When we last left off, I was having trouble connecting the new frame to my wireless network. However, I was able to get past that point, and get everything set up. I am giving this frame a rating of 8.5 out of a possible 10. The biggest downer for me off the bat is the fact that the resolution is only 800×600. I prefer higher resolution on my gadgets, but most people will be fine with this one.
The new eStarling WiFi Digital Picture Frames is living up to expectations in most ways. When I had trouble connecting the frame to my wireless network, I logged in to the website. I downloaded a simple wizard that walked me through getting it connected. The wizard works for Windows and OS X both, which makes the frame more versatile.
I then had to go to the software maker website, Seeframe.com and sign up for an account. It was then time to upload or add my photos from other sources. The site was a bit difficult to navigate, which is a snag for me. However, I LOVE the fact that all management of the frame is done on the Web, instead of via the frame itself. That’s the way it should be. Hopefully the site will evolve over time, and become more user-friendly.
If you have a Flickr account, you can now add photos from there directly to the frame. Simply tag the photo(s) you want to share with the word chrisframe. The next time the frame connects to Flickr to check for photos, it will grab everything with that tag included.
The only other real snag for me is the transition between frames. It has standard Powerpoint-like “dissolve” or “wipe” settings. To me, those are pretty cheesy. There’s no way to turn them off on this frame, so I will just deal with it for now.
Be sure and send your photos to Flickr with the chrisframe tag, email them to me, or email me a good quality photo RSS link. I’d love to add your stuff to the frame!
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