1 (edited by pduncan67 2019-07-01 09:44:20)

Topic: Photos?

Flickr has API issues and you cant add (new) flickr apps to your channels.
If you had a working Flickr app, it is (indefinitely?) not working, since the "camera roll" is down/off on the Flickr site.

The Facebook app hasn't worked in a long time apparently.
The Picasa and Instagram apps appear to not be working either.

Are there any apps that work as of July 2019 where I can display a photo slideshow of my pictures?

- or - can any of the apps available here be edited to reference photos locally (assuming I could putty to device and store them is a folder locally?)

I just miss seeing pictures of my family on my Chumby at work. smile

Thanks!

Re: Photos?

Picasa was killed by Google in 2016.  The replacement, Google Photos, seems to have a developer UI, but I'm afraid I haven't taken a close look at it to see if it can be supported by the Chumby.  The biggest issue would be how to authenticate.

Flickr is what Flickr is.

Photobucket was actually the hosting service of choice for Chumby, but then they changed into a rather expensive subscription service (I think to integrate with a third party device like a chumby would require the user to get a $399/year subscription).

Instagram was acquired by Facebook, and Facebook effectively rendered all of their third-party APIs useless for sharing content outside of their website and branded applications.

All-in-all, it's a pretty poor landscape for hosted photos nowadays compared to just a few years ago - again, another symptom of the steady closing of the web.

Open content syndication like RSS is mostly gone, in favor of closed systems like Twitter and Facebook.

I'm basically sitting on a design for a new, very updated Chumby device, but given the state of the web, it's not clear where the content people would want to see would come from without cutting complicated business deals, assuming that's even possible now.  As I think I've pointed out before, even *Microsoft* couldn't get broad content support for their mobile devices - for instance, Facebook, Messenger  and Instagram branded apps were pulled a couple of months ago.

Re: Photos?

It is kind of a messy work-around but I just have multiple instances of URLImage pulling photos from a server I maintain.  They rotate with weather info (maps, radar, forecasts) and once I got it running it has been pretty much flawless.  Of course you have to have your photos stored somewhere that you can call them by URL but it does work.  I have not attempted to pull them via a local network share which *might* work and would avoid that whole public thing, but I have no idea if the Chumbyware can deal with that.

Re: Photos?

Thanks Duane and Riblet

Re: Photos?

You should be able to pull static images from a local network even with a non-routable IP (ie 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x).

For security reasons, you can't pull "active" content, like a SWF, from a local network without also providing a cross-domain file on the server.

6 (edited by demarks51 2019-07-02 08:54:18)

Re: Photos?

I guess a jump drive/memory card will still work to show slideshows?
My kids gave me a Skylight picture frame. My kids are all spread out but they can send me pictures to this frame. I think I can store up to 8000 pics. I just delete pics not needed to make room for any additional. I think it will be a while before I fill up the memory. It is a free service for pics only. They are working on vids and music for a charge. I think it has a TF slot.

Re: Photos?

Duane wrote:

You should be able to pull static images from a local network even with a non-routable IP (ie 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x).

For security reasons, you can't pull "active" content, like a SW, from a local network without also providing a cross-domain file on the server.

For those of us who found the atari 2600 too difficult, could you tell how to do that, in "small" words.

thanks

Re: Photos?

Duane,
I wasn't being cute, I would really like to pull pic from my local network, but I have no idea how to do it.

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Do you already have them somewhere that you can view them via a web browser using a local network address?  If so then it is a fairly straightforward process.