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a2597
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Re: Picasa web albums

Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:13 pm

Do you have any plans to continue developing this?

I've updated the screensaver portion to display full screen, and added a date/time text space to it, so as a screensaver it works wonderfully.
Right now I'm trying to see about smoothing the transition between images, as it's rather jerky (looks like it fades out in 4-5 increments, rather than a smooth transition). Basically trying to make it look a little more updated.
I can share the code I've changed, but I'm fairly confident it will only work on 1080p screens, not certain how to make it fit all screens. I'll have to work on that a bit more. Also took ages to figure out how to get a clock that updated properly.

If I can figure out how to get things into options, I might be able to set up things like "enable clock" and "Set full screen", for screen saver options, but I'm brand new to this language, so I'm really just feeling my way in the dark here.
 
belltown
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Re: Picasa web albums

Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:03 pm

a2597 wrote:
Do you have any plans to continue developing this?

I've updated the screensaver portion to display full screen, and added a date/time text space to it, so as a screensaver it works wonderfully.
Right now I'm trying to see about smoothing the transition between images, as it's rather jerky (looks like it fades out in 4-5 increments, rather than a smooth transition). Basically trying to make it look a little more updated.
I can share the code I've changed, but I'm fairly confident it will only work on 1080p screens, not certain how to make it fit all screens. I'll have to work on that a bit more. Also took ages to figure out how to get a clock that updated properly.

If I can figure out how to get things into options, I might be able to set up things like "enable clock" and "Set full screen", for screen saver options, but I'm brand new to this language, so I'm really just feeling my way in the dark here.

Is the main Picasa API code working for you? I was playing around with mine the other day and finding that most calls to the API were getting an error 403 or 400 response, even though it appeared that the authentication tokens were valid. I assumed that Google was removing access to most of their API functions. If your code is still mainly working then I'll look into it some more and see what was going on. I have a feeling though that this is one of those typical Google situations where they're changing/removing functionality with no concern for backwards compatibility.
https://github.com/belltown/
 
a2597
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Re: Picasa web albums

Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:02 pm

Thus far I haven't had any issues with the API calls, it's been loading my photos and albums with no issues at all.
I've been adding the channel via the dev server, so that may make a difference? Or maybe it's just that I've created the google key more recently?

I'm wondering if changing from roImageCanvas to roScreen might be a good idea as well, as it would allow smoother transitions and improve proformance. But again, I'm new to all this, so I'm just playing around with it.
 
Lesiegrist
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Re: Picasa web albums

Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:58 pm

I haven't tried to use your Picasa2 app for a while but tried to go back to it recently. No matter how many times I try to log in, even when it says it's successful, I always get the error code :( is there way to fix it or is the app dead for me now?
 
belltown
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Re: Picasa web albums

Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:11 pm

Lesiegrist wrote:
I haven't tried to use your Picasa2 app for a while but tried to go back to it recently. No matter how many times I try to log in, even when it says it's successful, I always get the error code :( is there way to fix it or is the app dead for me now?

I think it's dead for good, unfortunately. Google deprecated portions of their Picasa API in May, which has had an impact on the Picasa2 code. I haven't had any luck getting things working again. You could give the Roku Picasa public channel another try. I know that RokuJoel has done some work on it, although I'm not able to get that channel working for me either.
https://github.com/belltown/
 
a2597
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Re: Picasa web albums

Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:33 pm

I created my app API keys here:
https://console.developers.google.com/apis/api/drive/

Using that to get the ClientID and ClientSecret, I plopped those into private.brs, and it's worked without a hitch.
 
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Re: Picasa web albums

Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:23 pm

a2597 wrote:
I created my app API keys here:
https://console.developers.google.com/apis/api/drive/

Using that to get the ClientID and ClientSecret, I plopped those into private.brs, and it's worked without a hitch.

I'll try creating new keys again and see if that makes a difference, although the OAuth2 mechanism seems to be returning good tokens each time it does a refresh, which wouldn't normally happen if the keys were invalid.
https://github.com/belltown/
 
kenelena
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Re: Picasa web albums

Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:44 pm

Hey there...getting the authentication dialog, the code works on Google, but getting 400 bad request errors.  I know that Picasa is dead, any plans to develop for Google Photos?
 
radyohead
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Re: Picasa web albums

Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:06 pm

a2597 wrote:
Do you have any plans to continue developing this?

I've updated the screensaver portion to display full screen, and added a date/time text space to it, so as a screensaver it works wonderfully.
Right now I'm trying to see about smoothing the transition between images, as it's rather jerky (looks like it fades out in 4-5 increments, rather than a smooth transition). Basically trying to make it look a little more updated.
I can share the code I've changed, but I'm fairly confident it will only work on 1080p screens, not certain how to make it fit all screens. I'll have to work on that a bit more. Also took ages to figure out how to get a clock that updated properly.

If I can figure out how to get things into options, I might be able to set up things like "enable clock" and "Set full screen", for screen saver options, but I'm brand new to this language, so I'm really just feeling my way in the dark here.

How do you manage to get the pics full screen? So far I have small versions of my pics, I'd love to have them fullscreen. Did you modify the code on github and loaded your own version? If so, I'd love to get a few pointers to be able to do the same ! Thanks,
Alex.
 
taylorcw
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Re: Picasa web albums

Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:54 pm

Folks,  I'm happy to announce the new version of Google Photos (replacement for Picasa) is now up in the Roku Channel store. This has been sitting on my to-do list since early last year, and finally completed. Well we're never really done, right..   :-) 

The app has been rebranded "Google Photos"   https://channelstore.roku.com/details/1 ... otos-album
This expands on the code Chris Hoffman and Belltown originally created. It now has FHD support and best of all, will shortly have multi-user support. This means you can link multiple accounts into the same channel, which many people have asked for.   (This multi-user support should be in the Roku Channel store in the next 5-6 days)

I hope you enjoy watching your photos/videos as much as I've enjoyed working on this channel. I will be keeping up with issues & feature requests in Github.  https://github.com/chtaylo2/Roku-GooglePhotos

ENJOY!
Chris Taylor
 
belltown
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Re: Picasa web albums

Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:13 pm

Congratulations on getting it done! I got tired of dealing with Google's ever-changing API nonsense. I'm glad you were able to get something working with it. Makes me feel less guilty about my reluctance to support my Picasa code any more.

You may want to make an announcement in the General Discussion Forum at some point. I know several people there have asked about Google Photos support.
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radyohead
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Re: Picasa web albums

Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:41 am

That's great ! Thank you for the effort.
I tried it really quickly this morning. The preview didn't show the pictures full screen, I'll have to give it more time tonight though and I'll give you more feedback.
 
taylorcw
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Re: Picasa web albums

Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:27 pm

Thanks Belltown!   Yeah, I'll post something over once this v1.5 is approved as people will have to re-link due to a API scope change.

Radyohead, I'm curious, when you say preview is not full screen, are you referring to an album slide show or screensaver? Slide show display/download size is configurable in the Settings screen based on what your Roku player will support. SD vs HD vs FHD.  The screensaver is currently hard set at image max size of 400 px which is to mimic the jumping around of photos like other screensavers.

We could add an option to show full size photos in the screensaver as maybe people would want this..  I'm open to feedback!
 
radyohead
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Re: Picasa web albums

Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:35 pm

taylorcw wrote:
Thanks Belltown!   Yeah, I'll post something over once this v1.5 is approved as people will have to re-link due to a API scope change.

Radyohead, I'm curious, when you say preview is not full screen, are you referring to an album slide show or screensaver? Slide show display/download size is configurable in the Settings screen based on what your Roku player will support. SD vs HD vs FHD.  The screensaver is currently hard set at image max size of 400 px which is to mimic the jumping around of photos like other screensavers.

We could add an option to show full size photos in the screensaver as maybe people would want this..  I'm open to feedback!

Yes, that's what I meant, talking about the screensaver only. That might be it, 400px. It shows a smaller picture relative to the size of the TV. The rest of the screen is plain black.
If I can suggest improvements on the screensaver: have it full screen + implement a Ken Burns effect. That'd be the best way to enjoy my pictures whenever no one is using the Roku.
 
taylorcw
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Re: Picasa web albums

Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:53 pm

Ok,  I'll track it here:   https://github.com/chtaylo2/Roku-GooglePhotos/issues/6      I'd have to think about Ken Burns effect.. that would be interesting.

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