Totally Hip Software today announced LiveSlideShow 2.0 for Mac OS X. LiveSlideShow allows you to work with digital photos to create presentations and save them as QuickTime movies or interactive slideshows. The new version is compatible with Mac OS 9, Windows and Mac OS X.
"OS X was a joy," David Gratton, vice president of marketing and sales for Totally Hip Software, told MacCentral. "The image capture feature in OS X is absolutely great for our users. Having this feature built into the OS saved us a lot of time in development. Naturally, we didn't have to build in twain support as we do for our Windows users. And with OS X, we no longer have to specify the memory allocation. For an application like LiveSlideShow this is vital, because our customers are so diverse we don't know if they will be using LiveSlideShow for 10 slides or 100 slides."
With LiveSlideShow you can add transitions, voiceovers, sound effects, interactive elements -- such as arrows to move to the next slide -- and scrolling captions to any digital picture. And with the new media skins feature, consumers can now present their slideshows inside uniquely shaped themed players.
LiveSlideShow's now features a background music track, allowing slideshows to be used for the Web, CD-ROM or e-mail delivery.
LiveSlideShow works with most of the popular digital cameras available on the market today, according to Totally Hip. LiveSlideShow 2.0 is a certified Kodak Picture Friendly application, but it also works with many of the other popular digital cameras on the market. As is the cause with all of Totally Hip's products, LiveSlideShow utilizes QuickTime, allowing it to support many digital image formats.
"Totally Hip Software is pleased to be releasing LiveSlideShow 2.0 with a host of powerful new features that will enable consumers to easily transform their digital photos into dazzling, and professional looking presentations. It also happens to be the most fun application we have ever seen for digital photography", said Gratton.
To use LiveSlideShow, you need to connect your camera and capture the pictures. To make a slideshow you just need to drag and drop your pictures into the timeline. You can add transitions and effects between the pictures using the same drag and drop method.
LiveSlideShow 2.0 features a built-in voice recorder so you can narrate your entire presentation, if you wish. IF you don't like the sound of your own voice, you can add a background music track over the entire length of your presentation. (LiveSlideShow supports MP3, .wav, CD and other audio formats).
If you want to change the look of your slideshow, you can use QuickTime 5's media skins. Using media skins, you can wrap your presentation in a uniquely shaped and themed player. For example, you can present your vacation photos with a beach motif using the vacation theme. Some of the more adventurous themes like UFO even have animations. If you don;t find one that you want you can make your own or download additional themes for free from the LiveSlideShow Web site.
If you want to present your slideshow on the Web, LiveSlideShow can take care of that too. Using the Publish to Web feature, LiveSlideShow will take care of organizing you slideshow into appropriate folders and writing all the necessary HTML.
LiveSlideShow is available immediately for US$49.95. Registered users of version 1.0 can upgrade for US$19.95. Educational discounts are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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