If you ever wanted to create a stunning photo slideshow for your own personal use or for distribution, you'd probably discovered that it can be quite difficult to find the right program for the job. We have covered slideshow creators like Wow Slider for instance in the past.
IMGDissolver has been released in an early alpha version, and while that early stage of development shines through somewhat when using the software, you'd be surprised at the functionality that is already integrated.
Update: The program has been updated with new features and functionality. It is still labeled as alpha however, and since the last update dates back to 2014, it seems that the program has been abandoned.
You can add photo formats but also video formats to your slideshow in the main tab of the application.
A click on Add Images opens a file browser that you can use to add supported formats.The application supports popular image formats such as jpg, png and gif. As mentioned earlier, you may also add video formats such as mpg, avi, mov or ogg to the slideshow program.
The same configuration screen offers options to change the brightness, contrast, saturation or gamma, and red, green and blue values. A click on Effects furthermore displays effects like sepia, blur or gray scale that you can apply to individual positions.
You can add music to the slideshow under the Music tab. Just browse to an mp3 file on your computer and click the add button to have it play in the background while the slideshow is displayed on the screen.
Transition effects are applied under settings. Here you can select nice looking effects like mosaic, door or fall down, as well as background colors, the duration each image is displayed and filters that are applied to all photos.
The program ships with audio and video tools that you can use to merge or concatenate audio files, or to cut videos. This is nice for quick last minute editing.
You can play the slideshow right on the computer, save it in the program's own format to play or edit it at a later time, or convert the slideshow to divx or DVD compatible formats. The former generates an avi file that you can play in all media players that play avi files, the latter saves the slideshow as an ISO image that you can burn to DVD.
This can then be played back on the television and compatible video DVD players. As far as the avi goes, you can select a resolution that you want the video to be in. Available resolutions range from 320x240 to 800x576. There is unfortunately no option to save photo slideshows in larger resolutions.
The only negative is that it sometimes loads slowly. It took about ten seconds for the program window to show up after start, and maybe five or so seconds to switch between some program menus. It is likely that the developer will resolve those issues in future versions.
It takes minutes to create great looking photo slideshows with IMGDissolver. The option to save them as avi or DVD compatible files ensures that they can be played on nearly every system. Great program, highly recommended.
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