What would we do without photo slideshows? Probably make friends and family a little happier. After all, who wants to see all 962 photos from a weekend getaway, or the baby’s first meal with a spoon, or the kid’s first grade graduation?
Back in the day, photo slideshows were a major production. Take photo, process film, get slides, put slides into projector tray, tote tray and projector to friends or family members (who, inexplicably, often were not at home).
Those days are gone. Today we can create a simple photo slideshow, make a movie, and share it with anyone online. iPhoto does it for free. Photo Theater, the Mac’s slideshow movie maker, just does it a little bit better. Unlike iPhoto, Photo Theater works more like iMovie and uses a traditional video timeline to create the slideshow.
It’s hard to image a slideshow app that could be easier. Drag and drop your photos onto the timeline. Transitions are added randomly but you can add effects and subtitles as needed. Photo Theater comes with over 100 effects and subtitles, and handles about every video, audio, and photo file format you can imagine.
Photos can be imported from iPhoto, Facebook, and Flickr. A good photo slideshow isn’t worth much unless it can be shared with family and friends, and, like iPhoto, Photo Theater is a good net citizen with options to share slideshows online to YouTube and Facebook, burn DVDs (using iDVD).
Photo Theater doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of my favorite slideshow maker, FotoMagico, but it’s priced much lower and is easier to use.