ProShow Gold: Create professional slide shows

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Good presentations and slide shows are a rarity these days, with people using overly complex programs that they do not fully comprehend and the result is rarely good. ProShow Producer however offers a simple yet rewarding environment for all of your presentation needs.

Installation & Requirements

The setup is very simple and completes very fast. You have the option to create some shortcuts and that is it. The supported operating systems are Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

Interface

The neat visuals of the application is the first thing you will probably notice about it. Everything is beautifully categorized, the windows are clean and the interface never looks cluttered even though it offers a ton of tools.

Creating a new show is very easy as the application offers a wizard specifically for that. You can add all of your photos, videos, text and music inside the wizard, create a working prototype and then edit it to your heart’s content with the many utilities offered in the main window. Each piece of the slide can be edited individually or as a whole, offering options to add effects, randomize the order they appear in, putting different transition effects and so much more. The only thing you will need to familiarize yourself with is the way the windows are divided.

In the top of the window you have the icon toolbar which gives you easy and fast access to almost every utility offered by the application. In the left there is the folder and file list. Choosing a folder from the list will make items appear in the file list below. Then you can choose them and add them to your side slow and they will also appear in the Preview window. That window is located in the right of the main window, offering playback options for the slide show and showcasing the changes you make in real time. The last editing options are the slide list and the timelines. There you can rearrange the order of the items and the time they will appear during your slideshow.

Another interesting feature of the application is the various formats that you can use them in. You can publish them directly to major social media sites like Facebook and video sharing ones like YouTube and Vimeo simply by setting up your account with ProShow Gold. You can also directly burn them into CDs and DVDs or save them in other executable formats that will run in any computer. You can then share them with your friends or colleagues through USB sticks or simply by uploading them in a site and sharing the link with them.

Pros

-Fast installation

-Sleek interface

-A myriad of tools

-Helpful slide show wizards make presentations easier

-Social media integration

Cons

-None that would be worth mentioning

Conclusion

ProShow Gold is one of the best slide show creating applications of today. With its easy to use interface and the incredible amount of options for the more advanced users, everyone will find something to like about it.