Pros / Photostory Deluxe has hundreds of transition effects and a wide array of useful tools.
Cons / If you want technical support via telephone, you must pay an additional fee.
Verdict / Photostory Deluxe is one of the top slideshow creation programs as it provides HD quality and has one of the most extensive photo and music editing toolsets we saw.
Editor's Note: Photostory Deluxe 2019 is now available. Clicking the buy button will take you to this new version. We will post the new test results and reviews when we next test Photo Slideshow Software. Until then, enjoy our review for Photostory Deluxe 2018:
Photostory Deluxe is one of the most modern and professional-looking slideshow programs on the market. It is perfect for serious photographers or GoPro users as it helps you enhance your photos or videos before publication. It has an extensive toolset featuring advanced editing tools that aren’t available in many other programs. Several free sound tracks and effects come with this device, but you can purchase even more using the in-app store. There are several tools at your disposal, so it might take a while to know how to use everything, but overall the program is pretty easy to use.
In our testing, we found this software offered some of the most customizable features. For instance, the effects options allow you to choose exactly where and when your images will appear or move as well as how large or small they will be. This software is pretty intuitive, but since there are so many tools at your disposal it will likely take you longer to learn how to use everything. There is no limit on the number of images you can use, and you can add up to seven sound tracks so your projects can turn out just the way you want them to. If you’re a Mac user, this program won’t work for you, but you might be interested in PhotoStage Slideshow.
We found the editing tools a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of them, you’ll be able to create professional-looking enhancements to your favorite images, similar to the edits you can make with Adobe Photoshop. The import wizard can help you get your projects ready in just a few minutes and is an especially helpful tool for slideshow software beginners since it makes the creation process easier.
This software includes a few helpful features that aren’t immediately obvious. It initially downloads with a small set number of graphics, music tracks and transitions. To gain access to the entire library, you’ll need to click the help menu and then select Free Download. It could take several minutes to download all of the content, but the number of effects at your disposal will greatly increase into the hundreds. 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 out of any program we tested. You can add bunny ears or sunglasses to your loved ones’ faces, or you can add animated decorations like balloons or fireworks. If you like to add narration to your slideshows, you can use the audio tools to record and add vocals wherever you’d like. This program also makes it easy for you to fade music in and out.
When we published a slideshow with Photostory Deluxe, our images were crisp and professional-looking, even with added filters and color-changing effects. This program lets you export your projects in a number of ways, including the most common file formats like 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’d prefer to simply post your creations to social media, the program can help you directly post to Facebook and YouTube.
Unfortunately, you must purchase a support voucher if you want to contact technical support via telephone. However, if you have any basic questions for customer service, free telephone support is available. In the past when we called customer service, we reached a friendly and knowledgeable representative who helped answer 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 immediately hung up on us. Whether this is a long-standing problem or a temporary one is uncertain. Should you need help with your projects, you can reach out to the company’s official user forum or view online video tutorials.
Photostory Deluxe is a smart choice for photo slideshow software because it combines a rich feature set and a wide array of publishing options. With the assorted tools and features of this multifaceted software, you can create fun, exciting and polished slideshows that capture the special events in your life.
- Ease of Use
- Slideshow Quality
- Transition Effects
- Filters, Backgrounds & Themes