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digital photo frames

I want to get my parents a digital photo frame for Christmas (I'd like
to give them a way to display all of the pictures of the grandkids
without printing out all of them every time; also, I might get my
picture in the rotation again....). Only problem is, I don't have a
clue on where to start in terms of what is a good one for a reasonable
price.

Is there someone who has bought one of these recently who can point me
towards an FAQ on them, or to a brand that you found good, or warn me
away from a bad one?

Beth
--
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
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Re: digital photo frames

Beth,

I bought one about three years ago, when they were relatively new, from
Staples.

It was, of course, too expensive (the curse of early adopters), but the
quality was good, and it accepted several different types of memory cards,
including CF and SD.

Not all photographs worked. JPEGs had to conform to the standard accepted
by the manufacturer of the picture frame. Those that did not had to be
converted, otherwise they were ignored in the rotation.

If I were buying one today, I eould take a serious look at the offerings
from Ceiva, Kodak, and Philips, which connect to a telephone line and offer
the ability to automatically download and update the frame's pictures from
those which relatives and friends have uploaded to a web site. This would
be really great for parents and non-technical people, because they don't
need to have or even know how to use a computer, and if they live in another
town, you don't have to visit them to update their photographs.

The Ceiva frame even has a daily weather forecast, adding to its usefulness.

The drawback of the Internet-updated frames, is that they require an analog
telephone line (not everyone has one these days), and a monthly or annual
subscription fee (ugh!). Still, I'll bet they sell a lot of them, and
perhaps someone is working right now on an open source version requiring no
subscription fee. Maybe we NCCI should form a partnership to do just that,
and we could slip an advertisement onto the picture frame every now and then
for revenue.

Good luck in your search. They make a great gift!

-Bob Carroll

"Beth Cole" <> wrote in message
news:Rue5j.4649$k06.2436@kovat.provo.novell.com...
> I want to get my parents a digital photo frame for Christmas (I'd like
> to give them a way to display all of the pictures of the grandkids
> without printing out all of them every time; also, I might get my
> picture in the rotation again....). Only problem is, I don't have a
> clue on where to start in terms of what is a good one for a reasonable
> price.
>
> Is there someone who has bought one of these recently who can point me
> towards an FAQ on them, or to a brand that you found good, or warn me
> away from a bad one?
>
> Beth
> --
> Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
> nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain



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