforms, launching even before Yahoo’s Flickr photograph sharing service.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this transition causes, but we want to assure you that we are doing this with the aim of providing the best photos experience possible. Google Photos is a new and smarter product, that offers a better platform for us to build amazing experiences and features for you in the future,” continues Google in the statement.

Some Picasa API functions are set to remain active, which could mean apps that utilize the service will still retain at least some functionality, although Google has not been clear about this.

  • Aaron

    Not the first time I’ve seen grammar mistakes in the articles… does anybody actually edit or proof the articles before publishing? “…which actually hasn’t been update in nearly five years…”.

    • TheMelonOfWater

      Boo hoo. I didn’t notice any mistakes. Humans make mistakes. It’s normal.

  • David Saputra

    But the desktop software is so good for organising my thousands of photos. Face recognition also helps in organising and, later on, searching for photos. Search, image editing, collage, geo-taggging.. it’s one of the most useful software I’ve ever used (in all categories). Anyone knows what can do what Picasa can on the desktop?

    • Acitta

      Digicam on Linux.

    • David Saputra

      I’m on Windows

    • Acitta

      My condolences.

    • Oberei Sw

      Chances are, there are much more options available for you then. Just gotta look for them. 🙂

    • I believe DigiKam is available for Windows (but I’ve only used it on Linux).

      The problem with DigiKam is it’s too professional. I just want something that will let me go back and find photos of my kids and filter them down a bit (like summer photos, hockey photos, etc).

      So I’m looking for something with albums/sub-albums, categories, tags, face/people tags, locations, and dates. Maybe some basic photo editing like cropping, auto-adjusting, etc. But I don’t need to process photos or raw-images or anything.

    • Lt_Dan

      I’m in the same boat. I’ve been using the desktop app for years to organize everything. I’m sure it will still work to use locally, but it will be interesting to see if they phase out the sync feature to google photos after a while.