Screensavers are among the most common pieces of software online, and a host of tools exist to help create them. But this download stands out from the crowd, scoring big points for its versatility, feature set, and ease of use. In its most traditional mode, it allows users to create screensavers from a set of images, setting transition effects and image duration. The time that an image stays on the screen can be set to match an included soundtrack. It does lack an internal image editor that would help rotate, resize, or crop pictures, however. The software is not confined to photos, allowing users to create screensavers from video files, Flash movies, and even Autodesk animations. It even allows some basic creation of new animations. The final, professional-looking output is produced as an SCR file or an installer. A shareware protection feature allows users to distribute and sell their creations. All told, we see this as one of the best utilities in its category, and would happily recommend it to anyone who wants to create their own screensavers.
From Axialis Software:
Axialis Screensaver Producer is a powerful and easy-to-use tool to create and compile redistributable Windows screensavers. You can create all kind of screensavers based on Sprites, Flash, Slideshows and Video Clips.
It has a fully integrated workspace which permits working efficiently and create professional screensavers in minutes. The interface is based on a Windows 7 like Ribbon toolbar. It includes a WYSIWYG editor, an Ergonomic Integrated Suite of Tools, A Built-in Librarian and many other features.
You can design and produces screensavers compatible with all versions of Windows (fully compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, screensavers are compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows). You can customize the screensaver About dialog box. Produced screensavers are compatible with all video configurations (screen size and color depth). The application permits creation of installable packages. Several options are available.
The Sprites (animated objects moving on screen) permits creating screensavers with animated logos or themed objects. Collision effects with sounds and a background music can be added. If you use to create Adobe Flash movies, you'll produce limitless screensavers (the Flash plug-in can be included in the install package). Creating slideshow screensavers is also possible. Many transitions are available including the famous "fade-in & fade-out" effects. A watermark image can be added on the slides. If you have created a video movie, you'll be able to create a screensaver from it in a few clicks. Several video file formats are supported: AVI, MPEG, ASF, WMV, QT.
An optional RSS reader can be included in the screensavers. It permits retreiving RSS feeds through Internet or a corporate LAN. You can create demo/limited screensavers with unlock codes. Very interesting to sell your creations.
The program contains a large help file with tutorials, how-tos and illustrations.
NO ROYALTIES ON DISTRIBUTED SCREENSAVERS.
What's new in this version:
New video file formats supported: Mpeg4 (MP4, M4V), Flash Video (FLV), 3GP. Ability to digitally sign screensavers. Bug fixes and other enhancements.
I purchased this 10/07. It worked 'okay' for what it was. When v4 came out I upgraded (FREE LIFETIME UPGRADES - right on their site). I discovered there were BUGS in the HELP system. After being ignored by 'tech support' I stated this fact on their forum. The moderator (an Axialis employee) acknowledged the issue saying it would be fixed in the next release. The next release 4.1 came but still no fix. Then 4.2 came and still no fix. I related this on the forum again after which they promptly deleted my forum logon, AND (I discovered later) my ACCOUNT logon - so I can no longer get the updates I PAID them for (and still have the receipt to prove it). To date all requests for help have been completely ignored. All I can say is - don't complain about anything because this FOREIGN company (based in FRANCE) will screw you knowing there isn't a thing in the world you (being 5,500 miles away in America) can do.
This outfit can not take criticism. They will delete your account if you point out bugs in their software. This is a FOREIGN company that knows there is nothing you can do to them if they screw you (unless you happen to live in France - then you may have a chance)Don't waste your $$
In the same league with the best professional editing products out there. As recommended, I also used the Axialis Icon Maker with it. Both worked beautifully.
I couldn't preview my finished installed screensaver on my son's Vista laptop....perhaps because it was a trial, or was it because of the Vista OS? The trial only lasted one day for me, then it expired(might be my fault as my date/clock was unknowingly set for year 2010 before the install and then I reset it after I installed the program).