Thursday, 18 February 2016

Picasa bites the dust?

This evening I discovered that Picasa is going to be shut down. For those who do not know, Picasa is where the images that are on this blog live.

The blurb reads as follows:

"Friday, February 12, 2016 10:00 AM Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products."

At last count there were 5479 images in this blog. That means unless Blogger has a way to correct all of the links automatically, 5479 images will suddenly cease to exist on the blog and be replaced by a "file not found". I do not know the full extent of the implications yet, suffice to say that this is a disaster of major proportions. While the images will all move to Google photos it really means I will have to go through each and every post in the blog to correct the image links for one heck of a lot of images. There are over 400 posts in the blog. I could be here till the end of time! so, it may be that the time has come to migrate the blog away from blogger completely and merge it with allatsea in one ginormous blog and frankly that sounds like way too much work. I will be doing some reading as to what the implications are, but it certainly changes my commitment to Blogger and makes every reason for moving from here a good idea!  I have since created a duplicate of this blog called musings while allatsea and all content that pre-dates the first post in January 2011  has been migrated to Musings.  Watch this space for any future developments. 

Update: 21/02/2016
I posted a question to the Blogger forum in this regard, and received the following reply: "Retiring Picasa Web Albums will not affect photos uploaded to a blog through Blogger; they will will continue to display on the blog even after Picasa Web Albums is retired. You will still be able to see these photos on your blog and in a new place we will be creating for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data. Picasa Web albums shared by a link will also continue to work with a redirect. For photos, albums, and slideshows embedded from Picasa Web Albums, and links to your public galleries, we will share more details as we get closer to these changes being made in the coming months."

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