Pros / The transitions effects collection is one of the best available.
Cons / Learning all of the software’s features takes time and concentration.
Verdict / With more transition effects and output formats than the competition, ProShow Gold makes it easy to create appealing photo slideshows that exceed expectations.
Editor's note: A new version of this software is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version when we next update the photo slideshow maker reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about ProShow Gold 6.
ProShow Gold has the features you need to create a professional-quality photo slideshow that you and your audience will enjoy. This photo slideshow software offers a large feature set, a user-friendly interface and stunning slideshow quality. There is also a wide selection of output formats available, which allow you to share the final product in a variety of ways. If you have any questions or issues while using ProShow Gold, the company has outstanding customer service. It handily wins our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
- Slideshow Quality
- Transition Effects
- Backgrounds & Themes
- Ease of Use Score
Editing & Creative Tools
This photo slideshow creator offers all of the basic features we look for in the best slideshow software. ProShow Gold features 427 transition effects, which is the largest number of the photo slideshow applications we tested. This software does not place a limit on the number of images you can upload to your slideshows, and you can add multiple audio tracks, including voice recordings. However, we would have liked to see more background template options included. We could only find eight templates available on the application. PhotoStory 2015 Deluxe has many of the same editing and creating capabilities as this software but it includes a larger selection of backgrounds and themes.
This software is accessible for users of all skill levels. For beginners, it goes through each step of the slideshow creation process by use of audio and captioned instructions. Advanced users can use the extensive feature set to make professional-quality slideshows.
ProShow Gold gives you the ability to import music directly from a CD or music file with one mouse click. The software also has simple DVD menu templates that you can customize if you want to burn your slideshows to DVDs.
You can record your own voice to use as a narration track and sync your slideshow to your music. You can also enjoy features, such as built-in video editing and 3D tilt effects to really jazz up still photos and video clips.
For an additional whimsical touch, you can animate photos in a simple, straightforward fashion. You can click on the effect and then apply it to slides that you want to animate. Animations include such things as simulated page turning, zooming in and out, rotating pictures, making photo montages and adding motion.
You also have access to the traditional photo editing features, such as cropping pictures, removing red eye and switching color photos to black and white.
There is still a bit of a learning curve to this slideshow maker because there are so many features and capabilities to learn about. The software more than makes up for that, though, by allowing you to craft the visually and musically appealing slideshow you want, whether you are experienced or if you are learning how to make a slideshow. This software received the highest ease-of-use scores of all the applications we tested.
This slideshow maker lets you export slideshows to a number of different media formats, including Flash, interactive CD, QuickTime and MPEG2. When it comes to sharing your slideshows, ProShow provides 40 output options. This photo slideshow software lets you save your slideshows as screensavers and as executable files, and you can burn them to a DVD or as an AVI file.
You have the opportunity to share your slideshows with family and friends online by sending them in an email, uploading them to ProShow Gold's sharing site or posting them on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.
For an additional fee, you can download plugins that format your slideshow specifically for certain devices such as iPhones, Apple TVs, PSPs and other popular devices. While we appreciate such versatility, we are disappointed that the application charges for those specific output options; most of the slideshow makers on our lineup that offer these options do so at no additional cost.
Help & Support
ProShow Gold offers assistance in the form of FAQs, email and telephone support. The customer phone and email support is available seven days a week, which is handy for anyone stuck at home struggling with a question about their DVD photo slideshow and finding no apparent answer from other support sources.
There is a user manual available online that you can download as a PDF. There are also tutorials on YouTube to help you with any number of issues and give you suggestions for imaginative slideshows as well as some helpful tips and tricks. Although you do not get any tutorials with the software itself, you can access plenty of help from the company via YouTube.
With tons of feature options and high-quality slideshow tools, ProShow Gold is the best photo slideshow maker. It would be hard to exhaust all the features available on this photo slideshow software. You'll likely discover there are more features available on this application than you will initially use, but having virtually all of the options you will ever need is worth the investment and learning time. With all of its transition effects and other tools, you'll be able to make professional-quality slideshows with ProShow Gold.