Slideshow Software - Take a Tour

 

The Main Window and the Slide View

The figure below shows the SmoothShow user interface and highlights some of the more significant controls and their functions. The best way to become proficient with the program is to create a new show and then experiment with the various features and functions. Your image files are never moved, deleted, or otherwise altered by the program. Using the Image Adjustment controls changes only the display of the image within SmoothShow and does not affect the actual file. So feel free to try things out. You can't hurt anything!

The Slide Sorter View

In Slide Sorter View, the slide images are displayed as thumbnails in rows and columns. The number of rows and columns may change if you resize or maximize the document window. If there are more slides than can be displayed on the window, a scroll bar will appear along the right edge. You can use the scroll bar to move the slides into view. Clicking on a slide title in the list on the left will automatically scroll the slide's image into view.

You can select a slide from the sorter view by clicking on it's thumbnail. A yellow frame will appear around the slide indicating that it is "selected". You can use the edit menu or the toolbar buttons to cut or copy the selected slide.

Hold down the Shift or Control key when clicking on the thumbnails to select multiple slides. With two or more slides selected (yellow borders) you can make image adjustments or set titles and transitions for all of the selected slides at once

You can move slides around in the sorter view by dragging them with the mouse and dropping them into a new location. If you drag a slide over another slide, a green frame will appear around the lower slide. Dropping one slide on top of another will swap the two slides. If you drag a slide between two slides or at the end of a row, the cursor changes to the insert slide icon. Dropping the slide will move it into the position indicated and other slides will be shifted as needed.

You can also drag and drop slides from one open document window to another. Use the Window menu and set Tile Horizontal to get the most slides into view at once. Dragging from one window to another will insert a copy of the slide into the target window's show.

You may also find that dragging slides from the Windows explorer or other applications is a convenient way to add slides to your show.

The SmoothShow Pro Timeline View

In Time Line View, the slides are displayed along a time line to show their position in time and their relative duration. If there are more slides than can be displayed on the window, a scroll bar will appear along the bottom edge. You can use the scroll bar to move the slides into view. Clicking on a slide title in the list on the left will automatically scroll the slide's image into view.

Each slide will normally have it's title and time duration shown within the block on the time line. If the duration is short, the block may be too small to show the text. Try changing the scale (bottom left of the window) to a smaller value.

You can select a slide from the Time Line view by clicking on it's title block below the time line. The title block will change from green to yellow indicating that it is “selected”. You can use the edit menu or the toolbar buttons to cut or copy the selected slide.

Hold down the Shift or Control key when clicking on the title blocks to select multiple slides or click on Edit->Select All (ctrl+A) to select all slides. With two or more slides selected (yellow background) you can make image adjustments or set titles and transitions for all of the selected slides at once.

You can change the scale of the time line by selecting a scale value from the drop-down list at the lower left (just above the tabs and to the left of the scroll bar).

In Time Line view, any audio files that you attached to individual slides will be shown in time position along the Audio A track. You can use the Audio B track to place audio files in time independently of any slide. This allows you to create a background audio track that will play through while the audio attachments on slides when when their respective slides are displayed.

You can preview the show by clicking on the Play button (above the time line and below the previewed image). You can also stop and pause the playback with those respective buttons much like the controls of a VCR. You can start the preview from any slide by first selecting that slide before clicking the Play button. The show will begin at that point in time - including advancing to the correct point in the B Audio track.

Praise for SmoothShow:

Image"If you want to create great digital slide shows to present or share your images, I'd strongly recommend taking a look at SmoothShow. It offers a variety of great transitions, is easy to use, and most importantly in my opinion, has a developer who is committed to making the product the best it can be."
Tim Grey , Photography & Digital Imaging Author www.timgrey.com

Image"I doubt that you will find any other slide show software that's packed with so many features. It's very easy to use and contains everything you need to create some very sophisticated presentations. I've used SmoothShow Pro for several programs including one 45 minute show with over 800 images. Great software and terrific value for the price."
Richard M. Frieders, President, Photographic Society of America