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Nixplay blog Molly Bullard Save Your Photos Month

Why You Should Ask A Professional Photo Organizer To Help You Downsize Your Photo Collection

Nixplay has partnered with the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) for the Save Your Photos initiative, a public service outreach campaign that teaches individuals how they can preserve life’s irreplaceable photos, videos, and documents in case of an unforeseen accident or disaster. Visit the Save Your Photos website for more information.

Downsizing. Living with less. The desire for a smaller environmental footprint. These are some of the terms used to describe the process of moving out of a large house to a smaller apartment or the choice to live in a place with less square footage.

With this goal in mind, the first step requires you to sort through your belongings in order to prioritize what you want to bring with you.

“Prospective downsizers exceed upsizers nearly 3 to 1,” according to San Francisco-based pickup, storage, and delivery service CityStash.

For over 13 years, professional photo organizer Molly Bullard has been helping individuals and families sort, digitize, and share their memorabilia. Molly, a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO), found a niche market for her services in 2005 when digital cameras were first introduced to the consumer market. It hit a lightning pace with the launch of high-quality cell phone pictures and offerings of inexpensive digital and cloud storage.

Last spring, Molly got a call from a son that was helping his mom downsize from their family home. His goal was to work with Molly to sort through all their photos to find “the keepers,”  scan the originals and display the favorites on a digital photo frame. Although living with less of her possessions, he envisioned the frame as a bridge for her to enjoy all her favorite memories, albeit in a smaller space.

After hearing his story, Molly recommended he purchase the Nixplay Edge 8” photo framewhich would fit nicely on his mother’s side table. Molly found Nixplay frames incredibly easy to use, and she personally has the same frame in her own home. She uses the Nixplay iPhone App to load her favorites from scanned picture sets, mixing in recent pictures and videos from her camera roll.

Needless to say, the Nixplay Edge turned out to be a hit gift.

With the complexity consumers face when managing the not-always-fun technical aspect of digital photos, Molly appreciates the simplicity of Nixplay frames. she first learned about Nixplay from a client she had over five years ago. Her client’s son set one up on his mother’s desk, and he would send pictures of their grandchildren living in a different state. There would be recent images of the grandchildren rotating through the slideshow every few days, and Molly’s client didn’t have to lift a finger.

With Molly and her fellow members of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) always available to help guide clients in organizing and digitizing their photos, there’s no more reason for your memories to be lost forever. 

Molly Bullard is the founder of Seattle Photo Organizing, a company that specializes in transforming diverse collections of archives into accessible memories. For over 13 years she has been guiding clients through their photos, slides, film or video, and digital images to find the images that best tell their story. With deep technical knowledge and a highly tuned visual eye, Molly organizes and scans all these memories to create online digital family archives, elegant photo books, captivating photo walls, custom videos, and personalized digital photo training for Mac, PC and iPhone/Android users.

Call Molly to partner with you on your project so you can simply Simplify, Remember, and Share.

This Is The Best Thing You Can Do For All Your Photos

Taking photos is one of the best ways to preserve life’s most precious moments, whether it’s a Sunday dinner with the whole family or your grandchild’s first steps. But what do you do with all the pictures you’ve taken? Saving them on your computer is the first step, but it seems like a waste to just let them languish on a hard drive forever.

Luckily, digital frame company Nixplay has a solution for that. Because Nixplay’s joining the Google Photos Partner Program and using the Google Photos Library API, you’ll soon be able to securely access even more of your most treasured memories on your Nixplay Wi-Fi Cloud Frames anytime, anywhere.

A concept presentation of how Google Photos will be integrated with the Nixplay mobile app. This is not the final product demonstration.

During the 2018 Google I/O Developers’ Summit held on May 8 in Mountain View, California, it was announced that Nixplay will be one of the first companies to launch its integration with Google Photos to its customers in the coming months. With this development, Google Photos will soon send your albums directly to your Nixplay Wi-Fi Cloud Frames, eliminating the need for you to spend precious time selecting photos for your playlists.

The best part is that if you’ve sent albums from Google Photos to your Nixplay frame, every time a new image is added into one of those albums on Google Photos, it will also be automatically uploaded to and viewable on your frame. This feature is especially great for people who live away from their loved ones, as this presents a new way for them to stay connected to them. Now, not only will your treasured moments be within reach, but you’ll always be in touch with those who matter most in your life.

This innovation, scheduled for release in the summer of 2018, is the latest feather in the cap of Creedon Technologies, the parent company of Nixplay and its sister brands, NIX and Nixplay Signage. Creedon Technologies has sold close to 1.5 million units of Nixplay Wi-Fi Cloud Frames, Nix Digital Frames, and Nixplay Signage Solutions since its inception in 2007, making it the global leader in its field. By harnessing the power of cloud storage, service technology, and security, Creedon Technologies has empowered its customers to display their photos and share their memories in a sophisticated manner.

Are you as excited for this as we are? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

Christmas Gifts my Parents might actually Use this Year!

Ryan Negri wears a lot of hats; a son, a husband, father (to two lovely dogs) entrepreneur, innovator, philanthropist. Among all this, it’s a wonder how he has time to think about Christmas gifts for parents. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for parents to receive gifts they never use, or even open; What a waste!

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Christmas is an important time period for Ryan. Ryan cannot join his parents physically for Christmas, not because he’s unable, but because it’s too cold and it’s basically a 50/50 chance they make it there. To make up for it, the gifts needed to top all the years before and he had to make sure they would actually use it! Ryan is based out of Vegas and his parents live all the way in Northern Wisconsin and as he says, “My family hasn’t used my last three Christmas gifts, this year should be a lot easier.”

In comes Nixplay digital photo frame, a WiFi cloud connected solution Ryan says, “This one provided a way for me to load the photos for the technically unsavvy.” The Nixplay photo frame is an easy to use digital photo frame. You can send images directly from your phone, social media or email to your digital frame. Moreover, it comes in different product lines with distinct features, sizes and colours! It’s a great gift for empty nesters.  Ryan bought two Nixplay Iris 8 Inch frames, for both sets of his parents. Nixplay Iris offers a sleek, chic design that is designed to shine from every angle. It fits in perfectly with any home.

For Christmas, Ryan preloaded albums onto his parents frames. The digital photo frame was a great “turn on and set up and leave it alone.” For families like Ryan’s it’s hard to make sure all your memories get shared, especially when they live so far away. Having dogs that grow and change everyday adds to this challenge, because most parents love to see what the most active members of the family are upto. Also, since due to his active lifestyle he’s always out and about seeing, experiencing and taking pictures of new things. With so much done, it’s a waste to leave pictures lying on the phone when they can be displayed and shared on his parents frame. With the Nixplay digital photo frame, Ryan could tell if his parents turned on the frame and were online- this way, he could make sure they’re using their gifts ( and catch them if they weren’t!)

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Indeed, both sets of parents used the frame. Another benefit of being part of the Nixplay family is 24×7 customer service. Ryan says,” My mother in law wasn’t pleased with the stand, so the wonderful customer care rep, Klaudine, overnighted her a seperate one to you.”

Now, after buying Nixplay as a gift for his parents. Ryan has realised the connectivity it brings and he’s planning to buy another frame for a family member who is a photographer, so everyone can make sure to see her stunning photographs.  The Nixplay Edge is a great product for photographers because it allows SD card functionality along with the WiFi functionality. ( We know how many pictures that continuous shutter can bring in, so with Nixplay Edge just insert the SD card in straight away instead of going through the process of sorting and editing.)

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Apart from spending time with his dogs and his beautiful wife Amy, who is an avid photographer- Ryan’s hobbies include golfing, hiking, and traveling. He’s the founder of Laicos, a Technology Startup Studio at Laicos.com. Find him personally on RyanNegri.com and twitter, @RyanNegri.

Family gift pack sale: Mix & match on all Seed and Iris orders with tiered discount: 20% off 2 products; 25% off 3. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout,  no other existing discount code can be used in conjunction with this sale.

Campaign period: 4 – 10 December.

Bea is Nixplay’s Social Media Manager. She enjoys drinking coffee, reading about wars, and writing stories. Send her a message at beatrice.bisais@nixplay.com.

What is the Difference between Nix, Nixplay and Nixplay Signage?

Find out the difference between our various product lines- Nix, Nixplay and Nixplay Signage.

Creedon Technologies was founded in 2007- with the purpose of connecting people and their memories, through technology. We found a foothold in the digital photo frame market early.We now have three main product lines- Nix, Nixplay and Nixplay Signage.


Our product line started with NIX- a traditional digital photo frame that allowed playback of video and photo through USB and SD card ports. These frames need to be pre loaded with pictures. Nix frames cannot be updated with real time images.NIX Advance frames allow you to play HD videos and photos in the same Slideshow in 720p HD Video Formats: MP4 (H.264 HD 720p AAC)  Moreover, the Nix Advance frame has a fast processor so you can view thousands of photos and videos from your inserted USB stick or SD/SDHC card All the frames in the NIX Advance range look the same and only differ in size. Though, one of the bonus points of NIX Frames is the clock and calendar function. It even has a motion sensor, so the Nix Advance turns on when you enter the room to display the most recent photos & videos and turns off when you leave.


After understanding the troubles of our customers that were far from home, we started Nixplay Frames. The Nixplay range offers Wi-Fi enabled digital photo frames that connect your memories with your loved one’s . Our current range has evolved from the Nixplay Original to our newest product- Nixplay Iris. The evolution of our products has allowed various sizes, motion sensors, sleeker designs and of course- top of the line customer service. The Nixplay frame combines beautifully designed hardware . It also allows you to use the cloud based photo management.

Nixplay frames come in four distinctly different product ranges- Seed, Iris, Original and Edge. The  Edge and Original are wall mountable and use both the wi-fi cloud management platform and the old USB/ SD function. Whereas the new nixplay Iris and Seed do not have these features. You will be able to follow the evolution of our products by looking at the Original and the Edge and comparing them to the Seed and the Iris. The Nixplay Original and Edge have basic design and only variate in terms of size, whereas the Iris allows variation in colour and the Seed allows both colour and size variations. You will also notice advanced resolution.

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Moreover, our newest product range is Nixplay Signage. Nixplay Signage is conceived from user feedback of our consumer products. Consumers wanted bigger frames, with an enterprise level cloud management platform. Our customers are core, so over two years of efforts we have developed Nixplay signage, larger hardware that works on the Nixplay Signage platform. It allows companies to manage their content, schedules and  on various screens around the world. Check out Nixplay Signage for your business now!

Bea is Nixplay’s Social Media Manager. She enjoys drinking coffee, reading about wars, and writing stories. Send her a message at beatrice.bisais@nixplay.com.

3 Tips for Incredible Portrait Photographs

Three Portrait Photo Tips for better pictures

“Make sure I look great,” we’ve heard that request too. Every time a friend or family member asks us to take a portrait photograph, we get a little competitive to make sure it’s the best portrait photo of them. After a lot of trial, error and reading we’ve come up with tips for incredible portrait photos. No hidden agenda, except, of course- we want the pictures on your Nixplay Photo Frame to look great!

1.Use the rule of thirds:

Firstly, the rule of thirds is a very basic portrait photography technique that can be quite hard to master ( talking from experience.) Mentally break down the portrait photograph you’re going to take into 3×3 squares. Remember viewers eye’s are most drawn to the intersection points in the grid. So think about what the most important parts of the photograph will be and place them accordingly. Pictures using the rule of thirds, look really great on Nixplay Digital Photo frames like the Nixplay Seed. Place the frame in covered patio or the living room and you will make your house guests jealous!

2.Don’t be scared to get close:

Our second portrait photo tip is that we’ve observed a lot of portrait photos and noticed that often, the subject is too far away. To make an impact, the subject needs to be big enough to be seen clearly and make an impact on the viewer. Now, don’t take that as – get them so close that we can only see the blackheads on their nose. I mean, unless that’s what you were aiming for. Close up portrait photos look great on wall mounted Nixplay Digital photo frames, the Nixplay Edge is a great choice.

3.Focus on the eyes:

Here’s our third, final photo tip for portraits. When looking at a portrait photo, notice that your eyes will always look at the subject’s eyes first (no, that was not an intentional tongue twister.) Make sure the eyes are sharp and in focus. Additionally, if you want to make sure the lighting and angle is perfect- move your camera around until you can see the light reflect in your subjects eyes! 

Bonus Technical tip: Exposure Compensation

Keep in mind that in photography, one exposure setting does not fit all. Your camera may underexpose someone of a lighter skin tone and overexpose someone with a darker skin tone.  Backgrounds of extreme light or darkness can also trick the camera. The easiest way to deal with this is to navigate to your camera’s exposure compensation control. To lighten up faces go dial up the stops ( i.e. +1) and to let less light in dial it down (i.e. -1) The Nixplay Iris dims and brightens your photos based on the light level- lucky for you that once you’ve fixed your exposure compensation, you don’t need to worry about the display on your Nixplay digital photo frame. 

If these tips were helpful, share your enhanced portrait photographs with us in the comments section or tag us on facebook, instagram or twitter.  We’d love it if you show us how the portraits look on your Nixplay Digital Photo Frame! #Nixplayphototips

Bea is Nixplay’s Social Media Manager. She enjoys drinking coffee, reading about wars, and writing stories. Send her a message at beatrice.bisais@nixplay.com.

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