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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    I think you are out of luck. There is nothing relating to order in the settings section. That is the only place I know to do configuration for a screensaver.

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    Maybe you will like IrfanView, free graphics viewer.
    It's not a screensaver, but it has flexible slideshow capabilities. Try it.

    The second question - Plus! My Pictures Screen Saver, part of Microsoft WIndows XP Plus! Pack. Unfortunately, it's not free.

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    Thanks kaplinb,

    Re: IrfanView That looks neat-o, but I really want a screen saver, so it'll kick in automatically.

    Re: Plus! XP Hmmmm. Doesn't refer exactly to what i want it to do. Looks like it might only give the fancy presentation. Might still have the same problem as the KB article below describes. Plus! Screen Savers
    Downloaded and read the help manual that comes with it, and it doesn't say for sure, so I'll have to search for more on that.
    However, I did go back and find something in the MS KB i had missed the first time <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 286010

    I don't think that applies exactly to me though, because I've gone into 'Folder Options' and chosen 'Show Hidden Files and Folders'

    Oooh, maybe i'm just wrong here.

    Will choosing 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' in 'Tools/Folder Options' show the hidden System folders the KB article refers to?

    BAsically I read the KB article to mean that I'm up the creek for the time being. Anyone read that differently?

    Started to search for a screen saver program, but there is just so many of them out there <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> I'm going to have to do some heavy sifting.

    I'll head over to the 'Software Finds and Wants' forum and raise a flag there too, though i didn't find anything posted addressing the type of program I'm looking for anywhere yet.

    Looks like I might be paddling by hand for a while. Seems like all the screen saver programs require some type of import <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

    Maybe I'll send a note to Redmond and have 'em get right on it for me

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp

    Shaun, I've had a copy of Super Screen Saver Toolkit, aka SST for a few years and it let's me put the pictures in the order I want. It's been awhile since I made my last one, so I don't remember whether they can be in different folders or not. The program's "only" $14.95 and you can download a free trial. I liked it so much, the folks where I work at Kentucky Educational Television bought a copy a couple of years ago.

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp

    Thanks bigaldoc,

    That program is nifty (I installed the trial version) but still leaves me frowning. I still have to go and manually select each image and add it to the screen saver program.

    That's the problem I'm having. I've got so many pictures now, and they're in many layers of folders, that adding them individually is getting to be a pain. Additionally, that means essentially having duplicates of each image (one in 'My Pictures' [or wherever] and one in the screen saver program. I'm no rocket surgeon, but even I know that's bad.

    I couldn't even imagine re-adding the thousands i have in my Webshots screen saver (which i use and highly recommend. Besides it's my favorite price: <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>) to another program.

    Anyone had any experience with Plus! XP? Does it do what I'm looking for?

    I'll search then post on the Software board, next week.

    thanx again

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    'Sup, Supe?
    I am a big fan of Webshots and been usin' it for years! <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

    If you do desire to retrieve images you have installed into the Webshots interface for other uses, it certainly can be done easily, but it is not a lot of fun since you will have to do them individually which seems to be something you don't wanna do. Nonetheless, I do this all the time and if you need the steps, lemme me know, brizzo <img src=/S/clown.gif border=0 alt=clown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    Thanks brizzo,

    I think Webshots is great too. I also have it at work, and most of the people in my office who've seen it, go and get their own.

    Usually it goes something like:
    "Hey how'd you got those pictures on there (personal pics or work pics or something they know didn't come installed on the machine)"
    "It's easy, just go get this free program from Webshots, and then you drag and drop. Simple as pie."

    I"m no brain scientist, but I often get the first stab at many of the problems they run into on their desktops (the first line so to speak, the screw-ups are frequent, but usually pretty simple) and no one has needed my help to get it up and running with their pictures. Heck, my Mom did it, so it must be simple <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Anyway, I'll have to do some reviewing, but I think that most of the pics I've got in Webshots are still lurking around on a HD somewhere. I know that the export process is simple, as I've done it before, but I wouldn't want to do it if I can find the originals.

    I just checked and I have 677 collections! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/blackhole.gif border=0 alt=blackhole width=15 height=15>
    @ 128 max photos per collection, minus maybe 10-20% that aren't full or are created but still empty... That's still like 70,000 pics (whatever the number of pics, it's almost 7 gigs). Egads. Time for some housecleaning too.

    (yeah it blew me away too!)

    somebody's probably asking how? basically every picture I see online that strikes my fancy, I save to the HD. I've got just about everything you can imagine. from aardvarks to zebras and more. add in a couple of years of taking pics, and receiving pics and scanning pics.... basically it all ends up there, and it's neat to see them as I'm going about my day. And since they're screen savers I don't have to make them come up, they just do, automatically.

    but the whole import process is getting old. XP almost had my problem solved, and for the most part it is. but the whole random order thing is buggin me. I like to see certain sequences too. (like the 15 pics from a child's birthday, or whatever) and that is what webshots (and all the others have over (the currently buggy) XP)

    that is unless they fix it. hmmmmm... wonder what the chances are of that?

    One in a million?
    So yer saying there's a chance!

    I should give the softies a call and see if they got on that request I made the other day. <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15>

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    XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    I've looked but not seen anything on this ( <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> though I have been known to lose the pencil behind my ear ), so here goes.

    I've used Webshots as screen saver for years and love it. However, I'm starting to get a pretty big library of photos that I've taken or found and started messing around with the XP 'My Pictures Slideshow' and really like a couple of things about it: being able to leave my pictures in 'My Pictures' (or anywhere else), having it go through sub-folders to get the pics, and being able to scroll through them with the arrow keys while it is running.

    Here's the dig... It seems to use a random order, and I haven't seen an option to adjust it.

    It is possible that it isn't so random, and I just haven't figgered out the underlying pattern. Regardless, I'd prefer to have the optio for it to go in order, but i don't know how to do it.

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    here's an alternate question, myabe better for another board, but....

    is there any other programs that can create screen savers out of pictures of various formats just by pointing it at the desired folder?
    ideally it would also utilize the subfolders, and go in order (some kind of order i guess)

    Webshots is good (i thought it was great 'till recently), but it requires you to drag and drop the images into it's interface, where it creates it's own 'collections', renaming the photos so only that program can read them. Not a problem till you get picture crazy.

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    SoopY ~

    All the images you insert into the Webby interface whether theirs or your very own are converted to files that hold the extension .wbz. When you have a particular image showing as a wallpaper, it converts it to a 2.25MB .bmp and is temporarily stored in C:Windoze as "Webshots.bmp" or "WebshotsForYourAccount.bmp" when activated and is able to be copied to another location such as, say, your desktop. At that point you can use IrfanView to convert it to a 74Kb .jpg from a 2.25MB .bmp, dig?

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    Re: XP Screen Saver Settings (XP Home B 2600.xpsp1)

    coolie! thanx fer the info
    I didn't know any of that stuff, and it's good to know

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