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I know a few members (including myself) use Picasa for online web albums, but now they are going away. Has anyone research a good replacement or started using the Google Photo's?


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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 photos.google.com/apps.

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.
 

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I've used Flickr for a few years now - seems like it is turned pretty well to folks with a photography hobby. 1Tb of free space and once you find your way around it is easy to create albums and get to urls for embedding and sharing images. They also have apps that integrate your account for IOS and Android.

I haven't research much anything else but will not have anything to do with any social media sites so I never even looked at Google Photos.
 

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Kennyd, I think it's time you had you're own WEB server. Or if not, put the pictures on your WEB site as it is now.
 

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Kennyd, I think it's time you had you're own WEB server. Or if not, put the pictures on your WEB site as it is now.
Gizmo is right. The cost of a NAS and a little bit of a learning curve, you could set a small one yourself and be done with it. You can then control your pictures.
 

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I use Google Photos. I got sick and tired of constantly getting errors from iCloud that I was out of space because of all of the replicating and backing up of pictures. So, I switched to the Google Photos app and can now store as many pictures in my Google account as I'd like with ZERO space limit. The one "catch" is that I have to allow Google to possibly reduce the picture quality during backup, although I haven't noticed any loss of quality for general picture viewing and sharing (and yes, you can group photos into albums and share them).

If/when you capture that picture that you don't want to lose any resolution on, make a backup of it to a specific place.

You could put all of your photos up on your own web server, and I've done this myself. It's a giant PITA (get the server, install the OS, install the software, ensure everything is secure, etc.), and I have worked with technology for over two decades. The one free album software that I've found that I like is no longer supported and the newer version of it is horribly worse than the version I have.

If you REALLY want to get creative, buy some hosting space that allows for unlimited data transfer every month and unlimited storage space and set up your own instance of OwnCloud software to sync everything. :)
 

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Gizmo is right. The cost of a NAS and a little bit of a learning curve, you could set a small one yourself and be done with it. You can then control your pictures.
Exactly right. I highly recommend Synology's NAS hardware. I use the DS1813+ (newer model is DS1815+) but they offer smaller units as well. The software and support is excellent.
https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1815+
 

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Exactly right. I highly recommend Synology's NAS hardware. I use the DS1813+ (newer model is DS1815+) but they offer smaller units as well. The software and support is excellent.
https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1815+
I second the Synology recommendation. I have the DS1512+. This company continues to support software upgrades for their older products.
It supports lots of interesting features like recording from security cameras.

Get at least 2 drives in it, and set it up as a RAID so that it will survive a hard drive failure.
Mine has 5 drive bays, and I have upgraded the amount of storage over the years.
If you buy the drives separate from the unit, be sure to buy NAS drives, as regular hard drives will fail much quicker.

I keep all of our home videos as well as our photos on it. This allows us to watch any of our videos without fiddling with tapes, etc.


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If you're going to take on a learning curve, look at the FreeNAS project as you could avoid a good chunk of hardware expense.
 

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Be careful about backing up your photos though, unless they are not valued.
Why would you say that? I have a QNAP I have been using now for over 5 years. It is a two bay at Raid 1 with 6 TB of space. I schedule a daily back up to be performed on an external drive and rotate it out to a storage device on a monthly basis. I know I am being redundant but I have information on there I do not want to lose in the event of a fire or such. But not because of the NAS failure.
 

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Why would you say that? I have a QNAP I have been using now for over 5 years. It is a two bay at Raid 1 with 6 TB of space. I schedule a daily back up to be performed on an external drive and rotate it out to a storage device on a monthly basis. I know I am being redundant but I have information on there I do not want to lose in the event of a fire or such. But not because of the NAS failure.
Because of the exact reason you're backing up. You seem to be validating my point.

It's not NAS or drive specific. All hardware fails at some point.
 

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I interpreted TickTock's comment more generally...

Be mindful of how, when, and where you back up your photos so as to ensure that their integrity is maintained. Unless, of course, you aren't concerned with ensuring that you don't lose them. If that's the case, you don't need to be as concerned.
 

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I interpreted TickTock's comment more generally...

Be mindful of how, when, and where you back up your photos so as to ensure that their integrity is maintained. Unless, of course, you aren't concerned with ensuring that you don't lose them. If that's the case, you don't need to be as concerned.
Bingo! :)
 

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Because of the exact reason you're backing up. You seem to be validating my point.

It's not NAS or drive specific. All hardware fails at some point.
Agreed, all hardware fails. Where I come from, backing up your data it is called Contingency Planning 101.
 

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Thanks to everybody!

A few points:
1) I have no interest in having a server in house-don't want to learn it or maintain it-just to much other stuff to do. I can use space where my website is hosted like I do now for my gallery page, but I have not found a way (yet) to add separate folders for different projects like Picasa has. This is my preference, just have to figure out how to do it.

2) All backups are handled by Carbonite off-site, so I don't need that feature of a NAS or server in the house.

3) I only use Picasa for a few online albums to share some projects and interests, not for the business. Recent example is I made a semi-private album to show many detailed pics of the motorcycle I just sold-only those with a link could view it. I guess I could do all that with photobucket/fickr and other similar free services in the future.

4) We (wife and I) have been using the Picasa software on our PC's to edit pics, very simple to add text, crop, and otherwise clean up pics this way. I know it's (the software) not going away but it will be no longer supported either. Nothing else I currently have (GIMP or Paint) works as well or as easily as Picasa does for these simple things.
 

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Could you use your Google Drive for storage and it allows you to share specific files or folders. This doesn't offer a solution for the software though.
 

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Kenny,

Google Photos will give you what you want for sharing content, and you can upload as much or as little as you like - no limits. The pictures MIGHT be SLIGHTLY degrade in quality, but the casual observer will almost certainly not be able to tell - especially if they're viewing it on their phone, tablet, or laptop. If someone absolutely loves a picture you've taken, you could always email them the original at full resolution.

For editing, however, you will likely want to stick with the Picasa software until it simply won't work any more. :)
 
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