basic Pacific Digital MemoryFrame is comprised of an Active
Matrix TFT LCD screen measuring about 4.5" wide by
3.5" high (5.6" diagonal). The back of the device
has controls for power, slide show display, single image
display, a stop/start button and a USB 1.1 connection which
allows you to load MemoryFrame's built-in storage media
either directly from a camera or card reader, or from a
computer. It displays images at 640x480 pixels at the original
color depth of each image. The MemoryFrame will work with
JPG, TIF, PNG, GIF and BMP image files. The device is supplied
with one decorative frame to surround the display, which
means the whole thing is almost ready to go as soon as
you get it out of the box. The DirectConnect feature allows
you to directly attach a USB Mass Storage Compliant memory-card-reader
to MemoryFrame without the need for a PC.
addition to the MemoryFrame and decorative holder/frame,
Pacific Digital also supplies an image management program
called Digital PixMaster. It has features for organizing
a personalized photo show and uploading it to the MemoryFrame
via a USB connection. You can choose the order of images,
not matter what size, as long as they're one of the compatible
goes. Vacation photos, drawings by the kids, portraits.
Store them on your hard drive, then drag & drop them
into PixMaster. The software will automatically convert
them to the correct size. If you set up a slide show
in PixMaster, you'll also be able to choose from a solid
range of transition effects such as wipe, dissolve and
so on. You can change transition effect in MemoryFrame
itself using the selections in the on-screen menu. We
had a lot of fun digging through our photos and finding
entertaining and funny combinations to load into MemoryFrame.
We were able to load up to 55 images at a time, the maximum
rated capacity of the device. Once loaded, the internal
menu on the MemoryFrame has settings for slide duration,
transition duration, background color and which images
should be included in the slide show. There are also
controls for loading images from camera or computer.
MemoryFrame is simple. Turn the device on, then connect
a card reader or camera with a USB cable or connect MemoryFrame
to a USB port on your PC. DirectConnect will copy images
of your choice directly from the camera or storage card.
If you use your PC, the PixMaster software provides selection
and sorting features which let you pick and choose from
any compatible image formats on your hard drive(s). Once
MemoryFrame is loaded, press the slide show button on
the back of the device.
MemoryFrame is priced at the lower end of this market.
Compare it to the ultra high-end 17" monster from
DigiFrame at $799.00 or the mid-market Sony CyberFrame
at $499.00 or the low-end Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver
at $99.00. For most people, the MemoryFrame may just
do the trick.
product documentation needs an update - it's too wordy,
not particularly well organized and contains some inaccuracies
and inconsistent instructions. When a large digital image
is downsized by the MemoryFrame (from 2580x1940 to 640x480
for example), a large amount of detail is lost from the
image background. Downsample or downsize images in PhotoShop,
PaintShop or PhotoSuite instead - you'll be much happier.
We strongly recommend that you leave the MemoryFrame
in slide show mode because the user manual specifically
warns about the possibility of burn-in if images aren't
being cycled. Long startup time - the more images, the
longer it takes to begin the slide show.
works and it's quite well done. The whole idea of a slide
show display sitting unobtrusively on a shelf or table
while it shows off its images is too much to pass up.
Display quality is good and images can be clearly seen
across moderate sized rooms. Different decorative frames
are available for purchase online. You don't need to
use a PC because MemoryFrame will accept images directly
through its USB port straight from your camera or a card
reader - great for loading tech-wary Mom's MemoryFrame
each time you visit! Keep the device in slide show mode
and it will become a terrific conversation piece. Everybody
who saw it in our living room commented on it appreciatively
and spent some time looking at pictures they might otherwise
have ignored. If you've got a yen for this sort of thing,
the Pacific Digital MemoryFrame is well worth a look.