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    The following table compares over 35 picture display programs, gleaned from various web sources. It is by no means a complete list of all available slide show programs. The comparison criteria is somewhat limited, in order to keep the table reasonably small. To get more evaluation information on a listed program, click on the hyperlinked program name.

    Program Name Picture Selection Picture Ordering Picture Size Pan and Zoom Picture Annotation Picture Transitions Sound Comments
    ACDSee 7 Prev, Next Name, Type, Date, Size, Properties, Description, or Custom Full screen Yes, using keyboard, but not in slide show mode EXIF plus its own database Yes
    (About 30 of them, with a nice preview mode)
    Yes Very full featured slide show program (almost too many), with a few bugs
    AlbumNow 1.1 Prev, Next, First, Last, or by thumbnail No Full screen Yes File name, Comment (but couldn't get it to work) No No Somewhat limited capability, and a bit awkward to use
    Canon ZoomBrowser EX 3.2 Prev, Next Name, Type, Date Full screen No Proprietary DB (Title & Comments) Yes (20) Yes, but doesn''t play while picture is being displayed Attractive interface
    CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro 4.1.2.9 Prev, Next Name, Date, Type, Size (ascending or descending) Full screen or window Yes Yes, weak Yes Picture Only Excellent feature list, especially EXIF, but weak on docs and captioning
    CompuPic 6.23 Prev, Next, First, Last Name, Date, Type, Size (ascending or descending) Full screen or window Yes No Yes Picture Only Good slide show program with some great features, but lacking some key features
    Easy Imager 2.0 Prev, Next, First, Last None Resizable window Yes - crude Not really No No Targeted mainly toward building web albums
    EZ-Pix EX 7.02 Prev, Next, First, Last Name, Date, Type, Size (ascending or descending) Full screen Yes Yes, but it doesn't appear on the picture No No Fairly good slide show program, lacking some key features
    FastStone Image Viewer 1.7 Thumbnail, First,Prev, Next, Last No Full screen Yes
    (extensive)
    Only filename Over 60 No Outstanding basics, little beyond that
    Firehand Ember 7 Prev, Next No Full screen Yes
    (slow zooming)
    EXIF subset, but not on picture Only with "Display Xtension"
    ($34.95 extra)
    Only with "Display Xtension"
    ($34.95 extra)
    A bit below average in its overall display capabilities
    FlipAlbum 5 Standard 1.7 Prev, Next, or by file name or thumbnail Designated Uses only about half the available screen area No Yes, in crude form Simulated photo album page flip only Yes in background. Picture sound files play only manually For the user who wants a traditional photo album look
    FocusViewer 2.1 Prev, Next, or by thumbnail No One pane within a resizable window No No No No Very simple slide show program
    Foto Album Pro 4.6.1 Prev, Next Name, Date, Size, Type, Designated Large view, or full screen when in slide show mode None Caption in own DB None Yes, background Basic slide show program with a number of bugs.
    Fresh View 4.0 by thumbnail only No Full screen No No Yes, over 100 No Extremely simple slide show program
    Futuris Imager 4.7.1 Prev, Next None Full screen Keyboard driven (+,-)
    (reference point is upper left corner!)
    No No No One of the worst slide show programs out there
    IrfanView 3.95 Prev, Next Name, Type, Date Full screen Keyboard driven (+,-, arrow keys)
    (reference point is upper left corner!)
    Reads EXIF data nicely, but does not display any of it along with picture No Yes, but not while displaying the picture One of the top free slide show programs out there
    MegaView 7.07 Prev, Next, First, Last Name, Type, Date, size (forware & reverse) Full screen or preview window Mainly keyboard driven (+,-, arrow keys) Reads EXIF data nicely, but does not display it. Can update it. Yes, nicely done! Yes, but not while displaying the picture Nice features, but lots of access violations
    MySlideShow 2.4 Prev, Next Designated Full screen No Caption Yes Yes
    (Picture and background)
    Good sound and transitions, but weak navigation
    Phota 3.4 Prev, Next Manual Full Screen Very limited zoom Title, Photographer, Date, Location, & Occasion in own DB None Yes, either background or with picture Fair in general display, good at album builds and Gallery walkthrough
    Photo Album 5 Prev, Next Name, Date, Size, Type, Designated Large view, or full screen when in slide show mode Zoom in/out to a point. Pan using hand cursor Title & Description in own DB. Both display during slide show Yes, but no control over which ones used (all or none) Yes, plays when picture is being displayed Very good slide show program. Lots of other editing features
    PhotoJam 3 Reset Designated Uses about one-half the total screen area No Caption
    (may not work)
    Yes, but some aren't really transitions Yes, but as background for all pictures A basic slide show program with some severe limitations
    Photo-Lux 3.3 Prev, Next, First, Last No Full screen Yes File name in upper left corner Yes, but not randomly selectable No A generic slide show program
    PhotoRelay 2.5 Prev, Next Name, Type, Size, Date, Designated Full screen Yes Title, Date, Description, in Roxio DB format Yes, but no control over which ones used (all or none) Yes, plays when picture is being displayed Definitely worth trying if you have Roxio's Easy CD Creator 5
    PhotoShow 3.0 Prev, Next Designated Uses about one-half the total screen area No Caption No Yes, but as background for all pictures Some of its "features" can lead to a lot of frustration
    Photo Story 3 None Designated Most of screen, or, TV screen pre-determined No Yes Yes - you must record it Viewer has little or no control over the scripted presentation
    PicaJet Photo Organizer 2.4 Prev, Next Name, Date, Size, etc Full screen Limited Limited Yes Yes, a folder of MP3 files as background audio Strong in organization, weak in general use
    Picasa 2 Prev, Next Name, Date, Size Full screen No No No Yes, but only as background audio Pretty, but lacks many useful slide show abilities
    Picolo 1.7 Thumbnail only Name, Date, Type, Size Full screen Yes (zoom point is upper left corner) No Yes No Slightly below average
    Picture Viewer .EXE 1.1.218 Prev, Next, Filename, Thumbnail No Full screen Yes, but awkward No No No Good, easy-to-use, but lacking in some key features
    PicViewPlus 1.2 Prev(1-10, 25, 50), Next(1-10, 25, 50), First, Last, by Thumbnail Name, Date, Random, Designated Fills a resizable display window Zoom or pan to specified point Uses EXIF.
    Can edit.
    Can place on or outside picture
    Yes Both foreground and background sound Particularly strong in picture captioning
    PolyView 4.22 Prev, Next No Full screen No Yes - picture name in a fixed location Yes (about 15, without a preview) Yes, per picture Good, but lacks some useful features
    ProShow Gold 2.0 None (automatic) Manual, rotate Partial screen No Yes - user specified Yes - over 200 Yes, foreground and background Weak at picture browsing, very good at packaging slide shows - some bugs
    RoboPhoto 3.1 Prev, Next No Twice thumbnail size No No
    But does a good job displaying EXIF data
    No Nov EXIF display is its strong point
    SlideShow Desktop 2.8 Prev, Next
    (in slide show mode)
    Name, Designated Full screen No Filename only No No Minimum features, display on "desktop"
    SlideShow Ultra Gold 6.0.11 (none) Designated Full screen No Caption, filename
    (with effects)
    Yes
    (on each or on all)
    Yes
    (on a file, and/or a list of background files)
    Some excellent features, but some severe limitations
    Thumber 3.35 Prev, Next, Back 10, Next 10, First, Last No Large thumbnail only No Yes, some EXIIF data, but not on picture No No Weak slide show capability
    UniView 1.65 Prev, Next, or by file name No 1:1 by default Yes No No No Simple slide show program with significant limitations
    VuePrint Pro 8.0 Prev, Next, Random, Designated
    (with problems)
    No Full screen Yes Yes (crippled EXIF), and can overlay picture Yes (about 12) Yes (but couldn't get it to work) Nice, but marred by the very non-standard installation
    Windows Picture and Fax Viewer Prev, Next No Full screen Zoom or pan to specified point No No No On every Winddows XP system.
    Nice and fast.
    XnView 1.74 Prev, Next, First, Last Name, Date, Type, Size Full screen Yes (but not in slide show mode) No No No Few features, and lacking an installation program


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