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What Happened to the Kodak Pulse Digital Frame?


Does the Kodak Pulse digital frame still work?

The Kodak Pulse digital frame doesn’t work as it used to. Initially, the Kodak Pulse was a Wi-Fi-capable digital frame, letting you send photos via email, import photos through Facebook and Kodak galleries, etc. Kodak Pulse digital frames are longer supported, and as such, you can’t connect to Wi-Fi.

To connect to Wi-Fi, you’d need to receive a code from Kodak, which would allow you to enable Wi-Fi. Since Kodak Pulse frames are no longer supported, there’s no way to get this code. This means that you lose access to all Wi-Fi-related features like photo-mail, online access, etc.

The Kodak Pulse still offers some offline functionality – through its very limited. With just 512MB of internal storage space, you can’t hold many photos locally.

Additionally, USB/SD cards are limited to 8GB and there is no plug & play feature. You can’t play slideshows directly from a USB/SD card. Instead, you have to copy its files to the frame’s internal storage before viewing.

How to send pictures to the Kodak Pulse digital frame?

Since Kodak ended support for their Pulse digital frames, you can no longer connect to Wi-Fi. This applies to all current Kodak Pulse digital frames on the market – even if you bought them a long time ago. An update is required to patch the Wi-Fi issue, but this won’t happen since the product line has ended.

To send pictures to the Kodak Pulse digital frame, you have to use a USB stick or SD card. Load photos to the USB/SD card, making sure they’re in the right format and size, and copy them to the Pulse’s internal storage.

Kodak Pulse digital frames don’t support a plug & play feature, meaning you can’t play slideshows directly from a connected USB/SD card.

Note that the Kodak Pulse only has 512MB of internal storage space. This isn’t nearly enough for most families and will fill up very quickly – especially if you take most of your photos on a modern smartphone or DSLR (due to higher resolution and file sizes).

If you want a digital frame with versatile photo-sharing options, the Pix-Star frame is an excellent choice. You can share photos using the Pix-Star Snap mobile app, email, USB/SD card, and much more.

Pix-Star’s web album feature lets you import photo albums directly from external sources like social media, photo-sharing sites (Google Photos, Flickr, Instagram, etc.), and online cloud-storage platforms like Google Drive & Dropbox.

Does the Kodak Pulse digital frame play video?

The Kodak Pulse digital frame does not support video or audio playback. It’s also a feature that’s now impossible since the Pulse is no longer supported in any way by Kodak.

Few cheap and mid-range digital frames support video playback. Video and audio support are features almost exclusive to the higher end of the market. Even then, some top digital frames like the Aura frames don’t support video or audio playback.

Subscription-based digital frames like Nixplay and Skylight lock video playback behind their premium subscription paywall. Without paying extra, you can only play 15-second video clips with Nixplay’s frames.

Pix-Star’s digital frames let you play 2-minute video clips and audio messages without paying any extra fees or subscriptions. This is more than almost every other similarly priced digital frame on the market. With Pix-Star, you can send video clips via the Pix-Star Snap mobile app and by USB or SD card.

With Pix-Star, you can include video clips in slideshows alongside photos, set them to play muted by default, and even play audio files over slideshows (from a connected USB or SD card). Learn more about Pix-Star’s video playback support here.

Do Kodak Pulse digital frames support USB?

Kodak Pulse digital frames support USB and SD cards for transferring photos to the frame’s internal storage. While there is no maximum size for supported USBs or SD cards in the documentation, many users struggle to get an SD card or USB larger than 1GB to work. In some cases, 8GB USB/SD cards are reported to work.

Once the USB/SD card is connected to the Kodak Pulse digital frame, you won’t have control over the play order of photos. Note that you’ll likely need to leave the USB or SD card inserted at all times due to the Kodak Pulse’s limited 512MB internal storage.

Unlike digital frames like the Pix-Star, you cannot load video files to the frame or play audio files over slideshows from a USB or SD card.

For Kodak Pulse digital frames, the only way to load photos to the frame is by USB or SD card. Wi-Fi is no longer a supported feature and as such, there’s no way to send pictures wirelessly to the frame. Previously, you could send pictures via email, from social media, Kodak galleries, etc.

Today, none of these features are available as Kodak Pulse digital frames are offline-only and no longer supported by Kodak.

Does the Kodak Pulse digital frame offer cloud storage?

The Kodak Pulse digital frame does not offer any cloud storage as all Pulse frames are no longer supported by Kodak. This means that you can’t connect to Wi-Fi any longer, and as such, don’t have access to cloud storage, wireless photo-sharing, etc.

If you want cloud storage for your frame, the Pix-Star digital frame is arguably the best value for money choice on the market. You get free-for-life cloud storage without having to pay any extra subscription fees (yes, we’re looking at you Nixplay & Skylight) or costs.

Each Pix-Star digital frame comes with cloud storage and full Wi-Fi connectivity. You can start sending pictures, videos, and audio recordings using the Pix-Star mobile app, email for photos, web albums for photo albums from social media, etc. All these incoming photos will save to the cloud automatically as they’re received.

What size is the Kodak Pulse digital frame’s screen?

The Kodak Pulse digital frame has a 7-inch display and a 4:3 aspect ratio. The maximum resolution of the Kodak Pulse digital frame is 800×600. Try to match this resolution when sending photos to the Kodak Pulse as they have a very small internal storage space of just 512MB.

Competing digital frames like the Pix-Star offer 8GB of internal storage, full USB and SD card support, and free-for-life cloud storage. Pix-Star sells both a 10-inch digital frame and a larger 15-inch digital frame. 10-inch digital frames are arguably the most popular digital frame size on today’s market – with 15-inch frames growing in popularity.

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