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Todd Chapman
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How do you add a "creation" or "animation" to an album?  Am I totally missing something here, but I'm not seeing any way to add to an album. 
In the Assistant tab, I can only "Add to library".  Then when I find it later in the Creations or Movies section under Collections, I only see options for Share, Download, or Delete - no Add or Copy to Album like on G+.  

Can anyone help or is this a missing feature?
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Hi, +Todd Chapman. Movies and stories are two types of collections and cannot be added to the other type, albums. If the ability to do so is something you'd like to have, please submit feedback using the option at the bottom of the navigation menu of Photos.

Other creations, like animations, collages, and panoramas, can be added to albums (or other collections). Click the search bar and choose Creations, then either select creations and click the + icon or view a creation and choose Add to album from the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.
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After a few days of exploring the new Google Photos product, here is my feedback.  Overall I like the direction, but there's a lot of details that need some work:

1.  Please add ability to detect duplicates.  With all of the "machine learning" that Google is trumpeting with Photos, it shouldn't be difficult to detect duplicates and only keep one copy.  Even if it's just as simple as only looking for the same name, date, and file size - that may be enough.  I'm fine with keeping multiple versions of the same photo if they're different sizes, but I've been using Picasa Web Albums and then G+ for almost 10 years, so my photo library is pretty substantial even before the new Photos product showed up.  If I upload a complete duplicate as I backup everything - Google should detect it and alert me - or automatically create an "album" of duplicates.

2.  I love the "Creations" - but please give us the option to add to an album from the Assistant screen.  I usually save them to my library, but then it becomes difficult to track them down later to add to a particular album.  

3.  Bring back "Auto-Awesome" enhancements for still pictures.  Some of the "Auto-Awesome" edits from G+ were surprises and I never would've thought to edit the photo that way, but it turned out wonderful.

4.  When uploading via the web interface, if the upload stalls in the middle of backing up a folder, there's no way to know which files were successful and which ones weren't.  This leaves me with starting over with the entire folder to make sure I don't miss something.  Some sort of file list or duplicate detection would be nice in that avenue as well, so we don't spend time uploading the same file multiple times trying to do a complete backup.  

5.  View captions of photos on main photo screen.  

6.  Add ability to edit geotags and date info for individual photos or albums.  

7.  Add ability to "organize" an album like on G+ Photos.

8.  Finally, it's not clear whether this "Community" is even being monitored by anyone on the Google Photos team.  I haven't seen any responses to individual questions by a moderator or any indication that they're looking into certain feature requests.  Also, I'm seeing a lot of repetitive questions/requests since there isn't a good way to see common threads or discussions.  Perhaps the traditional Google Product Forums would be a better approach for highlighting the most common feature requests and questions for a moderator to view and respond to.  

  
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I will have some duplication issues on old Picassa uploads as the uploads were done in .JPG format with a modified file name.  Since I have source files, I have the option to delete before upload if I want.  But this will eliminate the albums so I may just leave them.  Not a ton of photos for me.
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+Eric Bellas Yet another WWDC goes by, and still no AppleTV SDK/gaming capability.  Crazy that it's seemed inevitable for over 2 years now:  https://plus.google.com/+ToddChapman/posts/H4b2vNGof8v
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Ha....you weren't impressed by "a radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day!"  Umm...that's not new.  It's called radio.  

Having said that, I'm sure I'll try Apple Music at some point.  I love Spotify, but to me there's still a gap for how to stream all of my live concert bootlegs that I've accumulated over the years for some reason.  Maybe Apple Music can do it better than iTunes in the cloud or whatever the current version is.  
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My favorite sound in the world right now is hearing my daughter say "Daddy" followed by her little giggle.  
 
Watch this. Share this. Live this.
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Thanks to +Sean Schick for passing along.  Brilliant analysis by John Oliver here.  
 
I imagine that most of you reading this are already aware of how much the cable monopolies are threatening #netneutrality , but for anyone who isn't, this clip from John Oliver lays out perfectly what's at stake, and why we're even talking about this right now.
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Very insightful read, and a fantastic example of why the #FCC  should not proceed with their proposed #netneutrality  rules.  We will only see more of this behavior if those rules are passed.  

"In sum, Comcast is not charging Netflix for transit service. It is charging Netflix for access to its subscribers. Comcast also charges its subscribers for access to Internet content providers like Netflix. In this way, Comcast is double dipping by getting both its subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other."  
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Good thing the statute of limitations has passed...  
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The penguins at the St. Louis Zoo.  #AutoAwesome indeed.  Well done Google.  
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This was outstanding journalism by Colbert.  I know I learned a few things from the "Definitely not coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC".  
 
FACT: In a new research study, Stephen Colbert's viewers were more likely to answer questions about campaign finance correctly.
His show's viewers were more likely to answer campaign finance questions correctly.
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I want to go to there...
Speaking about self-driving cars last September, Elon Musk preached caution. The man who wants to send us all to space and shuttle us between cities at outrageous speeds told the FT that "my...
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I grew up in Normal, IL and am a huge fan of the Illinois Fighting Illini, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks.  Other hobbies include spending time with my family,  running, going to concerts, and playing with new tech gadgets and other toys.  

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Political Science, 1999 - 2003
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Law, 2003 - 2006
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