PROS / Photostory Easy features a built-in import wizard that walks you through the creation process.
CONS / Telephone customer support costs extra for all users.
VERDICT / Photostory Easy does not come with all the extras our higher-ranked applications offer, but the simple interface and built-in wizard make this software pleasant to use.
Photostory Easy is photo slideshow software that simplifies the project-creation process. It is a great place to start if you are a beginner trying to learn how to make a slideshow. This slideshow maker is the more basic of the slideshow software offerings from Magix, so it doesn't have as many features and options as Photostory 2015 Deluxe. However, it still provides plenty of functionality to help you create slideshows that you and your loved ones will enjoy.
This photo slideshow creator addresses the needs of those who are creating their first few slideshows. It features a slideshow wizard that launches each time you open the application. This wizard walks you through each step of the creation process to ensure that your slideshows have all of the effects you desire and the look you want. Using the built-in wizard, importing images and music clips is simple and quick.
This is a photo slideshow maker with music tools, so you can create shows with music, audio clips and even voice narration. You can play two audio clips at once, such as a music track and voice narration, to really give your slideshows a unique and sentimental feel.
Photostory Easy offers the ability to adjust brightness and contrast and to flip, rotate and zoom images. There also is a nice selection of illustrations that can spruce up any show. For instance, you can add bunny ears, balloons, halos and more to any slide in your show. There is a selection of intros with different themes, including Christmas, curtains and other graphics, to complement your show. There are more than 40 transition effects for switching slides, including some striking 3D options.
You can publish finished photo slideshows to interactive CDs and DVDs with customizable menus. You also can publish your slideshows online on YouTube and Flickr, display or integrate them within a website, and export them to tablets and smartphones. You can export shows in high definition and burn them to Blu-ray discs.
The software's wizard and easy interface are particularly friendly to beginners. When you want to add an effect, all you have to do is double click on the person or element you want to highlight and a beard, shark fin or any other number of design elements you want to apply is instantly added. This software's installation process, on the other hand, is not very user-friendly. It is much more complicated than other products we tested, which could cost you time.
To learn about the software and its various capabilities, you can check the built-in help menu, which you can access directly from the interface. There are ample resources, including video tutorials, which are ideal for visual learners, as well as tips and tricks. You also get links to the community forums on the manufacturer's website. Magix, the software manufacturer, also offers email support. However, you have to pay extra to get telephone technical support, which many other services provide at no charge.
Photostory Easy is not as advanced as other software applications, and the lack of free phone service is a drawback for users who like firsthand help. However, once we got Photostory Easy working, we enjoyed the simple usability and step-by-step guidance. This photo slideshow software is very useful if you want to create attractive photo slideshows, especially if you have never made one before.