PROS / The 3D animation feature lets you move photos in many different ways.
CONS / This software cannot incorporate video clips.
VERDICT / There are a few missing features, but the fun factor is high with this software, and you can quickly create a slideshow.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Photo Slideshow Software reviews.
SmartSHOW 3D is a useful piece of photo slideshow software that retains the fun aspects of preserving your memories. All of the slideshow makers in our review can help you create digital scrapbooks, but not all of them make it as inventive and fun as SmartSHOW 3D.
With its animation effects, you can make photos, clip art and text elements that move independently in three dimensions. You have complete creative control with this software. There are a range of ways to transition between slides, all 120 of which have different speeds and effects. Depending on which transition best suits your slideshow, you can have your photo disappear in a whirlwind or have it dissolve as the next photo gradually comes into view.
You can add falling snow, falling leaves or falling hearts to each of your photos. You can decide the size of the hearts and other shapes and the frequency with which they cross the screen, even the path they take across the screen – from the bottom of the screen to the top and vice versa.
Sometimes you may not have a lot of time, and SmartSHOW offers several options to speed up the process. A selection of templates allows you to drag and drop a series of photos into place and then share it, in minutes, as a complete slideshow. You can choose from more than 60 templates. However, this program does not allow you to incorporate videos into your photo slideshow, which is odd given the program's advanced animation capabilities.
There are lots of ways to show off your final creation, whether it took hours to perfect or minutes to throw together. You can convert into a range of formats – AVI, MP4, 3GP, MKV, WMV and others. You can also produce slideshows optimized for tablets and phones. You can convert your shows into full HD format if you prefer and burn shows onto a DVD for gifting.
SmartSHOW is easy an easy slideshow creator to learn if you are just figuring out how to make a slideshow, but it also has the sophisticated tools more advanced users use. There are lots of video tutorials to get you started. You can also email questions to the manufacturer. There is no telephone contact, so you cannot get immediate answers, but emailed questions are responded to quickly by the company.
You have many choices for photo slideshow creators, but SmartSHOW stands out for its 3D animation capabilities and attractive templates. This program is also one of the best slideshow makers for beginners. The software doesn't have the ability to incorporate video clips, but most of the other features found in other slideshow programs are included. Too, this slideshow software is fun and easy to use.