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Fun and Creative Ways to Use a Nixplay Digital Frame

Oh, summer! How you call out to our inner photographers and get our fingers clicking to capture all our memories. Graduations, weddings, birthday parties, and fun-in-the-sun vacations are all recorded in our cameras and phones, adding hundreds of beautiful, touching memories to our digital galleries. Now, what do we with all these pictures?

Posting our photos on social media is a fun way to share our adventures and heartwarming memories with friends and family, but it isn’t the best way to enjoy them ourselves in our daily life. This is what Nixplay Frames do best. I adore mine and I’m often asked to set them up for clients, who then rave about them. Read on for some fun, creative ways I’ve found to use Nixplay digital frames.

Displaying Special Occasion Playlists

Special events are the perfect reason to create picture playlists with images selected for the occasion. For example, for the anniversary of my boyfriend’s parents, my boyfriend, his sister, his kids and I took photos holding up anniversary wishes for the happy couple. We then temporarily disabled all the other playlists, so when the Nixplay frame turns on for the first time during the special day, the new photos we took will be displayed. So fun!

Holiday Happenings

Encapsulate the spirit of the season with your own holiday photos. Create playlists for specific occasions populated with photos of your holiday celebrations from prior years. Then on a particular holiday, disable all your other playlists and show your personalized holiday playlist. You can do this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, and other occasions. Each year, just add the best photos from your newest batch of holiday pictures to include for next year.

Daily Dose of Darlings for Older Loved Ones

If you have older family members who struggle with technology, you can gift them a Wi-Fi enabled cloud frame loaded with photo playlists of your family for their enjoyment. The Wi-Fi function allows you to update the photos and change out playlists from your home so you can keep the frame’s pictures fresh for your loved ones. Give them a daily dose of their darlings and keep them updated on activities they may have missed if they live far away.

Hope and Healing

Use Nixplay frames to encourage and soothe loved ones who are undergoing treatment for disease or recovering from surgery. To help them on their journey to wellness, create a playlist with healing and motivating images specific to the person’s needs and difficulties. You can even ask others to email photos/wishes to the person’s account and add to the playlist, changing up the images from time to time to keep it fresh.

Child’s Eye View

Let your kids get involved in creating playlists both to play at home or for grandparents. Try to incorporate their special, child’s eye view of the world rather than telling them which images to select. Help them take photos of special items, artwork, or just the world from their perspective and upload those images as well. Pick certain times to play their creative works and ooh and aah over their talents.

Downsize the portrait wall

If your family portrait wall has gotten out of hand, scan all your older portraits and upload them to a Nixplay frame. Hang the frame in a prominent area of your home and use it as a dedicated portrait display to downsize the framed clutter.

Comic Relief

Sometimes we just need a good laugh. Life can get difficult and we need to take a deep breath, step back, and find a little comic relief from time to time. Create playlists with some of your funniest family photos, memes that make you laugh, images and videos of your pets being ridiculous, or anything that makes you giggle. Make sure these playlists are ready to run whenever you need a good chuckle.

Seasonal Inspiration

Do you love taking photos of nature and the seasonal changes it brings to the landscape around your home? You might also get some great scenery shots during vacations. Make playlists of your favorite seasons and vacation scenery to play when the weather is crummy and you need a pick-me-up.

College Connections

Send your kid off to college with a Nixplay frame and share photos of the things they’re missing back home, like images of your family’s pets or your nephews and nieces. Keep it updated frequently so they still feel like they’re part of things. Incorporate a few images with you or other family members holding signs with messages of encouragement, congratulations for accomplishments, and sending your love.

Check out Mariposa Photo Organizing for more inspiration and tons of photo organizing ideas to keep your digital frame feeling fresh and fun. You can find even more fresh ideas at the Association of Professional Photo Organizers (APPO) website and blog. There’s a wealth of creative ideas available there to keep you in close touch with your photographic memories.

Bonnie is owner of Mariposa Photo Organizing. She helps families curate their lifetime of photos and makes them A MESS (Accessible, Manageable, Enjoyable, Shareable and Safe).

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What To Consider Before Buying A Digital Photo Frame

If you’ve never bought a digital photo frame before, you’ve probably got a few questions which need answering. As our homes become more integrated with technology such as virtual home assistants (Amazon Alexa comes to mind) and light bulbs which can be controlled from your smartphone, digital photo frames find their place at the intersection of sophistication and simplicity–a subtle piece of digital décor that elevates your home to new heights with its versatility and class.

Below, we answer five frequently asked questions from readers who are thinking about getting (and eventually got!) a Nixplay Digital Frame for their home.

1. How can you update photos on a Nixplay Frame?

It’s incredibly easy! Using your smartphone or laptop, you simply need to install the Nixplay app–for free! You can use the app to easily upload new images onto your Nixplay Wi-Fi Cloud Frame. It’s similarly easy for NIX Digital Frames: Just plug in a USB flash drive or a memory card loaded with your pictures, and you’re all set!

2. Can a Nixplay Frame play videos?

All Nixplay digital photo frames are able to play 15-second videos as well as display digital pictures, giving you endless digital opportunities to display your dearest memories.

3. What are the available Nixplay Frame sizes?

Nixplay Frames come in several sizes to suit different areas of your home, such as mantelpieces and bedside tables. Nixplay Frames range from 8” to 17” in diameter, and come in several colors and finishes to match your interiors.

4. Can Nixplay Frames be wall-mounted?

Some frames can be wall-mounted for your convenience and aesthetic pleasure. NIX Lux digital photo frames can be sold with custom wall mounts for the 8, 10, and 13-inch sizes. What’s more, the wall mounts come with built-in spirit levels, ensuring that your frame is perfectly aligned on your wall.

5. Where’s the best area to place a Nixplay Frame?

Anywhere you want, as long as it’s indoors! Nixplay Frames are sized to various dimensions and finishes, providing you with numerous options for displaying your photos proudly. The smaller 8” Nixplay Frames are ideal for bedside cabinets and desks, whereas the 13” NIX Lux frames can be mounted onto walls, giving you endless decorating options around your house. The 17″ Frames, meanwhile, will make a lovely centerpiece for your mantelpiece.

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.

A Photographer’s Guide to the Universe Part 2

Nixplay is excited to present the first in-depth article of Explore More, a series of content pieces that revolve around unique photo-taking adventures, creating moments and chronicling memories. Be creative, try something new and Explore More. Stay tuned throughout 2018 to further unleash your sense of adventure and love for photography.

Special Note: This is the second part of a special series; part one provides you with a cosmic calendar of all the marvels that the world of astronomy presents for 2018 and helps you set your coordinates to increase your chance in witnessing shooting stars, eclipses, planetary alignments and everything in-between. 

2018 is setting out to be an exciting year for all space buffs that are fascinated with a galaxy far, far away and we don’t mean the latest Star Wars movie. The year has already started out with a big bang thanks to the appearance of the year’s first supermoon on none other than New Year’s Day, a phenomenon that allows space geeks to see the moon 14% larger and 30% brighter, making it one of the easier space events to photograph. Yet, although we live in an age of smartphones where some take a selfie as soon as they stumble out of bed, space photography remains elusive in the eyes of many. In the second half of our space odyssey, we discover tips and tricks that will shine a light on the possibilities and relative ease in capturing that intergalactic masterpiece.

Eclipses and Planets

You may still remember August 21, 2017 , where a large chunk of the US population was exhibiting strange behavior by looking up at the sun. No, they were not out there to work on their tans, but a totality, a complete eclipse where the moon completely blocked out the sun. Gasps and cheers were ambient reminders of the excitement many experienced. Although this didn’t resonate across the animal kingdom with many wondering around very confused indeed. Animals aside, if you were watching the news back then, you would have seen people around with smartphones to capture this momentous occasion, except many struggled to get a perfect shot.

Saturn with its rings taken by NASA JP-Caltech Space Science Institute.

For those in the know, one of the more widely used methods to capture this beauty involves a telephoto lens and whilst it may sound like a mad scientist’s experiment, it’s much easier to use than you may think.  There are two avenues to pursue to capture a good quality, presentable image of planetary sightings (depending on what planet, time of year and how far away from the sun it is) and eclipses  – either with a DSLR camera or smartphone.

The superior method that can create that money-making shot, quite literally, is by using a DSLR camera. Your gear needs to be complemented by a telescope and telephoto lens, especially if you want to get close-ups that go as far as detailing the surface of the object being eclipsed. The ideal range that the focal range should be is 500 to 2,000mm, with a Barlow lens or 2x teleconverter giving it the extra boost. It is very easy to get carried away in all the fun and excitement of new, shiny, heavy equipment, we know.  This is compounded with the fact that most cameras have smaller APS-C sensors, which basically are smaller than the standard film frames, causing the camera to focus on a smaller surface area and cropping out the edges. You would need to either use a focal reducer or using a telescope with a lower focal length.

For folks that don’t want a workout with bulky, expensive equipment, lunar eclipses should be your go-to choice. Whilst it would obviously not allow you to get the most out of your shot, it’s still a method that will help you to capture the eclipse, in focus, which could turn out to be a good piece to add to an album. This doesn’t mean that you can aim your camera directly at the eclipse and hope for the money shot. Far beyond anything of value, you’ll be hard pressed to figure out whether it’s a picture of an eclipse or one that was set off accidentally whilst your phone was in your pocket. ‘Afocal projection’ is the go-to mobile method. Whilst the term may make your sincere writer sound smarter, all it means is that you point your camera right into the eye-hole of a telescope and it should be able to amplify the image to a good, presentable size. You would need to hold the camera steadily or on a tripod, ensuring that the moon looks to be in the center of your camera.

Seeing as eclipses are not fully static, the best practice is to ensure you move the camera every 1.5 minutes. Be sure to keep checking the images that you are capturing; if you start seeing black edges around the photograph, it means that you’re holding the camera too far away from the telescope’s eyepiece. Zooming in slightly is fine, but make sure you don’t zoom in too much – that low-resolution graininess is an enemy of the photographer. Of course, as the technology within phones develops, including their inbuilt cameras (think Huawei) these will only be getting clearer and crisper.

Your checklist should include a spare batter or portable charger at hand (for most eclipses a charged phone or camera will be enough due to them usually not being much longer than 7.5 minutes) and as Anthony Aveni, an astronomer and anthropologist writes in his new book, ‘In The Shadow of the Moon’, you only have 2 minutes and 40 seconds to capture that perfect picture during eclipses.

Comets and Shooting Stars

When it comes to comets and shooting stars, your job may get a bit more difficult. Characterized by their rapid movements across a larger plain to the frustration of even some of the most-famous astronomers that have walked this earth, including David H. Levy: “Comets are like cats; they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.”

Levy’s description stems from the fact that unlike eclipses, the moon and other planets, shooting stars and comets are moving objects that can cover a large plain.  To conquer this issue, wide angle lenses with a large aperture are vital, even when the light is not very vivid – f/2.8 and below (which means faster) would be an appropriate. An f/28 would be good with an ISO 2000. A wide-angle lens would increase the probability of covering a greater territory, thus increasing your chance of a getting the right shot, at the right time – 20mm to 50mm is the range that most photographers go for.

Debris from Halley’s comet causes the annual Orionid metoer shower. Photo by NASA/ESA/Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research.

Due to the motion of shooting stars and comments, a good idea would be to preset your camera. That is, unless you have titan fingers of steel and the dedication of a warrior – mostly since there are no warning bells and you cannot precisely calculate the time down to the minute, yet alone seconds in which they take place. The safest bet is to set your camera to capture photos automatically, to which an extension is needed. Known as the intervalometer, it sounds like a prop taken out of a superhero movie, but acts as a cable release that does the photo-shooting for you, with all the appropriate settings pre-programmed onto your camera – including the length and exposure and timing between shots. Finally, like with eclipses, a tripod is needed for stability.

Some may not have or want to spend money on expensive camera gear and the good news is that these lovable moving rocks can be admired and recorded by anyone from your 6-year-old to your grandmother with the help of that little-known device, the smartphone. A good tool to use would be to download an app called ‘NightCap Camera’ and once in can switch on meteor mode that automatically adjusts the settings for you to the best possible for the purpose. This nifty addition helps you take around 750 photos with a 5 second exposure time. Undeniably, like photographing eclipses, moon(s) and planets the pictures will be no-where near as good as on a DSLR, but despite their movements, shooting stars and comets would be easier to capture due to them being easier identified in the night sky even with the naked eye.

Comets are like cats; they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.

David H. Levy, Astronomer, science writer and discoverer of comets and minor planets

Yet again, the shooting environment is the most important aspect. Werewolves away, you need to make sure that the moon is not out, as having it there would only decrease the probability of photographing these shooting stars by 50%. Also, having multiple cameras is an even safer bet if you’re serious – the old phrase strength in numbers rings true here. Confusion can arise with airplanes and satellites; they’re a very real presence and many amateur photographers often confuse the two. As silly as this may sound to some, but having a search for some images of each would help you most to prevent dud shots.

The best way to make sure you’re thoroughly prepared and if you have time, try practicing. Lightening and flying rocks in our galaxy may have nothing in common, but is a great way to practice capturing strokes of light in the night sky. Again, if you are going to try, make sure you stand in a more sheltered place – your safety is our priority. Still confused or think that this is a job that only Albert Einstein is qualified to do? Don’t be, here’s a step-by-step to help you:

  1. Check the weather, making sure it’s clear and isn’t on a night whether and where the moon is out in force.
  2. Pack your camera gear including the tripod, spare batteries and a nice chair and snacks as you’ll probably be out there for an hour at the very least.
  3. Find a dark spot that has no light pollution. If you have coordinates as to where best to view the solar event, make sure it’s an appropriate location.
  4. Set your camera up in the right position, facing the correct side depending on where the object is.
  5. If not already, make sure your camera is set to the correct settings: aperture open, shutter speed on B/ Bulb and a manual lens control.
  6. Attach your intervalometer if you have one
  7. Align the infinity mark on the lens, and ISO to either 800 and 1600. This can be changed easily if it’s off during your test run
  8. Test out the gear to make sure it works and your sample shot is in focus and has the appropriate exposure settings (20-30 seconds is the usual range)
  9. Wait for the event to kick-start your career in taking space photos and most importantly, enjoy this unique experience!

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.

How Becky (Expat) can Connect with Her Loved Ones using Nixplay Digital Photo Frames

To say Becky ( well known as Cuddle Fairy) is a woman of many talents, is probably an understatement. She is a famous blogger, an expat, a mother of three and a wife. Talk about women that make sure they have it all.

Becky moved away from her hometown in the United States to West Ireland eleven years ago, she has been living the expat life since. At the time, there weren’t many ways for expats to keep in touch with their families. She would go to the local internet cafe for emails. Now, however, things have changed. With social media, mobile and email- it’s easy to get connected. But with an overload of information, it’s also hard to make sure you don’t miss out on the important memories.

It was really hard for Becky to find a way to keep in touch with her family and make sure that she displayed and shared memories with less tech savvy family members.  She says, “ Setting up the frame is as easy as turning it on & entering your wifi code. Then pop onto Nixplay website to create an account & sync the frame to your account.” This was where the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame came in for this expat. It was “super easy to use & allows family & friends to stay in touch through sharing photos.”

When different members of the family have a Nixplay photo frame so they can share memories with each other. With three kids, Becky can use the Nixplay frame to send images to her family in the US. She sends pictures to her parents and her uncle and aunt. She can take pictures of the kids on their travel trips, their days out and at school events to send to the family through the Nixplay app. Playlists are easy to update and can be sent to multiple frames.

Being far away from home, a lot of expats have a fear of missing out. “ I hate missing out on birthdays & occasions with family in the US so this is a new easy way for them to keep me posted through photos!” For expats, the Nixplay frame is a great way to keep in touch and make sure that your family doesn’t miss out on any important moments. It’s also a great way to make sure you don’t feel homesick.

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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Nixplay Signage

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.

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