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Re: Google Plus Photo Management Nightmare
On my phone, edited pictures are stored in a different directory than the originals. They show up in the "Album" app, which is the default picture editing/management app on my phone, but they have to be copied/saved manually to my main album or else "syncing" would be impossible without having material left out of the operation. On my phone, I have stuff in going to "DCIM", "Images", "Pictures" and "Edited".. Perhaps the syncing problem you refer to is because your edited photos are also, like mine, saved and stored in a different physical location ?
The cloudy crowd seems happy enough, but I think picture management on Android is a big mess, whatever the album/gallery you use. The dorks at Google are so hellbent on cloud that it did not occur to them to make one dedicated and user-controlled (from settings applet) directory for all images. One main A/V folder called "Pictures" containing "DCIM", "Movies", "Edited" and "Screenshots" would have make picture management a lot better. As it is, it's all over the place, and it gets worse if you try different picture editing/management apps which, typically have their own "Edited" picture folder. Adding insult to injury, these folders are often difficult to find because the app tries to take the user by the hand and obfuscates everything to give them a "seamless experience", which, incidentally, also requires one to do everything with the said app...
I have tried and fiddled with Android's management systems for pictures, and quite honestly, there's just too much push for Cloudy storage on some apps, and not enough control over where and how things are saved and stored on the others.
Because the said mess on Android, I still prefer editing/copying/organizing my pictures using a Windows device, and then save them to my SMB network storage. This way, all devices, both mine and family members' can access all media, and don't need to deal with pictures/movies getting lost by buggy management software or because of a digital device's operating system quirks.
I know your goal is simple, but trust me, Android won't make it easy unless you go cloudy, which also has it's risks and problems. I suggest you get a NAS, or WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center (I have two of these, and portable HDs hooked through USB ). They allow to store your stuff using SMB (Windows network shares) and playback/visualization on TV.
Everything is available to all device connected to my network. No fuss, no problems.