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10.4. Track media

IMPORTANT:  We have experienced problems with the Picasa/Google API beyond our control and have been forced to stop using it.  So please, only use Twitter or Flickr.

Link social media such as pictures and tweets to your recorded tracks and these will display on the tracks details Photos tab!

Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks, tap any track, Photos tab and tap Manage Media Accounts.

Social media accounts

Enter the username of whatever account you want to link.  The app will display public photos and media from those accounts that match the timestamp of your tracks.

Press Connect Accounts.  The brief green tick indicates connected OK.  This is NOT validating the account at this point!

Press < Details at the top of the screen to go back to the photos tab.  Then press "Fetch New Track Photos/Tweets".  At this point it validates the accounts and fetches the photos.  If the account does not exists, an error is shown on screen briefly.

Track photos tab

 You can remove items from the list by pressing the bin icon.

Troubleshooting

Detailed instructions

Guide on how to setup and use each of the three external web services for track media.

Flickr

Create a flickr account at https://www.flickr.com/
Click the camera icon at the top right and then “settings” > “Emails & Notifications”
Your account email is the one next to “Your contact email” with primary next to it in brackets, for example: bencviewranger@yahoo.co.uk (primary). Remember this email
In the app go to: 3 dots > my account > manage media accounts
Enter the email address from step 3 next to the flickr icon and click “Update all” - the app should tell you if the account doesn't exist
Record a Track and take some photos
Go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/upload and upload your photos.
Note: You can also use the flickr app but doing it this way loses the “time taken” stamp which is important for use with track media so this is not recommended
Make sure the photo is set to public. On Flickr.com go to “You” > “Photostream”. Change the privacy drop down (next to the date, second from the left) to “Public View” and make sure you can see the photos. If you can’t, change the privacy drop down to “View All”, find the photo and click on it. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the dropdown labelled “Viewing privacy”, change this to public
Note: privacy settings can also be changed in the account setting and set to a upload as public by default https://www.flickr.com/account/privacy
Find the track in the app, if this is the first time you have viewed the track in the app or on my.viewranger.com then the photos should appear automatically.
If this is not the first time then click “Reset Photos/Tweets” and the photos should appear

Twitter

Create a twitter account at http://www.twitter.com
Find and remember your twitter handle
In the app go to: 3 dots > my account > manage media accounts
Enter your twitter handle from step 2 next to the twitter icon and click “Update all” - the app should tell you if the account doesn't exist
Record a Track, take some photos and while the track is still recording tweet the photo
Find the track in the app, if this is the first time you have viewed the track in the app or on my.viewranger.com then the photos should appear automatically.
If this is not the first time then click “Reset Photos/Tweets” and the photos should appear

Picasa/Google Photos

Go to https://photos.google.com/ and login to your google account
In the app go to: 3 dots > my account > manage media accounts
Enter your google account email address from step 1 next to the google icon and click “Update all”
Record a Track and take some photos
Go to https://photos.google.com, login and click the upload photos button next to the search box (cloud with up arrow) and upload the photos.
Note: The photos may have already been auto uploaded if you have an android device
Select photos on the left hand side, find the newly uploaded photos and click the tick in the top left hand corner of each photo you wish to share
Click the “+” on the blue bar that appears at the top of the page and then select an existing shared album previously created in picasa web albums. Note: You cannot create a new album in Google photos that will work with picasa web API so unless you have an existing shared album then google photos/picasa will no longer work. I’m keeping a close eye on this to see if anything changes or google create a new API
Find the track in the app, if this is the first time you have viewed the track in the app or on my.viewranger.com then the photos should appear automatically.
If this is not the first time then click “Reset Photos/Tweets” and the photos should appear

Troubleshooting
The photos are matched to a track by calling the flickr/twitter/picasa api for the user account entered in the “Manage media accounts” settings. The photos for the users are loaded based on the following rules:
The photo taken time is during the start and end time of the track. With a 30 minute buffer before and after the track times. So if the track is 1pm-3pm the search time is 12:30pm - 3:30pm
If the user has a timezone set for the track then the photo taken search times are offset by the time difference from UTC. So if the user sets the timezone to LA (utc -8) then the search times are 4:30am - 7.30am. This take precedent over account settings...
If the user has a timezone set for their account and no timezone is set for the track then the photo taken search times are offset by the time difference from UTC. So if the user set the timezone to LA (utc -8) then the search times are 4:30am - 7.30am.

Other things to check:

Make sure the photo has been uploaded to flickr/twitter/picasa
Make sure the right account is linked to the app/website
Make sure the photo is public
(Twitter) the photo must have been tweeted during the track recording or up to 30 minutes after (probably 25 minutes to be sure it was in time)
(Flickr) Make sure the photo has a time taken. Find the photo in the photostream on flickr.com, click on it and make sure there is a line of text that says “Taken on [date]” or check the photos metadata

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