Friday, January 2, 2009

Kodak EasyShare W1020

Kodak EasyShare W1020We bought a couple of of Kodak EasyShare W1020
picture frames for gifts.  These are 10" picture frames that can, in addition to displaying photos from memory cards, can display photos from flickr and KodakGallery. We wanted to use these frames as a way to share pictures with family members.

The initial setup of the frame was pretty straight forward.  Once you turned on the frame, it detected all of the wireless networks.  When you select one, and enter the password, it waits for a PC or Mac that has the Kodak software installed.  When you install it, you will be able to configure various channels.

The problem that I had was getting flickr to work.  The firmware that was initially installed has support for rss photos feeds.  I was never able to get any of the rss feeds from my sets to work.  But the built in flickr feeds worked fine.

I noticed that the frame tried to update its firmware, but the upgrade failed.  There isn't a menu option to manullay upgrade the firmware, so I just tried to power cycle it.  On the next boot the firmware upgrade was successful (version from 10/2008)

This version has a built in web server.  If you access the ip address of the frame with a web browser, you can configure various settings.  One of the tabs is a flickr tab.  On this page, you can associate your frame with your flickr account.  Once you do this, you are able to view all of the photos that you have access to.  But default it will show you your photostream, but you can access a different set or the photostream or any set, that you have access to, of your contacts.

With that ability, we are able to share all of the photos that we want.  After setting this up, we have decided to get one for ourselves.