Monday, February 15, 2016

Bad News From Google

It didn't help that Google published this news the same day Cheyenne left me forever but at the time I had other preoccupations on my mind watching my poor old dog take the last great journey of her all too short life. Now however as I contemplate my future and hopefully that of a new otherwise unwanted dog I also have to come to terms with the fact that Google seems less and less interested in supporting free blogging.  This message from the photo service I use to store my pictures, Picasa. There are two services, Picasa 3 for desktop that I don't use and Picasaweb that I rely on. I have 17 folders more or less full with I would guesstimate some 15,000 photographs which I fondly believed would be stored forever for me by Google. 

Moving on from Picasa

Friday, February 12, 2016 10:00 AM

Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. 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.

We know for many of you, a great deal of care has gone into managing your photos and videos using Picasa—including the hours you’ve invested and the most precious moments you’ve trusted us with. So we will take some time in order to do this right and provide you with options and easy ways to access your content. We’ve outlined below some of the changes you can expect.

Picasa Web Albums
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. Using Google Photos, you can continue to upload and organize your memories, as well as enjoy other great benefits like better ways to search and share your images.

However, 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).

One thing to make clear is that 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.

Desktop application
As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. 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

Finally for developers, we will also be retiring some functions of the Picasa API. Developers can learn more here.

Again, none of these changes are happening today, and we’ll continue to update you along the way. 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.


Bryce Lee in Canada said...

Have you looked at Wordpress?

Anonymous said...

Whether Wordpress or otherwise, we are all anxiously awaiting your choice of comeback.
As we all know , the SPCA has so many worthy candidates , there is no more time to lose, particularly for the dog.
(Life goes way too fast for them.)
Michael , you and your hound make our day.
Show us some of your possibilities.
Then get back on the road again, for all of us, and give us that canine- master, journey!

David Blackburn said...

We live at the whim of 20-year-old software developers. That old shoebox of memories is looking better and better every day - that technology never changes.

Conchscooter said...

I don't like Wordpress. Complicated ugly ( white background) and I want to control my own domain. If I can. If I end up n Wordpress it will be desperation.

Conchscooter said...

I have my eye on a black lab at the SPCA. Tuesday I return to do battle with them and pet Kona from their grasp. Heart worm treatment doesn't bother me. Eight months at the pound does. A lot.

Anonymous said...


Conchscooter said...

We didn't bond. I tried but he is not right for our home. He is too much of a handful for us. Cathy was really kind to let me in to check and I wanted it to work. The color doesn't bother me but he is a dog of boundless energy, barking at the cats and strong as a horse digging like a back hoe. My rather feeble deck enclosure would be no match for him.
We will look in Marathon and see what we can see with a couple of candidates there. I have to get this right. I am fearful of ending up comparing my next dog to Cheyenne who was well night perfect and that comparison would be totally unfair. It takes time for dogs to mesh but you need a sound starting point and not be in a hurry.
Just looking, and sounding animals out makes me feel better, that I am doing something positive for a dog that needs a home. I am channeling Cheyenne as I search. Please trust that I am trying to do it right.

Anonymous said...

Good for you!
There's a Labrador ( black/ brown) in Marathon on hold.....hoping it might work if the vibes are there.
Good luck.

Trobairitz said...

How odd. I click don Google Photos and there are only 8 of my uploaded pictures there. I wonder if my blog photos will disappear after the switch? I guess we'll wait and see. I remember when Bobskoot lost all his blog photos.