Skip to main content

Photostory Deluxe Review

Photostory Deluxe is one of the most up-to-date, professional-looking slideshow programs on the market. It is perfect for serious photographers or GoPro users, as it helps you enhance your photos and videos before you publish them.

Our Verdict

Photostory Deluxe is one of the top slideshow creation programs. It makes HD-quality slideshows and has one of the most extensive photo and music editing toolsets we saw.

For

  • Photostory Deluxe has hundreds of transition effects and a wide variety of useful tools.

Against

  • You have to pay extra to receive technical support over the telephone.
Image 1 of 16

Photostory Deluxe offers dozens of tools and features for you to use, including over 300 transition effects.

Photostory Deluxe offers dozens of tools and features for you to use, including over 300 transition effects.
Image 2 of 16

There are plenty of fun animations and graphics for you to use when decorating your Photostory Deluxe slideshows.

There are plenty of fun animations and graphics for you to use when decorating your Photostory Deluxe slideshows.
Image 3 of 16

Photostory Deluxe lets you add playful decorations to your images like these animated balloons.

Photostory Deluxe lets you add playful decorations to your images like these animated balloons.
Image 4 of 16

When you get this software, make sure you use the Free Download option to acquire the entire effects library.

When you get this software, make sure you use the Free Download option to acquire the entire effects library.
Image 5 of 16

Photostory Deluxe allows you to choose what order you import your images and videos in.

Photostory Deluxe allows you to choose what order you import your images and videos in.
Image 6 of 16

Photostory Deluxe offers plenty of sound tracks to use for your slideshows.

Photostory Deluxe offers plenty of sound tracks to use for your slideshows.
Image 7 of 16

You can also upload music from your computer using Photostory Deluxe.

You can also upload music from your computer using Photostory Deluxe.
Image 8 of 16

Photostory Deluxe allows you to determine how long your slides will remain on the screen.

Photostory Deluxe allows you to determine how long your slides will remain on the screen.
Image 9 of 16

Photostory Deluxe makes it easy to add transitions, voice recordings and music tracks to your projects.

Photostory Deluxe makes it easy to add transitions, voice recordings and music tracks to your projects.
Image 10 of 16

Photostory Deluxe offers some of the most advanced editing tools of any slideshow software we tested.

Photostory Deluxe offers some of the most advanced editing tools of any slideshow software we tested.
Image 11 of 16

Photostory Deluxe’s animation tools allow you to zoom in on your photos or move them across the screen in any manner you choose.

Photostory Deluxe’s animation tools allow you to zoom in on your photos or move them across the screen in any manner you choose.
Image 12 of 16

Photostory Deluxe offers a wide range of preset effects for you to use.

Photostory Deluxe offers a wide range of preset effects for you to use.
Image 13 of 16

You can add titles and text to your photos using Photostory Deluxe.

You can add titles and text to your photos using Photostory Deluxe.
Image 14 of 16

Photostory Deluxe allows you export your slideshows for specific devices like Android phones.

Photostory Deluxe allows you export your slideshows for specific devices like Android phones.
Image 15 of 16

You can share your Photostory Deluxe creations directly to YouTube or Facebook.

You can share your Photostory Deluxe creations directly to YouTube or Facebook.
Image 16 of 16

You can find answers to questions using Photostory Deluxe’s built-in help page.

You can find answers to questions using Photostory Deluxe’s built-in help page.

Photostory Deluxe is one of the most up-to-date, professional-looking slideshow programs on the market. It is perfect for serious photographers or GoPro users, as it helps you enhance your photos and videos before you publish them. It has an extensive toolset featuring advanced editing tools not found in many competing programs. It also comes with several free sound tracks and effects, though you can purchase even more from the in-app store. However, since there are so many tools, it might take a while to figure out how to use everything. Even so, the program is pretty easy to use overall.

What’s New in Photostory Deluxe 2019?

We recently spoke with MAGIX, Photostory's developer, about its latest update and were excited to hear about new features that cater to travel and vacation photos as well as enhanced social media and video features.

Photostory now lets you adjust brightness and contrast in photos and videos, so you can make them look just the way you want. It also made the customization process easier by extending the limit up to 64 tracks per project – that's more than double the number you could access in previous versions, and you can group and ungroup tracks to make editing simpler. Further, you no longer need to switch between Timeline and Storyboard mode when you want to add new content to your slideshow. While this may seem like a small improvement, it makes the workflow smoother.

We were also impressed with the new Travel Maps feature, which displays an Indiana Jones–style travel animation with a red arrow over a map of the world. This is a fun way to show friends and family where you’ve been and what stops you made along the way.

Ease of Use

In our testing, we found this software has more customization features than most. For instance, the effects features allow you to choose exactly where and when your images appear, how they move, and how large or small they are. Photostory is pretty intuitive to use, but since there are so many tools at your disposal, it will likely take a while to learn how to use everything. 

The program's editing tools are little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of them, you can create professional-looking enhancements, similar to the edits you can make with Adobe Photoshop. The import wizard can help you prepare projects in just a few minutes and is an especially helpful tool for beginners since it simplifies the creation process.

Unfortunately, Photostory doesn't work on Macs – if you have an Apple computer, consider PhotoStage Slideshow.

Editing Tools & Features

This software includes a few helpful features that aren’t immediately apparent. For example, it comes with a small set of graphics, music tracks and transitions. To access the entire library, you need to click on the help menu and select Free Download. It could take several minutes to download all the content, but doing so puts hundreds of effects at your disposal. Should you want even more effects or music tracks in your library, you can purchase them in the software’s Store tab.

This software has some of the most playful graphics of the programs we tested. You can put bunny ears and sunglasses on your loved ones’ faces as well as add animated decorations like balloons and fireworks. There are also audio tools you can use to record and place vocals wherever you'd like – useful tools to have if you like adding narration to your slideshows. This program also makes it easy to fade music in and out.

Further, MAGIX has developed Photostory Premium VR, a virtual reality slideshow software. This VR software has viewing room templates, including an outdoor movie theater and a cozy living room. The VR version is especially helpful when showing off photos taken in exotic locations with high quality cameras as well as 360-degree images. It’s also proven popular for displaying real estate.

File Compatibility & Sharing

When we published a slideshow with Photostory Deluxe, our images looked crisp and professional, even after adding filters and color-changing effects. This program lets you export your projects in a number of ways, including as common file formats such as AVI and MPEG-4. You can even create projects specifically for phone screens or HDTVs. Should you want to give a physical copy to friends or family, you can burn your slideshow to DVD or Blu-ray. If you prefer to simply post your creations to social media, the program can help you directly post to Facebook and YouTube.

Help & Support

Unfortunately, you must purchase a support voucher if you want to contact technical support via telephone. However, you can get free telephone support from customer service if you have basic questions. In the past when we called customer service, we reached a friendly, knowledgeable representative who answered all our questions in full detail. When we attempted to call customer support this time around, we received an automated message that asked us to hold, but we were immediately hung up on. Whether this is a long-standing problem or a temporary one is uncertain. Should you need help with your projects, you can also reach out to the company’s official user forum or view online video tutorials.

Need a better alternative?

Best Photo Slideshow Software of 2019

Top Ten Reviews has reviewed the Best Photo Slideshow Software of 2019 so that we're able to offer you the authoritative buying advice you expect.