Easy Slide Show Creator Manual    
Table of Contents
1. Introduction

2. Interface
      Main Interface
      Menu Bar
      Pictures Tab
      Music Tab
      Slide Show Controls

3. Step By Step Guides
      Creating a Basic Slide Show
      Adding Music to a Slide Show
      Adding Captions to Pictures
            in Your Slide Show
      Adding Sound Effects
      Presenting A Slide Show

4. How to Zip and Email
      Slide Shows to Others

5. How to Create Autorun
      Slide Shows on CD

6. Registering Easy Slide
      Show Creator™

7. Tech Support and Help


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2. Interface [Page 2 of 6]

Main Interface


Preview Window

The preview window is located in the upper-left hand corner of the interface. This window allows you to preview samples of music or pictures. To do so, click on any item located in your playlist. Pictures will appear instantly, while music files display a "play" button. To sample your music files, simply click the "play" button. After you have finshed listening to your music sample, click the "stop" button. The "stop" button will appear only while your music is playing.


Options Area

The set of options in the upper right portion of the interface can be used to further customize your slide show’s playback and appearance.


Set All Pictures To This Time

This option enables you to quickly change the tempo of your slide show by adjusting how long each picture will be visible in the show. Adjust the time to your liking by clicking the up arrow to add more time or the down arrow to reduce the amount of time. Then, click the Set button. Easy Slide Show Creator™ will ask you to confirm the time you have selected. Click "yes" and all the pictures in your playlist will be set to the display time you specified.



Scale Pictures To Fit

This option keeps pictures from displaying beyond your physical screen size. Large images will automatically shrink to fit your selected resolution. We recommend that this feature be left on in most cases for optimal picture viewing.


Fade

“Fade” enables a fade transition between pictures in your slide show. If you are experiencing slowness in playback, you can disable this feature to speed things up.



Loop

“Loop” will make your slide show loop to the beginning once the end is reached, resulting in a slide show that can be presented continuously without interruption.



Hide Controls

If this option is selected, the playback controls will be hidden when you start your slide show. You can also hide the playback controls manually once the slide show has started playing. The playback controls will reappear if you click anywhere during the playback of your slide show.



Exit When Done

With this option selected, Easy Slide Show Creator will exit after your slideshow has finished, as long as you have "Loop" disabled.



Pictures Random

With this option selected, Easy Slide Show Creator will randomly display the picture files in your playlist, instead of following the numbered order of the playlist.



Music Random

With this option selected, Easy Slide Show Creator will randomly play the music files in your playlist, instead of following the numbered order of the playlist.



Slide Show Title Field

This area will display the title of your current slide show.



New Show

Pressing this button will create a new slide show, clearing any slide shows currently open. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+N.



Open Show

Pressing this button will open a file selection box where you can select and load a saved slide show from disk. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+O.



Save Show

Pressing this button will save your current slide show, or open a file selection box so you can save your slide show as a new file if you haven’t already saved at least once. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+S.



Picture Caption

Using the Picture Caption features of Easy Slide Show Creator allows you to add a caption to any of the pictures in your slide show. Simply click on a picture file in your playlist, and enter a caption directly into the Picture Caption box by clicking your mouse in it and typing. You can adjust the text size and color of your caption by clicking on the text size and color drop down menus at the bottom of the Picture Caption Area.

NOTE: The size of your caption will not update in the preview window, but when you view your slide show using the "Start My Slide Show" button, the selected size will be used.



Sound Effect

You can add a sound effect [like speech!] to any picture in your slide show by selecting a picture in your playlist, and clicking the “Folder” button to browse and select a sound file on your computer. A sound effect file is independent of any music files you may have already chosen to play in the background. Easy Slide Show Creator will play that sound file whenever the picture is displayed in your slide show. If you’d like to remove the sound file associated with a picture, just select the picture in your playlist and click on the “Garbage Can” button next to the sound effect file name.



Playing Time

You can adjust the playing time on each individual picture in your slide show by using the Playing Time controls. Click on a picture in your playlist and adjust the playing time by clicking on the up or down arrows until your desired time is displayed. Easy Slide Show Creator will show that picture for the displayed amount of time.



File Info

The File Info area displays important information for each picture or music file you select in your playlist. Click on the folder next to your file’s path to replace that file with a new picture or music file. The File Size field will show you how big your picture or music file is in kilobytes. The Width and Height fields will show you how big your picture files are in pixels.



Start My Slide Show

Clicking this button will begin your slide show. If you haven’t saved your file before you try to play your slide show, Easy Slide Show Creator will remind you to do so before playing.