# How large are your digital picture frames?

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So, how large are your digital picture frames? Sounds like a simple question, right?

I wish I could give you a X by X answer but it isn't that easy. There are actually three measurements important for this conversation:

1. LCD screen size and resolution,
2. PhotoVu size, without the picture frame, and
3. Overall size of the finished product.

#### LCD Screen Dimensions and Resolution

When working with LCD displays, everything is measured diagonally. So, a 22" model has a diagonal measurement of 22 inches. If you are looking for a width and height value for our 22" displays, it's 18.7" by 11.7". A 19" diagonal model will have a 16" x 10" display. Whether you select a 19" or 22" model, your photo is going to be pretty large on the digital frame!

The following image gives you a LCD resolution comparison. Our 22" model has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 and our 19" is 1440 x 900.

#### Without the Picture Frame

Before we mount the picture frame, the 19" and 22" digital frames have a dimension of 23" x 16". This measurement is important since you need it to calcuate the finished size below. Also, by doing the calculation, the 19" matboard width is approximately 3" around the entire LCD display while the 22" is approximately 2".

#### Overall Size of the Finished Product

The overall size varies due to different picture frame widths. When using the online PhotoVu configurator, you will see a measurement for each picture frame selected, like 2". The final calcuation ends up being two times the picture frame width added to 23" and 16". For example, let's say that you are working with our 22" widescreen model and you've selected the Standard Black Satin 2 5/8" picture frame. First, double the frame width and you will come up with 5 1/4". Next, add this to both 23" and 16" and you'll end up with a final size of 28 1/4" by 21 1/4". Remember, this calcuation applies to our 19" and 22" models.

# Two PhotoVus are three times better than one

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I have two PhotoVu digital picture frames in my living room – one on a wall which is on my wireless network and one on the mantel over the fireplace which is fed from a hardwired Ethernet connection. These two photo frames are in addition to my family TV, and it is just amazing to me that it's not too much overload, which all my guests that visit also agree. I often watch my guests, as they watch a movie or a football game with me, constantly looking up at both frames.

One of digital frames I have set to view all of my 50k+ photos in random order, and that's the way I've viewed my digital photos for over 5 years. The other PhotoVu used to be set that way until just recently, before I changed it to play “in-order.” Not only did I set the PhotoVu to play “in-order,” but I also went into the “Photo Directories as Albums” feature and set the PhotoVu to play only a subset of my entire photo collection, in this case 2008 and 2009 folders/directories. Because I rename the filename of my images as they are downloaded from my digital camera, to include the date as part of the filename (much more about that in another post), I get a nice digital photo slide show in chronological order.

I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to sit back on the couch, watching TV, and at the same time watching and reliving all my great moments in life go by on my wirelesss photo frames. I never know what is going to come up on the random photo frame, while it's just a whole new experience for me to watch my most recent memories of 2008 and 2009 fly-by and unfold on my “in-order” picture frame.

The PhotoVu has so many features, it's a shame most of our customers will never experience all of them. Even me, as an employee of the company, had never tried the “in order” feature, and now I can't imagine not using it – at least for one of my two photo frames. Try it yourself, mix it up a bit, and let us know if you agree that seeing your photos unfold in order is a whole other user experience, and another great way to enjoy your PhotoVu digital wireless picture frame.

# Photo Hygiene – maximizing enjoyment of your Digital Picture Frame and photo assets

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We have a concept here at PhotoVu we've coined – “Photo Hygiene." Like its counterpart in life, some people have it and some people don't. However, it's absolutely critical to practice good photo hygiene to extract the most enjoyment out of your digital photo frame and digital photo assets. And no, we are not talking about the H1N1 virus, cold, germs or flu!

There are several things that we fell fall into good Photo Hygiene:

1. Get those digital images immediately off your camera: Make sure to always copy off those precious photos off your camera as soon as you come home from a trip or event. Think, what if you lost your camera and had several months of more of digital pictures on them – they would be now gone forever.

2. Delete bad photos: This one only came to me over a long, long time. PhotoVu's unlimited photo playing potential makes it very easy to just dump all your photos from your camera to the hard drive, which in turn will automatically get picked by the PhotoVu and become part of your every day life. It's just so easy to “dump and run.” However, do you really need those 5x shots of that one special moment of your kid doing X? No, of course not. Pick the best one and delete the rest. This issue of having so many “like duplicate” photos doesn't tend to show its downside when in random mode, as they get mixed up quite a bit, so as not to be so annoying. However, when you decide one day to mix it up and try our “play in-order” option, it can be a real drag to see the same “like-photo” 8 times in a row.

3. Backup, Backup, Backup: This is self explanatory. Your backups should include at least two USB hard drives – one at your home/office and another one at a remote location. Also, a set of DVD backups – again, one at your home/office and another at a remote location.

4. Organization and file naming methodology: This is a huge one, and really deserves a whole separate post of its own (actully several posts), as it could take quite a few pages to cover in detail. Basically, it's what file name you give each digital image when it is transferred from your camera to the hard drive on your computer. Don't confuse this with photo management software that has its own whole ogranizational structure, often inside a separate database inside its program. We will have several future posts on 3rd party photo management programs (iPhoto, Adobe, Picasa, etc.) No, what we are suggesting is, that outside whatever photo management software you may or may not use, that you take an additional step and rename your photos at the file system level of whatever host computer system you may be using (Mac or PC for instance). In this way, you are not tied down to any one particular photo management program and then your photos will then be ogranized at the core computer's filesystem level.

For instance, most cameras will have some simple naming convention that puts them in some folder, like 100, 102, etc., then name each file, like 102-1001.jpg, 102-1002.jpg – which is just not very useful. It's much more useful if you have some kind of structured renaming convention so that each unique photo's filename actually means something. That means that each image file downloaded from your camera will have to be renamed as it comes from the camera and is stored onto the computer's hard drive, which can be a very laborious task.

Maybe you want to organize by year, month and event. In this example, you would have a folder for every year, and inside that folder, you would have a separate folder for each month, and then each event (wedding, birthday, weekend trip to X), would get its own folder, then the pictures would go into the final event folder with whatever photo file ID the camera natively gave it (145-1744.jpg).

Maybe you want to organize your folders and pictures even more granually, for example – by year, month, day, and photo file name ID from the camera ((102-1451.jpg). There are just so many options that no one solution will satisfy every way people think is best. The point is to pick one renaming methodolgy that works for you and stick to it, so it is consistent and provides a useful system to find that one photo or event you may be looking for in the future.

For us at PhotoVu, based mostly on the way the PhotoVu wireless digital picture frame just works, we like to organze very simply. We create a folder for the year and then every picture taken for that year will go into its corresponding year folder, and each photo's unique file name will be renamed to look like and include the following: year- month-day-hour-minute-second-unique camera image number-camera model numer. jpg. For instance, here is random filename from my image collection: 2009-03-25-090608-0271-SD880 IS.jpg