PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional

PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 13 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.52
File Size:
5.76MB
Date Added:
September 16, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Some features limited); $19.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
96,537
Downloads Last Week:
166
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

PhotoStage from NCH Software creates and saves video slideshows using your pictures, video clips, and tunes. It can save your slideshows to your PC, burn them on a DVD, send them to a mobile device, or upload them to a Web site. With drag-and-drop capability, video conversion, and download-on-demand features, it proved a capable tool for creating multimedia slideshows.

PhotoStage has an efficient layout that takes a step-by-step approach to creating slideshows. We began with Step 1, adding photos, music, and video clips to the Media List, which also let us insert blank spaces. Step 2 involved selecting effects from a tabbed menu, including Crop and Rotate, Pan and Zoom, Text Titles, and some basic video effects. Step 3, Record Narration, let us narrate our presentation and save it as an audio file. It automatically identified our audio inputs, including microphones (which you'll need to record your voice). Before we clicked on Step 4, Save Slideshow, we needed to create one, which we did quickly by dragging photos from our Media List to the clips track below. PhotoStage automatically configured each clip for our overall display time and each transition for our selected duration and effects, including a fade. Dragging sound clips to the audio track below the clips track added them to the production; likewise we could intersperse video clips easily by dragging frames from the saved conversions into our slideshow. We watched our production in the preview window, and, satisfied, saved it to a directory of our choice. It played normally in Windows Media Player when we clicked in it. PhotoStage's Save File wizard also gave us the option to burn our slideshow directly to a DVD, send it to a mobile device, or save it as an image slideshow.

At every step, PhotoStage was easy to use and practically self-explanatory, yet yielded top-quality results, quickly creating a desktop slideshow that we could share with friends and relatives. It also integrates with NCH's other video and media tools via the NCH Toolbox on the toolbar, should you choose to use it. If you're looking for a better slideshow experience, give PhotoStage a try.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of PhotoStage Video Slideshow Software 2.03. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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  • 2 stars

    "What a Rip-Off"

    December 17, 2013   |   By tjlee500

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.21

    Pros

    Good program but updating etc is BAD

    Cons

    Updating and Support is TERRIBLE!

    Summary

    Updating is a rip-off"

    December 17, 2013 | By tjlee500

    Pros

    It is a good program but updating is expensive and unfair

    Cons
    Updating and Support

    Summary

    I bought the program 3 months ago and decided to take the UPDATE option from the open program. No warning that this would deregister my copy. It updated and became an unregistered copy. I contacted support and registration is linked to the DATE you bought program. I learned I would have to pay an update fee which was almost the cost of the original program. I finally got support to send me link to older program so I could use my purchase reg. key.

    Most programs allow you to update for free or at least tell you update will cost so much. Not NCH software. Buyer Beware! I will search for a program that has a reasonable update policy. Just went to Windows 8.1 for FREE!

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  • 1 stars

    "This program is very bad."

    September 23, 2013   |   By Frankdal25

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.21

    Pros

    The price is reasonable, but the program does not work.

    Cons

    I have Windows 7 Pro and after spending 2 days on my grandson's wedding slideshow, the project disappeared from my pc. Whenever T did some work on the project I saved the project for the next session. When I tried to open the project it was nowhere to be found. Where the HECK dik it go? Don't buy this software. When I had XP I used Photo Story 3 and it worked great. Too bad it does't work with windows 7. Can anyone suggest a good Slideshow program? Thanks.

    Summary

    I need a good Slideshow program to buy.

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  • 2 stars

    "Simply doesn't work as advertised..."

    August 26, 2013   |   By petedalejudi

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.21

    Pros

    easy, intuitive, great GUI. I really wished it worked...

    Cons

    Just does not work!! Everytime I ran it I got a different file length. I ran it with same input slides plus music and sometimes it crashed other times it finished but skipped slides in the play mode. I tried .wmv and .avi with different setting (bitrate) still no go. I tried all compatability modes for the program as well under win8. I was only able to make this software run under my old p4,2.53 ghz system, it took 4 hours for a 17 min slideshow!!

    Summary

    Try if for free and really test before buying this software. If you do buy it do so with a credit card and save yourself from dealing with NCH software. This software drops some of the pics in the show and hangs on others...so make sure it works for you. I was using a wedding with 242 pics and some music. I spent 2 weeks testing this under all variations. I don't know why Cnet rated this so highly....
    Good Luck....you'll need it. I

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  • 2 stars

    "DVD Major Playback Issues - Do not buy for DVD burning"

    June 03, 2013   |   By JH20Twelve

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.21

    Pros

    1)Easy to use, very intuative.
    2)Ability to edit audio clips to chosen length and adjust fade in/out points
    3)Good range of transition types
    4)Playback preview function

    Cons

    1 ) Burning to DVD simply does not work in any meaningful or reliable manner. Having created slideshows varying between 50 and 400 pictures, with and without audio, I have only been able to create one working DVD. That required saving the same slideshow 5 times before it would playback. Every other time the images froze at random stages part way through, whilst the audio continued, and sometimes seems to have re-ordeed the images into a different order (possibly by size?).

    2) Scrolling throgh images is clumsy. Although easy to use, amending the clip or transition duration or transition type for multiple clips is very unweildy. Although a simple click/hold shift/click function, scrolling along say 20 images seems to take a long time.

    Summary

    As my main reason for buying this application over others was the supposed abilty to burn a slideshow with audio to DVD, I am very dissapointed.

    Despite trying different DVD writers, disc types and varying the content and size of slideshows I have not been able to identify a specific reason for it not burning a playable version to a disc.

    Saving as a datafile does work (most of the time) but that is not why I bought this.

    Despite its attractive features and options, it is not fit for the purpose for which it was advertised or for which I bought it.

    I can not recommend this product.

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrible crap."

    February 18, 2013   |   By dundee50

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

    Pros

    none and I've tried very hard to find at least one. So much promise at first.

    Cons

    Just does not work worth a damn.

    Summary

    Thought it was going to be good. But so much trouble with it.
    Very unstable and ran into major problems once I started with video and music file. Absolutely rubbish. And the worst thing is I can't uninstall this garbage!!

    Updated on Feb 18, 2013

    I can't understand how CNET could give such a high rating.

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  • 1 stars

    "Do Not Buy this Product It is a Scam"

    October 12, 2012   |   By Ndoumani

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

    Pros

    There are none to speak of. It is a scam. They take your money and time and that is all you get.

    Cons

    You can not create a slide show and save it to a DVD. Waste of time. Then when you pay for support they do not provide it. I wasted money on the software and the technical support. Do not do what I did find another program for your slide show needs.

    Summary

    You can not create a slide show and save it to a DVD. Waste of time. Then when you pay for support they do not provide it. I wasted money on the software and the technical support. Do not do what I did find another program for your slide show needs.

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  • 1 stars

    "DO NOT BUY FROM THESE MONEY GRABBING MORONS!!!!"

    July 10, 2012   |   By mavrikinmd

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

    Pros

    ONLY ONE!- handles m4a(mp4 ITunes audio files)

    Cons

    "CUSTOMER SUPPORT" Takes NEARLY TWO DAYS to respond to inquiries for help! And, Forces you to Repeat the SAME QUESTION TWICE BEFORE ACCEPTING the fact Their INFERIOR Software product CANNOT handle MORE THAN ONE audio file when adding to a slideshow!!!! Took them NEARLY A WEEK to Confirm My suspicions about NOT being able to Delete audio files to timeline bar once added, Including NO option to delete them from the menu box where they are originally added!!!! ALL audio tracks played SIMULTANEOUSLY, which is RIDICULOUS and a MAJOR software FLAW to which tech support replied, "We have sent this suggestion to our developers to make this optional feature in a future version.We will let you know the result." This does NOTHING to Either correct the problem NOR accept the fact there is a SERIOUS DESIGN FLAW which Subsequently renders the WASTED $30 spent on this software USELESS, NOT TO MENTION ALL The HOURS spent TRYING to get this to work as it SHOULD!!!!!!

    STAY AWAY!!!

    Summary

    DO NOT EVEN WASTE YOUR TIME W/THE "FREE TRIAL SOFTWARE", as it's even MORE USELESS than the PAID VERSION!!!!!

    WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "I loved this program so I bought it!"

    February 22, 2012   |   By portia9898

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.12

    Pros

    Easy to use interface, nice auto features, looks great running on a plasma TV

    Cons

    Difficult to use multiple music tracks in one show

    Summary

    I tried out 3 other slideshow programs before buying this one. It has many nice features- like auto streatching a song so it plays through the whole show & being able to lengthen seconds each slide and transition play individually. I also like laying out my show on a timed strip so I could see how long the whole show played. I burned the finshed slideshow to a DVD for a gift & when my sister-in-law played it on the plasma TV it looked great.

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  • 1 stars

    "What a disappointment!"

    February 20, 2012   |   By PaulPhotog

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.12

    Pros

    Cheap. (Can't think of anything else good about it, but the review wouldn't let me use only the five letters in "cheap.")

    Cons

    (1) Does not follow Windows file sort convention. Thus, image files are not in sequence, making it laborious and time consuming to put the slides in order. No way to sort them other than the default, which really screws things up.(2) File names are not displayed in the timeline. This makes it a guessing game when trying to arrange the slides. (3) No way to generate a menu for selecting chapters. (4) No way to cue specific music tracks to specific sets of slides. THIS IS A KILLER FLAW! (5)Tech support is non-existent unless you are willing to pay. No way to offer suggestions for improvement. (6) When you pay, it is in foreign currency, (a fact they fail to mention)which results in a 3% surcharge from most credit card companies.

    Summary

    For a "quick and dirty" slideshow it is OK, but then there are FREE programs that do as good a job. This could be a good program with the changes mentioned, but as it is I would not recommend it to anyone.

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  • 1 stars

    "Bad. Saty away! Don't waste your time!"

    January 12, 2012   |   By Bellagia

    Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.12

    Pros

    easy interface, nice results

    Cons

    not able to save slideshows in any format. lots of crashes. technical support very low, not useful.program also installed unwanted subprograms and now my browser is funky too. Everything is slow since this program installed a lot of extra stuff without consent.

    Summary

    Whats the good of it if you can't even save the end product and the program keeps crashing. I never have computer issues--only this program which I've read lots of disappointing similar reviews.

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