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Five Designer Digital Photo Frames Lifework | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.

This post got me thinking about what makes a nice looking frame.  After some pondering, I derived two requirements: a beautiful presentation and a dynamic platform.

The frames shown on this post by one of my favorite blogs, Unplggd, are examples of beautiful presentations.  I noticed that many store bought frames are geared more towards presentation than platform options.  Although, this is starting to shift a bit – it’s this trend that drove me to DIY.

The platform should let you do what you want.  Just pictures? Ok, no problem. How about some weather widget? Yup, we can do that too.  RSS feeds? Of course!  The trick is getting all this to work seamlessly and functionally.  Maybe that’s why many frames adopt a basic approach the frames software.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for some nice frames, the post illustrates a few great options.  If you’re looking for a software with options, well, stick around. I’ll learn ya’.

The method I’m using right now on my iBook is from this blog post.  I’m using Debian Linux, FEH, and a shared folder. On my PC, I have mapped the iBook’s shared folder to a drive letter and I simply drop the desired images.

FEH is pretty basic and easy to use – important for me since I have little Linux experience.  It does stop when it finds random Picasa files that copied over by accident but that’s my fault.  FEH does have some display options as well as some, well, I guess they’re called plugins, like unclutter – which removes the mouse from your screen.

Installing Linux can be a bit of a pain, but once it’s working – it really is fire and forget.  Occasional software updates aside, you will almost never have to break the slideshow (using a shared folder and uploading via Wi-Fi), ever.

Using Linux and FEH is probably the best way to show images in a local environment.  Don’t have wireless? Just upload via USB and you’re good to go.

In my research, I did find other scripts that allow you to get real fancy. Like overlay an RSS feed on top of your images. Or auto rotate images from those pesky orientation sensing cameras. I’ll pull them in as I find them.

I’ll go into Linux some more later, but if you’re already on it, give FEH a go. If anything, it will be your default image slideshow app while you find something that works better for you.