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08-04-2010 10:25 AM
I have a dreamscreen 100. Good picture quality. Lots of features. Works mostly without a hitch. I use it mainly to display a slideshow off of a 4 gig flash card with more than a thousand jpegs (just make sure there are no other file formats on the chip--.mpeg for example--the photo app gets confused). For me, it's practically perfect. I even sat and listened to the radio the other day.
But I'm an expert user. I don't mind futzing between apps and directories to get my slide show working.
I'm looking for a replacement for my parents' Ceiva. My parents are not expert users and would be confused if I asked them to futz between apps or directories.
The Ceiva has a very poor, low-res screen and dialup. I have to resize the photos so that on 30-image set fits in the limited on-board memory. It costs $100/year. BUT it does one thing very well: unattended slide shows.
I can upload photos to the Ceiva website and they show up on the screen--magically. So far, this does not seem true of my dreamscreen 100.
I opened a snapfish account and created an album. I put more than 800 photos into it. I logged into the account from the dreamscreen and started a slide show on the album. Looks great (though there's no way to set zoom, transition and timing options on the snapfish screen), so we're off.
Then, I created a snapfish album with only two photos. I started that slideshow on the dreamscreen, and it happily altered between the two pictures. But when I added a picture to the on-line snapfish album, the new photo doesn't show up on the dreamscreen's active slideshow.
I had to restart the snapfish slideshow to get the new photos.
Hey, hp, is development continuing on this device? Will we be able to do remote, unattended updates of the current snapfish slide show? I sure would like to buy one of these to replace that expensive, poor quality Ceiva.
08-05-2010 04:02 PM
That's pretty cold-blooded, ceivajoe, poaching on the competitor's forums.
With all the free online photo sites, I don't see why I have to pay $100 for a year of Ceiva. Right now I'm working hard to save that money.