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[Windows] Easily share photo albums with family and friends using Abelssoft Picolino

2013-04-16_221202 [1]In the age of social networks like Facebook and Pinterest and photo sharing websites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Picasa, there is no shortage of tools you can use to share photos with family and friends over the Internet. Abelssoft Picolino is another tool that allows you to share photos with family and friends. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Picolino is a program that allows users to upload photos onto Picolino.net and share them with friends and family; photos are uploaded and organized in albums, not individually.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-04-16_222024 [3]I’m a bit baffled with Picolino. It is a program that allows you to upload photo albums onto Picolino.net to share with friends and family. The program works just like described — that isn’t what baffles me. Rather, what baffles me is why the hell would anyone want to pay 19.90€ to be able to share photos online with friends and family. Ladies and gentlemen, this is 2013. 2013, not 1993 or 2003. There are literally dozens upon dozens of websites that allow you to share photos (and videos, something that Picolino does not support) for free. Facebook. Flickr. Photobucket. Imgur. Picasa. Pinterest. Dropbox. ImageShack. Instagram. Shutterfly. Minus. And so many more.

Sure some of these online photo sharing services have limitations on how many images free users can share (e.g. Flickr only allows 200 viewable images for free accounts) while others don’t limit number of images but rather size (e.g. Dropbox has 2 GB of free storage, however you want to use it, and ImageShack limits free users to 5 GB of free storage). However, there are also some that have no limits and are intended just for the purpose of sharing photos, such as Instagram, Facebook, Shutterfly, etc.

Honestly, if you really need it then I’d even recommend paying for a paid image sharing service (e.g. Flickr Pro, which costs roughly $25 per year but allows unlimited photos and videos) rather than going with Picolino. Why? Well, for one thing Picolino is nothing but basic image sharing. For example, it doesn’t even properly support mobile devices. Sure mobile devices can view albums, but Picolino.net does not have a mobile version — mobile devices load the website’s desktop version. Secondly, you never know when Abelssoft will shutdown Picolino and your images will be lost forever. When you go with a big name in image sharing, you have some assurance that your images are safe — that service won’t be wiped out any time soon and, if it is about to go down, you will likely be given the ability to download your photos first. You have no such assurance about Picolino. Abelssoft is a relatively small developer/company, so they may decide that the costs to keep Picolino.net’s service up and running is higher than the income the program brings in and cut the plug on it. What will you do then? Yeah, nothing.

Conclusion and download link

Picolino does what it claims to do: it allows you to easily share photos with friends and family. However, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would want to use this program/service. It is 2013 people, 2013. There is no place for a subpar program/service like Picolino that wants you to pay 19.90€ for the luxury of sharing photos (/sarcasm). I really don’t understand why Abelssoft developed this program/service. What are the value-added features in Picolino? I see none. Why do some developers think they can develop and sell subpar programs/services and people will blindly purchase…

You are welcome to grab Picolino if you want it, but I recommend staying away. As I’ve said multiple times now, Picolino has no features that make this program stand above the crowd. In fact, it lacks some features which make it subpar, notably lack of proper support for mobile devices. If you want to share photos with friends or family, use a free image sharing service, cloud storage, or social network. I’ve listed quite a few in the Discussion section above and there are even more out there. Pick one.

Price: 19.90€

Version reviewed: v1.8 (2013)

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Requies .NET Framework 4.0

Download size: 1.5 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/47 [4]

Is it portable? No

Abelssoft Picolino homepage [5]