Google Retires Its Free Picasa Photo-editing Software

Google Retires Its Free Picasa Photo-editing Software

Have you been relying on Google's free Picasa software to edit, store and share your digital photos and scans of old family photos? Then you've probably heard that Google has announced Picasa'a retirement. Photo-editing will still work if you have Picasa installed on your computer, but support ends March...

Have you been relying on Google’s free Picasa software to edit, store and share your digital photos and scans of old family photos? Then you’ve probably heard that Google has announced Picasa’a retirement. Photo-editing will still work if you have Picasa installed on your computer, but support ends March 15.

Photos you’ve uploaded to Picasa Web Albums will be automatically transferred to Google Photos on May 1. There, storage is free as long as your photos don’t surpass the upper limits set on resolution. Google Photos has tools to enhance and edit your photos, though not as extensively as other options. Sharing also is limited.

You can read more about Google Photos in this PC Mag review (which says it’s “not the best option out there”).

On the lookout for new options to edit and preserve digitized family photos? Want to learn how you can digitally repair tears, spots, fading and other photo damage at home—inexpensively? In Family Tree University’s Photo-Editing for Genealogists one-week online workshop, How To Archive Family Photographs author Denise Levenick will show you a range of editing tools and techniques including Photoshop Elements, PicMonkey and others.

The Photo-Editing for Genealogists workshop takes place online Feb. 29-March 6, and includes educational videos, as well as written lessons and a conference message board for asking Denise questions. See a workshop program and register at Family Tree University.

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