online slide show with Snagit

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I wonder if someone can help me? What I would like to do, in the most time efficient way possible, is to capture pictures on snagit from my facebook feed and upload them to a photogallery which I can access online in the form of a slide show that starts at a random image in the collection and changes, say, every minute or so.  I don't need any background music. The reason for the request is that I am a teacher and would like to put up relevant messages from facebook (usually motivational) for my pupils as they come into class in the morning.  The problem is that I don't have much time. The process I would really like is something like this:
1. Capture movitvational message from FB using snagit.
2  Click the 'share' button in Snagit and know that the photo has been added to my slideshow collection without me having to do anything further.
Many thanks in advance,
Ravi
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Hi there

I'm always copying images from the facebook for use elsewhere.

For me, the fastest way you could accomplish this would be to click the image in the facebook so it displays in the lightbox (or whatever they call that layer), right-click the image and copy it to your Windows clipboard.

At this point it really depends on the receiving application. For example, I am always copying from the facebook in efforts to get the image added to Pinterest. The screen where you upload images for Pinterest behaves differently than the similar screen where you add images to the facebook. The facebook allows you to paste images from the Windows clipboard. Pinterest does not. Which is where SnagIt comes in. 

I then paste the image into SnagIt editor via File > New > New from Clipboard. (I've added that function to my SnagIt toolbar so it's just a click away.)

Now that the image is in SnagIt, I simply click it in the Recents tray at the bottom of the SnagIt editor, and drag it to the Pinterest screen where it then uploads to Pinterest. Note that when you do this, you can't simply quickly drag and drop. When you click and drag from the Recents tray, you need to wait ever so briefly for whatever you are dropping it into to "sense" that you are about to do this. For Pinterest, the indicator is that the area turns light blue. Once I note that, I am able to drop.

If you are perhaps using Google Drive, SnagIt does offer a Google Drive share option. But I'm not sure that would be any more efficient than what I just described.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Rick!

It's the receiving application which is the snag in all of this. I've spent a few hours browsing the web to see how I can achieve what I want but the results have been frustrating.

Snagit allows me to share to an FTP address which looked like the most promising solution at first. I have a website so I figured that all I would need to do is to have a folder and add to it by using the ftp upload on Snagit...which I can. But what I can't find is any scripting for a slideshow that references a folder rather than an array of individually named images. So no luck there.

Snagit also allows me to share to dropbox, who used to have a slideshow functionality but don't anymore. You can use dropbox paper, but this is an involved solution that doesn't work with the 'one click' upload solution that I'm after.

Then I looked at Snagit's upload to google drive and onedrive but they too don't appear to have a an online slideshow that has the 'one click' functionality either.

I looked at TechSmith's screencast - but they don't do slideshows either.

There are a host of online slideshow applications out there but they all require you to go into the application concerned to add images to your slideshow.

There is a part of me that thinks that there MUST be an easy solution to this problem out there. If there isn't, perhaps this is a market opening for Techsmith? I'd gladly pay the hosting fees for an application like this.
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Maybe this helps?

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You may also find this thread on the Adobe forums to be helpful:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1693954
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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond Rick, but this level of coding is way beyond my capabilities! I shall settle for a simple 'Arrrrrgh!' !!
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@Ravi

There is a way to get most of the way there with Google drive.

The short description is to

>  Create a folder on Gdrive for your images
>  Within Gdrive go into Google Slides
>  Get a addon for slides
>  Create the slideshow
>  Get the embed link for your site.

Here is one I threw together to test it.
This on a iframe template page I created
and I embedded the Google Slides embed code to.

https://demotestsite.info/test/slideshow/

The only thing I haven't yet figure out is how to auto update the slideshow
if I add a new image to the Google Drive folder.

I can add a new image to my drive folder that i am using for the slideshow from Snagit but i
need to go to Google slides to refresh it and have the new image included in the slideshow.

Here is a resource to put it all together.
https://sites.google.com/site/scriptsexamples/home/announcements/slideshow-in-google-sites-with-phot...

It doesn't take to long to run through and create a slideshow.
If I can find a way to auto update the show though when a new image is added
to the Google Drive folder then it would be even quicker and easier to make slideshows.

P.S. I  believe that there are templates you can get or even create in Google Slides to
spice up your show.

P.S.S Powerpoint would be another way to create a slide show but you need to do a bit more setup and configuring. Also the is to embed code option.

Dubie:)
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Then there's the issue of randomizing things. ;)

Cheers... Rick :) 
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Yep that too  (•_•)
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Hmmm, if a Google Slides deck was used, I just found a randomizer add in.

https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace/app/slides_randomizer/464683408022
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Wow, Dubie, thank you! Got it up and running in about 10 minutes. Here is my first test:
https://sites.google.com/view/raviclassdash/home

As you can see the aspect ratio of the slides is fixed, so the images get cropped to fit, but that's not such a biggie as I can correct that in Snagit editor.

So the only two downsides are that

1. there is no randomiser (but I can click through quickly before class starts - I'll take a look at the Google slides randomiser) and

2.I have to update the spreadsheet every time I add new slides (not ideal, but right now I can live with the compromise).

Thank you so, so much, Dubie and Rick for all of your help!