9 Essential Google Photos Tips!

Image source: Google Blog
Looking at the popularity of this amazing app, I devoted previous 2 posts to Google Photos covering the essential features first: storage and delete. I have included them in the list below for the benefit of first-timers and sake of completeness. This is the third and final instalment of the Google Photos series. I thought it will be more useful to list down the features as tips to use Photos effectively:

Google Photos: Don't delete them accidently!

Welcome back... to the second post on Google Photos! I hope yesterday's post 'Are your photos eating into limited storage of your Google account' helped in understanding how storage works and how Google Photos can be set-up for Free unlimited storage backing-up lifetime of photos. In this post, you can learn about the features around 'DELETE' functionality. I believe these features are among the most important due to the devastating effect of their consequences. They have evolved over a period of time and now they are safer than ever before.

Google Photos: Are your photos eating into limited storage of your Google account?


Google Picasa retired on 1st May, 2016. The background was set and it was the next logical step allowing Google to focus entirely on one photo service - Google Photos which was there for one year and saw widespread user adoption. Picasa was a desktop application allowing to edit and manage photos. You could upload photos to Picasa Web Albums to store and share them online. Google Photos, on the other hand, was completely online i.e. cloud-based with no offline desktop application like Picasa. With the world moving to cloud and mobile, it was a decision to keep up with the times.

Important Update: To stay in touch

Updated on July 30, 2017 - Hi Guys! Finally... back to my blog after a long hiatus with sincere apologies to everyone out there following this blog and the Google+ Business Page associated with it. You know, sometimes, life takes its toll but if you are back again with more resolve, there is nothing like that. After all, all is well that ends well. I am happy (and positively surprised) that the readership for this blog has been on an increase (against being lost in oblivion)  since I was out of touch (and that too for a long time).
And that further strengthens my conviction about one of the greatest advantages about online presence! You are there even when you are not (physically) there. I will talk about it (Personal blogging and Social media) in the upcoming posts.
Before I get started again, let me update you on 3 changes I have made which will affect your exploration of this blog. Here they go:

1- Domain name change

The blog's address 'erpites.blogspot.com' now redirects to www.mkbanu.com (named after... well... me). It was a long pending task to do and for ease of your use too so that you don't have to type a lengthy address. It wasn't a smooth change though and it came at a cost. All the comments on various articles disappeared because of this change and so much valuable interaction is lost :-( Having no choice, I need to bear with that.

2- Association with Google+

I dropped comments integration with my Google+ Business Page some time back to allow all (without a Google account or without a need to logging into one) to enter comments. If you are aware, you need to sign in with your Google account to comment on this blog. It's because my blog is hosted with Google Blogger, which is completely free of cost... no strings attached but it's part of a larger (Google) whole. I thought it would give flexibility and anybody without a Google account could comment. But I had to revert back my decision as there was lot of spam in comments and it was tough to moderate it all. So please login with your Google account to comment here. I believe almost all have a Google account (GMail, Google+, etc.)
One change though... I have dissociated from my Google+ Business Page in favor of my Google+ profile making it handy for me to manage it. So if you were following that page earlier, please switch over to my profile by following me or adding me to one of your circles:

3- Exciting New Addition 

Last but not the least, I have thought of expanding this blog to cover exciting areas like Personal Blogging and Google+. These are the topics near to my heart and I would love to share interesting things which can bring value to you. Ultimately, the purpose with which I started this very blog was your (and my) time spent here to be time well spent and helping you and adding value to your (and my) life in some way... and the current changes should extend further help in this endeavour!
Thanks for your interest so far and look forward to your continued support. Don't forget to leave your comments below:

Create 'Standard Text' and use it in ABAP Program

Standard Text documents can be created in SAP system using transaction SO10. To know more about Standard Text, please follow the link. They can be used by ABAP programs, for example, to include text in the body of the email notification to be sent or to print documents. I have discussed below the steps involved in creating and using Standard Text:

Create Flat File Outbound Interface

Scenario: You are developing outbound interfaces for your project and want a consistent Look and Feel (Selection-screen) for all these interfaces making it easy to understand for users and maintain for developers. You are creating an outbound Flat file and your report should have all the functionality like (1) ability to upload file to Application server, which can be checked using TCode AL11, (2) ability to download file to Desktop (local machine), (3) the F4 helps for Application as well as Presentation server assisting the user in selecting File path.

Learn SAP ABAP

This page on SCN (SAP Community Network - SAP social media platform) provides links to guides, articles, blogs, and tutorials regarding ABAP development : Getting started with SAP ABAP Developement.

The first link on the above page is ABAP for Newbies which covers the historical background of ABAP in brief and the next steps for a complete beginner.

Find an introduction to ABAP in the below video:


SAP Tips | ABAP HR | Basics of Reporting in SAP ERP HCM

If you are interested in understanding the basic concepts in HR reporting, here is something for you: An excerpt (Chapter 2) from the book 'HR Reporting with SAP' from SAP Press. If you are a beginner, you will get to know about the data structures in various modules of SAP HR:

SAP Tips | ABAP HR | Standard reports

SAP Help Portal provides the complete manual on standard HR Reports. These can be very helpful and come handy when the business requirements match with their use. They should be used wherever there is a possibility as they are anyway there as part of your standard SAP system. Find here information on more than 200 programs for the purpose of reporting and analyzing: Reporting in Human Resources Management.

SAP Forums

There are many SAP forums where various SAP topics ranging from SAP training to real-time issues are discussed. Here I am listing a few common questions I tried to answer on various forums which may be helpful for you. You may need to sign up for posting your questions or sharing your thoughts.

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