I'd like to use a spare iMac as a digital photo frame to display my personal photos.

Desired features:

  • Turn off screen when the room is dark (or, worst case, turn off based on a timer -- would the Energy Saver schedule be sufficient for this?)
  • Access photos from a shared network drive (so it automatically gets new photos) -- this Mac will not actually contain a local copy of any of the pictures
  • Randomize order of photos
  • If possible, allow multiple monitors (with different photos on each)
  • Doesn't need any fancy animation effects -- I'd prefer it being more like a static picture that doesn't change that often, just like a traditional photo on the wall

Are there any apps you'd recommend that can meet these needs (especially accessing photos from the shared network drive)?

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