Release Kaster - A chromecast-like screensaver for Kodi
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screensaver.kaster

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Kaster is a chromecast-like (original) screensaver made for Kodi. It makes it possible to display beautiful pictures originally from the chromecast screensaver. In addition you can also add your own photos and costumize the information that is shown for each of your photos.

Preview:

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Source code: https://github.com/enen92/screensaver.kaster
License: GPL-v2
Download: Official repository (soon)

Weather and clock

Weather information and the clock layout depend on the settings you have previously defined in Kodi itself. You must have a weather source enabled along with a weather location. The clock format depends on your regional settings.


Advanced instructions

The addon allows you to have 3 modes: Only google photos (1), Only my photos (2) and Google Photos + My photos (3). Each mode is explained below:

1) This mode will only display photos that were originally from the chromecast screensaver
2) This mode will display your own photos which you store on a local folder
3) This mode will shuffle your photos with the photos available from the chromecast screensaver and will randomly display them

To set a location for your photos define a folder in the addon settings:

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If you wish to set information for each picture, the addon will look for a images.json file in the folder where you store your photos:
PHP Code:
[my-pictures-folder]
|------[
subfolder]
|------------
imagez.jpg
|------ images.json
|------ content_example_ibiza.jpg
|------ 238570.jpg
|------ imagex.jpg
|------ imagey.jpg
|------ moon.jpg 


The contents of the images.json file must identify clearly each image (otherwise the information will be ignored):
PHP Code:
[{
"image" "moon.jpg",
"line1" "Drinking beer",
"line2" "on the moon"
},
{
"image" "238570.jpg",
"line1" "This is line 1 for the image 238570.jpg",
"line2" "This is line 2 for image 238570.jpg"
},
{
"image" "content_example_ibiza.jpg",
"line1" "Line 1 ibiza",
"line2" "Line 2 ibiza"
},
{
"image" "subfolder/imagez.jpg",
"line1" "Line 1 imagez",
"line2" "Line 2 imagez"
}] 

As a result your photo will display custom information:

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Hope you enjoy Wink
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#2
Love it Smile
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#3
Thanks...

Any chance you can add a slow fade out to avoid label burn in?

Example from my bing screensaver:
https://github.com/Lunatixz/XBMC_Addons/...lt.xml#L39
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Beautiful It's my new screensaver.
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(2017-08-10, 21:19)Lunatixz Wrote: Thanks...

Any chance you can add a slow fade out to avoid label burn in?

Example from my bing screensaver:
https://github.com/Lunatixz/XBMC_Addons/...lt.xml#L39
Thanks for the info will add Smile
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(2017-08-10, 21:24)enen92 Wrote:
(2017-08-10, 21:19)Lunatixz Wrote: Thanks...

Any chance you can add a slow fade out to avoid label burn in?

Example from my bing screensaver:
https://github.com/Lunatixz/XBMC_Addons/...lt.xml#L39
Thanks for the info will add Smile

Cool thanks, Found more images if you'd like to add them:

https://github.com/dconnolly/chromecast-...ounds.json
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Thanks Lunatixz. In fact your json file had almost the same images but they have better quality. I've written a simple script to sync both sources of images and replace the ones with lower quality. Also applied the fade animation.
So, submitted a new version to the repository since the older one was not merged yet. 1.0.1 should have both features when available Smile
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Couple of requests if I may.

  1. Option to disable all text/icons/etc
  2. Add pan and zoom/crossfade/slide options
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(2017-08-11, 00:09)Hitcher Wrote: Couple of requests if I may.

  1. Option to disable all text/icons/etc
  2. Add pan and zoom/crossfade/slide options

Sure, I'll add both to my task list Smile
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(2017-08-10, 23:40)enen92 Wrote: Thanks Lunatixz. In fact your json file had almost the same images but they have better quality. I've written a simple script to sync both sources of images and replace the ones with lower quality. Also applied the fade animation.
So, submitted a new version to the repository since the older one was not merged yet. 1.0.1 should have both features when available Smile

Awesome, thanks...
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(2017-08-11, 00:42)Lunatixz Wrote:
(2017-08-10, 23:40)enen92 Wrote: Thanks Lunatixz. In fact your json file had almost the same images but they have better quality. I've written a simple script to sync both sources of images and replace the ones with lower quality. Also applied the fade animation.
So, submitted a new version to the repository since the older one was not merged yet. 1.0.1 should have both features when available Smile

Awesome, thanks...

By the way a request for bing since it is great as well (despite offtopic). Can you add an option there to have a darker overlay on the bottom? IMHO it really makes a difference.
Cheers
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(2017-08-11, 00:52)enen92 Wrote:
(2017-08-11, 00:42)Lunatixz Wrote:
(2017-08-10, 23:40)enen92 Wrote: Thanks Lunatixz. In fact your json file had almost the same images but they have better quality. I've written a simple script to sync both sources of images and replace the ones with lower quality. Also applied the fade animation.
So, submitted a new version to the repository since the older one was not merged yet. 1.0.1 should have both features when available Smile

Awesome, thanks...

By the way a request for bing since it is great as well (despite offtopic). Can you add an option there to have a darker overlay on the bottom? IMHO it really makes a difference.
Cheers

Just tried it out... You're right.. the overlay fade does add to the image. Smile
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Tks for this. Why is the picture showtime limited to 10 seconds minimum?
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#14
Great add-on -- thanks for developing it. One suggestion: pull images from a folder and all of its subdirectories. For example, my directory structure looks more like this:

PHP Code:
[Pictures]
    |--[
2007]
        |--[
2007-01]
            |--[
2007-01-event]
                |-- 
event-a.jpg
                
|-- event-b.jpg
                
|-- more images...
            |--[
2007-01-different-event]
                |-- 
different-event-a.jpg
                
|-- different-event-b.jpg
                
|-- more images...
            |-- 
more event directories
        
|--[2007-02]
            |-- 
2007-02-01-a.jpg
            
|-- 2007-02-01-b.jpg
            
|-- more images...
        |--[
2007-03]
        |-- 
more month directories ...
    |--[
2008]
    |--[
2009]
    |--
more year directories 

As it is, I have to pick one of the single month or event directories. I'd rather be able to shuffle all of my photos, not just one directory at a time.
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#15
Hi, loved the screensaver!

There is one nagging issue though and I've tried all possible ways to solve it but in vain Sad The screensaver runs through all images but every image is dimmed out at the bottom. How do I disable kodi from dimming? I'm running it on xbian on pi3.
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