Would you like to create a nice presentation with photos and background music but do not have the faintest idea of how to do it?
You have to create a slideshow for a work project but you do not know where to put your hands?
No problem, we can help you point out with, what we think are the best free slideshow software solutions without any watermark traces.
In the past, creating professional-looking presentations required good PC skills and knowledge, as well as very expensive software.
Fortunately, times have changed significantly and today you can get excellent results at a semi-professional level even with free applications such as IceCream Slideshow Maker or PhotoStage Slideshow Producer.
Other freeware applications will usually apply watermarks automatically and will require a paid version in order to disable them. Not IceCream Slideshow Maker and PhotoStage Slideshow Producer, though.
Icecream Slideshow Maker
Icecream Slideshow Maker is a program to quickly create multimedia presentations from your images.
It allows you to add transition effects, background music and preview it before exporting the final result. Is compatible with Windows 10, 8 / 8.1, 7, Vista and Windows XP.
This new version adds the ability to export presentations on Dropbox and Google Drive and improves performance by speeding up the creation process.
The program interface is modern and intuitive to use. To start with a new project just add the images or an entire folder of photos. In the free version, you can upload up to a maximum of 20 photos per presentation.
After adding a file or folder with images, the program interface changes and is divided into two sections. On the left is the queue with photos, while on the right is the preview window with the settings for the presentation.
For each image, we can decide the duration and the type of transition. From the queue window, we can then change the order and eventually delete those already entered.
From the presentation settings panel, at the bottom right, we can set the resolution and add an audio track for fading. The free version does not allow you to choose Full HD resolution and supports only WAV, OGG, FLAC and WMA audio formats.
By clicking on the Preview button we can check if the presentation is to our liking. If so, we press Create to export it and save it to your PC. In the end, we can upload the presentation on YouTube, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
Icecream Slideshow Maker is definitely easy to use and fast program. In the free version, you can add a maximum of 20 photos.
You can not use MP3 files as background music, and you can not set the resolution to Full HD.
Also, there is no image editing tool that would surely have made it comfortable. If you do not have big claims the free version can come in handy.
PhotoStage Slideshow Producer
PhotoStage Slideshow Producer is a very powerful slideshow program that puts the simplicity of use first.
It supports all major image formats and audio files (for background music) allowing even novice users to create slideshows rich with special effects, transitions, and text.
Slideshows obtained with this software can be burned directly onto DVD or exported to PC and portable devices. The program is paid but is available in a free trial version with a limited duration.
Photostage is a program produced and released by NCH Software for free, Photostage is proposed because of its simplicity with a bully claim as “a program so easy to use that even grandma could do it!”.
Photostage, available for Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista is very easy to use. You drag the photos in its interface and you start to view the “timeline”, the photos arranged in sequence, and then you can move them.
Just press the buttons to find that under each image you can insert a caption that can act as “subtitles” to the photos.
You can also change the type of transition between one image and the other, a record for each image an audio comment directly with the microphone of the PC (which every VOIP lover definitely owns) such as “Here is Grandma, this is her nephew!”
Among the “effects” that Photostage makes available during the presentation of every single image of the slideshow, there are also zoom and pan, some minor variation on colors, cut, rotation, mirroring, and of course transitions in fading and crossfading.
For all purposes a live preview is visible. You can also import pre-recorded parts of “narrated” and add movies. Throughout the presentation, you can choose to insert a soundtrack.
As you can see both IceCream Slideshow Maker or PhotoStage Slideshow Producer have many options available. Depending on your needs you can use one of them.
Have you used and tried one of them or others that you think are better than those listed on this page? Share your experience in the comments
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