Pictures

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1 Introduction

Pictures provides the ability to view your photos within Kodi. It has has the benefit of bringing togethar all your media- Video, Music, Photos - and making them accessible within the one location. View slideshows while playing music or read your comics on the big screen.

Pictures is a simple File Browser and viewer. Pictures does not use a database to store information, so currently lacks the feature set and versatility of the Video and Music Libraries, but it is on the Must-Do list for a future release.


2 Supported Formats

The following standard image file formats are supported: [1]

.apng .bmp .cbr .cbz .gif .ico .jp2 .jpg .jpeg .pcx .png .rss .tga .tif .tiff .webp .zip

The following RAW image files are supported: [2] [3]

.arw .cr2 .dng .nef

The following Stereoscopic image files are supported: [4]

.mpo


3 Adding Pictures

Adding Sources for images is done in the exact same way as adding Sources for Video and Music.

If you need a reminder how to do this, see the guide Adding Video Sources. The only difference will be that you start in the Pictures menu and all mentions of Video will be replaced by Pictures.


3.1 RAW Formats

Support for RAW image types has been reinstated and improved in v18. If you are adding Sources that contain RAW image types, then you must do the following to display them:

  1. Enable the binary add-on libraw image decoder located in Add-ons→My add-ons→Image decoder
  2. If the first step still does not display your RAW pictures, then make an entry in the advancedsettings.xml file to include the RAW file types you want Kodi to display. If unsure, add the following code which will enable display of all four supported RAW formats. If you already have an advancedsettings.xml file, do not duplicate the <advancedsettings> tags.
    <advancedsettings>
    	<pictureextensions>
			<add>.arw|.cr2|.dng|.nef</add>
	    </pictureextensions>    
    </advancedsettings>
See: Advancedsettings.xml


3.2 Stereoscopic Format

This requires the same procedure as per RAW formats above.

  1. Enable the binary add-on MPO image decoder located in Add-ons→My add-ons→Image decoder
  2. If the first step still does not display your RAW pictures, then make an entry in the advancedsettings.xml file to include the Stereoscopic file types you want Kodi to display. If unsure, add the following code. If you already have an advancedsettings.xml file, do not duplicate the <advancedsettings> tags.
    <advancedsettings>
    	<pictureextensions>
			<add>.mpo</add>
	    </pictureextensions>    
    </advancedsettings>
See: Advancedsettings.xml


4 Viewing Pictures

Once the Source(s) for Pictures are added, Kodi will cache the thumbnails the first time the picture list is viewed. This will make future loading of picture lists faster.

Select any picture to display it. Use left and right arrows to move back and forwards through the pictures. A list of keystrokes is listed below which will also reveal other functions.

Keypress Action on displayed image Action on View Listing
0 (zero) Cancel zoom
1-9 Zoom levels. 1= lowest zoom, 9= highest zoom
c Context Menu
I Image Information Image Information + Image display
m Left Sideblade Menu
p Start slideshow from currently displayed image Start slideshow from currently focused image
r Rotate image clockwise
s Kodi Power Options menu Kodi Power Options menu
x Exit Viewer or Exit Slideshow
. Next image
, Previous image
Next image. If zoomed, then scrolls zoomed image right Move to next image
Previous image. If zoomed, then scrolls zoomed image left Move to previous image
If zoomed, then scrolls zoomed image up Move up a row of images
If zoomed, then scrolls zoomed image down Move down a row of images
home Jump to beginning of list
end Jump to end of list
Page Up Jump to next page of images
Page Down Jump to previous page of images



4.1 Slideshow

The slideshow can be activated using the keystroke detailed in the above table or from the Left Sideblade Menu.

Options available in the Left Sideblade menu are as follows:

View Slideshow
The slideshow will use the images displayed in the current listing
Recursive Slideshow
The slideshow will use the images displayed in the current listing and images in any sub-directories. This option becomes active only when sub-directories with valid images are detected.
Randomise
Will mix the order of the images in the slideshow. Can also be set for permanent randomize in the settings page detailed next.


From the Player Settings page for Pictures, you have the ability to set the following options:

  • Display time of images during slideshow. The default setting is 5 seconds
  • Enable or Disable slideshow Pan & Zoom effects. The default setting is Enabled
  • Randomise slideshows by default. The default setting is disabled, and can be temporarily enabled for the current slideshow from the left sideblade menu
See: Settings/Player/Pictures


From the Media Settings page for Pictures, you have the ability to set the following options:

  • Show EXIF picture information
  • Automatically generate thumbnails
  • Show video files in listings.
See: Settings/Media/Pictures


It is also possible to zoom images during a slideshow. When an image is zoomed, the slideshow will pause and will not continue until the zoom is cancelled.


4.2 Background Music

To create a slideshow with background music follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Music, select and commence playing the required music.
  2. Back out of the Music section to the main menu using the appropriate key on your remote or ← Backspace on a keyboard
  3. Navigate to Pictures and commence the Slideshow


4.3 Maps

If the pictures in the current listing contain valid Geo-Tagging information, it is possible to view the location of the image on a map. On first attempt to use this feature, you will be asked to install an add-on.

See: Add-on:Maps_Browser


5 Comics

CBZ and CBR are comic book archive files. They are pictures stored in CBZ (a renamed ZIP-archive) or CBR (a renamed RAR-archive) format. CBZ and CBR comic book archives are automatically parsed by Kodi (as long as the image-format is supported) so they can be read.

Comic book archives are easily created. Use a compressed image format such as JPEG or PNG. Rename images sequentially and copy all images into a new folder. ZIP/RAR the folder and change the extension to *.cbz or *.cbr respectively. To speed up access by Kodi, do not compress the ZIP/RAR file.


6 Add-ons

The following are lists for Picture and Screensaver add-ons available from the Official Kodi Repository.


6.1 Pictures


6.2 Screensavers


7 References



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