Photo Slideshow


 by Allan J. Greenberg

More and more of us are taking digital photos and storing them on our computers. We may then either print or upload some of them for viewing or sharing with others. One very nice and somewhat sophisticated way of showing photos is via a slideshow. Programs like Picasa allow you to show photos stored in your computer as a slideshow, but do not allow you to edit, add text, add voice or music.

Wouldn't it be nice to create a slideshow where you can select just the photos you want, add text to some or all, add voice or music and then share the results with others as an e-mail attachment.

A program that allows you to create a slideshow as described above is Photo Story 3 for Windows created by Microsoft. This program is free and is available for download for Windows XP users. You can find the download page at:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

Here are some of the features of Photo Story 3 for Windows:

Easy image import
Image touch-up tools built in
Automatic removal of black borders around photo
Add custom pan and zoom effects
Numerous transitions
Built-in soundtrack creator
Add voice to the photos
Add text to the photos
Share slideshow via e-mail


I've tried Photo Story 3 for Windows and found it very user friendly. After about 30 minutes, I had a slideshow for viewing and sharing. It turned out very well and even impressed my spouse. Give it a try, I think you will like it.

One problem I did discover is that the slideshow plays well with Windows Media Player 10. When I e-mailed the slideshow to a person with Windows Media Player 9, they were not able to view it. Media Player 9 or earlier does not have the latest video CODECs. You can find the CODEC installation package to upgrade Media Player 7.1 through 9 at the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/format/codecdownload.aspx