PhotoSpring has a feature that tries to optimize each photo to fit the screen during the slideshow. The goal is to utilize the entire display while conveying the original context of the photo. This feature is ON by default.
Here's an example of a photo with Automatic Photo Formatting ON. This is a famous photo, so you should recognize what is missing.
Here's an example of a photo with Automatic Photo Formatting OFF. Notice the black letter boxing that occurs on the left and the right. On the other hand, you can see the entire photo.
You can always compare the Auto Cropped Photo to the full photo by tapping on the photo to toggle between slideshow and the Photo Info Page:
The Automatic Formatting feature doesn't work for all photos. Sometimes when we attempt to zoom on the photo too much of it is lost in zooming. Also some people just want to see the full photo. So we have provided or will provide two ways to override this feature.
Method 1 - Turn Off for All Photos: Go to Menu --> Settings --> Slideshow and turn Automatic Photo Formatting OFF. This will turn off auto formatting for all photos on the device. See below and look for the red arrow that points to the switch to turn on/off
Method 2 - Selectively Edit Photos Individually: This features not yet available but planned for early 2020. In the Photo Info screen tap on Edit. See below and look for the red arrow that points to the edit button. This will take you to a screen that will allow you to edit the view of the photo.
Method 3 - Create a collage: This features not yet available but planned for mid 2020. When we can't use the full screen you can elect to have the frame display two photos. Like this:
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