In its official blog, Google has just announced that it’ll shut down a number of services to focus its efforts on its core products.
For Mac users it is interesting to know that:
Starting today, the Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac Picasa Web Albums Plugin for iPhoto will no longer be available for download. People can continue to use the uploader and plugin if they are installed. However, we’ll no longer maintain these tools. We strongly encourage people to download , which includes upload and iPhoto import features.
I am a happy Picasa Web user and have happily paid for extended storage for the past three years. What bugs me most about this decision is:
- The announcement came without any warning. It is common practice in IT to announce the end of life of a product. I suppose that for Google, everything is just a joyful experiment eternally in beta stage.
- No further maintenance for these two tools means no OS X Mountain Lion and the next version of iPhoto support.
- If you want to use Picasa Web Albums from your Mac you will have to install another product, that will clutter even more your hard drive.
- In case you need to recover your pictures from Picasa Web Albums you will have to use Picasa for Mac. Until now, you could use the Uploader to do that.
I’ve got a love hate relationship with Google.
To me it seems more and more like one of those unhealthy relationships that you find yourself in sometimes in life. You know that you should break up but somehow, some mysterious force keeps you from doing it and you can’t think of your life without that person.
Eventually when you find the guts to do it, you almost feel relieved and life goes on as if nothing has ever happened.