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Release -  Picture Slideshow Screensaver
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(2013-02-12, 00:31)NotGrounded Wrote: Thanks for the great work in putting this screensaver together.

A couple of issues/suggestions:

I’m pointing to a picture folder with my entire digital image collection from the past 15 years. In total 77K images organized into a three level folder hierarchy. The startup time for Slideshow Screen saver is about 3-4 minutes with the spinning icon to get going while it appears to traverse the file system collecting all the filenames to work with. Once it is running everything looks gorgeous. I’m sure the performance is made a lot worse by having everything located on a NAS. Any ideas on how to speed things up? It would be great if it could start instantly in displaying at least some pictures. Maybe something like caching a list of all the filenames once (or periodically) that could then be loaded quickly on start-up each time?

Any chance this script could be adapted to work like the Artist Slideshow add-on to provide a photo slideshow while music is playing with the song/artist/cover-art being displayed on top? This would match a nice feature of Windows Media Center which I’m working to replace with XBMC.

The pan and zoom effect is a nice way to keep in more interesting. If anyone is feeling really ambitious, the Windows Media Center “Play Pictures” visual effect is really spectacular when you have a large collection of images. It has a really attractive way of displaying your collection at a higher level and then panning/zooming to specific images, including rotating a small set from picture of the same day. The use of coloring the picture in focus and using black-and-white for everything else is quite clever. There is someone who put together a Windows Screen Saver version that emulates the functionality of this WMC slideshow feature (http://www.photoscroll.net) that you could take a look at for an example if you don’t have WMC. If this visual effect could be implemented it would really enhance the photo capabilities of XBMC.
Hi there ronie, and NotGrounded my story is very similar I was a long time user of MCE and have now moved to Kodi and i am happy and gratefully using your Picture Slideshow Screensaver for the last 4 years thanks for all your hard work.

But today i thought i would see if any one had built a MCE screen saver for Kodi?

I then fond this http://www.photoscroll.net/

I didn’t realise just how good the old MCE screen saver was and just how much I have missed it I totally love the old MCE screen saver photo wall i have a very large picture collection now and we can all spend hours watching it and chating whilst listening to tunes is there a way or has it been already done to get http://www.photoscroll.net/ working in Kodi or a similar program or is there a way i can get Kodi to trigger http://www.photoscroll.net/ on a windows machine?

Cheers Juls
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Great add-on, thanks for publishing this.

Quick request: would it be possible to pre-load the next picture, one way or another, so that it's ready by the time the screensaver wants to display it? The reason for this request is that when using network shares, depending on the connection speed and the original size of the photo (especially on wifi), it can take a couple of seconds for the pic to be loaded. When animations are disabled, this causes no visual problems but when slide or crossfade animations are activated, the animation is made with a black background instead of the next picture (that's not finished loading yet) and the end result, as you can imagine, is not so good.

Thanks and keep up the good work!
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images are currently pre-loaded 1 second before they get shown on screen.
here's a test version where the pre-load time is increased to 4 seconds:

screensaver.picture.slideshow-5.0.5.zip

please test and let me know if it fixes your issue.
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