Functional problems plague AVD Slide Show

This promising software needs to go back to the drawing board.

Slideshows are a great way to display your digital images at parties, presentations, family gatherings, and many other events. There's no shortage of software designed to help users create slideshows, and with so many to choose from, it makes no sense to compromise with substandard software. Unfortunately, that's exactly what AVD Slide Show is. We wanted to like this program, but functional problems made that all but impossible.

AVD Slide Show has a simple but attractive interface, with a toolbar across the top and a navigation pane down the left side that lets users select the images they want to work with. Using the program is fairly easy; simply navigate to the directory containing the images you want to include in the slideshow, access the Options menu to set the timing, transitions, and background color, and click the Play button. The slideshow does its thing with very little fuss, but there's a brief Help file for users who need assistance getting started. We were excited about trying the program's AVI feature, which lets users create slideshows and save them as video files that can be played with any media player, but the result was less than impressive; all our images appeared as distorted stripes of color. We also ran into confusing error messages several times while using the program, and at some point the bottom half of the toolbar became covered up by the lower part of the program's interface. Overall, we think that AVD Slide Show has potential, but it needs to get its functional problems under control before it will be ready for primetime.

AVD Slide Show installs and uninstalls without issues.

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