Happy holidays and a happy Friday to you! Before we jump into this week's topic on helping Barbara out with her digital photo frame questions, I wanted to say to Barbara that you're a wonderful daughter for doing this project for your mother. I'm sorry to her about your loss of your father--if you read our members' answers, you'll find that many of your fellow member also share the same sentiments. With that said, let's get started and, hopefully, in no time you'll be able to buy and setup a digital photo frame full of precious memories for your mother.
Barbara, you're in good hands, as many of our members have provided great advice, tips, and digital photo frame recommendations. After reading all our members answers, many members addressed that a possible reason why digital photo frames tend to freak out when reading Photoshopped photos is the large file size after heavy editing. Most members simply recommended saving those files in another format, such as JPEG, which should substantially reduce the size of the photo file and allow the photo frame to process it easier. In this week's submissions, you'll find a whole bunch of sound advice, from considering photo frames that offer rechargeable batteries so that the frame is portable, to recommendations on how to save your photos. Overall, it's a great read. So to get the ball rolling on this discussion, I have selected a few feature member answers in the Q&A section, but if any members want to continue the conversation on digital photo frames, please join in the discussion and post away. The more we learn from each other the better off we all are. So good luck!
Well folks, while you're reading this newsletter, I'm off to start my winter vacation, it's just crazy how time flies! However, before I bring this newsletter to close for 2008, I want give you all a sincere "Thank you" to all our community members out there. You are the ones who make this newsletter possible and I appreciate all of you. On behalf of the CNET staff and my family, I want to extend to you all our warmest holiday wishes to you and your family. May your new year be filled with happiness, good health, and of course less tech headaches. Take care and see you all in 2009!
Saving great memories to a digital photo frame
I want to buy a digital photo frame for my mom. My dad
passed away three years ago and she misses him terribly, so I
want to fill a digital frame with many of the wonderful
photos they took during their nearly 70 years together as
they traveled all over the world. The problem is none of the
photos was shot with a digital camera. I will need to scan,
crop, and clean up traditional photos and upload them,
something that seems, according to most online reviews, to
send digital frames into paralysis. I have a good scanner and
am reasonably adept at Photoshop. I'm willing to spend
whatever it takes to get a digital frame that won't get
cramps when it's filled with Photoshopped pictures. Any
I'd really like to give my mom the benefit of the latest
technology rather than make traditional enlargements and put
them into a collage in a standard frame to hang on the wall.
I want her to be able to hold the frame in her lap and enjoy
the memories as the photos scroll by. Can you help? Which
frames should I consider? How should I save the photos to
-- Submitted by:
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
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