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#1 Cambridgeskip

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 08:20 AM

I am in need of a bit of techie help....

 

We put a lot of photos on our group website but because we have limited storage we have historically stored photos on Picassa and put them on the group website via an RSS feed, which needed some basic info to create including our google account user ID and the album ID number. So far so good.

Google have recently shut down Picassa and moved albeit all photos have been moved into google photos and are accessible from our google+ account. The RSS feeds from the historic albums still works so all the old photos still appear on the site. While it is no longer possible to get the info for the RSS feed from the URL of each album like it was before it is still possible to find this info via a slightly convoluted route as explained here.

The problem comes with new photos. These do not appear in the picassa archive as per point 3 of the "from Google photos" section at the link above. They appear nicely in google photos itself but without the all important info needed for the RSS feed.

So..... has anyone else seen this or know of a work around?

Bear in mind I'm not a computer techie! Monosylabic instructions appreciated smile.gif


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#2 qwazse

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 09:52 AM

Did not know, so thanks for the heads up! I use google sites, and on one page with two links, one of the links to photo albums was bad. I'm thinking one might have been old (and therefore archived) albums, and the other new.

I don't have a fix, but if I do, I'll let you know.

If I'm really bored, I may accost some of the design geeks on our town's Google campus and ask them to find a fix for me.

Edited by qwazse, 14 August 2016 - 09:52 AM.

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#3 packsaddle

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:18 PM

You might consider using Panoramio. I've been adding to that for a very long time, mostly in order to get photos onto Google Earth. But I have over 3000 photos mapped to GoogleEarth and more than that archived in Panoramio. The great thing about it is that as long as the photos are mapped, there is no storage limit. GE won't accept photos of people or events or closeups but you can still map them after they're uploaded to Panoramio. Google Earth accepts and approves submissions (mostly) to photos of places but if people are part of the place they can sometimes be included. On the other hand if you're troop is posing in front of some monument that will not be accepted. But they'll still be mapped...they just won't show up as little photo indicators on the view of the planet in Google Earth. Plus you can make your own groups and store massive numbers of photos. It's what I chose over the alternatives.

Here's a link: http://www.panoramio.com/

The only problems I've ever observed is that the analytics don't function sometimes. Otherwise I like the site and the other people who use it are really nice and great photographers too. Use the link to navigate to the account setup if you're interested.

On a different Scouting note, if you go somewhere on a trip, or even if you have photos around your area, the boys can engage in getting their photos out to the entire planet as a fun activity. In our unit they learned a lot of geography that way, something that is good to know.

Good luck


Edited by packsaddle, 14 August 2016 - 12:28 PM.

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#4 Cambridgeskip

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 01:20 PM

@packsaddle - Thanks. Alas though our photos very much tend to be action shots, so GE wont accept them so I'm guessing that will hit our storage limit? Also the shear volume of them may cause problems with mapping. What we tend to do for each event is do a write up for the website with a few of the best photos included but then do a separate page where we pretty much dump our cameras on. So hundreds at one location can happen. eg last year's summer camp gallery here.

 

@Qwaze - if you do get anything from someone at google then do let me know. That would be grand!


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#5 packsaddle

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 03:51 PM

If you survey this section of your website: http://12thcambridge...k/blog/2015/04/

I'd say that the vast majority would be accepted with no problem on GE. Even some of the camporee photos would likely be accepted. And GE doesn't care about multiple photos of the same place. Their review process is a laborious manual one-at-a-time process. And like I said before, there is no storage limit as long as they're mapped and they don't have to be accepted to be mapped. Even if you submit closeups of scouts without mapping, the limit is at least 500 photos.

Those, by the way, are spectacular photos and I hope you'll get them out there on GE. If they're not already georeferenced, you'll have to do that manually. It's actually a lot of fun.

 

Edit: I just checked and I'm correct. Georeferenced photos have no storage limit. For others they 'may' apply a limit of a total of 2 GBytes. The max for a single photo is 25 MBytes or 50 Mpixels.


Edited by packsaddle, 14 August 2016 - 04:26 PM.
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#6 Cambridgeskip

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:23 PM

If you survey this section of your website: http://12thcambridge...k/blog/2015/04/

I'd say that the vast majority would be accepted with no problem on GE. Even some of the camporee photos would likely be accepted. And GE doesn't care about multiple photos of the same place. Their review process is a laborious manual one-at-a-time process. And like I said before, there is no storage limit as long as they're mapped and they don't have to be accepted to be mapped. Even if you submit closeups of scouts without mapping, the limit is at least 500 photos.

Those, by the way, are spectacular photos and I hope you'll get them out there on GE. If they're not already georeferenced, you'll have to do that manually. It's actually a lot of fun.

 

Edit: I just checked and I'm correct. Georeferenced photos have no storage limit. For others they 'may' apply a limit of a total of 2 GBytes. The max for a single photo is 25 MBytes or 50 Mpixels.

That sounds interesting as a side project. I'll take a closer look. In the mean time though it looks like we're moving to Flickr as our main storage site, it works well with Wordpress and gives a TB free.

 

And very kind words on the photos. Thank you!


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