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FotoShow

Do you want to put on a digital slide show without forcing friends or coworkers to crowd around your computer? The FotoShow, from Iomega, lets you display images as a slide show or on-screen photo album on a TV or VCR. You connect the device to your TV via the included composite (RCA) cable, insert a CompactFlash or SmartMedia card or a PC-formatted Zip disk containing your images, and then use the FotoShow's remote control and on-screen menus to organize your photos.

Unfortunately, the tutorial offers little practical information; I had to consult the somewhat confusing manual to figure out many steps in the process. Because the on-screen menu system is ambiguous, I almost erased an entire project by mistake. And although the FotoShow includes some basic image-editing tools, they lean more toward fun effects than serious editing.

Macworld's Buying Advice

The FotoShow lets you create decent slide shows, but its appeal will be limited by the fact that many digital cameras can display images as slide shows on a TV, and by the availability of inexpensive slide-show software such as Interactive Solutions' $80 MovieWorks ( Reviews , June 2001). With its high price and limited usefulness, the FotoShow is difficult to recommend.

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