Wedding Album Maker Gold is an intuitive way to create custom slideshows and save them in a variety of formats. Although it's not the most sophisticated program we've ever seen, it's easy to use, and is a good choice for users that aren't too picky.
The program's interface is very intuitive, allowing us to create our first album in a matter of minutes. The program walks users through the process of selecting photos, adjusting transition effects, adding music, selecting a template and menu, and selecting the proper output format. The interface isn't particularly slick-looking, but it's extremely easy to navigate. The program contained the typical features that one would expect from a slideshow maker, and we especially liked the wide variety of output formats. Users can save their slideshows to DVDs, but also create Flash movies, MPGs, Web albums, and movies ready for upload to YouTube or MySpace. If the program has any weakness as far as its features are concerned, it's with the templates that are included. These trend more toward cute than sophisticated, and some of them are downright cheesy. Users do have the option of not using one at all and displaying their images unadorned, which is a relief. The program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough.
Wedding Album Maker Gold has a 36-photo limitation on its trial version. The program installs desktop icons without asking and leaves a file behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users seeking an easy way to create photo slideshows.