I am excited to announce the availability of the Phanfare Media Server for Phanfare 2.0, a small program that runs on your PC to publish your Phanfare photos within your home network. The new Playstation III supports UPnP viewing of your photos, as does the Xbox 360. There is also a digital picture frame on the market from Digital Spectrum that supports the protocol. TVs will also support the protocol directly within the next 12 months. Here is a demonstration of a Playstation III playing Phanfare photos in the office. We installed the media server on a PC on the office network and then browsed to our photos on a TV connected to a Playstation III.
We wrote the media server program using the Phanfare API. The UPnP protocol is similar to the Bonjour protocol that Apple uses to allow iTunes to share music and Apple TV to show content. If there is someone out there who knows how Bonjour works and wants to write a version of our media server for the Mac, please let us know.
The new media server joins a growing list of ways to access your photos and videos whenever and wherever you want. We call this “inputs and outputs.”
- Screensavers for the Mac and PC that can turn any computer into a digital picture frame. You login with your Phanfare 2.0 credentials and choose your content, or content of friends and family.
- The Phanfare facebook app that can show your Phanfare photos and videos to your facebook friends.
- John’s background switcher will refresh your windows wallpaper periodically with a Phanfare image.
- The Phanfare Aperture plugin will allow you directly export photos from Apple’s Aperture program to Phanfare.
- The Eye-fi wifi SD memory card will wirelessly upload photos from your digital camera to your Phanfare account.
Many of these programs were written by the Phanfare community. If you write something useful with the Phanfare API, let us know. If we like it we will promote it for you and provide you with a free lifetime Phanfare account.
At Phanfare, we want to enable you to access your photos and videos from any device you want, whenever you want. We will never hold your content hostage.