Picasa has been one of the best off line w/online option programs for years.
Its like the sole shift is to get everyone's pictures up and on line regardless of the user's wishes.
Some of us don't like web interfaces, no matter how slick no matter how "lite" on its feet, we have our pictures, our private moments, memories, etc, and we carefully choose to share when we want to upload something. Its not the same thing to put everything up there and then make sharing choices. The biggest of which is share by mistake.
Second to that, only by lack of control, is the failure of the "online gods" to have nixed every possible bug that ever existed or to ever
exist in the sharing and searching algorithms which eventually fault and new bugs appear every day.
Well I still have Picasa installed, but have zero faith in Google to realize the mistake. So for now I search yet again for another off line tool that doesn't come as some "value add" application (Canon Creative, HP Photo Essentials, you name the crapware) that suck worse than just publicly posting every picture does.