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DigitalAR

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So, I have both an iPad Air 1 and iPad Air 2 just collecting dust in a closet.

My goal is to purchase an iPad wall mount (haven’t chosen which kind yet) and have my iPad on the wall right next to my front door on the inside of the house.

All I want this iPad to do is to always be on and always only display one quote a day.

I have a folder of screenshots and numerous quotes I’ve copied and pasted throughout the years and have saved into one folder on my Mac and figured that I would love it if 1 quote could be displayed for 24 hours every day on an iPad that’s wall mounted and always connected and always on.

The only real concern is that however I approach this the method I use will eventually crash. I can’t make a 3 year long video where I make each quote last 24 hours. That movie file would probably be terabytes big!

As of right now I’m guessing the best approach would be Keynote. Create 1,095 slideshows, each with a different quote and set it to rotate every 24 hours.

Unless there’s an app that’ll do this for me. I’d gladly pay to not have to do this the hard way.
 
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Slartibart

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While the Keynote-approach allows for partial or full animation, one other solution - at least on newer iOS/iPadOS versions - is using Apple’s Shortcuts:

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and bind this to an automation:

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HappyDude20

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While the Keynote-approach allows for partial or full animation, one other solution - at least on newer iOS/iPadOS versions - is using Apple’s Shortcuts:

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and bind this to an automation:

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Try Lumafusion!

You can create individual slideshows and time them. The file may be large but it'll do what you want.

I think Luma Fusion is the answer.
 

DigitalAR

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While the Keynote-approach allows for partial or full animation, one other solution - at least on newer iOS/iPadOS versions - is using Apple’s Shortcuts:
Thank you for the interesting perspective and take on this.

This sounds like it may be the best solution. Ive never really used Shortcuts so will have to fiddle with it.

I find this appealing because the majority of the 1,000+ quotes I have saved on my folder on my Mac are indeed screenshots of quotes. About 500 more are in a .txt file

I'd have to turn off the touch screen feature, perhaps/probably under Accessibility so the iPad on the wall mount displaying the quotes will always have the screen on and changing to just one new quote per day.

Edit: iPad Air supports up to iOS 12 but Shortcuts seems to have been introduced and supported only on models running iOS 13 and above, meaning I'll be using my iPad Air 2 for this project.
 

PeterJP

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If you're wall-mounting the iPad already, you can easily mount a sheet of plexiglass in front of it. It's an extra protective barrier and stops people from using the touch screen. Interesting project, btw!
 
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DigitalAR

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If you're wall-mounting the iPad already, you can easily mount a sheet of plexiglass in front of it. It's an extra protective barrier and stops people from using the touch screen. Interesting project, btw!
interesting I hadn’t thought of that. This is just going in the home so really only the kids would want to touch the iPad on the wall but considering I’m planning on mounting it about five feet high AND they’ll know the iPad will be disabled with only the keynote slideshow playing, that that’ll satiate their desire to fiddle with the iPad.
 

DigitalAR

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Before I get started on this project and create the biggest keyboard slideshow of my life am wondering if anyone had some other solutions to this
 

BenGoren

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The first thing that came to my mind was to make the iPad be completely dumb and just display a Web page (presumably full-screen).

Then you could replace the iPad with basically anything else should it die; you could also trivially have multiple devices showing the same quote. You could even, if appropriate, publish the project in case somebody else (presumably a friend or family member) wants their own version. You could also update things much more easily; there wouldn’t be any need to get to the iPad. Including, perhaps, extending the project past exactly three years.

I know how I would go about creating such a Web site, but it’s very, very, very Ye Olde Schoole. Dollars to donuts ChatGPT could step you through everything in a matter of minutes.

Whether or not it’d be part of the project from the beginning, I think I would want to frame the iPad in such a way that the power and even bezels were all hidden. I’d probably even do a shadow box with a classic beveled inner mat, but that’s just me.

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