Apple TV Photo Browser?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by TheSpaz, May 13, 2008.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    How come I can only view my Photos as a slide-show and I cannot browse my photos from a grid of thumbnails. That's a major bummer. I don't need to watch my photo collection. I guess I just expected it to be similar to the iPhone.
     
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    you could pause the slideshow on the first picture, then use the forward button to go through them, i dont see that being easier though. you can also turn off ken burns effect.
     
  3. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    This is a good question. It would be nice to be able to browse through thumbnails of your photos with AppleTV. I haven't looked at photos in months using it because when I did I realized I had to view all of the photos in a specific album instead of just pulling up randoms ones to show someone.
     
  4. tbsteph macrumors newbie

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    ATV and Photos

    Viewing photos on the ATV becomes a monumental pain without the ability to sort them similar to how iPhoto works.
     
  5. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    but the idea is that you sort them once in iphoto, then its ready on appletv
     
  6. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    No, the idea is being able to say "Hey, I have a photo I want to show you" and be able to flip right to that photo in thumbnail view. The current way is like "Hey, I have a photo to show you. Hang on while I skip through this endless slide show to find the photo I'm looking for".
     
  7. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Yeah you can set things up in iPhoto to show an entire slideshow of an event but if I want a specific photo using AppleTV it's a big inconvenience.
     
  8. markfc macrumors 6502a

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    Currently the Photo section is useless. Apple really need to do some work here. A proper photo browser is needed...the ability to search you're music library would be nice too!
     
  9. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I agree. I use the photos as a screensaver. Never really go into the program by itself. Frontrows photo section is even worse.
     
  10. bergmef macrumors 6502a

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    I just want my events to show in a list (instead of albums). Just make it a photo setting. The only problem I see is not everyone has and iphoto version with events. Least common denominator wins. :-(
     
  11. duoart macrumors newbie

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    Apple doesn't get it

    THE killer app for ATV is photo archiving and browsing. Period. EVERYONE has digital cameras these days. EVERYONE has larger Hi-Def TVs. Not everyone is that interested in iTunes or renting movies.

    Take my 75 year old Father. Just bought himself a killer Canon Digital SLR and has no easy way to display his photos on the largest display in the house.

    Look at this Sony device:

    http://www.jr.com/sony/pe/SON_HDMSS1D/

    Giving the ATV similar functionality would be almost trivial. A $20 Flash card reader hooked up to the USB and some software. Done.

    WAKE UP APPLE!!!!! If Apple fixed this one flaw in the ATV and had one commercial showing someone browsing their photos on their big screen TV, they'd sell millions.
     
  12. sachin10dulkar macrumors newbie

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    duoart, i conpletely agree. I love the way that pics look on my ATV, but it is rubbish at nivigating through them. It is frustrating that you cant preview and then go to which ever pic you want. You can navigate through Songs, if they did the same for pics it would be a huge selling point.
     
  13. ftaok macrumors 601

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    How does the aTV photo feature work for non-Mac users? I thought aTV just synced with the "My Photos" folder. Does it just play all of the photos in a slide show?
     
  14. duoart macrumors newbie

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    Pretty much. You get one directory's worth of indirection. I file my photos by year and then month. So I can basically can get to a year's worth of photos in a slide show. No way to display thumbnails and pick an individual photo.

    Annoying, isn't it?
     
  15. mhall macrumors newbie

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    Windows users can use Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2 (a free download) to organise their photos, this works well with Apple TV (you can view photos as sets etc.)
     

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