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Pros / Convenient drag-and-drop positioning adds to this software’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.

You can tell from the get-go that PhotoStage Slideshow is definitely an older program, but this application’s basic design makes it one of the easiest photo slideshow creators to use. It offers a variety of input and output options as well as editing tools for images and music. Since this program doesn’t come with any backgrounds and doesn’t offer nearly as many transitions as other programs, we recommend it to people who want to make basic, no-nonsense projects.

While testing PhotoStage, we found that this 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. There are only about 30 transitions, one of the smallest selections of the programs we tested. The transitions, while basic, aren’t as tacky as what’s offered in some other programs so they won’t distract from your images. There is no limit to the number of images you can place in the slideshow.

This software offers a basic wizard, but we found it easy enough to use without it. It was easy to add video clips and music to our slideshow. You can use this software to determine what parts of video clips appear in your show so you won’t need expensive video editing equipment to make it work. We also used the Narrate button to record and add dialogue to specific images, which can enhance your project.

While PhotoStage does offer some editing tools, they match the rest of the program in being super basic. You can crop and rotate your images or use adjustment sliders to determine the contrast, brightness and hue of your images. Since it is a little older, the program takes a second to process your adjustments, but they turn out well once they’ve been applied.

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 a program with lots of backgrounds and themes, DVD Slideshow Builder is the way to go.

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. 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.
When you are done creating your projects, you can share them directly on YouTube, Flickr or Facebook. You can also choose to export the files in specific smartphone and tablet formats.

While most of what this software has to offer is rather impressive, its support options have a few drawbacks. The publisher 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 decent, though a little basic. The application provides prolific design features and a sophisticated user interface that is easy to navigate – so much that you likely won't need a support plan anyway. If you want photo slideshow software that is simple but still provides professional results, we recommend this program.

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  • Ease of Use
  • Slideshow Quality
  • Transition Effects
  • Filters, Backgrounds & Themes
  1. The ability to comfortably navigate the interface and the use the software’s tools.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 5  PhotoStage Slideshow
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  6. Category Average
    91.0 %

Price

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.

Editing Creating

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.

Output Formats

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.

Sharing Capabilities

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.

Summary

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

System Compatibility

Windows 10
Windows 8
Windows 7
Mac OS 10.8

Price

Price
$49.95

Editing Creating

Ease of Use Score
90%
Slideshow Quality
75%
Transition Effects
130
Filters, Backgrounds & Themes
450
Audio Track Limit
2

Output Formats

MPEG-4
DVD
Blu-ray

Sharing Capabilities

Facebook
YouTube