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  • 5.0 stars

    "ADORE this, and their next higher version, Producer"

    January 11, 2007  |   By nygdb

    Pros

    This version of Photodex is just super. Many changes made to reduce size file and expand output types. Best of all is the ability to insert the multiple movements on a single slide like one used to find in XShow (in the last version of Photodex one could create multiple moves on a single slide by copying the slide to the next frame and continuing the motion, but its unnecessary in this version, which should reduce output file size. Color transition is super. Kudos Photodex, this is a great upgrade.

    The professional version upgrade that came out at the same time leaves me in awe. Photodex Producer has some incredibly slick new masking, layering, and caption features that quickly allow you to create truly professional slideshows In the former version one had to insert identical slides in different color tones and then insert a long transition from one to the next to get a color transition effect. With this version, one can just select the beginning and ending hue. Now I watch TV interviews with complicated graphics floating in layers in the background and think "that's easy, I can do that!" Producer is a lot more expensive, but if you're into making videos and want them to have a high level of sophistication, I know of no equal. They must have put a huge effort into these latest upgrades. No more DVD burner problems either. Video incorporation is much improved as well.

    Photodex has some great video tutorials in their online support site which show just what the two programs can do.

    Cons

    Program and audio stability was a problem in the last version, but no problems encountered so far. They still don't have is the ability to tilt a layered photo sideways until it disappears (that I can see), only rotate pan and zoom. And no 3D feature (which I find annoying anyway). The program is far more intricate than some of the other Burnsesque slideshows. But as you learn them, you quickly want more features, so the programs' tremendous capabilities are well worth the intricacy and learning curve.

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  • Reply by Beaters on January 24, 2007

    I just tried out this program. It seems to have all of the functionality I'm seeking and more. My main purpose for this program is to take Power Point presentations with embedded narrations, edit and transform them into other types of distributable media (e.g. WMV files). This program, when it works, works very well for the purpose. PhotoShow won't import PowerPoint directly, but it's a simple matter to save the images as TIFF files which are compatible, and save out the audio track as WAV files that are also compatible.

    The problem so far has been program stability: I've crashed this program more often than anything in recent memory. At first it worked flawlessly, and then I started getting system crashes. Just FYI, I'm running Win XP Media Center 2005 on an Intel 3.2 P4 system with 1 GB of RAM. I'm still hoping I'll be able to re-install and have it work right again.

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