Google Drive Folder Slideshow

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It would be extremely helpful if there was a content app that would pull images from a google drive folder and make a slideshow out of them.  Similar to the photo app that pulls from rise vision storage.  We would pay for this app.  I'm at a school district and we are a google apps school, so google drive is already part of our system.  It would be so much easier for me to share folders with principals at each school and they just put their pictures in there and they auto-magically show up on their digital signage!
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Hi Jarod!

Computer Aid Inc. recently released the PhotoFeed Widget, which can pull from a Picasa (Google Images) account! Check it out!
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Thanks having highlighted this gadget.
Does it work still the same since Google G+ Picasso moved to Google Drive Photo.
I need to test it.
Thierry
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The PhotoFeed widget is compatible with Google Photos. There have been a few bugs with the Google APIs that we are using for the widget, but we have been logging these with Google and creating workarounds that can be used immediately.

If you encounter any bugs with the widget, have comments, or suggestions please send us an email at rvsupport@compaid.com. We are always looking to improve our widgets to better serve the needs of the community.
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The problem with google photos is that I can't figure out a way for multiple people to add to the feed.  If there is a way to do this please let me know.  That is why I was suggesting pulling pictures from a shared google drive folder.  That is easy for multiple people to add to it.
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After some research I was able to find a way to reliably share access to folders within Google Photos. This process leverages the existing link between Google Photos and Picasa (you can find more information here as well as some images depicting each step in the process: http://www.quora.com/How-can-I-allow-some-specific-people-to-upload-photos-to-one-of-my-Google+-phot...)

The steps are as follows:
  1. Create a folder in your Google Photos (simply uploading an image does this, but you can create folders with meaningful names as well)
  2. Go to Picasa (this is already linked with your Google Photos Account so you will see your images as well as your folders) https://picasaweb.google.com
  3. Select the folder you would like to share
  4. On the right side of this page there is a sidebar, there you will find a button to "share" the folder. This will open up a new window on the page.
  5. At the bottom of this window select "share via email only" (you can share the album normally, but selecting this option will make it easier for the person you are sharing with to reach the album and upload images)
  6. Enter the email of the person you would like to share the album with, check the box allowing them to upload images, and include any additional information you would like in the message section.
  7. Confirm the share to send the email.

Once the email has been sent the steps for uploading new images are as follows:
  1. Receive the share email and select "View Album". This will take you to the shared album in Picasa.
  2. Select "Add Photos" from the menu at the top of the page.
  3. Drag and drop as many images as you wish to upload and confirm the upload.

And that is it. Because Picasa and Google Photos are linked this will automatically update your Google Photos account with the new images and will in turn update the PhotoFeed Widget.


Some additional things to note:
  1. The album owner can delete any photos added to the album, but the people you share the album with can only delete the photos that they have added.
  2. Currently the PhotoFeed widget does not support individual folders through Google Photos, we are looking into adding this support now. You are still able to use this method, and the new photos will still be displayed by the PhotoFeed widget. But the Widget will display all of your most recent Images regardless of what folder they were added to.
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Thank you!!!  This will work!
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Just wanted to let you know that we have rolled out another update to the PhotoFeed Widget which now supports Google Photo Albums
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I am investigating ways to integrate google drive support into the PhotoFeed widget now, and I will update this thread with my findings. I was able to find this page which seems to suggest that there is a way to feed images from Google Drive into Google Photos: https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6156103?hl=en
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Has there been any further advancement in this feature as Google Drive integration would really round this app out perfectly! 

Thanks for all your work.
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Alex,

My apologies for not responding to this thread sooner with my findings regarding this. I believe that I had posted about a method of linking Google Drive to Google Photos in another thread but I had completely forgotten about making note of it here as well.

There is a setting called Google Drive that you can toggle on or off from your Google Photos account. Simply open Google Photos, open settings, and activate this option. It will automatically copy all images that are posted to your Google Drive into your Google Photo Account.

You can also pair this with services like IFTTT to automatically capture images posted to an instagram hashtag, twitter, facebook, or even just sent to a specific email address and display them, in real time, to your live displays.

The benefit of capturing images like this through the IFTTT service and Google Drives is that google will apply its image filters to any images copied over from Google Drive to Google Photos preventing most potentially inappropriate content from being displayed on your digital signage. The system is not flawless, but it is considerably better than any other automatic filtering system that you might try to use.
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Thanks for that. 

With the Google Drive integration in Google Photos, is it all photos added to a Google Drive account or can it be folder specific?

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I was unable to find a way to limit the connection to specific folders, it is possible that there is some way to do this, or that Google may eventually add some way to do this in the future, but for now I do not think that it is possible.

You can delete images from either google photo or google drive without deleting them from the other service so you can curate Google Photos to keep content that exists in your Google Drive out of your digital displays. And as far as I can tell the images are only copied over when they are initially created in Google Drive, so images you have removed from Google Photos will not continue to be 're-added'
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Any updates on this?  I would also love to have the ability to have pics added to a GDrive folder automatically update on digital display.
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Jake, you should be able to complete this using the PhotoFeed Widget. Have you tried that in your Presentation?
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Hi, I have created a website with the tool that you are talking about. Go to http://gdwidget.com and create Gallery Widget. Thanks :)