Need Facial Recognition for thousands of family photos

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Need Facial Recognition for thousands of family photos

I have tens of thousands of family photos and need a Facial Recognition solution to help me organize them and access them by person.

I recall Picassa was pretty good, but hear it's been replaced by Google Photos.

Is I use Google Photos, do the photos remain on my disk? (I prefer that).

What other tools should I consider besides Google?

Lastly, I also hear that if you "invested" energy into Picassa by training it to recognize people, that work is deprecated and no longer usable from Google Photos. Is that true?

Can I adhere to a standard and protect myself from Google making another change and leaving all the training I expect to do in the dust?

Thanks.
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Is I use Google Photos, do the photos remain on my disk? (I prefer that).

No. Google Photos is an online service.
Top Expert 2016
Commented:
I still use picasa even though it is abandonware.
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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How can someone with Picassa uploads access them? Is there an installer that can be used?

Is there a migration path from Picassa to Google Photos?
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
How can someone with Picassa uploads access them?

Picassa is a desktop software only now and you cannot upload the photos to Google Photos anymore. For details, please read the following.

What's happening to Picasa, Picasa Web Albums, and the Picasa Web Albums API?
What's happening to Picasa?
Picasa is now retired. (If you speak English, you can read the blog post here.)

After Picasa is retired:
Picasa should continue to work anywhere it's installed, and you don't need to take any action.
There won't be any more updates to Picasa. Picasa will only work offline.
Picasa will no longer be available for download.
What's happening to Picasa Web Albums?
After May 1, 2016, we will begin retiring Picasa Web Albums. (If you speak English, you can read the blog post here.)

After Picasa Web Albums is retired, you'll be able to:
See and edit albums you created using Google Photos. (This won't include photo tags, comments, or +1's.)
Download your albums using Google Takeout.
See all your albums and metadata, including photos you've uploaded to Google+, Blogger, and Hangouts, in the Album archive.
Links that will continue to work
Links to photos and albums whose URLs use your user ID number (and not your username).
Links to Public Galleries whose URLs use your user ID number (and not your username).
Links that will stop working
Slideshows embedded on websites.
Picasa Web Albums & photos embedded on websites.
Links to photos, albums, and Public Galleries whose URLs use your username (and not your user ID number).
What's happening to the Picasa Web Albums Data API and the Slideshow Widget?
In January 2019, we will deprecate the Picasa Web Albums Data API and the Picasa Slideshow Widget. Apps that integrate with the API will stop working. (If you speak English, you can read our developer site.)

Switch to Google Photos
With Google Photos, you can:

Create albums
Share photos
Edit photos
Search your photos for people, places, and things
See captions you added by clicking Info Information after opening the photo or video.
Learn about Google Photos
Add photos to Google Photos
Albums that you've already synced to Picasa Web Albums are already in Google Photos.

Picasa no longer works online, so you will not be able to add or sync albums or individual photos. Learn how to back up photos and videos to Google Photos.

Picasa Web Albums actions and features that aren't available in Google Photos
Photo tags, tagging people, +1's, and Picasa Web comments. You can see these in the Album archive.
Making slideshows.
Accessing photos you uploaded to Google+, Blogger, and Hangouts.
Following people.
Viewing public galleries.

Source: https://support.google.com/picasa/answer/6383491?hl=en&visit_id=637130103859433712-1472126613&rd=3

Is there an installer that can be used?

http://web.archive.org/web/20160228082206/http://dl.google.com/picasa/picasa39-setup.exe

Is there a migration path from Picassa to Google Photos?

Migration was only applicable to those users of Picasa who were using the software before its retirement.

To conclude, download and install the installer for Picasa from the above link is your best choice as you want the photos to be on your local disk.
Fractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/26623/open-source-image-organiser-with-face-recognition-alternative-to-picasa-with-o covers several possibilities.

One of these may work well, given the large number of photos you have to organize.
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Commented:
Thanks
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
You're welcome!

Good luck!

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