10 Best Picasa Alternatives to Use

By | March 28, 2022

Picasa is now just a memory. For years, Google’s photo management software was the best in its class, but in 2016 the company decided to ditch Picasa.

The app that replaces Picasa, Google Photos leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, it has lots of cool features, but for people who like a hands-on approach in their photo organizing software, it’s not powerful enough.

Amazingly, even after all this time, there is no app that you can definitively call the best Picasa replacement. So instead, we have compiled a list of the best Picasa alternatives.

For Online Options

Picasa has both a desktop and online component, and Google is encouraging its users to move everything online. You may be hesitant to do this, but some of the best options out there are cloud-based. Here are some of the better ones.

Google Photos

Of course this is the most obvious choice. Google Photos certainly offers several advantages over Picasa; it integrates with other Google services (including Google Drive), you don’t need to open a new account, it’s free, it offers basic editing options, it supports photographers using RAW files, and the interface is very easy to use.

Unfortunately, it also has a number of drawbacks. The editing tools currently available are very limited, especially compared to Picasa. Photos you upload from your mobile device are automatically minimized to save space in your Drive, and you only have a limited amount of storage space for non-minimized photos.

Basically, you will be making a lot of compromises. Therefore, it is not a bad choice. The automatic uploader ensures that all your photos are backed up in the cloud, and because it’s a Google product, sharing is super easy. There are also web-based and mobile options, which is great if you do a lot of smartphone photography.

Flickr

While generally considered an image sharing site for hosting photo albums for free, Flickr is also great for photo storage and organization. Unfortunately, its usability has been hampered a bit by the decision to limit free users to 1,000 photos instead of 1TB of space.

You also get editing tools powered by Aviary; they’re not the best, but you can do all the basics you could possibly need, like adjusting brightness and contrast, and removing red-eye.

Paid Flickr Pro removes limits and ads, allows you to upload unlimited photos in any resolution, and offers advanced statistics and metrics.

Dropbox

Dropbox is incredibly versatile, making it a useful cloud storage app. And while it doesn’t offer editing options, Dropbox is still mentioned here for its ease of use and simplicity. Set up a set of folders to organize your photos, upload them, and you’re good to go. That’s all there is to it.

And while $100/year isn’t cheap, it’s not too bad for 1TB of space. The biggest advantage here is that the extra space can be used for other things, too. You can store music in the cloud or for collaboration at work.

For Desktop Options

The best thing about Picasa is that it is great for organization and also has powerful editing tools. Unfortunately, that’s rather rare on the photo management software scene, so many of the apps listed here will only perform one of those functions. You may have to start using two different software to manage and edit your photos.

XnView MP

XnView MP includes several editing tools, but is best used as an image organizer. The interface isn’t very pleasant, but at a glance it provides a lot of information about your photo, such as file name, size, date taken, and lens details. One of the most useful things you can do with XnView MP is to tag your photos so you can easily track groups that don’t occupy the same location.

This software is actually meant to be a media browser, and not just a photo browser, so you can get all the same kind of information for videos, audio files, and over 500 recognized file formats.

XnView software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. And it’s free, which is definitely a selling point. The company also publishes mobile photo editing apps, so it’s possible that more desktop editing capabilities will emerge in the future.
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Download: XnView MP (Free)

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is like XnView MP in that it has some minor editing capabilities, but is best used as a photo organizer.

Its features include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustment, and even music slideshow.

More advanced users can benefit from RAW support, curves, levels, noise reduction, sharpening, exposure adjustments, and clone and heal tools.
This app is free.

Download: FastStone Image Viewer (Free)

Photoshop Elements

The Photoshop family of software has been the industry standard in photo editing and management for a long time, and there’s a good reason: it’s great at what it does. Elements like a stripped-down version of Photoshop that help you organize and edit all your photos.

It includes a number of features that users love about Picasa, such as facial recognition (though this reportedly doesn’t work either), easy-to-share uploads, and the ability to create fun scrapbook pages, calendars, and other printables. And it has the photo-editing power of Photoshop behind it, which means you can rest assured that your photos will look flawless.
The downside to using Elements is the price tag.

Download: Photoshop Elements ($99.99)

macOS Photos

If you’re on a Mac, you already have a pretty decent photo organization and editing system ready to go: the slick (though boring) Apple Photos. It doesn’t have a lot of editing power, but the automatic adjustments, color, and light adjustments are easy to use, and you can include extensions from other apps.

The biggest benefit of using Photos is that the interface is very clean, very easy to use, and if you have a Mac, you already have it (in fact, it probably opens automatically when you plug in your camera). The biggest downside here is the lack of editing capabilities, but most people will be happy with the amount of tools it provides.

Microsoft Photos

Like the Photos app on macOS, it is a native app available for Windows users from the Microsoft Store. It offers basic editing features and organizational functionality.

Interestingly, this app also has a video editor. You can use it to create videos from your photo collection and make tweaks to existing videos.

Download: Microsoft Photos (Free)

JetPhoto Studio

If your needs are simple, and you just want a program that will help you organize your photos and perform the most basic edits, JetPhoto could be a contender. The Studio version of the app is free (though you’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version to work with RAW files), and it provides a pretty decent interface for organizing your photos.

Editing tools are almost as basic, so you’ll want to rely on an image editor to make tweaks. JetPhoto is definitely the best at organizing and is a decent lightweight app for what it provides. It is also available for Windows and macOS.

Download: JetPhoto Studio (Free)

Paint.NET

If you’re going to use an app like FastStone or JetPhoto which is great in your organization but doesn’t provide much in the way of editing, you’re going to need an app that will help you turn your photos into masterpieces. Paint.NET has gained market share and has turned into a very popular and capable editor.

Features like layers, curves, levels, and Paint.NET’s entire library of brilliant extensions are usually reserved for more expensive photo-editing applications, but Paint.NET offers all of this for free. It’s not the prettiest editor out there, but it gets the job done, and won’t cost you a dime. Unfortunately, however, it is only available on Windows.
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Download: Paint.NET (Free)

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