Pros / This software separates the design process into three steps, which makes slideshow creation easy and enjoyable.
Cons / You cannot share your slideshow on an interactive CD or via email.
Verdict / This application is fairly easy to use, plus it offers many customization options to help you create slideshows that are truly your own.
DVD Slideshow Builder helps you create entertaining and appealing photo slideshows from images you capture with your own lens or gather online. It offers a handful of editing tools to help you make unique and high-quality slideshows. However, it lacks sharing and output options, and DVD Slideshow Builder's customer support is not extensive.
DVD Slideshow Builder's greatest strengths lie within its creative structure and editing tools. There are three parts to the slideshow maker: Organize, Personalize and Create. These three modes help break up the creation and editing processes to make slideshow design simple and quick. In Organize, you can choose the specific images you want for your picture slideshow. Personalize allows you to add special touches of your own. In Create mode, you can easily publish your work. If you need to learn how to make a slideshow, this is a solid choice.
This slideshow creator offers more than 450 background and theme templates. This software has one of the largest selections of templates available of all the photo slideshow makers we tested. There is no limit to the number photos you can add to each slideshow, and more than 130 transition effects are available.
There are easy-to-use options on DVD Slideshow Builder. In its Create section are a series of clip art images, sounds and photo effects to help you perfect the introduction and credits. Unfortunately, this program doesn't include an undo tool of any kind, which can be frustrating. If you forsee this being a problem for you, consider finding a program like Photostory Easy, which does provide an undo option.
There are no tools available to help you generate and create design elements yourself. Instead, you must use the prefabricated effects that DVD Slideshow Builder offers in order to jazz up your slideshow.
Once you've completed your picture slideshow, you can click on the Create tab to access a series of input and output options. You can burn picture slideshows to DVDs, save them to your computer in a number of different video file formats and export them in a format that is compatible with popular mobile devices. You can also save your slideshows in several high definition (HD) formats.
However, there are a few limitations on the sharing and output options. You can share your slideshows on YouTube and social networks such as Facebook, but you cannot create an interactive CD or email your slideshows directly from the software. Many higher-ranked products on our lineup allow you to share your slideshows through CD and email, but this one does not.
This slideshow software is lacking in the help and support department. This application doesn't offer phone support. You can receive answers to many of your questions by sending an email, reading the user guide and checking a community forum. Without more direct help and support, you are limited if you run into any unaddressed questions while using this software.
- Slideshow Quality
- Transition Effects
- Backgrounds & Themes
- Ease of Use Score
DVD Slideshow Builder can produce appealing picture slideshows, but it is not especially outstanding. It lacks sharing options, including interactive CD creation and email sharing, which many of the best products offer. The three-part process, though, gives this software an easy learning curve.