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Sony PS3's Photo Gallery software for showing your very best images: Is it any good?


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#1 Boardwalkgirl

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:46 PM

I've already tried using two different Windows based slide show programs and both are sorely lacking. Typically I'll set up a slide show using my 5 year old PC. I then run the images over to a 47" HDTV for optimum viewing. I got into a rut by always using the XP Slide Show option found in My Pictures. That was okay....for awhile. But then I became disappointed about not being able to set the view time, or alter the view time in any way (the default view time is around 6 seconds - much too fast if the image is photo contest worthy). And I was disappointed that the files always played in alphabetical/numerical order (no shuffle mode, darn it), which over the course of time became a problem.

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.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:53 AM

I used PS3's Photo Gallery last night for the first time. I ran it for several hours. That means I'm still too new to render a verdict. But at this point all I can say is that I fully understand the people who leave comments at Amazon that say that they don't use PS3 for games they use it as a media center. That's because PS3's Photo Gallery is a work of wonder. It's much better than XP's Screen Saver, Google Picasa and Canon Zoom Browser. My only complaint at this point is that the shuffle functionality doesn't appear to shuffle the 2000 plus images I have in one folder as good as it should. I'm not a programmer, but I think the fix to something like that would be to use a software program to rename all 2000 plus images. I'll continue to test PS3's Photo Gallery.
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