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photo frame app?

Postby stroudmw » 2017-09-18 11:05

Can someone please recommend a desktop photo frame app? I'd ideally like for it to display my pictures in a corner of my desktop and randomly change them every few minutes. I'd also like to be able to re-size it.
I found one called "gphotoframe" but it's quite old, and has dependency issues.
I'm running Debian stretch 32bit, gnome desktop & gdm3.
Thanks.
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby stevepusser » 2017-09-18 20:42

According to this page: https://code.google.com/archive/p/gphotoframe/ the last 2.0.2 release was a couple of years ago, and the same 2.0.2 is in the Arch AUR. But I'm having trouble finding the source--will keep looking.

Source and a patch to build against webkit2gtk can be downloaded from the bottom of the AUR page: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/gphotoframe/
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby oswaldkelso » 2017-09-19 09:07

Any photo viewer with slideshow options or does a photo frame do something else?

qiv is in Debian, has a load of options but this works quite well.

Make a text file called "photo-frame"
Make it executable add the command below and we have a "photo frame" Not sure if I'd call it an "app" though :mrgreen:

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#!/bin/bash
# This shell script launches qiv as a picture frame viewer.

qiv  --fixed_width 300 --no_statusbar --slide --random -e  --delay=5 *
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby stroudmw » 2017-09-19 09:47

Thanks! qiv is great!
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby debiman » 2017-09-19 18:26

additionally you'd have to tell your window manager to keep it on the bottom, plastered to your desktop.
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby stroudmw » 2017-09-20 04:59

How would suggest I do that? I'm using XFCE and lightdm.
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby oswaldkelso » 2017-09-20 12:16

stroudmw wrote:How would suggest I do that? I'm using XFCE and lightdm.


First you need to brush up on your search foo. Nothing on a plate here. Free-software is not those slaveware offerings from Apple and Microsoft. Here your expected to try first, show what you tried then ask for pointers on what you've tried. If you had searched you'd have found

http://oswaldkelso.blogspot.co.uk/2013/ ... paper.html or https://unix.stackexchange.com/question ... -wallpaper like I did :D

That said. I would do this. Just set the path to your family/xmas/funny what ever photos. Be best to make sure they're not big files but large enough to look good on what ever size screen you have.
You need the feh package for this

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  #!/bin/bash
# If used as a wallpaper/photo-frame switcher make sure the images are large enough but not to large!
while true; do
  find ~/images/backgrounds/ -type f \( -name '*.jpg' -o -name '*.png' \) -print0 |
    shuf -n1 -z | xargs -0 feh --bg-scale
    sleep 1m
done
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby stroudmw » 2017-09-20 12:37

sorry I annoyed you.
additionally you'd have to tell your window manager to keep it on the bottom, plastered to your desktop.
really didn't give me a lot to go on, and was rather too ambiguous for a search.

but thanks for the information.
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby oswaldkelso » 2017-09-20 13:40

You didn't just saving you future grief :wink:

While here after showing you how to start the damn script I think it only right to say how to stop it :mrgreen:

Open a terminal and find the script

"ps aux | grep name_of_script" eg. so in my case

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ps aux | grep wallpaper-switcher


looks like this on my system:

$ ps aux | grep wallpaper-switcher
Unknown HZ value! (94) Assume 100.
kelsoo 32118 0.0 0.0 4488 1388 tty1 S 14:56 0:00 /bin/bash /home/kelsoo/wallpaper-switcher
kelsoo 32225 0.0 0.0 2652 944 pts/0 S+ 14:56 0:00 grep --color=auto wallpaper-switcher


then "kill -9 PID"

In computing, the process identifier (normally referred to as the process ID or just PID) so in the above example 32118 is the script PID

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kill -9 32118


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Re: photo frame app?

Postby debiman » 2017-09-21 17:42

stroudmw wrote:
additionally you'd have to tell your window manager to keep it on the bottom, plastered to your desktop.
really didn't give me a lot to go on, and was rather too ambiguous for a search.

hmm.
first you said you use gnome, now it's xfce. now that's rather ambiguous.
anyhow, i would know how to do it for openbox or fluxbox, but not fo the window managers used by these DE's.
that's why i didn't go into more detail.

but theoretically, and to help you get going with those web search skills, you'd
  1. find out which window manager you're using
  2. find out how it can be configured,
  3. specifically to keep certain application windows on the bottom.
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby stroudmw » 2017-09-22 06:43

again... sorry for annoying you. I shall be more careful in future.
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Re: photo frame app?

Postby debiman » 2017-09-22 17:48

stroudmw wrote:again... sorry for annoying you. I shall be more careful in future.

nobody said that they're annoyed by you.
where did you get that notion?
we enjoy this sort of stuff.
instead of apologizing you should roll up your sleeves and get going...
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