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No Photo Slideshow yet for Roku?

DaleDietrichDaleDietrich Posts: 165Members ✭✭✭

How is it that we are in mid 2017 and there is no slideshow option for photos on Plex? Or am I missing something. Just spent an hour googling for ANY slide-show function on the Roku in Canada and can't find a thing. Surprised as all get-out that there is still none on Plex. I can see all my photos but Plex can't add a function to randomly display pictures either as a slideshow function or even as a screen saver. You would think this would take a programmer a couple hours to create - max. I know I could write a random slide show function in a trivial amount of time. We have thousands of pics of our kids. We'd like them to stream past when we aren't using our Plex for anything else. Our AppleTV had done this for a decade. But we don't tend to use it any more. Our input is always sitting on Roku/Plex. So PLEASE guys, add a photo slide show. I've given up on a comprehensive 'movie collections' option because that is somewhat complex. But a slide show function is trivial!

Dale
Plex Clients:
2x Roku, 2x iPad (original and Air), Nexus 10, 3x iPhone (5, 6 & 6S)

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  • fjordaanfjordaan Posts: 10Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I've wanted something like this for the Roku for years. I've argued for it here: https://medium.com/@fjordaan/hi-jaisen-thanks-for-sharing-this-159507dd0dc

    Since I wrote that, I found that Plex for photos actually has several of the features I'm looking for (remote control, and related photos) -- all that's missing is an actual Roku screensaver. Something that comes on automatically when the Roku is idle for a few minutes. Because having to go into Plex photos to start a slideshow means I look at my photos only occasionally, rather than daily.

    So please, Plex, give us a Roku photo screensaver.

  • fjordaanfjordaan Posts: 10Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I should mention that this topic has come up before, e.g. these two posts by tuath https://forums.plex.tv/profile/discussions/tuath

  • DaleDietrichDaleDietrich Posts: 165Members ✭✭✭

    @fjordaan said:

    -- all that's missing is an actual Roku screensaver. Something that comes on automatically when the Roku is idle for a few minutes. Because having to go into Plex photos to start a slideshow means I look at my photos only occasionally, rather than daily.

    So please, Plex, give us a Roku photo screensaver.

    A roku screen saver would be nice but I'd be happy with a Plex screen saver. If plex is idle for awhile turn on the Plex screen saver. The only thing I really use my Roku for is Plex so I'm content to leave Plex running 24/7

    Dale
    Plex Clients:
    2x Roku, 2x iPad (original and Air), Nexus 10, 3x iPhone (5, 6 & 6S)

  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 5,946Members ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 27

    @DaleDietrich said:
    A roku screen saver would be nice but I'd be happy with a Plex screen saver. If plex is idle for awhile turn on the Plex screen saver. The only thing I really use my Roku for is Plex so I'm content to leave Plex running 24/7

    In the Official Plex App Settings:
    General/Arrow Down to Screensaver - select 'Black' or 'Plex'.
    There is no 'Time' setting, but in about 5 minutes it'll take off.

    Unfortunately, or Fortunately, if you prefer - Plex Inc, in their infinite wisdom (probably in response to a Roku 4 that was in danger of bursting into flames) decided that after an hour or two your Roku is going do an automatic system wide UpChuck and shoot you back to the Roku Home Screen (so you can get that next FW package that will brick your Roku).

    Personally, I use 'LED Time and Weather' for the System Screen Saver (the private version), so when I awake, not knowing if my Roku still works or not after that FW update I didn't want, I can see the time and weather - so I'll know what it's going to be like when I open the window to throw my Roku out of it.

    :)

    https://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=32613
    Download links contained therein.
    The great thing about Jim's Screensaver is that it works and if Roku breaks it with one of their fine FW upgrades, Jim is immediately able to fix it - so far, at least Roku has only been able to bloody it's nose, but Jim has been able to patch it up and get it back in the fight.

    The #1 reason to use the 'Private Version' is when Jim immediately fixes it, you're immediately able to get the fix - not having to wait a month while 40 New Movie Club (same as the other 1200) Channels are in the approval queue ahead of Jim's Screensaver.

    Tony

    FileBot For Easy Plex File Naming: http://www.filebot.net/

    Automated Plex Naming With Filebot: https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/191687/plex-naming-schemes-for-filebot

    Plex Friendly Handbrake Guide - DVDs/BluRays: https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1335697/#Comment_1335697

    Plex Clients: AFTVs, Androids, PMP, Rokus (running RARflix: http://streamfree.tv/roku-channels/private/all/rarflix-108-thread.html )

  • DaleDietrichDaleDietrich Posts: 165Members ✭✭✭

    @JuiceWSA said:

    @DaleDietrich said:
    A roku screen saver would be nice but I'd be happy with a Plex screen saver. If plex is idle for awhile turn on the Plex screen saver. The only thing I really use my Roku for is Plex so I'm content to leave Plex running 24/7

    In the Official Plex App Settings:
    General/Arrow Down to Screensaver - select 'Black' or 'Plex'.
    There is no 'Time' setting, but in about 5 minutes it'll take off.

    Unfortunately, or Fortunately, if you prefer - Plex Inc, in their infinite wisdom (probably in response to a Roku 4 that was in danger of bursting into flames) decided that after an hour or two your Roku is going do an automatic system wide UpChuck and shoot you back to the Roku Home Screen (so you can get that next FW package that will brick your Roku).

    Personally, I use 'LED Time and Weather' for the System Screen Saver (the private version), so when I awake, not knowing if my Roku still works or not after that FW update I didn't want, I can see the time and weather - so I'll know what it's going to be like when I open the window to throw my Roku out of it.

    :)

    Juice, I think you are missing the point here. Yes I know there is a PLEX screensaver where the word PLEX bounces around the screen. What we are talking about is a slideshow screen saver where your photos are randomnly displayed on the screen - like the Apple TV screen saver does.

    Dale
    Plex Clients:
    2x Roku, 2x iPad (original and Air), Nexus 10, 3x iPhone (5, 6 & 6S)

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