Windows Full VersionMar 25, 2014

Free Amazing Slideshow Maker (100% discount)

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Terms and Conditions
  • This is a 1-user lifetime license, for home use
  • No free updates; if you update the program, you may lose it
  • No free tech support
  • Must be downloaded, installed, and registered before offer is over
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help
Technical Details
  • Developed by Amazing-Share
  • Current version is v3.4.5
  • Download size is 22.4 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results: 0/50

Amazing Slideshow Maker can be used to create slideshows, ecards, greetings and presentations using images, videos and audios.

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  1. aboabdo

    Reply to this comment#12

  2. aboabdo

    Reply to this comment#11

    [@Ashraf]

  3. Philx

    Reply to this comment#10

    @ mrnews54: nice to see Simpleviewer rating a mention here but it’s not a production resource for home DVD slideshows nor is it (because it doesn’t aspire to be) a program intended to facilitate the creation of work that, to the viewer, will look “professional”. The Ken Burns Effect is fundamental to that, the pan ability to track laterally left to right or vertically up and down, as well as zoom: my slideshow of a Rhine river cruise through Germany would’ve been a dismal affair without KBE following the giant barges or cresting vineyard-dappled hillsides to ultimately then zoom in on the turrets of fairy tale castles. KBE is “professional”; the tragedy is that it’s either entirely absent from cheap DVD slideshow software, or is so badly implemented that it might as well not be there at all.
    But it is there in this Amazing Share software, buried pretty deep because the timeline editing strip is likewise buried pretty deep under the daft name of “Decorate”. This program’s offering of instant, easy-to-use re-sizable keyframes trounces all the semi- or fully-automated motion-control opposition out there. It is absolutely identical to the original Microsoft Photostory and, for example, several 1,000% better than one of the world’s highest ranking and most awarded slideshow programs “PicturesToExe”. It even gives “ProShow Gold” a run for its (not inconsiderable) money.
    If only the rest of the program were as good as the keyframe KBE facility: sadly, unlike MujerAlta, I couldn’t get it to set individual transition durations, so that destroyed its usefulnes from the get-go. Nor as noted could I get it to output in widescreen. It’s often the case that DVD slideshow production exerts demands so substantial that hardware can’t cope but is unlikely in my case because the rig I use for slideshow authoring / testing is FX Bulldozer / HyperX 16Gb RAM / and GTX570 1280 Superclocked on Win 7 x64.

    @ trust: Thanks for your lovely comment. The reason why I uninstalled was because I couldn’t get the program to allow for individual transition duration control. (In a slideshow, you certainly don’t want every inter-scene fade to last the same time; you may want a slow fade-out of the closing image of one section of the show and slow fade-in of the first image of the next. Or a jump cut with no transition at all. If, however, your program insists on setting the same transition duration for the entire production — in effect, robbing you of all creative control — then you’re stuffed. ) I also uninstalled because I couldn’t really recommend this to folks not already familiar with slideshow creation: the terminology used by the developer seems an almost deliberate attempt to mask the program’s roots in Microsoft Photostory 3. My conclusion is that in truth, the developer owes a great deal more to Microsoft than it would like to admit to Microsoft, a feeling bolstered by awareness of the fact that people who rip off the work of others are often at a loss to explain that work of others. . . as is the case here: no Help, no explanation, and the strangest use of language I’ve ever come across in any slideshow software from any developer.

  4. mrnews54

    Reply to this comment#9

    One of the most professional slideshow programs out there is called Simpleviewer. It does not do “Ken Burns” effect (over-used), but has amazing templates, and is thoroughly customizable. There’s a free version, and a Pro version (which allows custom branding and has hundreds of adjustable parameters).

    I have an older Flash-based version, but I believe newer versions output in html5. http://www.simpleviewer.net/simpleviewer

  5. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#8

    [@Philx] [@MujerAlta] Thanks for the valuable feedback!

    [@trust] [@Hamza Ellessaga] Welcome!

  6. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#7

    [@Philx] FWIW, I got the $29.99 directly from Amazing-Share’s website. Also, the website looks very much like a Wondershare website, but of lower quality; if you look closely, it looks more like an attempted ripoff of Wondershare than Wondershare itself — there are small things that make the design imperfect, things not found in original Wondershare design.

  7. trust

    Reply to this comment#6

    [@Philx] Wow! What a great, great Comment! Thanks for taking time to share your historical knowledge of and insights into this software niche. I would that you had delved deeper into the implications of this developer’s governmental associations, with an eye to its continued development outlook and potential security ramifications.

    You ultimately decided to uninstall because, you claim, the developer did “fail totally to give any explanation as to how the thing worked.” Do you mean their not providing adequate Help and/or User’s Guides or that there is not sufficient “under the hood” documentation available?

    Which, if any, slideshow maker software –free or commercial, meets your standards? Your go-to product?

    Thanks again for a really good read.

    [@MujerAlta] Thanks for sharing your succinct, hands-on opinion. It persuades me to install Amazing Slideshow Maker and check it out for myself, nothwithstanding the fact that, because of @Philx’s opinions, I will approach it with a pessimistic (hostile? :) ) mindset.

    You Gals & Guys remind me of Siskel & Ebert. :)

    Thank you both and SOS and Amazing Share.

  8. MujerAlta

    Reply to this comment#5

    Nice little program. Easy to use. Relative to other programs its size (and price), it offers a nice selection of video formats to render to – and does a good job rendering to them. Unlike other small slide show programs I’ve tried, it has a nice selection of templates that can be used for kids’ photos and videos. Fun to customize photos and text and easy to add music to. There’s a good selection of transitions and it’s easy to change the duration of everything that’s displayed. For a while I was grumbling about not being able to preview before rendering but the preview is part of the Publishing workspace and, if changes are needed, it’s easy to move back and forth between the workspaces. The only criticism I have is that, for non-standard photo sizes, the Pan and Zoom is set for standard ratios and can’t be adjusted to the photo’s boundaries. (There may be a way to do this but, while constructing a couple of quick 8 slide test projects, I couldn’t adjust it to custom cropped photos.) For people looking for an easy-to-use program to replace Microsoft’s Photostory for slide shows of family and friends, I’d nominate this one.

  9. Philx

    Reply to this comment#4

    Some comments:

    (1) Regardless of whoever this “Amazing-Share” software developer actually is, this program is a duplicate of iPixSoft Video Slideshow Maker, retailing at $49.95: http://www.ipixsoft.com/video-slideshow-maker.html. Unlike iPixSoft though, “Amazing-Share” seems to have only a vague idea of what it’s charging for the identical product: its website variously quotes $49.99 and $69.99 and finally the $29.99 mentioned here on this SoS page.

    (2) The two Chinese developers are most likely one and the same though which is the primary and which the clone isn’t obvious. What is obvious is that neither could care less about providing anything remotely approaching meaningful help and that both are using Microsoft Photostory conventions — by no means a bad thing: keyframe implementation in PS has never been bettered by any free or paid-for program in the past 12 years — but using it ineptly. No user forum exists for this software from either developer so if you’re new to this subject, you’re on your own.

    (3) Underneath all the distinctly odd babble about “Decorate your Show” there’s possibly a part-way decent Microsoft-inspired program trying to get out. But the sequence of “Photo” (the software’s initial adding process, not helped by the absence of drag ‘n drop as well as the absence of any right-click facility) to “Template” (a downright bizarre headache-inducing mess of presentational formats devoid of explanation as well as reason) is enough to put anyone off. It’s only when the program finally — finally! — gets around to the “Decorate” stage that an editable time-line actually appears and things start to resemble the way a decent Microsoft Photostory-inspired slideshow composer should look.

    (4) Unfortunately, despite the fact that the program ostensibly offers all that Microsoft Photostory did — Ken Burns Effect; duration-controlled inter-frame transitions / image and animation longevity — and thus makes it one heck of an improvement on the rubbish out there masquerading as slideshow software from other developers, the coding here is very much a work-in-progress: despite several attempts, I couldn’t get the program to revert from its default application of, er, “decorations” to all frame (it means: transitions and animation effects) when what I actually wished to do was fine-tune the timing of just one inter-frame transition. Worse: when it came to out-putting the completed project in a saved MP4 video of 1920×1080 (HD widescreen for both my computer monitor and my home TVs) the program managed nothing of the kind.

    Verdict: it’s unusual to encounter something which, under the hood, is so reminiscent of the world’s first and once-finest slideshow software: Microsoft Photostory. It’s even more unusual to encounter software which seems to deliberately seek to not only mask any Microsoft origins and/or inspiration but to do so to such excessive extent that you finish up wondering if you’re in the world of slideshow production at all.

    Fundamentally, there’s something. . . odd about “Amazing Slideshow Maker” . . . so odd, in fact, that I’ve now uninstalled it: I can’t think of any other developer who would build something of this depth using its own resources, its own creativity, its own ingenuity — and then fail totally to give any explanation as to how the thing worked. It’s almost as if “Amazing-Share” doesn’t actually . . . Know. One wonders why.

    * Note for history buffs: in one of Microsoft’s biggest commercial blunders (and there’ve been many), it halted the development of Photostory at version 3, i.e., at the Windows XP stage. Photostory was (and so remains) a masterpiece, the founding software of all slideshow programs. . . and astonishingly, it was offered entirely free of charge by Microsoft. It should’ve been charged for; at, say, $10 a time, it would’ve progressively evolved to wipe out all rival consumer offerings, including much of today’s expensive “Pro” slideshow software as well as the cheap useless tat that dominates this sector. Redmond certainly discussed making Photostory a commercial product but ultimately, couldn’t be bothered. It was therefore abandoned pretty much in its launch state — a launch, it should be noted, that occurred *before* the advent of the home DVD player and *before* the advent of wide screen HD TV. Nowadays, a few of us enthusiasts still use it but a word of advice to anyone tempted: Photostory saves in a Microsoft proprietary format that’s a nightmare to transcode successfully every time regardless of how careful you are. . . and because it has no idea what 16:9 widescreen is, it works entirely in 4:3 — so pre-production image manipulation (not cropping) is essential.

  10. Hamza Ellessaga

    Reply to this comment#3

    Great offer.. Thank you

  11. Harry

    Reply to this comment#2

    [@Philx]

    Thank you so much for your comments so far – look forward to your detailed assessment and any further recommendations for software in this area.

  12. Philx

    Reply to this comment#1

    This Beijing-based developer arrived in the marketplace last year with the stated aim of becoming “the largest listed consumer freeware export company in China within 1 year” and “to be a worldwide well-known freeware developer and publisher within 2 years.” Additionally: “Amazing-Share has been exceptionally granted by the governmental preferential policies in terms of software industry, which include tax privileges and government supports. . . Certified as a National High-Tech Enterprise by The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.”

    Hmmm. Intriguing stuff, as is this software, which not only promises “Full of effects – Includes zoom, crop, fade, panning, zooming and more to bring your photos to life” (a la Ken Burns Effect) but a facility to output as an executable (a la PicturesToExe.) At the $30 price point at which Amazing Slideshow Maker is pitched, I haven’t encountered *any* software that claims to incorporate as many features — and this after so many years of using and testing slideshow software that I must by now have encountered just about every product out there, 90% of which are over-hyped dross targeted at users daft enough to think inter-scene transitions of exploding fireworks or rolling shutters make for pleasing, and even “professional”, viewing.

    My gut feeling is that it’s all baloney. A $30 product offering all that AmazingShare’s website promises would pretty much render obsolete rival products priced at up to five times that amount. . .

    Which is why today’s promotion is actually one of the most fascinating I’ve ever come across on SoS. Thanks, then, to Ye Boss for facilitating this offer: as both a skeptic and an experienced slideshow enthusiast, I’m off to DL and road test Amazing Slideshow Maker right now — which is more, I’m guessing, than whoever has gone to the trouble of getting this software a 50% rating without any verifying comment.

Important Info

Terms and Conditions

  • This is a 1-user lifetime license, for home use
  • No free updates; if you update the program, you may lose it
  • No free tech support
  • Must be downloaded, installed, and registered before offer is over
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help

Technical Details

  • Developed by Amazing-Share
  • Current version is v3.4.5
  • Download size is 22.4 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results: 0/50