Bad news! Google is shutting down their Picasa service and forcing everyone into Google Photos, built into their Google+ platform. Google Photos has been available for a long time, but I’ve always resisted using it because it has an overly minimalist UI which is hard to use – but also because Picasa offered the ability to get a specific URL for a photo, to use it as embedded image hosting. Google Photos only offers links to the social network photo page for the photo you’ve selected.
Given that nearly 100% of the photos on Retrovoltage are hosted on Picasa, it remains to be seen if the URLs embedded in the past 5 or so years of posts will stay active, or if every image I’ve ever posted will become a broken link.
Either way, it’s time for a transition apparently. My options:
- Find another free or paid photo hosting service.
- Use the storage space built into raincityaudio.us.
- Run my own simple hosting server. (I have a bunch of public static IPs available, which makes it easy.)
I’m not a big fan of IT projects these days, so (3) is probably a non-starter. What does everyone think of 1 or 2?
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.
via Picasa Blog.