Category Archives: FrameAlbum

Planned maintenance tonight (Dec. 22 overnight)

My hosting provider has informed me that they are performing some upgrades to the power systems in their data center this weekend. I will be powering-down the FrameAlbum server during the upgrades. The website and frame update feeds will be unavailable from approx. 11PM ET Dec 22 (4AM Dec 23 GMT) until approx. 9AM ET Dec 23 (2PM Dec 23 GMT).

During this time the website will be unavailable and your frames will not be able to pull updates from the service. This mostly affects the weather radar feeds; they will receive no updates during this period.

I will be posting updates on the @FrameAlbum Twitter feed and our Facebook page.

Happy Holidays!

UPDATE: Apparently I can’t read calendars very well. The original post indicated that this outage would occur overnight Friday to Saturday AM – WRONG. The correct timeframe is Saturday overnight to Sunday AM. Too much eggnog I guess. 😉

Now where did I leave that sticky note….

Sticky Note imageI’m finally filling an profound gap in the functionality of FrameAlbum today… I’ve added a ‘Forgot Password’ function. Duh.

If you activate the function (just under the ‘Login’ button on the right side of the page) you will be asked to enter either your FrameAlbum username or, the email address you used when registering for the service.

The system will then email you a special link that will allow you to reset your password.

New channel features

I’ve just released two new features to the website:

  • Tags – Include photos that have specific ‘tags’
  • Maximum Age – Limit the age of photos

Tags allow you to create topic specific feeds. For example, create a feed that includes only your pictures of ‘bunnies’. Or, perhaps you have tagged your photos to indicate it if is ‘horizontal’ or ‘vertical’ to match the orientation of your frame. The default is to not limit your feeds to specific tags.

You can also limit the age of the photos included in your feed. For example, if you wanted to only show your most recent photos you could set the maximum age to 90 days. If you do not specify a maximum age the system will default to 5 years. This default age may explain why some folks have empty feeds or are missing their older images.

These new features are available immediately to all registered users.

As always, questions are invited — let me know what you think!

Thanks for using FrameAlbum.

D-Link DSM-210? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

D-link DSM-210 image
D-link DSM-210
Through a bit of reverse-engineering and a bit of luck FrameAlbum now supports many of the original FrameChannel devices. However, the D-Link DSM-210 frame uses a very different protocol and I’ve not yet been able to crack it.

If you, or someone you know, may have some knowledge of how these things ‘talk’ to the old FrameChannel service I am VERY interested in chatting with you. I’m particularly interested in the folks who developed the software that runs on the DSM-210 frame, or, anyone from FrameChannel who may have access to the old protocol specs.

Thanks in advance.

New Features on FrameAlbum website

In response to feedback from several FrameAlbum users I’ve added a few interface changes to the website today.

  • Channels & Frames now have distinct ‘delete’ actions.
  • You may now ‘cancel’ a channel or frame deletion without hitting your browser’s function.
  • A few formatting changes to make the site a bit less ugly.
  • Sample images are no longer grotesquely mangled.

New delete actions
Previously there was a ‘delete’ checkbox on the frame and channel edit pages but it wasn’t very obvious. I’ve added a clickable ‘delete’ action icon delete icon on the frame and channel info. pages to save a few clicks and to make things a bit more obvious. I’ve also changed the ‘edit’ action from a text link to an icon edit icon.

Minor format changes
The title text is a bit larger, the channel icons should be more consistently sized.

Sample images no longer mangled
I’ve fixed the formatting of the sample images in the channel displays. They will now maintain their original aspect ration and not be forced into a square shape.

These changes are live on the site now. I hope you find them useful.