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After googling for a while, I have to ask the only people I trust :) Here are my specific requirements for a slideshow program:

  1. It should use locally saved original images as its source (i.e., not render everything into a movie) 1a. Because it should be easy to change (add/remove images)
  2. It should be possible to set up a "scenario" - a sequence it will keep to
  3. It should be possible to show captions and define duration for each, i.e. say "Summer vacation 2013" over all the images from step N until N+m of the sequence.
  4. (Secondary) a pleasant transition effect would be nice, but enough with just a fader or something, nothing fancy.

Most important is sequence and captions. So far I can only think of sticking everything into Premiere and creating a sequence, putting captions on top and call it done, but it violates p. 1 and makes it rather inflexible. Should I want to add a single image I'd have to do some relatively complex editing, and worst of all, re-rendering the whole sequence.

It does not have to be gratis, but hopefully reasonably priced.

Thanks!

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  • What operating system should it run on? – Undo Feb 17 '15 at 21:34
  • Windows (8-ish) – Yuri Makassiouk Feb 17 '15 at 21:35
  • A browser-based alternative: reveal.js – Deer Hunter Jun 18 '15 at 7:15
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Boxoft has developed a slideshow builder that provides most, if not all, of what you want. Their product supports 35+ image formats and provides multiple ways of creating your slideshow (eg. as an .exe, burnt to a cd, or dvd movie). It provides an explorer type UI that allows you to add and manage images, change the order, and set transitions. I use their Flash variant of this product to produce a slideshow on a web site. You can download a trial version to see if it meets your needs.

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  • Looks interesting, yes - thank you. Unfortunately they don't seem to have captions, which is a bit critical for me. So I guess I will keep looking. – Yuri Makassiouk Feb 18 '15 at 1:17
  • You should double check that. The flash version I use does have captions. I think you need to mouse over them to display. – rrirower Feb 18 '15 at 2:30

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