PixiPush - Photos with friends on your Chromecast
By Jon Madison
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The first app that lets you share photos together with your friends and family on your Chromecast! One or more people can cast their photos from their Camera Roll, Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr onto the big screen!
Connect to WiFi, choose the Chromecast device, and have fun!
What's New in Version 1.6.0
Note: currently working on full iPhone 6 compatibility and updates for iOS 9. Hold tight!
* Universal -- works on both iPad without scaling!
* Rotate! -- rotation is supported, and on iOS8+ the controls will move out of your way on iPhone/iPod Touch to give you more space to cast individual photos
* fix for "loading photos" crashing
* fix for camera roll loading
Good start but needs more
I bought this to be able to push Flickr photos to Chromecast. This works with one big drawback - it only shows a few hundred photos out of the 15,000 or so I have in Flickr. There is no mention of this limitation in the documentation because, well, there is no documentation.
There also needs to be a search capability to be able to find photos. It's a good start but needs more features.
Very good app, but needs some adjustments
The latest update shows photos from an iPhone 6 with no problem, but a few issues exist:
- The background grid of photos bleeds through to either side of the current foreground photo, particularly squares. This creates visual clutter that is distracting and is especially noticeable when I choose a black background and have a darker photo in the foreground.
- Auto play mode does not work well with Instagram streams that have videos in addition to photos:
-- A video will play as long as it is preceded by 12 photos 😳 evidently this is because of the background grid of photos that the app maintains. If there is an image of a video in the grid then a new video will not play.
-- Autoplay mode will not play a video all the way through if the video is longer than the display time of a photo. The app will not skip videos either.
- gifs are displayed as photos and do not play.
The app has one unexpected (and maybe unplanned) enhancement that I really like:
- If it plays a video from Instagram, it loops the video after a slight pause (sort of like Vine does). I really like this behavior when sharing a video especially since videos like Flipagrams tend to be a fast display of photos. I just wish it would play all videos all the time :)
My review for the original release:
I love the unique way this app displays photos. I was especially impressed when a friend and I cast from separate phones at the same time. This will be a lot of fun at family get-togethers. I also love the fact that it has Instagram integration. Very nice.
Overall, this app works really well. It's one of my favorite Chromecast apps.
It only does a couple of Flickr photos
It doesn't pick up more than about 100-200 Flickr photos. The rest never even load. Also while streaming to Chromecast it will just stop after streaming a few dozen photos--- you need to disconnect Chromecast then go back to the app and start streaming again to restart.
Also if you have the slideshow on and the iPad or iPhone locks, the app will stop (unlike other staming apps that work even when the device goes onto sleep mode this ine does not)
This app seems like just a start, it needs more work