Screen saver pho­tos from two lap­tops at once

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Q I have an Ap­ple TV and all ac­counts are set up so I see all my pic­tures on the screen saver. I’d like to know how to set it so I can see my wife’s pic­tures on there as well – any ideas? I use a MacBook Pro while my wife has a Win­dows lap­top, but I’m slowly con­vert­ing her into a Mac user – she has an iPhone and I might get her a MacBook Air… Chris Thorn­ton

A You can turn on Home Sharing on your wife’s lap­top in iTunes for Win­dows, but this forces you to choose between her photo li­brary and yours for the screen saver. To dis­play pho­tos from both li­braries, you’ll need to up­load them to an on­line source. The sim­plest way is to cre­ate a Flickr ac­count (flickr.com) and up­load some or all of your pho­tos from both li­braries. You can send the pho­tos on your MacBook Pro di­rectly us­ing iPhoto: drop down Share > Flickr and your wife can ei­ther use the up­load tool at flickr.com up­load or one of the many third party batch up­load­ing tools. Then in Ap­ple TV, se­lect Set­tings > Screen Saver > Pho­tos > Flickr. In­stead of search­ing Flickr for in­di­vid­ual pho­tos that you want, you can “Add Flickr Con­tact” and en­ter the name of your Flickr ac­count.

You can tell an Ap­ple TV to use all the pho­tos on the Flickr ac­count, choose the most re­cent ones or pick from spe­cific col­lec­tions. But you can get even fancier than that. At ifttt.com you can set up rules that au­to­mat­i­cally save images you share on Face­book to Flickr, so they ap­pear on your screen saver as well. Or you can tell it to in­clude pho­tos that other peo­ple have tagged you in. Or images you have ‘liked’. And it works for In­sta­gram and Tum­blr too. So your Ap­ple TV screen saver can act as a photo diary of what­ever ei­ther of you have been up to re­cently!

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