• Inscrutable mess attempts to explain some work-around method to access Picasa albums. Unfortunately, the Google screenshots are out of date and trying to divine the steps required is not feasible. If you succeed, buy a lottery ticket.

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  • Plugin Author Sayontan Sinha

    (@sayontan)

    Can you point me to the screenshots that you are finding out of date? Also, which steps are messy workarounds? As far as I am aware, the steps outlined in the documentation are the only way to get photos out of Google.

    I am generally pretty prompt with support queries as well, so maybe try a support query as well? There are multiple other reviews which commend the documentation around Google in particular in addition to the support offered, so I am pretty sure I can help solve whatever it is that you don’t find feasible.

    Plugin Author Sayontan Sinha

    (@sayontan)

    Following up on this – can you help substantiate the observations that you made? It is hard to take a review seriously or give it any respect whatsoever if it makes blatantly inaccurate statements (“No way to setup for Picasa”, and “Unfortunately, the Google screenshots are out of date”) and fails to back it up.

    I salute you for developing this plugin. In my opinion, Google does not make it easy for users or developers to hook into the Picasa photos. I would cite the lack of enough screenshots provided by you to easily follow the setup steps you refer to. However, some users may succeed. I did not, perhaps due to lack of patience on my part. Best Regards.

    Plugin Author Sayontan Sinha

    (@sayontan)

    Are you referring to this link: https://aquoid.com/plugins/photonic/picasa/ ? Do you see missing steps or screenshots in there?

    Yes. For example, you state user must use the link at the top left to create an API project. That is all you mention. What link? What project? If you click the 3 horizontal lines since that is the top left, what next? There is simply no explanation of what is required to do nor any screenshots of the steps that must follow to create a project. And if you already have some project, what does it have to do with this plugin setup? Your explanation of steps is simply not there. That is why it is a mess.

    Plugin Author Sayontan Sinha

    (@sayontan)

    Let me answer your second question first:

    And if you already have some project, what does it have to do with this plugin setup? Your explanation of steps is simply not there. That is why it is a mess.

    Really? To run the plugin you need a client ID, which is what we are looking to set up. This is how I even start the section:

    The older Picasa API didn’t require an API key except for viewing private photos. However the shift to Google Photos has made an API key almost mandatory.

    To create a Client ID, you need to have a project – that is just how Google works, and it has nothing to do with the plugin’s setup. Are you also asking me to explain (within Photonic) why Google requires you to have a project for you to create a client ID? As it is, from what I can see, Photonic’s documentation is already way more extensive than what Google itself offers for this entire setup.

    To that effect, everything from point #3 under “Obtaining a Client ID” is contingent upon your having a project. Are those steps clear enough? Everything right unto point #6 tells you what to do with the client ID that you set up.

    Subsequent to that, you follow the instructions for the “Back-End Authentication” (a.k.a. “Server-Side Authentication”), the steps for which are documented with screenshots, in steps 1-4 under Back-End vs. Front-End Authentication

    Now, to answer your first set of questions:

    What link? What project? If you click the 3 horizontal lines since that is the top left, what next?

    I wasn’t aware that setting up a project within Google’s Console (for whose documentation I am not responsible) is such a deal-breaker for the usability of Photonic. The client ID setup on the other hand needed specific instructions because you could potentially set up different types of client IDs, and they wouldn’t work with Photonic.

    I have had Google Projects for more than 10 years now, so I didn’t really have a blank slate to show the creation of projects. However, given your request, I have added a set of screenshots created off a new Google account. Check the same link now. The section at the bottom of the page should help you.

    Thanks very much. When I have time to revisit the plugin, I will refer to that additional documentation.

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