DIGITAL FRAME CONTENT MANAGEMENT
Digital frame content management will fast become a priority when you realize the amazing versatility of digital frames. There are so many options for digital frame content such as digital photos, scanned photos, art, Internet content, etc.
Generally speaking, content management is the ability to determine what will show and how long it will show on the frame. It can mean setting up the slideshow parameters, such as the preferred amount of time between photos, art, recipes, etc. and the types of transitions, as well as the ordering of the content.
For more control over the content on your frame, including types of audio and video files, automatic orientation of landscape vs. portrait modes, panning and zooming, the ability to store pictures as thumbnails in folders, etc., check individual frames to make sure they offer any of these picture functions.
Ordering of Photos on a Digital Frame
Soon after I had purchased my first few frames, I was quite frustrated when I found that I could not get my photos to show in a particular order, no matter whether I numbered them consecutively or any other solution given to me by the manufacturers.
Now I understand that those early frames simply did not have the feature that would allow me the option of ordering my photos in a certain way.
Cameras that have the ability to display EXIF data make it possible to display photos in chronological order. (EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image File Format and enables information from photos to be accessed such as date, time, camera settings, thumbnails, descriptions and copyrights.) Although I originally preferred to look at photos in a chronological order, I eventually learned something that I would like to share with you...
When choosing what photos you want in a particular slideshow, sometimes it is actually better to mix up your pictures a bit. Select a few from this party and a few from that vacation and see if that doesn't make for an interesting and enjoyable display!
However, for those of you who really do prefer a specific order for your digital frame content management, there are a few schemes available to get your photos to go in the order that you prefer.
Manually Ordering Your Photos by Renaming ThemIf you would prefer to manually arrange your photos, there are 2 ways that I have found that work well:
- If you have under 100 photos, you can change the names (make sure NOT to change the extensions, such as JPG, etc.) to begin A1, then B1, then C1 and so on until you get to Z1. At that point start naming the photos A2, B2, C2, etc., until you get to Z2. Once again, start with A3, B3, C3, and so on.
- If you have more than 100 photos, Start the ordering with 1111, then 1112, 1113, etc.
Software Programs to Automatically Rename and Reorder Your Photos
There are also programs available that will batch order your photos for you:
An excellent free program can be found at FastStone Photo Resizer. This program is an image converter and renaming tool that enables users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth and add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode.
Editing Photos Directly on the Digital Frame
Digital frame content management also includes the feature that allows the user to edit photos on the frame itself. This is a good solution for those who would prefer not to use a computer to optimize photos.
Editing can include anything from simply deleting, copying or renaming a picture to changing the orientation of an individual picture from landscape to portrait mode and back. Even to removing red eye from individual pictures.
Sometimes this editing can be done with a remote control, with others you may be able to use a screen display menu interface or touch screen interface.
Factors such as brightness and contrast, both of which have an effect on the image display quality of photos on the digital frame, can also be found as buttons on either remote controls or screen interfaces and sometimes on the button panels of the frame itself.
To use this type of digital frame content management, the features must be able to be accessed from software on the frame. Not all digital frames have this capability. Sometimes it is just easier to use a computer program for these tasks.
Wireless Internet FramesThe frames that are truly Internet frames, ones that connect directly to just one site on the Internet, are another answer to digital frame content management.
It is possible to store all the photos safely on an Internet site and then wirelessly send them to any Wi-Fi enhanced or wireless digital frame at any time.
Any number of wireless frames can be connected to the specified Internet site through a wireless connection or through a land line.
These sites can save a good deal of time, money and frustration but they usually require a monthly fee and they can be more expensive initially.
Beyond Photos--Ideas for Additional Digital Frame Content!
Wireless Digital Frames to Stream Content as well as Photos from the Internet for your Digital Frame Content
Wireless frames, of course, give you the option for content from the Internet, whether it is radio, TV, weather, etc., as well as information from your own network drives. Please remember that not all wireless frames can access information from the Internet, other than from photo-sharing sites. You must check the manufacturer's specifications. There may also be a fee involved.
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Art as Digital Frame Content
There are many sites on the Internet that will allow the download of actual art and photoart, usually for a nominal fee or possibly for free. This is an excellent source for digital frame content management.
Size the art for an individual frame and download either to the frame's internal memory (if available) or to a frame's memory card format or flash drive for viewing.
One site that I recommend specializes in architectural and landscape photography. Through a special arrangement with the owner, images may be downloaded from this site at a discount price.
I will also be able to download specific pictures onto a memory card or flash drive for you. Please contact me for more information.
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Free Downloadable Digital Frame Content from Framebug.com
This is a site that offers free downloadable digital frame content.
Technology quotes that can be used as screensavers and inspirational love quotes as well as poetry can be downloaded.
In addition, there is educational digital frame content such as multiplication tables and early reading flash cards. (You can bet I've downloaded those for my grandchildren to use!)
As stated on this unique website, "Each pack is designed to be uploaded to your frame and viewed as a slideshow using the existing features of your player. You can choose to intermingle the images with your existing photos randomly or play them in sequence."
Check Framebug out here...
Interactive Digital Frames
This is, of course, a logical next step for the digital frame industry to take. We've seen digital frames go from stand-alone photo slideshow frames to multi-media frames displaying images, audio and video, to wireless frames with seeming limitless displays, including those from digital frame content management providers on the Internet. (Many of these are no longer available.
It is possible for digital frames to interact with one other on a network or through the Internet but a software invention which will allow for the direct interaction, in real time, between digital frames and digital frame content management providers may soon be a reality.
A patent has been applied for by 2 inventors from Herndon, Virginia for the invention of a software application which will allow for direct interaction between a digital media frame user and a digital frame content management provider over a network in real time.
In very simple terms, a digital frame is connected to a network and content from that network is displayed. The digital frame user will be able to input data in regard to the displayed content. The digital frame content management provider can then perform actions based on the input data and can then send specific content requested by the user to the digital frame.
Up until now, digital frame users could access a digital frame content management website in order to download content, usually in the form of an RSS feed, directly to the frame. Because the content is normally in a constantly cycling fashion the user would have to wait for the next cycle to view specific content of choice. With this invention, it is promised that the user will be able to select the content that is provided at any time, making digital frame content management a breeze.
So, rather than the digital frame downloading all content to the frame, whether or not the user is interested in all of it, the user will now be able to manage and select specific content and the content provider can deliver that piece of content to the digital frame in real time. This could mean big savings for the network resource of both the digital frame and the digital frame content management provider hosting.
An added advantage to this type of user input is that the digital frame content management provider will be able to process the users' input for purposes such as social networking and feedback analysis or payment information collection.
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