Photo feed widget with multiple Google accounts?

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We've used Picasaweb for two years now, as it allows multiple people to be 'slideshow managers', using their own Google accounts tied into Picasa. That way they only had to send me the RSS link to their Picasa folder once, and they could update their own slideshows by updating the Picasa folder itself.

With the new Photo Feed Widget, it does ask to tie into the Google account I'm currently logged in as, and it does show my photos. But how would the Photo Feed Widget work if I planned on populating 7 different 'slideshow presentations' with images from the Google accounts of 7 different 'slideshow managers?"

Or is the Photo Feed Widget tied to just one Google account?

Thanks,
Robert
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Robert,

I believe that the Photofeed Widget is tied to a single google account, however I'll alert Computer Aid to this thread since they're the experts =)
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Hi Robert,

Right now, because of limitations in Google's APIs, each instance of the PhotoFeed widget is tied to a single account. Google Photos allows you to "share" albums so that others can contribute, but unfortunately their APIs only return photos that are added by the account you authenticate with when you add the widget.

We've gotten a lot of feedback recently that better supporting shared image management would be a huge help, so we're looking at ways to better do that. Google has been super quiet on changes to their APIs as they transition from Picasa to Google Photos. We're hopeful that they will make enhancements that allow developers to better take advantage of shared albums, but we've got no idea if and when that will happen.

We're also looking into adding DropBox support to PhotoFeed. DropBox has a lot of great tools built in for collaboration and sharing, and may ultimately make for a more powerful platform for shared image management. We'd love to get feedback from the community as to whether DropBox support would be valuable to them.

In the way of a workaround for your current situation, you could add 7 different PhotoFeed widgets authenticated with different Google accounts. It'd be pretty painful up front though, as you'd need to log into RV with each account you wanted to manage photos, add a new instance of the widget to a presentation, and then log out. You'd need to repeat that for each Google user that would manage their respective PhotoFeed widget. If that's not quite clear, feel free to get in touch at rvsupport@compaid.com and we can better explain that workaround.

We'll be sure to keep everyone posted as we research our options because we definitely appreciate the need to collaborate on photo management and are excited about getting that into PhotoFeed.

Thanks!
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Any word on the option for collaborative photo management?

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Thanks so much for your quick and thorough reply!

We WILL look forward to trying out your PhotoFeed Widget once it allows for multiple 'instances,' so that our campus managers can continue to control their own 'slideshow' content.

Robert
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I'm having some trouble using the Photo Feed widget in my testing. 

I added the Photo Feed widget to my presentation, authenticated to Google Photos, and began filling in the Photo Feed settings fields. When I clicked "Show Images From", I chose "Select an Album ...".  In the Album dropdown menu, it gives me the choices of a 'blank white space' or an Auto Backup album. 

There are two shared albums within my Google Photos, named "Portrait Images 2" and "Portrait Images 3", yet these two albums don't show up in the Album dropdown menu to choose for the Photo Feed widget.

And stranger still,  the Auto Backup album, which is the only album in the Photo Feed widget settings list that I could choose from, is nowhere among my Google Photos albums. There are only two Google Photo albums, mentioned in the above paragraph.

I eventually found the Auto Backup album eventually by going to "picasaweb.google.com" in the browser. It's  a collection of several automatically backed up albums that must have been created during the Picasaweb 'days', before it was changed to Google Photos.

Since I don't need this Auto Backup folder, and as it seems to confusing the Photo Feed widget, I tried to delete this unwanted album. But I keep getting error messages that I can't delete the album ...

So ... I have and old unwanted album in the archived picasaweb site that I can't get rid off, and the albums which I created within Google Photos don't show up as album selection choices within the Photo Feed widget.

Any advice? 

Thanks,
Robert
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That's a weird one Robert. Let me make sure the Developers of that Widget see this post so they can get an answer for you.
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Thanks Robb.
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Hi Robert,

Unfortunately, when we call Google's API to return the list of albums belonging to an account, it doesn't return "Shared Albums". When creating a new album, you have the option of creating an "Album" or "Shared Album". If you choose the former, PhotoFeed is able to see it.

This unfortunately makes album collaboration tough, short of sharing a login. If you can shoot us an email at rvsupport@compaid.com, we'd love to understand a bit more about how you'd ideally share responsibility for maintaining albums. We're looking at some workarounds and even other platforms, since Google seems reluctant to improve Google Photo support for developers. Understanding how the community would like to accomplish photo management is super important to us, so we'd love to talk more.

Thanks!