How to Display a PDF on a Digital Photo Frame

by Ian Kenney

Digital picture frames are one of those items that would have been very much at home in a Jetson’s cartoon. It’s the kind of thing that would have wowed audiences with the promise of things to come. Now they’re ubiquitous and can play slide shows, sound, video or stills all in one compact package. Future editions may be even more versatile, but most current models support a limited number of file types, so you’ll have to get creative if you want to display a document as a PDF in a digital picture frame.

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Determine what file types your digital picture frame supports. All of them support JPG, while more and more can take PNG, BMP and TIFF image formats along with standard video formats.

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Convert your PDF file to an image file. Zamzar.com offers a free online file conversion tool that can get you from PDF to PNG.

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Download Omniformat file converter if you’d rather not transfer your files over the Internet. Omniformat is free, but it is ad supported, so you will have to look at some ads while you convert.

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Open the Omniformat program and you’ll see that there is a folder called “Watch.” Put your PDF into the watch folder, and then click “Single Pass.” The program will convert each page of your PDF document to a separate JPG file. If you have multiple pages, you can load them all into your frame as JPGs and set them to run as a slide show.

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Convert your PNG to JPG. If your computer doesn't support PNG, you can convert it using any image editor, even the free Microsoft Paint that comes with many computers. Just open the file with Paint then select “Save As.” In the drop-down menu for file type, select “.jpg” and save the file. Load your JPG into the frame, and you are ready to go.

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