Facebook photos on your Media Center – Photato

Facebook photos on your Media Center – Photato

I heard about the Photato Media Center plug-in awhile ago now, but I stumbled on their website again today, so I thought I’d install the plug-in and give it a look.

What is Photato?

If you are an avid Facebook fan and use it for sharing and viewing photos then Photato is a ‘must have’. Built using the Facebook Platform and designed to run within Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista Media Center, Photato will enable you to view and interact with your Facebook photos through your TV.

Features

  • View all your Facebook photos
  • Browse your own and your friends’ albums
  • Flick through tagged photos
  • Enjoy a full-screen slideshow
  • Designed for your TV
  • Runs in Windows 7/Vista Media Center

The first thing you notice about this plug-in during the Media Center setup is that the animations are great! The yellow post-it notes pan in and move around.

Media Center setup – Login to Facebook

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Synchronizing with Facebook

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Photato – Home menu

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Friends photo albums

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Selected friends photo album

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Using the menu on the right hand side you can then start a slideshow of your friends photo album.

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Slide show: it doesn’t seem to pan like the native Media Center slideshow, but the photos zoom in towards the viewer of the screen.

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Back on the friends photo albums page you can also filter the photo albums using the options on the left:

  • Modified Date
  • Created Date
  • Album Title
  • No. of Photos

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Photato is still in beta. I’m not sure if the development is still active or not? The plug-in did crash on me once whilst I was using it. However this plug-in is very good, especially if you are a Facebook addict and like to view your family and friends Facebook photo albums. Photato is visually stunning the animations are extremely well done.

I need to use Photato some more at home to really get a feel for it, but I am now wondering why I didn’t install this great Media Center plug-in before now?

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