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Marshall Clow
I'm having some people over in a couple weeks to review some photos, and rather than have them crowd around a computer, I would like to display them on my TV.

I'm looking for something that lets me:
(1) Choose a set of pictures and an order to display them in.
(2) Displays the first one (preferably with a bit of text identifying the picture).
(3) Allows me to advance forward and backwards through the sequence of pictures with the remote.
(4) No sound track.

Notes:
* I don't have these pictures in Apple's Photos, nor in Aperture, nor Lightroom They're just loose files (TIFF, if it matters; though I can make JPEGs)
* I don't want these pictures replicated onto "All my devices". They're not embarrassing, but there's no need to have them show up on my phone/iPad/etc.
* I've had nothing but grief with Apple's Home Sharing.

I've done a couple of Google searches, and read the photos chapter of "Take Control of your Apple TV" and nothing jumps out.

Any ideas?

-- Marshall





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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Chris Devers
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 7:55 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:
I'm having some people over in a couple weeks to review some photos, and rather than have them crowd around a computer, I would like to display them on my TV.

Just use AirPlay sharing from an iGadget?

From there you should be able to display the images through the Photos app or what have you, no?


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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Marshall Clow


On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Chris Devers <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 7:55 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:
I'm having some people over in a couple weeks to review some photos, and rather than have them crowd around a computer, I would like to display them on my TV.

Just use AirPlay sharing from an iGadget?

From there you should be able to display the images through the Photos app or what have you, no?

I don't have them in iPhotos/Photos.app (on any device) - they're just scanned images.

I can put them into (iPhotos (I guess) and then delete them afterwards, but I was hoping for something simpler.

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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Chris Devers
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 10:21 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:

On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Chris Devers <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 7:55 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:
I'm having some people over in a couple weeks to review some photos, and rather than have them crowd around a computer, I would like to display them on my TV.

Just use AirPlay sharing from an iGadget?

From there you should be able to display the images through the Photos app or what have you, no?

I don't have them in iPhotos/Photos.app (on any device) - they're just scanned images.

I can put them into (iPhotos (I guess) and then delete them afterwards, but I was hoping for something simpler.

But you’ve got the photos somewhere, right? 

If you’re using an iOS device, they’d need to be in either the Photos app — because that’s just where the system saves images by default — or maybe Notes or a Dropbox folder or whatever. 

Point is, one way or another, I have to assume that you have a way on the device to see the images. (And if you aren’t willing to save a few photos to the Photos app, I’d argue that you’re making this unnecessarily complicated by trying to use an alternative to the obvious place for images, but I assume you have your reasons.)

In any case, if you’ve got to the point where you can see the images on iOS, then AirPlay can put that display up on the screen attached to the AppleTV.

And likewise on a Mac proper. You can have the images in Photos or just some random folder & use Preview, whatever you want, but AirPlay can share that screen, including these images.


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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Marshall Clow
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 7:36 PM, Chris Devers <[hidden email]> wrote:
And likewise on a Mac proper. You can have the images in Photos or just some random folder & use Preview, whatever you want, but AirPlay can share that screen, including these images.


but then how do I move forward and back through the images? 
The TV is downstairs; the Mac is upstairs - and it's not a laptop.

That's (one of the reasons) why I'm looking for something on the Apple TV - so I can use the remote.

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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Chris Devers
On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 12:32 AM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:

but then how do I move forward and back through the images? 
The TV is downstairs; the Mac is upstairs - and it's not a laptop.

That's (one of the reasons) why I'm looking for something on the Apple TV - so I can use the remote.

If the Mac is in a different room, then, yes, that’s going to be cumbersome to drive for this presentation.

But if the images are on an iGadget, then you can have it in the same room as the Apple TV and screen. No problem.

Maybe starting here would be easiest?


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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Mr. Seth Anderson
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On May 8, 2017, at 11:32 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:

but then how do I move forward and back through the images? 
The TV is downstairs; the Mac is upstairs - and it's not a laptop.

One option would be to use Home Sharing. On your Apple TV there is an icon called “Computers” (or similar) - once the Mac and the Apple TV are connected, you will see shared albums, and can use your Apple TV remote to move from photo to photo. I use this feature mostly to stream music from my upstairs desktop down to my living room Apple TV, but it does also work with images (and movies). Unintuitively, you must use iTunes to set this up, even for photos.

Of course, you would have to copy your images to Photos/iPhotos, which you said you were trying to avoid. Maybe there are other options (to share a specific folder, perhaps), but I am not sitting near my Apple TV so I can’t say for certain.

One other option would be to upload your photos to Flickr or other websites, and then use the Apple TV to scroll. You can make albums/photos private if you don’t want to share with the world. 


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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Josh Centers
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Chris is on the right track. What I’d do is move the photos to a Dropbox folder, then open them up in the Dropbox app, which has a built-in photo viewer. Open the folder, tap a picture to hide the Dropbox UI, rotate your iPhone so the photo shows up in landscape, and turn on AirPlay Mirroring. Then you can just swipe through the photos.

But if you’re stuck displaying the photos from a desktop Mac for some reason, and you really want to be able to use the remote to advance photos, I’d copy the photos into iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream so you can stream them from the Photos app on the Apple TV.

Another alternative is to use one of the many photo-sharing apps on the Apple TV. I wrote this guide a while back, though it’s woefully out of date. But Slidez is still around and should work fine. https://tidbits.com/article/16212

You could also set up a Plex server and create a library just for those photos, but that’s sort of like shooting a fly with an elephant gun.

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> On May 8, 2017, at 9:36 PM, Chris Devers <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> But you’ve got the photos somewhere, right?
>
> If you’re using an iOS device, they’d need to be in either the Photos app — because that’s just where the system saves images by default — or maybe Notes or a Dropbox folder or whatever.
>
> Point is, one way or another, I have to assume that you have a way on the device to see the images. (And if you aren’t willing to save a few photos to the Photos app, I’d argue that you’re making this unnecessarily complicated by trying to use an alternative to the obvious place for images, but I assume you have your reasons.)
>
> In any case, if you’ve got to the point where you can see the images on iOS, then AirPlay can put that display up on the screen attached to the AppleTV.
>
> And likewise on a Mac proper. You can have the images in Photos or just some random folder & use Preview, whatever you want, but AirPlay can share that screen, including these images.
>




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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Marshall Clow
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On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 7:09 AM, Mr. Seth Anderson <[hidden email]> wrote:

On May 8, 2017, at 11:32 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:

but then how do I move forward and back through the images? 
The TV is downstairs; the Mac is upstairs - and it's not a laptop.

One option would be to use Home Sharing.

Perhaps you missed my comment in the OP.

* I've had nothing but grief with Apple's Home Sharing.

I try to enable it; and my Apple TV thinks for *minutes*, and then reports "Home Sharing could not be enabled"

-- Marshall




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Marshall Clow
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On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 8:11 AM, Josh Centers <[hidden email]> wrote:
Chris is on the right track. What I’d do is move the photos to a Dropbox folder, then open them up in the Dropbox app, which has a built-in photo viewer. Open the folder, tap a picture to hide the Dropbox UI, rotate your iPhone so the photo shows up in landscape, and turn on AirPlay Mirroring. Then you can just swipe through the photos.

I'll give this a try; thanks.
No subtitles, but I can probably live with that.

But if you’re stuck displaying the photos from a desktop Mac for some reason, and you really want to be able to use the remote to advance photos, I’d copy the photos into iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream so you can stream them from the Photos app on the Apple TV.

Like the Plex solution, that sounds like serious overkill.
Upload my photos (that I'm not interested in sharing) from the Mac in my house to a cloud service so that I can display them on the TV in my house.

Is that the best Apple can do?

[ And then, of course, afterwards, there's the cleanup ... deleting the photos from my iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream. ]

 
Another alternative is to use one of the many photo-sharing apps on the Apple TV. I wrote this guide a while back, though it’s woefully out of date. But Slidez is still around and should work fine. https://tidbits.com/article/16212

I looked at Slidez; you mentioned it in "TC of your Apple TV".
But I noticed:
* The collection of bad reviews on the App store.
* The program has not been updated since version 1.0 was released 16 months ago.

and concluded that it was not a good choice.
 
You could also set up a Plex server and create a library just for those photos, but that’s sort of like shooting a fly with an elephant gun.

Yeah; eventually, when i get the Plex server set up, I can probably do something like this.  But I agree that's overkill.

I have *a lot* of scanned photos, and I have people over to review them 4-5 times/year.  So I'm looking for a way to do one-off slide shows. Simple to set up, nothing to clean up afterwards would be best.

Thanks for the suggestions.

-- Marshall




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Re: Displaying photos on an Apple TV for a group

Mr. Seth Anderson
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On May 10, 2017, at 3:47 PM, Marshall Clow <[hidden email]> wrote:

Perhaps you missed my comment in the OP.

* I've had nothing but grief with Apple's Home Sharing.

I try to enable it; and my Apple TV thinks for *minutes*, and then reports "Home Sharing could not be enabled"

I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this option: you have all the items for it to work. Maybe there is a simple reason why it doesn’t connect (in my set-up, I had to use a second set of eyes to tell me the 4 digit pin/password that the Apple TV was displaying as I couldn’t run downstairs fast enough). 



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