rss plugin +picasa - network error

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rss plugin +picasa - network error

Postby squegee » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:25 pm

hi im setting up a computer as a photo frame and testing out gphotoshow pro as i think it will work good.

i installed the rss feed in hopes that i could pull directly from picasa. however when i enter in the url and hit check i get the following error: error while reading data from server, please check feed url and network connection.

ive checked both those items outside gps and they work so im stumped as to what might be the problem. this is an older system running windows xp with a wireless connection.

any thoughts?

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Re: rss plugin +picasa - network error

Postby gpb » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:26 pm

Did you try to go the same url with Internet Explorer ? Does it work ?
The plugin uses the same configuration as Internet Explorer.
From the error it seems the plugin is not able to connect to the server, maybe the internet connection is not configured correctly or gPhotoShow Pro is blocked by a firewall.
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Re: rss plugin +picasa - network error

Postby squegee » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:46 pm

Just getting back to this issue. :\

I checked the same url in Internet explorer and it works fine. I still get the same error in GPhotoShow. The url that Picasa web albums gives for RSS is an odd format. It looks like this:

https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/[a bunch of numbers here]/albumid/[a bunch of numbers here]?alt=rss&kind=photo&authkey=[some number letter key here]&hl=en_US

Any other thoughts on this?

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Re: rss plugin +picasa - network error

Postby gpb » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:12 pm

I think you should use an url without authentication and without ssl. The url you are using starts with https and contains authkey=... I think it can work only if you previously logged in with your user name and password.
Picasa rss url should be like this:
http://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/b ... o&hl=en_US

Try to change https to http and to remove authkey=...
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Re: rss plugin +picasa - network error

Postby squegee » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:25 am

Got it solved. Had to combine elements of the url you suggested with elements from the original. Here's how to do it in case anyone else wants to do this:

1. Get url from your private picasa web album. Which looks like this:
https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/[a bunch of numbers here]/albumid/[a bunch of numbers here]?alt=rss&kind=photo&authkey=[some number letter key here]&hl=en_US

2. Use this url as the basis for your gPhotoShow RSS url:
http://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/b ... o&hl=en_US

3. Swap in your info AND add authkey info:
http://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/[add number string after user]/albumid/[add number string after albumid]?alt=rss&kind=photo&authkey=[add number letter string after authkey]&hl=en_US

This string will work in gPhotoShow's RSS reader plug-in.

Thanks.

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Re: rss plugin +picasa - network error

Postby gpb » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:58 pm

Thanks for for posting here the solution.
In the meanwhile I found an bug with https urls. Today I updated the RSS plug to v1.2.1 and now it should work correctly.
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