12 Best Google Picasa Alternatives to Organize All Your Photos
Picasa once was a popular cross-platform app for image viewing, photo enhancement, and organization. But Google “killed” it in 2016 and replace it with Google Photos. Though Google Photos offers similar features, many people don’t like it and want to find some alternatives to Picasa.
Luckily, there is a plethora of Picasa alternatives that can help you edit, manage and organize your photos efficiently. Here are 12 Picasa alternatives you can use in 2021.
1. Google Photos
Well, Google Photos serves as a replacement for Google Picasa. So, it could be considered as the first alternative to Google Picasa.
Google Photos is a cloud storage app that stores up to 15 GB of your photos, and videos for free. It uses Google’s machine learning technology to analyze the content of your photos and organize them into easily searchable groups. Facial recognition, object recognition, and geotagging, automatically organize your pictures into people, places, and things.
Main Features of Google Photos:
- Share entire album with people
- Auto backup for photos and videos
- Apply same edits on multiple shots (Web version only)
- Free unlimited cloud photo storage within resolution limits
- The INSANELY accurate and powerful facial recognition capabilities
- Has editing tools like brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, white point, blur, and more
You can download the Google Photos app on both Android and iOS, and you can also go to the photos.google.com site to view your stored images and clips on a PC or mobile web browser.
2. Windows Photos
Just like Google Photos, Microsoft Photos is the native photo management app of the Windows 10 operating system. Although Microsoft Photos is not widely used, it packs all necessary photo editing and organizational functionality.
Main Features of Windows Photos:
- Good photo browsing and searching features
- Solid selection of image-correction tools
- Supports touch and mouse and keyboard
- Gained ability to backup and duplicate projects
3. iCloud Photos
Many people in the Apple ecosystem have 3 devices (Mac, iPad, and iPhone), and they might also have an Apple TV. By enabling iCloud Photos, you can have all your photos on all of your devices.
Another feature I really like is Memories. It creates (almost daily) memories for you to look at. These might be holidays, year in review, special trips, etc. You can save your favorite ones for easy access as well.
Main Features of iCloud Photos:
- iCloud Photos stores and syncs photos across devices
- Users can freely manage, edit, and save their photos
- Photos and videos of a wide range of types from any source can be added to iCloud
- Photos are stored in iCloud Photos at their full resolutions and in their original formats
iCloud users receive 5 GB of storage for free, but users who wish to back up their devices to iCloud frequently find they need more than that. Apple offers several paid storage tiers for iCloud, priced on a monthly basis and ranging from 50 GB to 2 TB. The lowest paid plan at 50 GB costs $0.99/month in the U.S., with Apple also offering a 200 GB plan for $2.99/month and a 2 TB plan for $9.99/month.
Phototheca is another useful image management software that not only allows you to import images but also organize them using folders, smart searches, tags, and more. Also, it seamlessly integrates with services such as Flickr, Google Photos, and Twitter, allowing users to easily share photos with their followers.
Main Features of Phototheca:
- Comprehensive Exif viewing tool
- Duplicates detection and removal toolbox
- Dual monitor view – the feature to utilize a second screen
- Extra photo editing tools: Vignette, Clarity, Film grain and Dehaze
- Password protected safe-boxes used to hide private photos
Please note that Phototheca Free has a limit of 5,000 images total in the Library and it can be only run on Windows computer.
5. Photoscape X
This is another Picasa alternative that brings in a plethora of image editing and management features. PhotoScape X is an all-in-one photo editing software which provides photo-related features such as Photo Viewer, Editor, Cut Out, Batch, Collage, Combine, Create GIF, Color Picker, Screen Capture, RAW images and More.
Main Features of PhotoScape X:
- Viewer: Photo | Video | Audio Browser, Loupe View, Full Screen, Flag, Star Rating, Lossless Rotate, Share (Email, Twitter, Facebook), Metadata (Exif, IPTC, GPS) Viewer.
- Editor: 1,000+ Filters & Effects, Frames, Objects, Brushes & Tools, Rotate, Straighten, Flip, Resize, Crop, Circular Crop, Perspective Crop, Mask (Local Adjustments), Redo+, Project.
- Languages: English, Español, Português, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, 日本語, 简体中文, 繁體中文, 한국어
PhotoScape is free for non-commercial use and runs on Windows and Mac.
Mylio gives users a new way to look at photo collection and put it in order, across different devices and computers. It’s more than just an organizational tool, however. The app boasts a number of impressive features that help me to organize, edit and access my safely stored photos.
Main Features of Mylio:
- Sync photos across devices
- Backup photos to Cloud
- Import photos from Facebook and Flickr
- View photos as Life Calendar
- Faces recognition for better organization
- Photo editing tools
Mylio works for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. The free version of Mylio includes basic image editing capabilities (raw files are not supported) and has a limit of up to three different devices and 25,000 photos. Mylio Premium is a subscription-based service that costs $9.99 monthly or $99 annually.
7. Adobe Lightroom CC
While Picasa is a great tool for organizing and managing your digital media, Adobe Lightroom CC is probably the best digital image management and editing program on the market right now.
Adobe Lightroom allows you to work with the raw data from virtually any image file format. Also, it gives you access to a complete set of metadata with your digital images and photographs.
For photo management, it will help in a smarter organization as it recognizes people and themes to make it a snap for easy searching.
Main Features of Lightroom CC:
- Non-destructive editing without layers
- Create presets to save time and develop style
- Batch process images
- Powerful raw file editor
- Easy to crop images
- Creative Adjustment tools
Adobe Lightroom and Picasa can be used on Windows, Mac and mobile device. It can be obtained as part of a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $9.99 per month. This gives you access to Lightroom and a full version of Photoshop.
8. ACDSee Photo Studio
ACDSee Photo Studio is both a photo management and photo-editing platform designed to allow users to easily and quickly edit photos. You can organize your photos however you want—chronological, color matching, etc.—and easily search for a given photo. Additionally, ACDSee offers editing features, such as applying filters, using drawing and selection tools, reducing red eye and allows you to add borders, vignettes and texts to images.
Main Features of ACDSee:
- Batch resize and batch rename
- Work directly with GoPro RAW images
- Support for HEIF
- Find duplicates across a variety of folders and locations
There’s a 30-day free trial, if you want to give ACDSee a try. After that, Home Plans cost US$89 per year (or $8.90 per month) and provide 50GB of cloud storage for up to five users. Personal Plans cost US$69 per year (or $6.90 per month) and provide 10GB of storage for a single user.
Another Google Picasa alternative worthy of note is Flickr. It is another best cloud-based image sharing site where you can share photos. New photos can be uploaded to Flickr via mobile phone, desktop software, email attachment or web-based interface available on Flickr website. The images can then be grouped into sets (such as “vacation in Hawaii”) as well as tags (such as “vacation”).
A very unique feature of Flickr is that your friends and family can interact with the photograph – Flickr turns an image into a virtual whiteboard where people can write text notes.
You can use Flickr by merely signing up and you can store up to 1000 photos. If you want to save more than 1000 photos, then you need to pay some amount. The paid version is $5.99/ month.
Dropbox, is the indispensable Cloud storage and synchronizing utility. However, it is very useful for photo management.
The beauty of using Dropbox to organize all of your photos is that they’re easily backed up, seamlessly, in one place. Then, you can set up specific folders and sub-galleries for your photos without much effort. In addition to managing your photos on the desktop, you can quickly organize your photos into galleries on your smartphone or tablet, or via the Dropbox website.
You can back up your photos from various devices such as android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and even camera on Dropbox’s cloud storage. Initially, you will get 2 Gb of free storage but you can expand it to 3 TB or 5 TB by paying extra.
IrfanView is a favorite Freeware Program of millions of users. Even though the app has an unattractive old-fashioned interface, it offers impressive performance. In addition to standard image viewing, it includes many additional features including slideshow, batch conversion, image adjustment, image editing, resizing, panorama stitching, auto EXIF rotation and more. The functionality can be further extended via plug-ins that are widely available.
Unfortunately, this wonderful photo editor is available only for Windows users.
12. Faststone Image Viewer
The last one alternative to Picasa is Faststone Image Viewer.
The name does not suit the number of features offered by Faststone Image Viewer. Apart from photo viewing software, you can avail of many more additional services. Like Google’s Picasa, it can be used to browse the images on your hard drives, and like IrfanView it can be used to apply special effects, adjust colors, resize images, convert file types, etc.
This software is free for home use, but $34.95 for commercial use
Which Google Picasa Alternatives You Chose?
So, these are the best Google Picasa Alternatives that you can consider. Picasa has gone for good, and is never coming back.
Usually we would recommend Google Photos as the best Picasa alternative. However, different users have different needs. Depending on your specifications, one piece of software will serve you better than the others. For instance, if you are a professional photographer, Adobe Lightroom could be a good choice for you.
Which Picasa Alternative do you like the most? Did we miss your Picasa Alternative? Tell us about it in the comment section.