ProShow Gold

ProShow Gold

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 73 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    715,760
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 05, 2004
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial); $69.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    44.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    602
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 9
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 73 votes

    • 5 star 39
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 13
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5 stars

"Great Features, Needs Much Improvement"

June 06, 2004

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

Very buggy stuff, unusual developer that releases upgrades about once a week. This is a great product in theory, has beautiful and feature-rich interface, problem is, it doesn't work the way it is supposed to. Version 2.0, Build 1547 has numerous bugs, it doesn't recognize many DVD burners, so have to create an ISO or CUE file, then burn that from Nero or equivalant. MPEG generator is simply awful. The program often stops review-playback ability, making you save your file and restart the program to continue. HTML based shows simply don't work. Nice things about it? If you're willing to jump through theoops, it will generate a VCD-DVD-EXE show with liquid smooth motion, much better than anything out there, I've tried them all. Great Ken Burns pan-zoom-rotate effects make still photos appear video-like. Tech support is by toll free number, they answer quickly and are quite helpful. They also admit version flaws and quirks, and to check often for new releases. Overall, this will be a great product when they get it right. But download the existing release and play with it for 2 weeks for free, you'll really like what it can do.

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4 stars

"Weak viewer, strong on tools to package a slide show, but some bugs"

February 19, 2005  |  By PicMan

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Pros

Enormous number of nice transition effects: 280. Can use many blocks of picture-specific or common caption text blocks. Each block can have MANY of its attributes specified. Can play background and foreground audio. The packaged slide show can be sent to many destinations (screen saver, MPEG file, DVD, auto-play EXE, Video CD, etc). If you want to package a slide show, this program is definitely worth looking into.

Cons

Very weak on the real-time viewing of pictures (no pan & zoom, picture information, orientation, or printing). The banner "Made as an evaluation of ProShow Gold" appears on each of your slide shows. Only 15 day trial. I seemed to run across many bugs (my layout spec was ignored, the same set of slide show questions was repeatedly asked for each target, the audio preview of my MP3 kept playing, trying to remove a global caption corrupted text and a specified transition time, etc). This program really needs some bug fix effort.

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3 stars

"Good Product, but lacking"

February 04, 2005  |  By freezing

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Pros

They've put a lot into it, but it's lacking simple but important features.

Cons

The "Ken Burns" effect is important and it's included, but very limited. If you make a slide show, it's an auto set-up where you preset the timing. With all the stuff they've put into it, it should have provisions for "viewer participation", meaning that it shouldn't be a 100% auto setup. There should be a provision allowing the viewer to advance, or go back to view any slide... I feel that's an important feature.

I give it a 3 star rating.

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5 stars

"The BEST Slideshow software made!"

January 22, 2005  |  By dabigkahuna

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

I can honestly say, I have tried them all. I have actually tried about 6 different programs. This one is the easiest, with advanded features, and the most stable. I had been searching for the right slide program to fit my needs. This has every feature possible...pan and zoom(Ken Burns effect), with a ton of transition effects. Great text features that can add and animate text to any one of your slides. I have done about 10 slideshows with this software and they have all turned out perfect. When you download the trial and create a show, it will have a yellow bar through your show that will not go away until you purchase the full version. I'd buy the full version if I were you, this one is the best.

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1 stars

"Couldn't burn DVD's"

January 10, 2005  |  By Alan Mintaka

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

Unable to write to DVD's "Write error" on system that has no problems using other DVD authoring programs. Also, DVD menu editor is worthless. Don't waste time with the trialware.

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1 stars

"Don't waste your hard earned $$$"

January 03, 2005

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

They've put a lot of icing on the cake and the cake is stale. On a scale of 1 to 10... 10 being the best, it's a 4+.

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1 stars

"Don't try to use video files!!"

December 18, 2004

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

This program is GREAT if all you want to do it use it for a slideshow with photos. If you add MPG files, it won't work. My videos all sfreeze with 5 seconds left to play, but the audio continues. Tech support has not answered my emails and phone support is only open during working hours. From what others have said, the video support is just not there and I experienced it firsthand. I just wish I had found this out before I registered the software!

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1 stars

"Would not drag MPG's"

November 22, 2004

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

I used this program several times as a slide show for my pictures and it worked beautifully, but when I started into MPG's, we had several problems. I called the help desk several times and I just couldn't get my MPG's to ever work. I gave up on this program.

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1 stars

"Works on only the cheapest model DVD player"

September 25, 2004

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

This program works great with creating a slideshow with music for CD's but don't count on it to burn a CD to play on DVD player. Tried it on 5 DVD players and only worked on the cheapest model I tried.

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5 stars

"Look no further...this is THE BEST"

September 19, 2004

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

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1 stars

"QA Department on Vacation?"

August 12, 2004  |  By kelc

 |  Version: ProShow Gold 2.0

Summary

This is a great with lots of features you can create professional looking slideshows. HOWEVER - the system crashes ProShow Gold causes are a horrifying experience that makes this tool almost unusable. Especially since I upgraded a week ago to Build 1571 the PC crashed every time I play the Slideshow from CD or DVD ("the crash log could not be fully prepared for upload"). Burned multiple CDs and tried different computers - it crashes. This is not ready for prime time. Just have a look at the number of fixes on the photodex website. Seems like the testing department is on vacation or got laid off. Anyways, I have some limited trust that future releases will fix the issues. Wait a couple months until the fixes are in place, then buy it, since there is no better low budget slideshow product out there.

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General
Publisher Photodex
Publisher web site http://www.photodex.com
Release Date April 05, 2004
Date Added April 05, 2004
Version 2.0
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Digital Photo Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 44.18MB
File Name psgold_60_3410.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 715,760
Downloads Last Week 602
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $69.95

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