Pros / Convenient drag-and-drop positioning add to this product's ease of use.

Cons / You have to buy technical support plans to access email support.

 Verdict / PhotoStage Slideshow has excellent creative tools in addition to numerous input and output capabilities for easy uploading and sharing of your photo slideshows.

PhotoStage Slideshow helps you easily and quickly create personalized photo slideshows. This application is one of the easiest photo slideshow creators to use, and it offers a variety of input and output options as well as editing tools with images, transitions, effects and music. With its simplicity and all-around versatility, this photo slideshow software earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.

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  • Slideshow Quality
  • Transition Effects
  • Backgrounds & Themes
  • Ease of Use Score
  1. The software is scored according to how well its technical aspects performed during our tests.
    Higher is Better
  2. 3  PhotoStage Slideshow
    95.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 100.0 %
  5. Category Average
    89.5 %

Editing & Creative Tools

PhotoStage Slideshow offers a fairly extensive feature set. This photo slideshow maker contains most of the basic tools we look for in the best slideshow software, such as timing controls that allow you to choose how long each slide is displayed. You can also choose from more than 30 transitions. In addition, there is no limit to the number of images you can place in the slideshow.

This slideshow software also includes clip art and the ability to upload video clips. You can add music and voice recordings, plus you can edit and merge music clips using the built-in audio file mixer, which has audio syncing capabilities.

PhotoStage has excellent photo editing capabilities. There is an extensive effects library packed with both standard editing functions, such as cropping and brightness control, and unique photo effects that allow you to completely optimize and even alter your photos. If you are just learning how to make a slideshow, you have plenty of tools with which to experiment. For instance, you can fine-tune color saturation and brightness. You can also add an oil painting or an old film finish to a picture, and you can even pixilate your photos.

This photo slideshow maker doesn't have text animations, which give you the ability to create animated, dynamic text captions and slideshow backgrounds. If you are interested in finding a program with lots of backgrounds and themes, DVD Slideshow Builder is the way to go.

PhotoStage Slideshow offers a generous number of design features that are generally easy to use and take little time to learn. The software's smooth drag-and-drop functionality lets you pick and arrange photos with a simple click of the mouse. In addition, this software's ease of use is increased by its well-organized user interface.

Output Formats

This photo slideshow creator supports all popular audio, image and video input formats for PCs and Macs. During playback, the slideshows are sharp, smooth and high definition. This photo slideshow maker's supported output formats are likewise outstanding. You can burn your slideshows to a digital disc as well, including an interactive CD, DVD or Blu-ray).

You should be aware there is a slight loss in quality during playback in the software's preview window. However, this noticeable difference did not appear in the finished slideshow we exported as a Windows Media video file.

Sharing Capabilities

You can share you slideshows on YouTube and export them as a variety of video files. Moreover, you can save your picture slideshows in a format that's compatible with iPods, iPhones and other popular mobile devices. Facebook sharing is also an option, since this software can connect directly to the social media site.

Help & Support

While most of what this software has to offer is rather impressive, its support options have a few drawbacks. The manufacturer provides email support, but to receive more comprehensive support, you must purchase one of three technical support plans. Be aware that each one is capped with an allotted number of email and phone consultations, and you must use your consultations within one to three months. The company offers some useful online resources, including a FAQs section.


While NCH Software's rigid support plans for PhotoStage Slideshow leave much to be desired, this photo slideshow software is still outstanding. The application provides prolific design features and a sophisticated yet intuitive user interface that is quite easy to navigate – so much that you won't likely feel the need for a support plan anyway. If you want photo slideshow software that is simple but still provides professional results, we recommend PhotoStage Slideshow.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Editing & Creative Tools

Ease of Use Score
Transition Effects
Backgrounds & Themes
Audio Track Limit
Import Wizard
Drag-and-Drop Positioning
Unlimited Images
Timing Control
Import Video Clips
Photo Editing
Add Text
Voice Narration
Embellishments & Clipart
Animation Options
Undo Tool

System Compatibility

Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Output Formats

Slideshow Quality
Interactive CD
Windows Media

Help & Support

Email Support
Phone Support
User Guide
Video Tutorials
Free Downloadable Updates

Sharing Capabilities

Mobile Devices