March 17, 2013

Snapseed Desktop App Another Google Victim

Google’s decision to kill off Reader got all the attention when the company announced another round of “Spring Cleaning” this week. But there was another buzzkill that got overlooked: Google also said it was eliminating the excellent Snapseed photo-editing app for Mac and Windows.

Snapseed was an ideal desktop photo editing app for those who want a simple-to-use application. It allowed me to add some visual polish, do quick crops or add a variety of filters to images. It was far simpler to use in comparison to more full-featured apps like Photoshop or Aperture. At $20 it was priced right for this level of expertise.

In its blog post announcing the move, Google said:

Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers will continue to be able to download the software and can contact us for support. We’ll continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android for free.

It is another case of products becoming subservient to the insane push for Google+. Recently Google began moving users away from Picasa and toward Google+ Photos. While this platform holds promise and integrates well with Chrome and Android, it is highly disappointing for Google to kill off another tool that had a loyal following.

It makes one wonder if Snapseed, or perhaps Nik Software altogether, may also be put out to pasture. It can make one long for another era at Google when the company made open, free products that were designed to improve the Internet instead of simply acquire more data for Google services.

So after a week where Google has killed off two of my most-used products I am starting to eye that iPhone at the corner of my desk with a little more envy. Perhaps isn’t looking too bad either.

Image Credit: Snapseed

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