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PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 59 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.13
  • Total Downloads:
    356,837
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 22, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (Limited functionality); $39.95 to buy

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 15
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 17
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1 stars

"Clunky, clunky, clunky"

September 16, 2012  |  By OrgLePhantom

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Non! These words simply are added to meet the minimum characters required.

Cons

Clunky. The dictionary definition of clunky is " awkward or unsophisticated . That describes PhotoStage well. I tried the free version. Maybe the paid versions are better. I would give it no stars but such is not possible.

Summary

The free version proved to be a big waste of time.

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1 stars

"saves defective files, adds ad-links"

August 23, 2012

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Can produce a slideshow without music okay

Cons

slideshow with music track comes out all screwed up.

Summary

The worst kind of "free software"; defective, adds ad-links to more programs these people sell, should not be listed on CNET at all.

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4 stars

"Worked great for my needs."

August 04, 2012  |  By DISPENZA

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Nothing wrong

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5 stars

"Good product easy to use and does what it says"

July 03, 2012  |  By artsale

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

easy to use
fast to install
i can add text and effects from within the program
also able to add music and voice overs
does what it says

Cons

Not actually free. Its only free for a trial period, but its not that expensive to buy

Summary

As a user with what I guess to be intermediate skills, I think its the best of around ten others that I tried out

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1 stars

"NOT FREE: Limited trial only"

May 23, 2012  |  By Heimdude

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Works ok, but only for week. then you have to pay.

Cons

Actually Not Free

Summary

In wrong category... "Free trial", not "Free"

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4 stars

"Very good, little bit more then basic"

May 13, 2012  |  By DRTulp

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Easy to use, good crash and recovery routines, good features, for me the best software to create simple but nice home videos.
I used it to create a DVD from images and videos. It takes a while to import everything (rather old PC).
It crashed 2 or 3 times (on windows XP and an rather old PC) but it did an amazing job of recovering an automatically saved project file (lost practically nothing in all crashes).

Cons

It crashed a few times, effects cannot be assigned to one file-type, videos and images placed on the time-line don't represent their actual timeframe (audio does), they are just a thumbnail with a time label.

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1 stars

"Easy to use, lousy end product."

May 06, 2012  |  By no1mass

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

It's easy to use, but ends up being a waste of your time because it is indiscriminate in what photos it allows you to import.

Cons

Won't import certain photos, and there seems to be no defining characteristics of those it won't import. Spent hours playing with file size, type, etc. to no avail on certain photos - which I wanted in my show. It also crashes for no reason.

Summary

I have used many video editing and slideshow programs, and while not expert, I'm no novice either. I have ample ram and and i7 processor, so that isn't an issue. I decided to try Photoshow because the 'trial' show worked well. Then I bought the full version. No matter how easy something is to use, if you can't get the finished product, or include pictures that are important to the production, it's not worth the time or money. It is a waste of your time and money.

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1 stars

"Bad interface, crashes often, stay away"

March 21, 2012  |  By kporta

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Very easy to learn.

Cons

Too many to list! crashes when making the movie, can't see a preview of the pictures so it is difficult to see a picklist of what pictures you have to choose from. Also tried to export the project to an external drive and then open it up with another (faster) laptop which did not work.

Summary

Developers really need to go back and rework this product, I spent way too much time creating a project that should have taken no more than 10-20 hours and I probably spent over 120 hours because of the the crashing. Windows movie maker is much better.

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1 stars

"Repeatedly crashes when burning DVD"

March 05, 2012  |  By paleonard

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Relatively intuitive

Cons

Useless for distribution if it won't burn a DVD.

Summary

A real waste of time if your goal is to burn a DVD.

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2 stars

"Made ugly images"

February 27, 2012  |  By martigae

 |  Version: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer Professional 2.13

Pros

Nothing to say.

Cons

The slide show does not give a good by lowering the quality of the images.

Summary

I had to uninstall this software because of the inferior result(profit) to make a beautiful slide show.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.13
Version 2.13 improved Quick Create and DVD playback features and other performance updates.
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date September 22, 2011
Date Added September 22, 2011
Version 2.13
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.26MB
File Name pstagefree.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 356,837
Downloads Last Week 610
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited functionality
Price $39.95

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