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  1. DenverRalphy's Avatar
    And coincidentally, this article comes about...

    Picasa will be retired in the coming months in favor of Google Photos | Android Central
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    02-12-2016 01:32 PM
  2. Feldon's Avatar
    Idiots at Google.

    As info, here is the Picasa on PC.



    It is a full photo management and catalogging and tagging environment with facial recognition, movie maker functionality (slideshows with music and transitions timed to the music), nearly 100 very nice photo filters, automatic photo straightening, etc. And the best part is, it doesn't mess up your folder structure on your hard drive. It only stores copies of images you have retouched in its local storage. In short, it makes iPhoto look like a toy.


    Here is a screenshot of Google Photos on PC:



    I'm not kidding. That's the entire thing.
    02-12-2016 02:06 PM
  3. can3gxw's Avatar
    So if you want to use it, go and download it RIGHT NOW and store the install away somewhere safe. After March 15, you will no longer be able to download it. I have just updated mine (hadn't used it in a while but I should go back to it), and I've uploaded a copy of the install to Google Drive (oh, the irony) for safekeeping.
    02-12-2016 02:39 PM
  4. Feldon's Avatar
    And how long til they break it so it cannot access the servers to upload to Google Plus (I almost wrote that with a straight face).
    02-12-2016 03:20 PM
  5. IMANUT46's Avatar
    A friend emailed me a file that is a photo. It's NOT an attachment, just part of the email. When I click on the photo, nothing happens. Usually, I have the share command to transfer the photo to google photos. I'm using MYMAIL for my email. How can I get the photo into Google Photos? Thanks.

    Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S5, Lollipop 5.0, Verizon network
    02-12-2016 04:04 PM
  6. Rukbat's Avatar
    If it's not an attachment, it's not a file. Have him send it as an attachment.
    02-12-2016 04:25 PM
  7. IMANUT46's Avatar
    OK. If that's the only way to get the photo, I'll ask him to send it as an attachment. Thanks.

    Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S5, Lollipop 5.0, Verizon network
    02-13-2016 09:19 AM
  8. jwrezz's Avatar
    And the announcement just came that picasa will be phased out for google photos by may 1.
    02-13-2016 02:23 PM
  9. Feldon's Avatar
    Obligatory:

    02-14-2016 06:15 PM
  10. #scrapelink.com's Avatar
    Hasn't Google done with the google picasa? I thought that project has come to an end.
    02-16-2016 08:31 AM
  11. Feldon's Avatar
    Hasn't Google done with the google picasa? I thought that project has come to an end.
    They are killing it in March, leaving no Desktop solution for managing photos. Your choices will be "cloud" or "f*** straight off".
    02-16-2016 09:03 AM
  12. IMANUT46's Avatar
    I noticed that you can now place captions on Google Photos. I can't find the process in which to do this. I'm aware that you can use PRONTO. I'd rather use the native Google Photos to add captions. Anyone know how to do this? Thanks.

    Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S5, Lollipop 5.0, Verizon network
    03-22-2016 04:14 PM
  13. IMANUT46's Avatar
    When I receive email via Outlook, the photo is attached, but only shows an icon that I must click to see the photos. I think there is a setting that shows the photos already open. Where is it? I'm running Windows 7. Thanks.

    Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S5, Lollipop 5.0, Verizon network
    03-25-2016 06:01 PM
  14. IMANUT46's Avatar
    I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 with Google Photos running well. My wife has a Windows 7 laptop. She was running Picasa but now wants to run Google Photos. We can't get Google Photos installed on the laptop in spite of following the installation instructions. What am I doing wrong. Help. Thanks.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Verizon Lollipop 5.0
    03-30-2016 02:30 PM
  15. can3gxw's Avatar
    Please be aware that Google Photos is not a "real" program that will run on Windows. The installer for "Google Photos" is an UPLOADER only. This means that it will watch a particular folder (or if you insert an SD Card from a digital camera) and will automatically upload THOSE photos to Google Photos.

    Google Photos is a purely WEB BASED program now. Go to the site

    photos.google.com

    Log in, and you will see all your photos. From there, you can edit your pics and add them to collections/albums, share them, etc....
    03-30-2016 02:33 PM
  16. IMANUT46's Avatar
    Please be aware that Google Photos is not a "real" program that will run on Windows. The installer for "Google Photos" is an UPLOADER only. This means that it will watch a particular folder (or if you insert an SD Card from a digital camera) and will automatically upload THOSE photos to Google Photos.

    Google Photos is a purely WEB BASED program now. Go to the site

    photos.google.com

    Log in, and you will see all your photos. From there, you can edit your pics and add them to collections/albums, share them, etc....
    This is the most comprehensive answer to the problem. The trouble I'm still having is that a series of options appear. I'm lost at that point. Where do I go from there. Thanks.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Verizon Lollipop 5.0
    03-30-2016 03:02 PM
  17. can3gxw's Avatar
    a series of options appear
    Can you post a picture?
    03-30-2016 05:23 PM
  18. IMANUT46's Avatar
    Can you post a picture?
    I'm an Android user and don't know how to do a screenshot on a laptop. The problem is that the laptop is running Windows 7. Your continued help is appreciated. Thanks.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Verizon Lollipop 5.0
    03-30-2016 06:03 PM
  19. SnowyRa1n's Avatar
    What options are appearing?
    03-30-2016 08:49 PM
  20. IMANUT46's Avatar
    What options are appearing?
    I'll send them tomorrow. Thanks.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Verizon Lollipop 5.0
    03-30-2016 08:57 PM
  21. can3gxw's Avatar
    I didn't say "screenshot" - I said picture.

    Use your S5 to take a photo of the computer screen and post it here before the mods decide this is not Galaxy S5 related and move the thread....
    03-31-2016 05:40 AM
  22. IMANUT46's Avatar
    What options are appearing?
    Here's the results of clicking the link. The dialog box asking for Windows 7 doesn't respond. Thanks again for your help and patience.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Verizon Lollipop 5.0
    Attached Thumbnails Google photos problem-screenshot_2016-03-31-06-42-42.jpg  
    03-31-2016 06:01 AM
  23. can3gxw's Avatar
    Ah... ok, well let's do this then.

    DO NOT do this from your phone. On your computer go to "photos.google.com" and sign in. Click on the menu on the left (the three little lines) and click "apps". You will see the same sort of screen that you posted above. Click on "DOWNLOAD", then run the program to install it on your Windows PC.
    03-31-2016 07:51 AM
  24. IMANUT46's Avatar
    Ah... ok, well let's do this then.

    DO NOT do this from your phone. On your computer go to "photos.google.com" and sign in. Click on the menu on the left (the three little lines) and click "apps". You will see the same sort of screen that you posted above. Click on "DOWNLOAD", then run the program to install it on your Windows PC.
    I've run that option. The screen flashes on with the options you describe, but immediately disappears and the screen is frozen except for the ability to scroll through the dialog box for information along with GOOGLE PHOTOS displayed on the screen.
    I feel that the problem may be the fact that the only photos on the laptop are in Picasa. All the photos in my smartphone are associated with a Google account. Perhaps that's why Google Photos is not seeing them. What do you think?

    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Verizon Lollipop 5.0
    03-31-2016 08:34 AM
  25. Feldon's Avatar
    Next question, what browser and what plugins are you running on your Windows PC?

    And just to elaborate from above, Picasa is a full photo management, organizing and catalogging software. It lets you tag, straighten, retouch, and share photos with a high degree of permissions fine-tuning. It's a complete package and despite minimal updates over the last 6 years is still one of the most advanced photo management programs around. It holds its own with Apple iPhone. Google has been criminally negligent in maintaining Picasa and after all this time, they decided to stop supporting it.

    In contrast, Google Photos is a dumb photo album website and nothing else. It is not in any way, shape, or form a replacement for Picasa. Google has replaced a Maserati with a Unicycle.
    03-31-2016 08:37 AM
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