Feature Request: Elegant integration with Google Photos

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Millions of your customers, including me,  use many Google products - Android phone, Chrome, etc.  I have 100K+ photos online with Google Photos.  I prefer adobe photoshop elements to manage my photos. 

Please add feature/management integration with Google Photos.   

But, a one-time connection/download/import would be undesirable.  

All pics from family member's phones are saved to Google Photos.  We don't want to have to do regular uploads or sync with Google photos when using Adobe products.  We want continuous, seamless integration into Google Photos with Adobe products including  Elements, Lightroom, & Photoshop.
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Hello Superkevlar,  

Google is a cloud storage.  Not only is it risky but it's better to keep your photos at home.  Is there a reason you won't use your own computer to store your photos, like say, Adobe Elements Organizer?  In Adobe Elements 14 is the Organizer where you can store your own photos without Google.  Frankly, we think Google is cumbersome.  You may be using some other mode other than Expert Mode.  In the Expert Mode all your tools will load and at the bottom is Organizer.  Check it out.   You may be utilizing Guided Mode or another one.  Professionals use Expert  Mode.   Keep in that mode so you can really enjoy this robust program.   
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 I use Elements for storage/editing and Google Photos for sharing.  Elements already has Sharing options with Flickr, Facebook, Vimeo etc, but Google Photos is a glaring omission. It is this missing option that is stopping me from spending my money on an upgrade to Elements.
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https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/whats-new.html
The nice thing about sharing with GoogleDrive, Dropbox or OneDrive is that those services manage to sync folders on your hard drive to the Cloud. You store your pictures on dedicated folders and subfolders and they are updated on the Cloud.
You can share and manage images or any document.
When shooting with my smartphone, I select files to send to the Cloud from the application (I have tried OnDrive and prefer DropBox). When I open my computer, the files are automatically added from the Cloud on my computer. No need to connect with a cable or card reader.
I don't trust Facebook or similar, I want full control over sharing and storing.                          
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I wouldn't have thought it was in Adobe's interests to integrate with Google Photos.

Because, when the great, but maybe limited, Adobe Revel (Cloud Storage with editing and sharing) closed, Adobe pushed users towards LrM and said that Cloud Storage would be coming.

I already have many GBs of photos uploaded through LrW and LrM (although also backed up on offline HD) and am waiting until hopefully it comes.

When Revel closed I tried other Cloud options but thought they were substandard to Adobe's offering (although cheaper!).
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Note to Michel Bretcher, Champion:  

I know we had a problem with slideshow brand, Icecream.  If you care to know, I found the host their website, and the company which hosts their domain and another host for its sub-domains.  They are well known major companies.  I have written to their CEO and VP about the Ice cream's technical conduct.   The CTO of Ice Cream has issued a refund and apology.   Just to let you know, we won't use that brand anymore.   This is just a message, if you care about this.  

For all others, Adobe's product for a slideshow is Spark although it makes the slideshow but does not play it, (like all of the others).  A slideshow can be seen on MS Media Player.   

Steve Lehman, MCSE   
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I love Google photos, and would appreciate some integration. However this seems like a heavy request. Adobe cannot integrate with every online photo storage option, and Google has a history of dropping products from support. Maybe Google Photos will be around for many years, but I sure am not counting on it. And if it does live a long life, surely API changes will make it a task to support for Adobe. Just my 2 cents.

PS  Google Photos has very limited organganization tools. I wish it did more like what LR does!
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Hello Anthony, 

I've created a new plugin that integrates Google Photos into Adobe. It makes uses of Google's awesome search and automatically fetches a high resolution image into your workspace. 

https://exchange.adobe.com/addons/products/19277 

Hope this helps for now. Video showing it's working is here https://youtu.be/pWZJGH3OlsU

Viga
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Okay, I guess if I chime in again, all of you will gang up on me but here goes:  
Am I the only guy who still uses a hard drive for storage?   

As a tech, I know storing online in clouds is risky as they can be hacked.   So I have 5 computers here.   Each have external drives to store millions of photos we work with in our company, and then our server has 2 external drives for storing all of them altogether because two storage places is better than one, and actually I think we should use three.   Just my rule of thumb:   As a tech, we always did that at Microsoft and it worked out for us.  

Thing is, someone thought of the cloud when external drives began to sell because a few companies wanted to make money on their software which would include a cloud.   I don't need a cloud for anything.   So I guess I am the exception here.   Still, my advice is get out of the cloud and use a real hard drive.  (real drive is mentioned below)  This is my reason:  

By storing stuff in a clouds, you'll never see it again.  It becomes a junk heap.  It's like storing your stuff in a storage company.  You will never clean it out and you will forget what it has.   When we cleaned out our storage company bin just recently.   I found my old square end-pipes I always wanted to put on my classic GTO.   Now I'm happy.   But I won't use that storage anymore.  I forgot what was in it.   I hadn't seen it for years.    

On a real external drive, preferably Seagate, with a real disc that turns at 7200 rpm, (or 8400) you can plug it into the wall to keep it warm, disconnect it from its USB, and it doesn't get viruses.   And nobody can hack it.   When you send photos to the cloud, if one photo has a virus it infects all that's in the cloud.   Also, with a real drive I can clean it out with an auto-clean-up, and I can regularly see what's in it, by looking at my file manager.  

I'd like to make mention about the so-called "portable" external drives, there is not a real drive.  Like a thumb-drive, they are silicon.  They need to be charged up every 3 to 6 weeks through its USB power connector, otherwise, your data goes away.   It's (cheap) silicon, unlike a magnetic disc.   Silicon is cheap material from a high intensity manufacturer in Japan, where quality is not there.   So, use a real drive.   In my book, a cloud just does not cut it, and it's just not safe.  

I can buy Elements as a stand alone, and I don't need to buy Photoshop CC for the cloud.  
I have my own cloud right here on many external drives.  And I don't need to rent it.  

Steve Lehman, MCSE responding   
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I don't think you are Steve. Most people on the Lr Forums and places like dpreview laugh at Cloud Storage. I think use whatever suits.

I was fed up with managing photos on my mac that I never saw again, so it suits me.

On dpreview there was a comment once "Why would I want my whole Photo Library in the Cloud?". Most agreed but one response was something like "Well, it's not like you would want to look at your photographs is it?"

Which are well as the Sharing aspect, is kind of my view.
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I hope you're still following good backup distribution policy.  Keeping everything on hard drives is convenient but it becomes inconvenient when you're trying to protect yourself from disasters because you should be keeping *at a minimum* one copy offsite.  Cloud storage providers (especially something like Amazon Glacier) are a good alternative to secondary or tertiary backup.  I agree that you shouldn't keep your primary anything in the cloud but sharing and instant access to a second copy of your media from anywhere in the world is a convenience that can be had for pennies a day. 
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Ok so I just bought a New Computer and received Photoshop as a Xmas Gift - all my photos are either on the Old Computer or Google Photos - this is exactly why it makes - No Sense to Store Everything Local or for Photoshop & Google not to Interface - I hate Cliches but you got to either fight them or join them and my Photoshop gift is just going to sit here unused because I'm not manually downloading a lifetime of photographic memories just so I can use Photoshop
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Like you Steve I primarily "store" my photos on a hard drive, and I back them up to a network server. However this is not mutually exclusive with using a cloud service to share photos and albums with friends and family. (I do not want to open up internet access to my network machines to share my photos.)

Photoshop Elements supports cloud sharing for third parties like Facebook and Smugmug but not for Google. Consequently I have to do my Google uploading outside of Elements. I would prefer to do it within Elements and have Elements update the shared version if I edit a photo.

In reply to Selondon, I agree that Adobe must have decided that it is not in the interest of their own sharing solutions to work with Google, but then why do this offer support for SmugMug, Flickr etc. Since they have this mechanism for customer feedback I am keen to tell them my views and to explain that they are getting less money from me as a result of their policy. If enough people speak up they may realize that they can make more money by selling upgrades to Elements.
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I love storing my photos on Google because of their excellent image search engine running deepminds algos. It's so much easier sifting through a million photos in seconds instead of searching for that date and folder on my hard drive. 

I went ahead and made my own plugin to help me use the best of both worlds. The plugin uses Google Photos search to find the picture I want and then automatically finds the highest resolution image available. 

https://exchange.adobe.com/addons/products/19277 

Video showing it's working is here https://youtu.be/pWZJGH3OlsU

Hope this will help all the Photoshop fans who love Google Photos. 

Viga
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Hello Viga, To be clear, this works in Elements also? 

(On a side note, what is your solution for having Plug-in's "Automatically" saved and moved into a new version of Elements. For example, I am tired of (and sure others are also) having to manually re-load our 3 party Plug-in's (Like Topaz) every time a newer version is purchased.  

We do not encounter this problem and do not have to re-load the plugins when an "Up-Date" is released (I.E. Version 14.0 to 14.3 or what ever) so it seems that should be do-able with an "Up-Grade" purchase also.

The key word is "Automatic"

Thanks,

Mike
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Viga Studios, 

Mike Cass is asking you.  Only you know this answer.   
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Hello Viga, Anthony, Selondon, Ptarmigan, Michel;  
RE: Google photos   

I reviewed Viga's add-on for Google integration with Adobe, and it look like what we need.  Thanks Viga.  It's only my opinion but, I think Google has a whole set of applications its getting people to use, and most of them appear to be a stripped down version of a Microsoft app or another brand. It could be that most companies don't know what to do with them.  Hopefully a few might warm up to this new plugin Viga sent to us.   It looks promising.   

Steve Lehman, MCSE   
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To be clear, this works in Elements also?