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AV and Multimedia Related Thread, Photo Slideshow in Technical; We have a Plasma Screen setup connected to a PC in the Hall. The Plasma comes on everyday at lunchtime ...
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    Photo Slideshow

    We have a Plasma Screen setup connected to a PC in the Hall. The Plasma comes on everyday at lunchtime and switches off at the end of lunch. Does anyone know of any freeware that will allow me to put on a automated slideshow of photos for students and staff to see? I want the slideshow to be dynamic, as in, read the photos from a specified folder which I can update as and when required.
    I know a Windows Screensaver will do the same job but the slightest move of the mouse or a keyboard touch kills it.

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    Not really a software suggestion, but are the keyboard and mouse USB devices? If they are, any possibility of simply unplugging them?

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    We have that on xibo. Create a video of the photo's using Photostory and then install xibo on the machine with and upload the video to that. You can set the time that it is to play also.

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    penfold - I have considered creating a slideshow like that but I need it to be dynamic. The photos change on a daily basis so I dont want to be creating new slideshows everyday.

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    picasa?

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    You can still do this with xibo, but it means uploading new pictures which might get a bit time consuming. But you can set it up so that you can create a user to do this, so it could be done by a number of people?

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    or install picasa and open one photo which runs a slideslow of the entire folder i believe

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    ok thanks - i will give xibo a try.

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    Try the attached app I've just knocked together. Just put it in a folder containing jpg,bmp,png,tiff,tif or gif files and it'll slideshow them, changing every 10 seconds. It also checks the folder for new images every ten minutes - so you can alter the contents of the directory and it'll automatically load them in to the rotation every 10 minutes.

    EDIT: See later post for a new version.
    Last edited by localzuk; 13th May 2010 at 12:02 PM.

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    Awesome! Can you pls insert an escape function because then it would be pretty much perfect.

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    Ok, new version 1.1, quits on pressing the escape key (or pressing Alt+F4). Also, if you pass it a single command line argument in ms that will be used as the time between slides, if you pass it 2 command line arguments, that will be the slide change time, and the folder check time.

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    lzSlideshowWF 10000 600000

    That will result in slides changing every 10s and the program checking the folder for new images every 10 minutes.

    If you pass no command line arguments, it uses 10s and 10mins as its defaults.

    EDIT: See later post for link to download
    Last edited by localzuk; 14th May 2010 at 10:58 AM.

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    Localzuk - Pure Genius - I would thank you a hundred times if I could!! This is perfect!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Localzuk - Pure Genius - I would thank you a hundred times if I could!! This is perfect!!!
    You're welcome. I'm currently trying out a 'fade between' method, so the images can be faded rather than snap changes. Watch this space

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    I've rewritten it in WPF, so I can play with transitions. New version attached.
    Last edited by localzuk; 14th May 2010 at 11:55 AM.

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    Much appreciated

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