This powerful slide-show-creation program earns our praise for its pleasing feature set rather than its mediocre design. Upon launch, Slideshow XP gives you the option of using a step-by-step wizard to build your slide show. It might be a good idea to take the program up on this offer, as the interface is chaotic, confusing, and unorganized. For example, it took us several moments of fumbling before we located the icon for previewing our creations. After adding images, you can use your own music files as a soundtrack, specify the interval between frames, and apply transition effects. Slideshow XP also lets you resize, reposition, and change the background color for individual slides, as well as add captions. When you're through, you can run the slide show on your local machine or create EXE files for sharing. However, we should note that the trial version limits you to five pictures per show. Although professional screensaver developers will need more than this program offers, everyone else will likely be satisfied.
What's new in version 3.2.1496
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedMarch 1, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Create custom slide shows in minutes. Slideshow XP allows you to create and distribute professional slide shows for Windows systems. Selecting your favorite photos and sound files from your hard drive is an easy drag-and-drop process. You can preview your slide show as you build it. Then with one click, a slide show equipped with an installation file is created. Slideshow XP supports common image formats including GIF, JPEG, BMP, Flash, RealPlayer, and Media Player. Additional customization features include the option to add music, preview slides, set picture height or width, choose background colors, turn sound on or off, display in full screen, set slide-transition time, and add text messages to slides. It supports unlimited image and sound files.