There will be no letter of pardon from Google. No Supreme Court of software will hear its appeal. No eleventh hour updates from an app store will commute this sentence.
On February 12th, Google announced that it had signed the order of execution for Picasa, the popular photo editing and organizing software. It will leave behind a loving family of millions of users, who steadfastly proclaim its usefulness. But that’s precisely the trait that did Picasa in. Google has other plans for that family.
Beginning on the Ides of March, all Picasa users’ albums will automatically move to the “Google Photos” app, a cloud-based program that will operate within browsers (Picasa is currently a desktop application, like Photoshop). The company claims moving to a seamless desktop and mobile functionality is a huge benefit.
Will Picasa’s users mourn the loss of their beloved software? Perhaps. Picasa has long thrived as a free and easy alternative to Photoshop. Its intuitive features allow novices (and Adobe holdouts) to photo edit with over 100 simple functions, and to easily create and organize albums. It also boasts great facial recognition features and smooth text editing tools.
So what will “Photos” bring to the table? None of those things above. Potentially, the main features will be similar to Apple’s iPhoto program, which leads people to scream at their laptops “WHERE IS THE ALBUM I’M LOOKING FOR?!”
To say Google is replacing an apple with an orange is an understatement. It’s like replacing an ocean liner with campground. Or an airplane with a warehouse.
I’ll keep an open mind, Mr. Google. Because your email is still pretty sweet.
(And please don’t kill me.)