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SmartSHOW Deluxe 9.15 Review

SmartSHOW 3D is a useful photo slideshow program that makes preserving your memories fun. 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.

Our Verdict

There are a few missing features, but the fun factor is high with this software, and you can quickly create a slideshow.

For

  • The 3D animation feature lets you move photos in many different ways.

Against

  • The final slideshow quality, while not terrible, isn’t the best.
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You can design your menu when burning your SmartSHOW 3D project to DVD.

You can design your menu when burning your SmartSHOW 3D project to DVD.
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SmartSHOW 3D gives you plenty of collages to work with.

SmartSHOW 3D gives you plenty of collages to work with.
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SmartSHOW 3D allows you to choose your slideshow's image quality when uploading directly to YouTube.

SmartSHOW 3D allows you to choose your slideshow's image quality when uploading directly to YouTube.
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You can find tutorials on SmartSHOW 3D's website.

You can find tutorials on SmartSHOW 3D's website.
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SmartSHOW 3D allows you to make voice recordings and add them to your slides.

SmartSHOW 3D allows you to make voice recordings and add them to your slides.
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SmartSHOW 3D lets you edit the volume of your audio using these sliders.

SmartSHOW 3D lets you edit the volume of your audio using these sliders.
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SmartSHOW 3D offers various themes to match your photos such as wedding themes and travel themes.

SmartSHOW 3D offers various themes to match your photos such as wedding themes and travel themes.
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Whenever you open SmartSHOW, you can choose whether to use the quick slideshow wizard or make a slideshow from scratch.

Whenever you open SmartSHOW, you can choose whether to use the quick slideshow wizard or make a slideshow from scratch.
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SmartSHOW 3D has an active user forum where you can learn from and interact with other SmartSHOW users.

SmartSHOW 3D has an active user forum where you can learn from and interact with other SmartSHOW users.
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SmartSHOW 3D allows you to add animated title sequences like this ocean scene.

SmartSHOW 3D allows you to add animated title sequences like this ocean scene.
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SmartSHOW 3D's transitions are more animated and playful than many other slideshow software.

SmartSHOW 3D's transitions are more animated and playful than many other slideshow software.
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You can add falling leaves, snowflakes, bubbles, hearts and other shapes to your videos.

You can add falling leaves, snowflakes, bubbles, hearts and other shapes to your videos.
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There are various color options for each animated effect.

There are various color options for each animated effect.
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You can control how the audio fades in and out during your SmartSHOW slideshow.

You can control how the audio fades in and out during your SmartSHOW slideshow.
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SmartSHOW 3D lets you add animations to your slides as well as transitions.

SmartSHOW 3D lets you add animations to your slides as well as transitions.
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SmartSHOW 3D's interface is clean and easy to navigate.

SmartSHOW 3D's interface is clean and easy to navigate.
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SmartSHOW 3D lets you get creative by using animated word effects, like this one, which is designed to look like water.

SmartSHOW 3D lets you get creative by using animated word effects, like this one, which is designed to look like water.

SmartSHOW 3D is a useful photo slideshow program that makes preserving your memories fun. 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 wide range of engaging graphics and animation effects, beginners will find this software good for making playful projects like birthday slideshows, but it isn’t such a good fit for more serious photo projects.

Since it was so easy to use, we had fun playing with the various 3D animation effects while testing this software. You can make photos, clip art and text elements that move independently in three dimensions. One of our favorite tools is ability to add text that burns like fire in any color you choose. There are a range of ways to transition between slides, all 131 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. The final slideshow quality was blurrier than many of the other programs we tested, but this didn’t distract from the images.

If you want to add more playful effects to your images, you can also add falling snow, falling leaves or falling hearts to each of your photos. The program helps you customize these effects by letting you control the size of the shapes and the frequency with which they cross the screen, even the path they take across the screen. You can also choose from more than 150 templates to find the themes that best match your project. While the backgrounds and transitions are perfect for fun get-togethers, fewer options exist for serious or formal situations. Many of the graphics have an older feel to them and don’t look as modern as what is offered by top ranking software.

You can add your own music to your slideshow or you can choose from a list of music that comes with the software. It also comes with basic voice recording tools. We were able to add narrations to our slideshows and used the tools to fade music out when the voice recordings came on. This program also allowed us to incorporate videos into our photo slideshow, but it cannot record video within the software like Movavi Slideshow Maker can.

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 your project into a range of file formats when exporting, and you can produce slideshows optimized for tablets and smartphones. If you plan on creating a slideshow for a party or get-together, you can use this program to burn shows onto a DVD for gifting. The software offers nine movie menu templates to choose from, which isn’t a lot compared to some programs but still gives you more options than others.

SmartSHOW is easy slideshow software to learn if you are a beginner, but it also has the sophisticated tools more advanced users appreciate. 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 we discovered that the company responds quickly to email questions.

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 we checked for are included. Most importantly, this slideshow software is fun and easy to use.

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