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include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 2019"

Helpful | Level 5

Hello my friends,

can we please discuss that topic? Right now I'm unable to retrieve the Date Taken, Longitude or Latitude for my Photos. It seems like Dropbox removed that possibility and I didn't notice that until now. My App isn't woking anymore because of this.

I already opened a github issue for the java client and am waiting for a response: https://github.com/dropbox/dropbox-sdk-java/issues/268

Anyone who knows more about that topic?

Thanks

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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

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Only workaround - use of get_metadata for all desired files. 😉

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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

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Only workaround - use of get_metadata for all desired files. 😉

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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

Helpful | Level 5

Nice, let me try that out, but that will send much more requests to the Dropbox servers. I'm open to do it, but I don't think that the Dropbox Team should have done that!

 

EDIT: It works, but it's crazy slow! (Which is normal, I know...) I'm calling that API now x thausend times...

@Здравко 

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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

Super Collaborator | Level 20
Unfortunately, that's it. I fully agree with you. Let's hope Dropbox will revert or improve the feature somehow.
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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

Helpful | Level 5
Thank you for your help! 100% of the open issue are with at least one reply, so I hope to get a positive message from a developer on github. Have a nice day!
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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

Helpful | Level 5
If someone knows how and who to tag here to get more attention by the Dropbox team, feel free.
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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

Super Collaborator | Level 20
Probably @Greg K. can forward a query to development.
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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

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[Cross-linking for reference: https://github.com/dropbox/dropbox-sdk-java/issues/268 ]

@Dennyw Thanks for contacting us. I'm sorry to hear this change caught you unaware. We emailed developers using this functionality about this deprecation earlier this year, but it sounds like that unfortunately did not make it to you.

In any case, we appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback with us. I'm sending it along to the team now.

Unfortunately though, we do not currently have a batch way for retrieving media metadata, nor does the team have plans for one.

As for a workaround, I'm afraid the only one I can offer is to call /2/files/get_metadata  (getMetadata in the Java SDK) for each file for which you need the extracted media metadata, like Здравко mentioned. I understand that this isn't as performant in your case, so I will highlight this with the team.

Apologies I don't have better news for you!

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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

Helpful | Level 5
Hello,
@Greg K.

Thank you very much for your message. I did the Dropbox implementation mid this year, that might be the reason I didn't know this. And I didn't really read the java doc during the implementation...

Right now I have around 300 users using that data provider. And interestingly I see by far less new users beginning with the 2nd December, which makes sense.

Please consider re-activating that if you dont want to loose me as a dev customer. My users wont be happy, but ok, they can still switch to google photos, google drive or onedrive...

I'm sorry and thank you for your help.

Denny
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Re: include_media_info - "This parameter will no longer have an effect starting December 2, 201

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Dropboxer

@Dennyw Thanks for the additional information and feedback! I'll share this with the team.

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