It may look like a complicated toy, but Screensaver Builder has strong rich-media support and solid distribution features that elevate it above more humdrum packages.
It produces high-quality screensavers by mixing pictures, music, video, Flash animations, and even RealMedia or Windows Media Player movies. It also provides plenty of transition effects, including wipes, stretches, and dissolves. You can save your finished product as a screensaver file, a standalone executable, or an installation package, complete with shareware limitations.
However, some distribution features are disabled in the demo. A larger problem is the interface, which consists of a vertical progress bar, a pull-down menu bar, and a tabbed window. It's actually simple once you get the hang of it, but the learning process takes longer than it should, thanks to the inadequate help file.
Screensaver Builder is simple enough for beginners and powerful enough for professionals; the trouble is that neither group is likely to realize it.
Screensaver Builder lets you create, compile, and distribute screensavers. It supports Shockwave Flash, image slide shows (with JPEG, BMP, PSD, and TIFF files, but no GIF support), and movies (MPEG, MOV, and AVI). A step-by-step interface allows you to select the media to include, then choose from various options and more than 100 transition effects that can be applied to your images. With Screensaver Builder you also can use any MIDI, MP3, WAV, or WMA file as background music. The result can be saved as a regular screensaver file or as standalone EXE file that can be used for presentations. If you purchase the optional standard or advanced version of the product, you'll get access to additional features, such as the ability to create standalone installers, shareware-style screensavers, and Internet banner displays.
Version 3.30 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.