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.
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.
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.
PS Google Photos has very limited organganization tools. I wish it did more like what LR does!
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
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.
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.
Video showing it's working is here https://youtu.be/pWZJGH3OlsU
Hope this will help all the Photoshop fans who love Google Photos.
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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