Feedback on the new PhotoFeed widget

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This week we launched another of our widgets for the Rise Vision Platform. PhotoFeed is an image slideshow widget that allows you to easily integrate your Instagram and Google Photo accounts with your Rise Vision displays. We started simple, building a seamless foundation that would allow you to manage your images right from your Social Media accounts, adding and removing content without having to log into Rise Vision at all.

But that is just the beginning. And now that we have the foundation released we are looking for community feedback to drive future features. We already have some ideas for great ways to expand the offering but we want to focus our development efforts on the features that will be most useful for the community.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or feedback please let us know, here, or through emails to
rvsupport@compaid.com.
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Looks great! We get a lot of requests for adding Instagram photos to Rise Vision.
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I'm trying the free 7 day trial, but cannot configure it. When pressing the Configure button the whole presentation editor page stops responding.
The developer console shows the following error:
Mixed Content: The page at 'https://rva.risevision.com/rdn2ui/97A107494A28A3BE1395F994EA944C23.cache.html' was loaded over HTTPS, but requested an insecure resource 'http://account.testinseconds.com/ImageGalleryWidget/settings.html?up_id=if_...8f&up_rsW=572&up.... This request has been blocked; the content must be served over HTTPS.
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Signage Harreveld,

If you don't get a response in this thread, you might try emailing the developer (CAISupport) at the email address (rvsupport@compaid.com) they provided above to see if they can assist.

Thanks,

Justin
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Hi Signage Harreveld,

Thank you again for bringing this issue to our attention, we were able to recreate the problem that you are seeing and are working with Rise Vision to roll out a solution quickly. In the meantime there is a viable workaround for the problem that you are encountering.

If you use the following URL to access the Rise Vision editor you should have no problem accessing the settings page of the PhotoFeed Widget and adding it to your presentations. http://rva.risevision.com/

(Recent changes to the Rise Vision site have allowed the editor to be opened as both an http URL as well as an https URL, in part causing the “Mixed Content” error that you have been encountering).

We will post again in this thread to let you know when the complete solution has been implemented.
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Hi Signage Harreveld,

Thanks for letting us know! We'll look into this issue this morning. Is there an email address we can follow up with you at if we need more information? You can also get in touch with us at rvsupport@compaid.com!
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With http://rva.risevision.com/ as url I can configure the widget.
But I'll stick with the Photo Album Gadget, because I can only configure the widget for the google account I'm logged in with in rise vision and not choose an album.

In my case I have a common google account with 2 photo albums which are used in 2 different placeholders, shown on all displays. For each display I've also configured a specific google account with 2 albums. So people at each display location can upload their own photo's.
The Photo Album Gadget allows me to simply enter an url to the album to show in a placeholder.
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Hi Signage Harreveld,

Thanks so much for the feedback! It really helps us understand how we can improve the widget to better match the community's needs. Support for Google Photo albums is definitely something we've got on the product roadmap. We'll be sure to update this thread as we roll out additional features, so keep an eye out for that. 

It sounds like the lack of album support is a dealbreaker at this point, but you can technically utilize multiple accounts right now. You'd need to log into Rise Vision under those separate accounts when initially authorizing the widgets associated with them. Definitely not ideal, but it is doable. If this seems to be a common scenario though, we can look at building multi-account support into the widget down the road.

Thanks again!
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We have just finished rolling out a fresh update to the PhotoFeed widget to address some of the bugs reported in this thread and further improve compatibility with the ongoing Rise Vision updates. We are also setting the foundation for some additional enhancements that you should expect to see in the near future.

Because of the nature of this update it is possible that you will have to re-add the PhotoFeed widget to your displays to see the full effects. We appreciate the quick feedback from the community thus far, and look forward to hearing about additional features that will help us improve the PhotoFeed widget to better serve your digital signage needs.
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As mentioned previously we have been working on rolling out some additional features for the PhotoFeed Widget and I am happy to announce that we have completed an enhancement to add Hashtag support for Instagram.

You are now able to select to show your own Instagram images, or the most recent images posted to any hashtag of your choice. The PhotoFeed Widget will gather the most recent images every time it completes a full cycle, updating its content in real time and ensuring that your displays have a constant stream of new and eye catching content.

We appreciate the quick feedback and the suggestions that we have already received from the community and are continuing to work on improving our widgets to more completely serve your digital signage needs. If you have any comments, suggestions, or feature requests please let us know here, or at the email provided in the first post of this thread.
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We have officially rolled out a similar enhancement for Google Photos to match the hashtag support for Instagram.

The PhotoFeed Widget now supports Google Photo Albums, which you can share through Picasa to allow other users to collaboratively upload images for use in your displays.

You can find a basic guide to this process in the following discussion: https://community.risevision.com/rise_vision_inc/topics/google-drive-folder-slideshow

As always, we are looking for feedback, comments, and suggestions to help us continue to improve our widgets and better serve the needs of the rise vision community.
Hi, Is there any plan to build a free widget? USD 2 per month per display is a bit expensive for us in third world country and I am building the display for a community place ie. a place of worship. I used to build using photo album gadget but it is no longer available. Please help
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Hi there!

I'm afraid the only way to upload image content to our platform for free (without the use of Rise Storage) would be to use third party links with our Image Widget. You can create a playlist and configure each widget with a third party direct link.  You can learn more here: https://community.risevision.com/rise_vision_inc/topics/alternative-options-to-rise-storage

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!
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If I opt to puchase risevision storage and use the folder option in the photofeed widget, is there an option to upload the file from the mobile phone ? Or a sync option to a google drive or piacasa web album?
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Surau,

I can not speak to the Rise Vision Storage part of your question as our PhotoFeed Widget does not make use of this service.

That said, you can use any method to upload your images to Google Photo including mobile uploads, integration with Google Drive, or other third party services. Once the images are in your Google Photo Account you can display them either from folders within Google Photo, or as a feed of your most recent uploads, through the PhotoFeed Widget. 
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My request for the photofeed widget is to change the "Show up to X of your most recent images:" dropdown box either a type in box or a selector with every number (not just by 5's)

For my needs, I'd like to show just the latest image in a folder (1) and/or the 3 latest images.  

Currently, images in sets of 5's are just not flexible enough for my needs.
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Hi Biologyben,

Just wanted to let you know we pushed out a minor update to PhotoFeed this morning that changes that input from a dropdown to a freeform text input, so you should now have the flexibility you're looking for!

Any questions or issues, please let us know!
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Great - Looks good - I'll be purchasing for our use!
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Biologyben,

Thanks for that suggestion! We'll take a look at it - it should be a pretty simple update. We'll keep you posted!
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Hi,
As you will be aware Google Photos shared albums cannot technically be a public album(as is my understanding). We are trying use a google photos shared albums to collaboratively added photos to a communication screen from all of our teaching team who each carry a mobile device. As it currently works only the photos of the album owner show up on the screen and none from the collaborators the album is shared with. Currently the only way to have the collaborators photos show up is for the album owner to added those photos to their library and add them back to the shared album (therefore taking ownership of the photos). So close but not quite there.

Is there a way we can make this work using google photos as a collaborative photo album tool? or is it a case of waiting for Google to add a public profile to google photos like picasa does?

We are finding the Photofeed widget a fantastic widget and very much worth the subscription cost. Thanks.

Thanks.
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Matt, I've notified CAI Support about your question, hopefully they can answer soon!
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Hey Matt,

Thanks for the feedback! We've actually gone through exactly what you're trying to accomplish here and we've run into the same roadblock. Unfortunately, Google's current Picasa Web Album API doesn't return those collaborators' photos when the widget grabs the list of photos in that album. We don't currently see any way to get around that.

Google's in the midst of transitioning users from Picasa to Google Photos and quite frankly, it means a lot of messiness right now behind the scenes for developers. They've promised more info for developers this month on next steps for the transition, and we're hoping that includes updates to the APIs to better take advantage of Google Photos' new capabilities, like shared albums.  We're keeping a close eye on the situation, and we'd love nothing more than to better support these shared albums as soon as we're able. We'll be sure to keep users of the widget updated, and if we discover a better workaround than the one you laid out, we'll let everyone know!

Again, thanks for the feedback and for the subscription! We love getting a better understanding of how the community is using our widgets so we can continue to evolve them. This shared album support is a very clear next step!
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Thank you for your answer. I thought this might be the case so it's now a waiting game. Let's hope this month there is some progress. Once this is sorted it will be a very elegant solution for displaying collaborative albums.

Thanks,
Matt.
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Hi,
We have been finding the ability to add comments to the photos a fantastic feature and it gives our teaching team yet another way to communicate what has been happening during the day to the parents when they pick up their preschoolers.

Some of our photos are displayed on a 55" screen the comment text is a little small. It would be nice to be able to select the font size and maybe style for the comment banner. The font size is even more of a problem when we run the photofeed widget on 1/4 of a 55" screen and the text becomes very small in relation to the screen. Particularly when this screen is high up on a wall.

Just a bit of feedback and some potential improvement ideas for the widget.

Thanks again,
Matt.
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Thanks Matt - more great feedback. We've gotten a few similar suggestions along the lines of customizing font size and placement for captions, so this will definitely be on the roadmap for the next update!