Tuesday, February 16, 2016



Yep, we watched the Grammies Monday night.  Not sure why unless it’s just an old habit we haven’t been able to dump yet.  Of course with each passing year the whole newer music scene seems to become more bizarre a whole lot less interesting to us.  We did like the Eagles tribute so I guess that tells you something about our approaching Dinosauric age.  Good thing Dinosaurs eons ago didn’t have all that rap crap in their lives or they may well have disappeared a lot sooner than they did.


For many of we Blogger/Live Writer/Picasa folks having just agonizingly worked our way through the big Live Writer debacle a couple months ago it looks like we are now in for another headache inducing hair ripping go around with Google’s non support of our beloved Picasa photo editing program.  I’m already weary just thinking about this.  Kelly did read up about Google’s latest in a series of changes & thinks Picasa will still remain useable but will not be supported or upgraded by Google any longer.  If that’s the case I’m alright with that because Google hasn’t updated Picasa for years anyway & it works just fine the way it is.   However the more Kelly read aloud about Googles latest photo changes the more complicated it all sounded & especially anything dealing with photo albums.  I’m still totally confused from the time Google last shuffled all the albums & photo stuff around a few years back. 


I did go have a look at the ‘Google Photos’ editing program awhile back & in my mind it doesn’t hold a candle to Picasa.  I base my opinion on the fact I know Picasa well & what it will do.  No way does Google’s Photo editing program even come close to Picasa’s creativity.  If your a ‘snap-snap-send-send’ cell phone picture taker your probably not familiar with Picasa anyway & have no interest in having your photos looking the best they can & I do understand that.  In this age of instant everything who wants to spend time editing digital photos besides me & a growing minority of other photo buffs.  Snapping quick pictures & getting them out to all your friends & family instantly doesn’t matter if horizons art tilted, colors off, too light or too dark, etc. etc etc. & another etc.  And you might as well throw another etc in there too.  Nothing wrong with that of course & for sure that is where the market is now for younger movers & shakers with mobile this & instant that.  And it’s where the market will stay.  And for sure Google’s new photo editing program is geared for the ‘snap-snap-send-send’ cell phone point & shoot crowd.  So where does that leave those of us who do still care about how our photos look??


I will continue to use Picasa for as long as I can.  In the meantime I have to either learn myself a whole new photo editing program or simply end my blog & be done with it.  Writing with no photos holds no interest for me just as posting photos with no writing holds no interest for me.  Photos & writing are an inseparable & integral part of my whole enjoyable blogging experience so here’s another question……what kind of a new photo editing program will I look for?? 


Well, I don’t know & maybe some readers out here could help me with this.  There’s a whole raft of photo editing programs on-line with some being free & some not.  I have tried to sift through some of them these past couple days but of course it’s a muddled mine field of commercial hype.  Every software company naturally says their photo editing program is the best but we all know how shallow & false those advertisements can be.    I’m wondering if there is another easy to learn program similar to Picas out there.  I’m interested in what photo editing programs some of you folks may be using & what you think of it.  I’m open to suggestions………


Now having just written all of the above a fellow Blogger emailed a few minutes ago & suggested I read Rick Doyle’s latest post explaining much of what exactly is going on with all this Google Picasa stuff.  I did & suggest you read his post as well.  BITS N BYTES   Rick’s post may clear up some of the confusion I expressed…………..


Not much I can tell you about our day here in Bayfield Bunchville.  Warm & sunny again & that was about it.  We didn’t even go off the property.  Reading, computering, & televisioning…………..



GROANER’S CORNER:((  A very cranky old woman was arrested for shoplifting at a grocery store.  She gave everyone a hard time, from the store manager to the security guard to the arresting officer who took her away.  She complained and criticized everything and everyone throughout the process.  When she appeared before the judge, the judge asked her what she had stolen from the store.   The lady defiantly replied, "Just a stupid can of peaches."
The judge then asked why she had done it.
She replied, "I was hungry and forgot to bring any cash to the store."   The judge asked how many peaches were in the can.  She replied in a nasty tone, "Nine! But why do you care about that?"
The judge answered patiently, "Well, ma'am, because I'm going to give you nine days in jail -- one day for each peach."  As the judge was about to drop his gavel, the lady's long-suffering husband raised his hand slowly and asked if he might speak.  The judge said, "Yes sir, what do you have to add?"  The husband said meekly, "Your Honor, she also stole a can of peas."


  1. I use PhotoScape to handle my pictures. It is free, simple like me, but is definitely not as full featured as some. It however does do a lot more than I ever need.

  2. I'm sure you'll have lots of comments from folks much more knowledgeable about Picasa than I am... but I've been using it for 4 years and like you, like to see photos presented in their best way. I've read Rick's blog. I guess my concern isn't so much what I'll do in the future, (I also have Paint Shop) but what happens to all my folders of things like collages and the like. I'm not especially computer literate. I guess I just give a big sigh and figure things will get sorted out....

  3. It is so frustrating when big corporations get us well hooked using their programs and then change things for their own convenience! I gave up Picasa when i realized that using it gave Google free use of my photos. I may be wrong about that but in any case i went and bought Lightroom, and though i'm still stumbling through it and get frustrated aometimes, it does what I want. I remember my days of thinking that photos are best straight out of the camera; now i'm convinced that every photo benefits from a little editing. Love the Groaner today.

  4. I use Lightroom Al, it does most everything I want and like Picasa the changes are reversible. If I need anything more I also have Photoshop Elements.

  5. I use Picasa desk top only and live it, But can also use Photos on my Mmc that works great too. Guess we will see whats happens and ride out the storm.
    Like you our blog is about pictures (not as good as yours though), but that's why we do it.

  6. Long before getting into blogging there was need to edit photos for business purposes. Not knowing about Picasa I purchased Adobe Photoshop and have never had any issues. Unfortunately I want to retain the control of my pictures and store them on my computer. I tried upgrading to a newer Adobe and it wanted to edit and store everything online. I'm still using the original version of Adobe.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  7. I use Lightroom as well, the desktop version, although they are pushing an online version as well. Seems as though the google thing is geared to online rather than desktop application. Like you, I'll hold on to my trusty picasa as long as possible, even though I do my first import and editing on Lightroom, I like Picasa for it's ability to view everything easily, tweak something I may have missed, email directly from Picasa, that sort of thing. So I really hope the desktop version remains stable as long as I am around anyway. I also read Rick's post about all this and it helped a bit to clear things up. Lightroom isn't cheap, but soo sooo worth it. Erin convinced me last year and I am so glad that she did.

  8. I'm a longtime Photoshop user and love it, but it does have a price and a learning curve. I'd suggest Lightroom or Photoshop Elements (the lighter version of full-fledged Photoshop). Both are excellent programs.


  9. Al, have you ever corresponded with the folks at Geeks on Tour? They do all sorts of seminars & webinars on using Picasa, and might be able to talk with you about your options down the road.

    I sure hope you don't thrown in the towel and go away. I really like ending my long day with your pictures and winsome words. :))

  10. Al, I am so sorry about this latest jolt to your world. Just when we think we're on an even keel, along comes something else to rock the boat! Nothing infuriates me more than the helpless feeling of being jerked around and not being able to do squat about it. Maybe all of your loyal followers will take up a collection & get you one of those expensive software packages. Your blog is well worth whatever it takes. Meanwhile, I wish the Google people would leave well enough alone. Things that are not "broke" don't need fixing just for the sake of change. That concept seems to be lost nowadays. Anyway, you know how treasured you are in these parts. Please hang in there for us all!

  11. Picasa does not claim to be the Adobe Lightroom or ACDSee killer. It does not replace them but add the unique functionality. The program is not a professional photo organizer - it is rather a tool for viewing home photo archive. I use it as some additional soft as I use HDR http://softwarehdr.com/what/ tools for my mac.

  12. I hope you find something you like, it looks like you have some time to check them all out.

  13. When I saw the first few lines on Rick's blog on another sidebar my first though was about you. I'm going to sit back and let everyone else work this out. I use Photobucket.com to store my on-line photos, but don't do much editing so don't know what is available there.

  14. This Picasa stuff is giving me a headache too. :(

  15. I use an older version of PhotoShop myself. Haven't used GIMP in a number of years but it is a full featured free photo tool although there's the learning curve.

  16. Gimp kept crashing my computer. Photoscape is free and is okay. Lightroom has 30 day trial. It doesn't try to bombard you with junk mail. Try it out. I use it all the time.

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