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PhotoStage Slideshow Home Edition Review

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.

Our Verdict

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

For

  • Convenient drag-and-drop positioning adds to this software’s ease of use.

Against

  • You have to buy technical support plans to access email support.
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You can preview your slideshows at any time within PhotoStage Slideshow.

You can preview your slideshows at any time within PhotoStage Slideshow.
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PhotoStage Slideshow offers 36 transition slides to choose from, including this heart-shaped one.

PhotoStage Slideshow offers 36 transition slides to choose from, including this heart-shaped one.
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PhotoStage Slideshow allows you to determine how long each image remains on the screen.

PhotoStage Slideshow allows you to determine how long each image remains on the screen.
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PhotoStage Slideshow doesn't offer any filters, backgrounds or themes, but the interface makes it easy to find all the tools you need.

PhotoStage Slideshow doesn't offer any filters, backgrounds or themes, but the interface makes it easy to find all the tools you need.
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PhotoStage Slideshow's transitions can be somewhat pixelated compared to other programs, but they are fun and add variety to your show.

PhotoStage Slideshow's transitions can be somewhat pixelated compared to other programs, but they are fun and add variety to your show.
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When adding slides to your PhotoStage Slideshow project, you can choose exactly where in the lineup they will appear.

When adding slides to your PhotoStage Slideshow project, you can choose exactly where in the lineup they will appear.
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PhotoStage Slideshow comes with a handful of playful effects.

PhotoStage Slideshow comes with a handful of playful effects.

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 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. 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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