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PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Free

CNET Editors' review

Custom slideshows are a great way to display your favorite photos and videos to friends and family. PhotoStage Slideshow Producer shows that slideshow makers don't need to be difficult to use to produce great results.

The best sign of a well-designed user interface is when you can jump into a program without having to consult the help feature first. PhotoStage Slideshow Producer has just such an interface. However, should you need it; a link to an ample online Help page is available. PhotoStage's process is broken down into steps so you can't go wrong. We started first by adding our media files, which included a mix of digital photos and a video. From there, we were able to add effects to each file, including the ability to crop, resize, and change the hue. But you can take it all a step further and add effects that turn your images into old film, oil paintings, negatives, sepia, and more. Our next step was to add transitions, such as Cross Fade, Revealing From Top to Bottom, and so on. We were pleasantly surprised to find that PhotoStage offers a narration feature that let us add our own music to our slideshow; you can even record your own voice, if you have a microphone. The Save step gave us numerous options for saving our newly created slideshow, including saving it as a Flash file, DVD movie, or a data disc, or we could save it to our hard drive or portable device. We saved our slideshow to our desktop. It took a few seconds for it to save, but in no time, we were able to play our newly created slideshow back.

PhotoStage Slideshow producer will appeal to users of all skill levels. It installs desktop icons without your permission, but it uninstalls cleanly. We highly recommend it.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what I needed in a crunch!"

    October 24, 2013  |   By halofollett

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Free 2.21

    Pros

    So easy to use even for a complete novice. Many more features I'd like to play with sometime.

    Cons

    I'm too happy and relieved to think of a negative.

    Summary

    I just created a slideshow video with music for funeral in a ridiculously short period of time that I can be proud of. I'm so happy I could pull this off after most of they trying everything else I could think of. As far as I'm concerned the product did everything I needed and expected. I was quick, intuitive and the end result is fantastic!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Quite Satisfied"

    September 29, 2013  |   By stevemartin12788

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Free 2.21

    Pros

    This tool is extremely easy to use. it helps me to create presentation using media files stored on my hard drive.

    Cons

    Takes a lot of time in creating multimedia slideshows

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This product does not work as advertised....Period!!"

    August 25, 2013  |   By petedalejudi

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Free 2.21

    Pros

    Great interface...setup is easy...easy to learn the set-up..

    Cons

    The product simply does not produce a valid output product... I tried running on pentium 4 253ghz, creating .wmv file, 1920 24 fps, it took 4 hours on ver 2.21, ver 2.24 didn't work on same machine. I bought a I3 3220, 3.3 ghz ,6GB win 8 PC , neither version would run properly, no matter what compability was set on execution. I used a 242 picture, with music file. I varied bitrate, still no go.

    Summary

    If your tempted to buy this and you will be...buy with credit card so you can get the charges reversed with no hassle...Trying to get your money back after you find out it doesn't work is crazy! I spent days with this software...I find it hard to believe CNET gave it such a great review...I'd like to know what they used and what compability they were running under...I was only able to get this program to run under win95 compablity on my old pentium 4 which took 4 hours!!! Win 8 on win95 compability causes the program to crash immediately....The only software that ran on my pentium4 was the old version 2.21, not the 2.24...go figure...
    Be safe...credit card only...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Probably the best!"

    August 15, 2013  |   By mhaney25

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Free 2.21

    Pros

    Extremely capable, has all the *right* features. Can easily manipulate the timeline, set slide lengths, automatically time photos to the music, add video clips, manage transitions and transition durations. One of the only solutions that provides really good pan and zoom functions - which makes it really easy to create professional quality photo slideshows or documentaries.

    Cons

    The interface doesn't look as sexy as other pieces of software.
    Text effects are more limited.

    Summary

    I've tried out six other photo slideshow software packages, and this is the ONLY one that has all of the features I need. Took about 10 minutes of playing around to figure out how to do a few things, but after that it was really easy to produce great results!

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