Watching your photos in a slideshow on your TV is fun. When we have guests from out of town, we can hardly wait to bore them. (This leads to earlier departures.) If you’ve bought a TV within the last five years or so, watching your photos is as easy pressing the Internet button on your TV remote control, finding the Flickr app and clicking “slideshow.” If you don’t have an account on Flickr.com, you can sign up for free. The free Flickr upload tool automatically loads any photos it finds on your computer, phone or tablet. High-end Android phones purchased within the last two years have the ability to plug in directly into the TV’s HDMI port. The $47 Roku […]
We use the free Google Picasa photo editor to touch up photos taken with our phone’s camera. It’s nice that it’s free, but sometimes a free program isn’t enough. With that in mind, we tried the new Photo Commander 14, $60 from ashampoo.com. It has a 30-day free trial. (Ashampoo? Odd name. Explanation later.)
The news that Selfies have killed more people so far this year than sharks has received wide coverage recently. There have been 12 selfie deaths and eight deaths from sharks. We mention it again because the solution seems clear: teach sharks to take selfies.
“Duplicate File Finder,” for Windows XP on up, from Ashisoft.com, is a free tool for removing duplicates. Unlike many free programs of this type, it doesn’t download spyware and free offers of junk. We asked it to scan our “One Drive” folder (Microsoft’s storage service). It found 716 duplicates, wasting half a gigabyte of disk space. Like all other programs of this type, eliminating duplicates is a bit tedious. For safety, it requires you to check a box next to each duplicate. If you accidentally mark both copies for deletion, it prompts you to unmark one of them. If you don’t have time to review the duplicates, click “save results” and go over them later. The program sends dupes to […]
A reader asked us to find a service that would consolidate her Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, and Picasa photos all in one place. This is the holy grail of photo organizing. Flickr.com‘s new tool “Uploadr” is at least halfway to that goal. Any time a new photo comes into your computer, whether from a camera card, your phone, or an email attachment, it automatically uploads it to your private Flickr account. Uploadr also consolidates anything you’ve saved to Apple’s “iPhoto” or “Dropbox” online accounts. (Flickr is a division of Yahoo.com, one of the largest Internet search engines; like Google, it has many features that are strictly its own. There is no charge to sign up.) You’ll be able to see your […]
Shutterfly.com is the king of photo gifts, but when SnapBoxPrints asked us to try out their new photo pillows, we let them go head to head with Shutterfly, ordering one pillow from each as a surprise present for Joy’s niece who has a one-year old daughter.
We just had a photo “aluminyzed.” It looks great.
Aluminyze.com will turn your photo into anything from wall art to a license plate. Joy took a photo at a woman’s club event and had it aluminyzed for the chair of her committee, who typically receives a gift certificate at year’s end. This was different.