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Old Feb 14, 2004, 1:02 AM   #1
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Default Simple photo browser in CD for automatic slideshow

Hi, I have been using FotoAngelo and FlipAlbum to create slideshows in CDs and pass them to my relatives. Recently I stick to FlipAlbum because it can create multiple albums in one CD with an opening menu in a form of a bookshelf.

However, I am getting tired of compiling them (it takes a lot of time to do this).

Is there anyone who know a simple program that simply searches for any available photos in a CD and plays them as slideshow (it should auto search for music files as well)?

I only need to put this auto-play program in the CD and make it autorun upon insert into the CD drive. Photos can be in multiple folders (different album names).

I can see my DVD home theatre system searches for all the MP3 files in a data CD and play them in sequence. I think it should be able to design a software in computer that can search and play photos and music together.
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 3:49 AM   #2
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MyAlbum may be worth a look.

www.myalbum.com

You can compile slide shows as self-executing .EXEs, or you can allow it to search and thumbnail any direcrtory (and its subdirectories if required)

It will allow sound in the background. below is a description of its capabilities. I am not not sure what is involved in setting this up. Some command line syntax may be needed.

It's free (donations accepted apprently) and quite small.

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Play command syntax
Play commands are used to define the music file that will be played in background when an album or a picture is displayed.

Play commands can be attached to a single picture or to an album:

Album level: the command is played when a slideshow is started (not when viewing individual pictures).
Picture level: the command is played when the corresponding picture is displayed.

The general format of a play command is (caution, no spaces before or after the vertical bars!):

Basic syntax (one line):

Play command syntax
Play commands are used to define the music file that will be played in background when an album or a picture is displayed.

Play commands can be attached to a single picture or to an album:

Album level: the command is played when a slideshow is started (not when viewing individual pictures).
Picture level: the command is played when the corresponding picture is displayed.

The general format of a play command is (caution, no spaces before or after the vertical bars!):

Play command syntax
Play commands are used to define the music file that will be played in background when an album or a picture is displayed.

Play commands can be attached to a single picture or to an album:

Album level: the command is played when a slideshow is started (not when viewing individual pictures).
Picture level: the command is played when the corresponding picture is displayed.

The general format of a play command is (caution, no spaces before or after the vertical bars!):

Basic syntax (one line):

snip

Examples:
wav|D:\TMP\Thunder.wav
Plays the specified audio file.

mid|D:\Musique\021.MID|CR
Plays the specified MIDI file and do not stop playing when picture changes and plays again when finished.
cda|-|-|from 2 to 3
Play track 2 and 3 from the current CD Audio (note the two empty '-' fields).
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 8:06 AM   #3
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I just tried to go to the web site in the second post and it wouldn't let me in.
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 4:44 PM   #4
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I just tried to go to the web site in the second post and it wouldn't let me in.
Sprry. I must have mistyped. try myalbumpro, as a google search easily reminded me.
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 6:07 AM   #5
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Default "Search and Play" software.

Nickagain,

Thank you for your information. However, back to my original question, I wish I can have a "search and play" program and place it in a data CD.

I only need to keep the photos under different folders for different album and burn them into a CD.
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 7:49 AM   #6
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I believe that irfanview can make an album.

I use jalbum myself, but not for albums that you put on a CD. I'm not sure how well it works for that (its great for other things, so it might do that too.)

just google search on jalbum and you'll find it quickly.

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Old Feb 15, 2004, 8:17 AM   #7
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Default Re: "Search and Play" software.

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Nickagain,

Thank you for your information. However, back to my original question, I wish I can have a "search and play" program and place it in a data CD.

I only need to keep the photos under different folders for different album and burn them into a CD.
Yes. I thought I was addressing your original question. I may be misunderstanding entirely.

I still suggest you try MyAlbum. This is what it does.

As I said. Free and small to try.

OK. It can:
- allow you to compile albums,
which you can have anywhere you like, and which can be as manual or as auto as you like to compile. Name a directory and it will grab all images that are compatible. If the directory has subdirectories, then these can (will?) be included.
these can be placed on a (data) CD. The programme can reside on the (data) CD or on a machine. There may be licensing issues.

OR

- actually create a self-running exe file that _contains_ all the pictures and plays them for anyone who runs the exe, under their control, auto scroll, multi-omage, or click tp see next.
ypu can create this by placing individual pictures into an album , or by letting it simply grab all the pictures on a hard disk directory, then pressing one button to create the self-runner
your relatives then simply play the exe file, which runs the slideshow. This is a data CD

For instance, I can open the programme, select a whole directory, see thumbnails, add or delete or rearrange as much as I need, add other directories then save the album to my hard disk. I then ask to create an exectuble slideshow.. This takes a couple of minutes at most, and I can then burn that to CD. There is ieven an option to make it autorun. I then give the Cd to another person with a PC and they run the exe file, to see the shots.

5 minutes? The CD burn is probably the longest part of the process, done vanilla.
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 7:55 AM   #8
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Default I will try the MyAlbum

Thank you Nickagain. When I saw your long post above, I was mistakened that I have to do a lot of compiling works.

I had just downloaded MyAlbum standard version and I will try it soon.

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Old Feb 16, 2004, 8:56 AM   #9
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I guess that the unanswered question here is,

How do I create an AUTORUN fill for the CD to launch MyAlbum when the disk is slipped into the CD-ROM drive?

Unfortunately, I don't have the answer to that but I'm sure that it can be done.
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 9:00 AM   #10
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Just found the answer to my question.

http://www.macromedia.com/support/di...rt_cd_qt20.htm

BTW, in my last posting, that was supposed to be "autorun file" not "autorun fill."
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