November 21, 2008

A Gift-Giving Idea - Digital Slide Show Program

isn't this old photography magazine cover adorable?
The Christmas season is fast approaching, and you are stumped for gifts that don’t break your piggy bank. Right? One look at the stock market these days is enough to make a person weep, and we are all looking for ways to trim our budgets. Karen M. of Loved and Engraved was recently asking for some money-saving gift ideas related to photography. So here’s an idea to consider for photography buffs: a digital slide show program! You can ask Santa to put it under the tree for you; give it to the digital photo enthusiast on your gift list; or, purchase it for yourself to make DVD shows as Christmas gifts for your family members and friends.

My sweet baboo researched, tested, and bought a digital slide show program earlier this year. Keep in mind that my hubby is a retired professional photographer, so he has a keen eye for finding photo-related products that work well. The program that he bought was
ProShow Gold by Photodex. He loves using it, the results are superb, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to purchase it ($70).

You can download a trial version online. The program has an automatic feature where it will create a mix of transitions and motions of your photo images, and then you add your own music. Hubby was able to create his first slide show in about 30 minutes. Of course, he now has fun creating and tinkering with his own customized vacation slide shows.

The trial version will have a watermark on your created shows. You will get a code key to remove it after purchasing the program. Hubby bought online the “boxed” version (for $10 more) to get a program disc and instruction book sent to us in the mail, and he got an unlock code immediately upon ordering. The web site has some nice online tutorial, and the company provides technical support to ask questions.

So there is an idea that may have some merit for your gift-giving dilemmas. And NO, this is not a paid advertisement! Haha, I wish!


  1. As a photo freak,I know how much I would love that and appreciate it's sentimentality...
    Happy weekend Donna

  2. I will definitely check that out. Thanks for a great idea!!

  3. That sounds like a great program!

  4. Hi Donna,

    I will check that out for sure. That old photography magazine is adorable! That little girl is so sweet. Thanks for the info! Have a great weekend!

  5. just gave me a very helpful idea. Thank you..i will try it right away..big HUGS!!!

  6. Some PC's already have a program that create these slide shows. I teach students how to use it all the time and you wouldn't have to go out and buy it. MAC users can us i-movie and pc users have Movie Maker. It comes on many of the PC's for free. You can add music and text. My grandkids love the little cd's I make about them. You can have the kids make their own for you!

  7. Not sure if my first comment will post, so anyway, LOVE that idea. Thanks for sharing.

    It looks SO pretty in here. :)

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  9. That's a great idea. My brother just got married and I could make them a cd for Christmas.
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