Google announced they're killing Picasa Desktop (and Picasa web). The software they propose in place of the Desktop version only allows you to upload to Google Photos (backup). There were other Picasa Desktop features that are/were useful:
- photo editing
- photo organizing (albums, tags, face recognition, etc.)
- intelligent syncing photos from external cameras
I know Picasa will continue to work for some time (there has been little support over the years). But a follow-up product is certainly needed.
What free products exist that fill this gap?
I don't want to have to upload my gazillion photos to the cloud, for several reasons: privacy, bandwidth, image compression (lossy), and having to pay eventually for extra storage. I'm on Windows or Linux and use a hard drive for backups. I'm not a professional photographer, but take photos at work and with family.
Related question: https://superuser.com/questions/228260/good-process-software-for-organizing-photos-past-present