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Fix/Solution Found: Fotobook can't update Albums due to Facebook API deprecation

  • Hi guys,

    This bug is due to recent changes to the Facebook API. More specifically in concerning Fotobook among similar affected apps, as of the 1st of August 2012 the ‘prompt_permission’ endpoint(among others) has been deprecated, as described in the link below.

    http://developers.facebook.com/roadmap/completed-changes/

    Fotobook can access and get permissions regarding ‘Basic Info’ which seem to be done in Step 1 of the Fotobook Account Setup, but it fails at getting the ‘photo’ and ‘video’ access permissions which is attempted in Step 2. Hence the error you see on Facebook when attempting to complete Step 2 ‘Request Permissions’ using WordPress Fotobook in the Fotobook Settings/Setup page:

    ERROR: This endpoint has been deprecated. To temporarily reenable it, you may disable the “august_2012” platform migration. It will be disabled permanently on August 1, 2012.

    I finally figured out a fix for this myself, based on the new way of requesting permissions using the Facebook API, described in the link below:

    http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/dialogs/oauth/

    Ideally, the changes should be implemented in the Fotobook Code, but given certain legal implications I’m not sure how feasible that would be, unless permission is granted by the Fotobook owner/developer.

    However, You CAN work-around this without getting into the code.

    Here is the Solution:
    Note: You might have to first remove your Facebook account from Fotobook, as well as remove the Fotobook App from Facebook, before you attempt the solution.

    1)Install latest version of Fotobook on your WordPress Host, making sure it has PHP 5

    2)Under Settings -> Fotobook in wordpress, Complete ‘Step 1’ of Facebook Account Authentication, closing the popup window when requested by the message displayed.

    3)Press ‘Step 2: Request Permissions’ button, which should take you to the Facebook popup with the deprecation Error. Close this popup window and immediately open a new tab in your browser. Paste the following url into the address bar of the new tab and press enter (I presume client_id and app_id are the same for you guys, since they correspond to Fotobook ID):

    http://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth/?client_id=759543efe161e1085f7f6c97791e1eab&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdesktopapp.php%3Fapp_id%3D759543efe161e1085f7f6c97791e1eab%26popup%3D1&scope=offline_access,user_photos,user_photo_video_tags

    4)You should now be able to allow Fotobook permissions to access your Facebook photos and videos by pressing allow.

    5)Go back to WordPress Settings -> Fotobook and complete the Facebook account setup by clicking on ‘Step3: Apply Permissions’ button.

    6)You should now be able to Import the Albums from your account, as expected.

    This worked for me. Let me know if you have any troubles with it.
    I haven’t been able to find any other solution on the web, even though lots of people are having issues with it since the 1st of August.

    Best regards,
    Sebastian Csadi

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fotobook/

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  • Thanks, this worked for me. Hopefully the plugin code will be updated.

    Thanks for this, it does work. However, do you know how you would go about getting access to page albums again? I have one site where everything is still working but on another, I can only sync my personal albums. I tried adding the permission ‘manage_pages’ but that didn’t do it.

    Thanks!

    jbjorgen

    @jbjorgen

    Thanks. Used this tonight and it worked well. If you know the changes that would need to be made to the code, you could post something like:

    Line 64: replace

    myVar = x + 1;

    with

    myVar = y + 1;

    And then you wouldn’t have to worry about legal implications because each user would be making their own changes.

    Sebastian Csadi

    @sebastian-csadi

    @taylor Baybutt
    I would have expected that simply editing the URL I posted, such that it contains the ‘manage_pages’ directive would work.

    Q1: Are you using the same Facebook account for both of your sites?
    Q2: Are you requesting the ‘manage_pages’ permission in both cases, or is it just in the second case?

    It could be that if you are using the same account for both, and you are only requesting ‘manage_pages’ in the second instance(the one not working), after having set the initial permissions already(video and photos), there might be a conflict between the two.

    In this case a quick workaround that should work would involve reconfiguring Fotobook and Facebook as I have outlined in my initial post, but this time requesting the same permissions(including ‘manage_pages’) for both of your sites.

    If this does not do it, please provide me with more info about your setup and what you have tried so far. I have since finished working on the site that used Fotobook, but I am willing to help you fix your problem.

    Best of luck,
    Sebastian

    Sebastian Csadi

    @sebastian-csadi

    @jbjorgen
    I know the changes, but I have since finished working on that project and therefore need to dig them up from my documentation.

    I will post the fix with the code and comments as soon as I can. It shouldn’t take long.

    Best regards,
    Sebastian

    jbjorgen

    @jbjorgen

    Thanks Sebastian. I’ll look forward to it. Then I won’t have to find this thread again every time I need to re-establish permissions with facebook 🙂

    “The three great virtues of a programmer are laziness, impatience, and hubris” – Larry Wall

    yaldesign

    @yaldesign

    I still have problems with this. All works and when i go to upload my albums it says – No albums found. Can you help me ?

    karyyyn

    @karyyyn

    Yes, I have the same problem… No albums. Anyone have a solution?

    I’m receiving an error with that URL too.

    I replaced the client_id and app_id in the URL with my App ID, and I’m getting an “500 Internal Server Error” when I go to it.

    http://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth/?client_id=424878317577400&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdesktopapp.php%3Fapp_id%3D424878317577400%26popup%3D1&scope=offline_access,user_photos,user_photo_video_tags

    Is there something else I’m missing? Do I need to put my App Secret in there somewhere?

    The website encountered an error while retrieving https://www.facebook.com/desktopapp.php?app_id=424878317577400&popup=1&code=AQB8Jo_nw33CMz2D-Qs61L8vh5SmNv9w66-tB4IZuZD9z8UXAkloCuxhSx8FvWcp_4U2_W5D-My5Vy8-agz21GRSNbTcWIa9_G6HJkmN5gVIQ49VPAYZpNY-QQhD6lOjoyr8dbr6Sh-djTP8nuoZbEGuGIYbIA2b0fAjPNXJtdFkzvxhRQwRQT3KB5E8DTJ0zl64VmNyX1JdQVmQyy-E8Y01#_=_. It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly.

    Broken again! Very frustrating! This is the exact plugin that I want. Anybody with the coding background want to take on the challenge of creating a replacement for this plugin?!

    Just found this website… http://blog.aaronharp.com/dev/wp-fotobook/

    ariwinokur, that is plugin author’s site. Is same plugin.

    I got an error with the link too. Seems like the App is no longer on Facebook, at all!

    Can some brave soul take this development over from Aaron? On his site, he said he is alright with people taking it over, but you need to contact him for that.

    In the meanwhile, if you guys can PLEASE recommend another plug-in that works as CLOSELY AS POSSIBLE to Fotobook, then please let me know!

    I have tried SO MANY last night, and they just don’t work :(…!

    Thanks again!

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