Why I am Nonetheless Utilizing Picasa in 2020

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Google’s Picasa was first launched in 2002 as a fast technique to catalog and edit your photographs en masse. In 2015, Google launched its final replace and has since changed it with the now ubiquitous Google Pictures.

It really works similar to Adobe’s Lightroom with out the entire bells and whistles for modifying, and as a substitute it simply offers you fundamental options: red-eye elimination (when was the final time you noticed red-eye?) auto-white stability, cropping, light-sliders, colour change, and many others.

What Picasa does that neither Lightroom nor Google Pictures do is mean you can browse your whole photographs lightning quick. Google Pictures is unimaginable to shortly scroll by means of as a result of it must obtain each single picture as you browse. Lightroom may probably be used for a similar goal however, sadly, it simply doesn’t. With each picture loading, the unique file with edits overlayed in Lightroom, and with my silly quantity of customized presets, Lightroom struggles after a certain quantity of information loaded and it needs purging.

Picasa, alternatively, shows all of my photographs (1 / 4 of 1,000,000, over 1TB) in 1000’s of folders throughout three (generally 4) totally different drives seamlessly. Each picture I’ve taken may be seen in a single place with out having to cross my fingers every time I double click on on a folder. The most effective half? It handles RAW information like a godd**n boss.

Picasa opens and closes immediately and doesn’t require you to manually import each file — simply choose which drives you need it to observe and it’ll at all times be up-to-date. Clicking by means of random folders and seeing photographs you lengthy forgot is sort of therapeutic in its simplicity.

There are some drawbacks, I’d like to see so many enhancements made with Picasa corresponding to having the ability to choose quite a few folders without delay and edit them (including tags, and many others), and I’d love in the event that they introduced again having the ability to add to Google Pictures immediately once more. The UI hasn’t aged too properly with a boring gray theme however that appears like selecting hairs.

I’m grateful that I’m nonetheless in a position to make use of this defunct software program and it nonetheless serves a goal for me: discovering stuff! You may’t obtain Picasa immediately from Google anymore, however you need to be capable of discover a copy on-line for those who look in the correct locations.

I really feel like Adobe has critically missed a beat with Lightroom, is it an excessive amount of to ask that I can see each single file on my system with out the entire app slowing to a halt? If anyone has a contemporary answer to this drawback, I’d love to listen to it, however for now, I’ll proceed to make use of my vintage Google app.


In regards to the writer: Danny M. Thompson is a photographer based mostly in Manchester, UK. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the writer. Yow will discover extra of Thompson’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram. This text was additionally printed here.

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