I then discovered XP's Screen Saver, something I had never had a use for.
When I discovered it I was very surprised to see that you could set the view time for as long as three minutes. That was great for showing images! Even better, it did not play the files in sequential order! But after a week of testing Screen Saver it did not appear to really shuffle the images as good as it should have... all 2,354 of them. That's a lot of images. But even with all of those images there appeared to be a small amount of redundancy built into XP's Screen Saver, which is no good and a bit of a buzz-kill when you're having a slide show in front of friends.
And so now I'm off to buy my first thumb drive, something I'd never done before, since I never had the need for one until now. And that's because I now realize I have a PS3 sitting ten feet away from me. I'm a casual gamer, nothing hardcore. I rarely use my PS3. I barely remembered I had a PS3. The 2,354 images I referred to are kept in a folder and are 4 GB's worth of data. I just took a look at PS3's Photo Gallery and it looks as if it has quite a few options for a user to employ, which is very interesting. I'll find out how good their software is when when I obtain the thumb drive that'll allow me to transfer the images from my computer over to PS3. Until then I can only hope that the PS3 program offers the user a wider variance of view times to select from so it doesn't always run at one continuous warp speed the way the slide show in My Pictures does. And I hope it has a shuffle mode, which is what it should have if their developers had their heads on straight when they drew up the blueprint for the software.
Edited by Boardwalkgirl, 17 May 2011 - 06:49 PM.