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Monday, January 23, 2012

Down With This Sort of Thing: Google Is Closing More Programs

Source:  Bart King's Blog

Well, here I go again, complaining about the free products that I like to use disappearing.  Closing down.  Potentially leaving gaping holes in my blog posts.  Google has been buying up other companies and then taking them off the internet.  Dang it.  They are also shutting down some of their own programs.  I have learned that Google is working on improving Google+.  I haven't even checked out it yet, but maybe I should because that is what they really want us to use.  I just hope that they will leave Picasa 3 alone, or I am really sunk.  It really makes me sick to think of how my blog is going to look, me being sort of a perfectionist and everything. 

As I have mentioned several times, Slide.com will be shutting down in March.  I have 82 slide shows with at program, and even a separate blog where I have gathered them together.  Here is the link if you would like to visit it: "Slide Shows by Kathy Matthews".  You have about a month and a half to check it out, and after that, there will just be 82 gray boxes to look at, along with some Jimmy Buffett videos.  I may redo some of them through Windows Movie Maker and post them on You Tube, but it is just too much work to try and recreate them all.  I have also liked how they served the purpose of being an online back-up, but I will just put more photos on Facebook now.

Here is an example of a blog post that took me forever to make and will be effected by the changes soon. It was of our trip to watch Tyler at Nike's "The Opening" event last July, and includes over 600 photos.  "CLICK HERE".  Now, just imagine it without the slide shows! 

The latest programs scheduled to shut down include Picnik.com, a fun and easy way to add special effects to your photos.  For now, Picnik is letting you use all of their premium features for free, so I think that I'll take advantage of that until April 19th, the last day.  I don't think that what I have created with Picnik and have posted to my blog will disappear.  I don't see how it would, because I am saving the end results to my own computer.

I added the daisies to the photo at the top of this post using Picnik.  Here are a couple of other ways that I have used in the past:


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

To read more about what else Google is closing, and to learn about some other photo-editing options, you might want to read this informative article: by CLICKING HERE. 

Have a great week, 

Kathy M.


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6 comments:

Grammy Goodwill said...

Well, I haven't ever used those but that stinks that you will lose what you have used before. I'm sorry.

irishoma said...

Yikes! Why do they do that? It's not like they don't have a lot of money.
Donna

BECKY said...

I hadn't heard any of that, but probably because I don't use those either. It is getting very annoying lately, isn't it? That and all the Blogger issues...Hmmm, what WILL we do? I hope they don't start charging for our blogs! Eeek!
I'm really sorry it's going to effect your blogs so much!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Oh, I'm sorry for you, Kathy! I just heard on another blog about Picnik. I've never used any of those programs, and I guess now I never will! That's too bad that you will lose your slideshow of Tyler's game. :(
Thanks for giving us the link to see everything that's going by the wayside. I will check it out.
Best,
Gloria

Little Nell said...

Yes, I just heard abit Picnik, and I’ve only just started using it too :(

Arkansas Patti said...

Luckily I haven't used any of those but I am sorry it has effected you so.

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