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Traxan
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Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Hello all. I hope this is the right place to post. I have a picture frame as part of my set up and it points to a directory full of images. But I would like to mix things up a little bit and draw from other folders. Currently, the frame only supports one directory at a time, so I have to edit the skin and point to a new directory. I was wondering if it is possible to either modify my skin (which I can post here if necessary) or if there is a multi-directory picture frame available? Thanks in advance
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Traxan wrote: July 29th, 2023, 5:05 am Hello all. I hope this is the right place to post. I have a picture frame as part of my set up and it points to a directory full of images. But I would like to mix things up a little bit and draw from other folders. Currently, the frame only supports one directory at a time, so I have to edit the skin and point to a new directory. I was wondering if it is possible to either modify my skin (which I can post here if necessary) or if there is a multi-directory picture frame available? Thanks in advance
The code of your "picture frame" (which is just a description, it has no real functional meaning, since it could be done in various ways) would be required to see what this is all about, yes. If you can link or pack the entire skin for this examination, even better. To answer your question, yes, what you want is possible, it's just that we don't yet know what you're referring to in terms of code, i.e. how is that "picture frame" drawing from and pointing to the said folder.
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Here is the code:

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[Variables]
ImagePath=d:\pix\
;Define Subfolders (1 = Yes, 0 = NO)
SubFolders=0
FileFilter=*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.png;*.bmp;*.gif

[MeterShapeRectangle]
Meter=Shape
X=1
Y=1
Shape=Rectangle 0,0,752,509 | Fill Color 0,0,0 | StrokeWidth 2 | StrokeColor 255,255,255,75
; Documentation: https://docs.rainmeter.net/manual-beta/meters/shape/#Rectangle

;-------------------
    User Picture
;-------------------

[Picture]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=Plugins\QuotePlugin.dll
PathName=#ImagePath#
FileFilter=#FileFilter#
Subfolders=#SubFolders#
UpdateDivider=10

;-------------------

[Slideshow]
MeasureName=Picture
Meter=IMAGE
X=2
Y=2
W=750
H=507
Hidden=0
LeftMouseupAction=["#ImagePath#"]
PreserveAspectRatio=1
Last edited by eclectic-tech on July 30th, 2023, 3:03 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Traxan wrote: July 30th, 2023, 12:59 am Here is the code:

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[Variables]
ImagePath=d:\pix\
;Define Subfolders (1 = Yes, 0 = NO)
SubFolders=0
FileFilter=*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.png;*.bmp;*.gif

[MeterShapeRectangle]
Meter=Shape
X=1
Y=1
Shape=Rectangle 0,0,752,509 | Fill Color 0,0,0 | StrokeWidth 2 | StrokeColor 255,255,255,75
; Documentation: https://docs.rainmeter.net/manual-beta/meters/shape/#Rectangle

;-------------------
    User Picture
;-------------------

[Picture]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=Plugins\QuotePlugin.dll
PathName=#ImagePath#
FileFilter=#FileFilter#
Subfolders=#SubFolders#
UpdateDivider=10

;-------------------

[Slideshow]
MeasureName=Picture
Meter=IMAGE
X=2
Y=2
W=750
H=507
Hidden=0
LeftMouseupAction=["#ImagePath#"]
PreserveAspectRatio=1
Nice slideshow you have there, thanks for posting the code. As you probably noticed, Rainmeter measures mostly work with single instances of something, so while there isn't a direct way to achieve this in a single measure, you can always multiply the Quote plugin one to as many measures as you need folders to draw images from, and then use Random in a Calc measure to choose which output from those measures to display. Can you do this by yourself or you need help on it?
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Traxan wrote: July 30th, 2023, 12:59 amHere is the code
Yincognito wrote: July 30th, 2023, 9:35 amyou can always multiply the Quote plugin one to as many measures as you need folders to draw images from, and then use Random in a Calc measure to choose which output from those measures to display
Something like this:

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[Variables]
PictureCount=3
ImagePath1=d:\pix\
SubFolders1=0
FileFilter1=*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.png;*.bmp;*.gif
ImagePath2=d:\mix\
SubFolders2=0
FileFilter2=*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.png;*.bmp;*.gif
ImagePath3=d:\fix\
SubFolders3=1
FileFilter3=*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.png;*.bmp;*.gif

[MeterShapeRectangle]
Meter=Shape
X=1
Y=1
Shape=Rectangle 0,0,752,509 | Fill Color 0,0,0 | StrokeWidth 2 | StrokeColor 255,255,255,75

---Measures---

[Picture1]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=Plugins\QuotePlugin.dll
PathName=#ImagePath1#
FileFilter=#FileFilter1#
Subfolders=#SubFolders1#
UpdateDivider=10

[Picture2]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=Plugins\QuotePlugin.dll
PathName=#ImagePath2#
FileFilter=#FileFilter2#
Subfolders=#SubFolders2#
UpdateDivider=10

[Picture3]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=Plugins\QuotePlugin.dll
PathName=#ImagePath3#
FileFilter=#FileFilter3#
Subfolders=#SubFolders3#
UpdateDivider=10

[PictureOutput]
Measure=Calc
Formula=Random
LowBound=1
HighBound=#PictureCount#
UpdateRandom=1
UpdateDivider=10
RegExpSubstitute=1
Substitute="^(\d+)$":"Picture\1"
DynamicVariables=1

---Meters---

[Slideshow]
Meter=Image
Hidden=0
X=2
Y=2
W=750
H=507
PreserveAspectRatio=1
MeasureName=[PictureOutput]
LeftMouseUpAction=["[#ImagePath[&PictureOutput:]]"]
DynamicVariables=1
You can have as many [Picture...] measures as you like, assuming you set the PictureCount variable accordingly and create / use corresponding variables for the image path, the subfolders and the file filter. This could have worked by multiplying only the image path variables properly, but maybe you want different settings for each of them, so I just multiplied them all.

You can check section variables and nested variables to understand why I had to use the syntax I did in the MeasureName and LeftMouseUpAction.
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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It works nicely, thank you.
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Traxan wrote: August 7th, 2023, 3:52 am It works nicely, thank you.
No problem - enjoy! ;-)
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Well, I have come across a very unusual bug.

The frame cannot handle more than five directories. I tried adding a sixth folder directory, but all it ever did was put up a black image when it hit that directory. I know this because I clicked on the black image and it opened up the folder for number six. The way this frame works is if you click on the picture frame, the active folder that it is drawing from pops up on your screen.

The bottom line is I cannot have more than five active folders cycling through this frame. Is this a bug in the INI or in Rainmeter?
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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Traxan wrote: September 3rd, 2023, 3:13 am Well, I have come across a very unusual bug.

The frame cannot handle more than five directories. I tried adding a sixth folder directory, but all it ever did was put up a black image when it hit that directory. I know this because I clicked on the black image and it opened up the folder for number six. The way this frame works is if you click on the picture frame, the active folder that it is drawing from pops up on your screen.

The bottom line is I cannot have more than five active folders cycling through this frame. Is this a bug in the INI or in Rainmeter?
Most likely, you forgot to add something to your code. If it's about a similar one to the above, can you post what you have again to see what's missing or done incorrectly?
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Re: Looking for a multi-source picture frame

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As it turns out, in the process of pasting in the code I spotted the problem. :-) I forgot to add a sixth entry for the Measures section. So, false alarm, my bad