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#3469 – Event Gallery and Google Photos

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Monday, 18 February 2019 06:13 UTC
 This is actually more of a pre-sales question.

We have been using Event Gallery for some time now. We have the free version installed, which has served us very well. However, all of our photos are from Google Photos.

I now see that to use Google Photos, we would now need the extended (paid) version. Before doing so, I just have a couple of questions.

At present, all our albums are still working fine. You had indicated this was going to change sometime in January, but I am wondering if the change has been delayed. Our the present albums we have going to stop working one of these days?

More importantly, before we pay for the extended version, will we have to go back and "re-link" the existing albums so they show on our website?

I am a little confused, too, about some of what I read in the manual. Are there two ways to have Google Photos? Is one way literally importing the photos into Event Gallery, and thus the pictures are on our website host's server and the other way is that the photos are on Google Photos and sync with Event Gallery? We prefer the latter so as not to load up our website host with the photos since they are shared servers. That would also be slower.

Thank you for your help with this so we can determine if we would upgrade to the extended version. Oh, and do you have not-fpr-profit discounts?

Thanks!
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phredcg
Monday, 18 February 2019 06:44 UTC
Hi,

There are to ways to include Google Photos: Picasa API and the Google Photos API. Both ways reference images on the Google servers. There is no local copy of the images.

The Picasa API (the old Google Photos integration) will go down in March. Google offers an extension which I implemented.

Event Gallery 3.10.14 offers Google Photos support but limits the number of images per album to 30. While an update to Event Gallery Extended will keep your data, you still need to manually convert all your Events to use the Google Photos API. I can't offer an automated way since both integrations have nothing in common.

I hope this adds some clarification :)

Unfortunately, I don't offer discounts.



 
sbluege
Monday, 18 February 2019 23:00 UTC
Dear Sven,
Thank you for your reply. It is very helpful. Now I understand (I think) why our photos are okay at this point. I am assuming the photo galleries we now have on our website will be “broken” in March when the old Google Photos API will go down.
We have been very pleased with your extension and will likely get the extended version. I also use it on another website, but that has far less photos, and I upload them directly.
Thanks again for the reply and assistance.
Fred

On Feb 18, 2019, at 2:44 PM, Sven Bluege <info@svenbluege.de> wrote:
Reply to your public ticket #3469 Event Gallery and Google Photos [Event Gallery - General]

 
phredcg
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:58 UTC
You're welcome!
 
sbluege