At one point or another, most of us have have bought picture frames to decorate our rooms with framed pictures, or to gift them to our friends and family. Frames have a major impact on the presentation of your photos without costing a huge amount. Though picture framing doesn't have to stop with printed copies of pictures; you can add virtual frames to pictures on your computers and mobile devices as well, and that too for completely free. If done right, this can significantly improve the presentation of your photos. Free Photo Frame
is a simple and intuitive desktop widget that lets you display a slideshow of your favorite images in gorgeous photo frames. You can place the widget anywhere on the screen or on top of other windows, and choose the photo mode between a single image or a slideshow of multiple images. More details after the jump.
Most free file viewers are just apps that allow you to read a particular set of file formats, and stay restricted to one particular genre of files, like audios, videos, images etc. Any other sophisticated features are likely to be sitting behind a price tag. MLookerCL
is a free Mac app that is, at the core, a viewer for all types of media files. In functionality, it allows you to create playlists of audio or video files you want to view, and play multiple images in a slide show. The app allows you to view basic file information via a simple shortcut and can compress JPGs. Additionally, MLookerCL will allow you to play videos as a desktop background.
Most of the people rely on MS PointPoint for making slideshow presentations. However, even though it lets you insert PDF documents into your slideshows, native Adobe PDF reader like support still seems unlikely. If you're looking for a free application that let you present your PDF documents in an MS PowerPoint-like presentation, then you should give PDF Presenter
a shot. It is an open-source, java-based utility, designed to let you display PDF documents the same way you’d present PPT (or PPTX) slideshows. Not only that, but you can also annotate your documents with an integrated Pen, Marker and Text Box
tool. In addition, it provides you with an option to view your PDF documents (or a Whiteboard
) in full screen mode. This feature can be used in countless situations, for instance, whether you’re demonstrating a class lecture or compelling your boss to accept a lucrative business deal. The tool is quite easy to use and contains an elegant user-interface design, with support for both mouse and pen input. Keep reading for more details.
Unlike the iOS App Store, Google Play Store is lacking an official client of Reddit. That said, looking at all the various third-party clients that Android users have at their disposal to access the fast-growing Q&A based social network, one doesn't really feel desperately deprived of an official client at all. Adding to the list of unofficial Reddit clients for Android is Reddit Stream -
a simple yet fun-filled third-party Reddit app for Android that fetches the best images and comments from the network, and presents them on your screen in the form of a slideshow. Sporting a minimalistic interface, Reddit Stream automatically keeps circling through the best and latest content from Reddit, complete with user comments and image descriptions. The app can be customized to fetch content from preferred subreddits, so that you can enjoy the latest Reddit photo stream from topics that interest you, at an interval and with an image quality of your choice. Then there is also an option to prevent your device’s screen from timing out for as long as the app is running, so that you don't have to worry about keeping the device awake or unlocking the screen constantly; this can prove to be pretty useful if you use a dock. If you love Reddit for the thousands of hilarious images that are shared on the network every day, then you’re certainly going to love this app too.
Slideshows are a great way to display, as well as share pictures with others. You must have seen hundreds of videos on YouTube containing a picture slide with some cool music track in the background. Previously, we have covered some great slideshow creators, including Slideshow Creator
which allow you to create video slideshows of photo albums in minutes with effects, audio tracks and captions. However, they lack the options to control the time an image appears in the slideshow, and are not capable of including videos in your creation. This is where our new find, ezvid,
comes in. It is a slideshow creating tool for Windows that allows you to generate slideshows from images and videos, put an audio track in the background and record narration over it. It also allows you to increase or decrease the time each image appears on the screen before switching to the next one. You may add a text tile and upload the slideshow to YouTube directly from the application.
On the surface, it might seem like developers are not really interested in Windows Phone 7, but the truth of the matter is that the Mango platform does have its band of dedicated developers, not the least of whom is Jaxbot from Windows Phone Hacker. The WP7 wizard has done it again, and after Orientation Lock
, Windows Break
and various other groundbreaking homebrews, now you can apply dynamic images as the wallpaper of your Windows Phone. I am a big fan of new wallpapers personally, and that’s why I like to change the background of my phone’s lockscreen daily (computer as well). With the new homebrew (Dynamic Background
), however, that problem has been solved, and I won’t have to change the wallpapers manually again. Dynamic Background can be used to set up a slideshow for the lockscreen, and it also comes with the option to tap into the dynamic Bing wallpapers, and your lockscreen will reflect the search engine’s background automatically. Read More
Slideshow presentations have become quite mainstream during the past few years. If you go to professionals for getting a slideshow made with music from pictures of a party or a wedding, they usually charge you some serious amount of money. With the amount of time people spend on social networking websites, they have become the main portal for sharing photos with each other. Social networking services like Facebook and Google+, and the now obsolete MySpace and Orkut, have been mostly used for one thing – Photo Sharing. These days, pictures of any event, both important and unimportant, are uploaded to a person’s social account almost in real time. Some days ago, we covered PhotoPixar, a slideshow creator for Windows that lets you create slideshow of photo albums in minute with effects, audio and captions
. However, PhotoPixar asked you to add a background frame or image for your slideshow. If you want to quickly create a slideshow without the added frames out of your selected images, along with audio and transition effects, try Bolide’s Slideshow Creator
. Not only is it so user-friendly, but also contains sufficient options to create slideshows in a flash. Read on to find out more about the application.
To avoid the complexity of hard to understand applications, most of the people avoid creating professional slideshows by themselves, and mostly hire others to do the job for them. However, contrary to the common belief that professional looking slideshows cannot be created easily, there are a ton of free and easy to use applications that allow you to make slideshows in just a few steps. Previously, we have covered some very useful tools for creating slideshows, such as, PhotoStage
for creating professional slideshows with any media file and the default Windows application called Windows DVD Maker
available in Windows Vista and Windows 7. All these applications are limited to Windows, but if you want a cross platform application for creating slideshows, try IMGDissolver
. It is an easy to use open source application for Windows and Linux operating systems that can be used for creating slideshows, DIVX and DVD of your photos and videos.
is a pretty useful iOS app which brings a rather new concept to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There are many apps which will let you create slideshows for official purposes, but Appafolio is focused on making your photos and videos more presentable, and lets you create a portfolio of your work which you can share with any of your friends. You can use Appafolio through the app, or from its web version, and the results are pretty neat.
is a free tool to help you create video slideshows from unlimited number of photos. The converted pictures can be customized with available effects, subtitles, transitions, animations, and more. Foto2AVI supports external audio tracks for creating video slideshows with complimentary audio to add vigor to your sideshows. Although the application's name is Foto2AVI, however, other than AVI, the supported video formats (for creating video sideshows) also include, MKV, MP4, MPEG and FLV. Support for Dolby Surround Sound 5.1 is also available, as well as integrated audio editing. Foto2AVI also has option to create video slideshows in HD formats.
Inserting a HTML-based photo-slider/carousal takes not less than re-designing the whole web page. Kurst
is an Adobe Air application which lets you design photo sliders and export them into SWF (Flash-based Shockwave) format for seamless integration. Unlike previously covered Wow Slider
, it allows users to not only design carousels but can be used to design image Coverflows, Grids, and Strips.
Moreover, it offers a long list of effects with each type of Image Gallery that can be applied over the customized gallery. With Kurst, designing photo galleries is dead simple, it supports simple drag & drop behavior to populate the list with images with an on-the-fly image resizing abilities to fit the width and height dimensions of your web page.
is a free tool for creating awesome jQuery image sliders with fancy templates which are cross-browser compatible. It not only offers seamless way to design custom sliding carousels but let users change almost every possible aspect of the sliders being made, be it image settings, animation style, panel height/width, navigation buttons, and so on, you just have to specify the input values in available input forms to design an intriguing carousel for your website.
is one of the latest offerings from Adobe. It is an all-in-one content creation and editing platform devised with both novice and experienced users in mind, and offers an interface that lets one inject the dynamism of multimedia and animations in every day projects, be it a brochure, greeting card, or something as diverse as a website.
SharePoint Silverlight Slideshow is a webpart of Windows Sharepoint 2007 that displays photos from the SharePoint Picture Library. It is geared towards those developers who use the MS Sharepoint suit for web development. Read More
If you looking for a way to create a slideshow with your favorite music and different transition effects, then we have already covered two ways to do that – PhotoStage and Windows DVD Maker. So what is this post about?
Sometimes people don’t want to save slideshows, they simply want to show it to someone temporarily and then remove it. If you don’t want too fancy or complicated apps, then this is where Quick Slideshow Creator comes in. It is a simple-to-use app that mixes photos with any music to create great looking slideshows. It contains up to 160 different transitions, making it an excellent little app for creating professional slideshows. Read More
Windows 7 comes with various attractive wallpapers that will make you thinking as to which one to choose for your desktop. Now you can put all your favorite desktop background images by using Desktop Slideshow feature. Once you have set the Desktop Slideshow, it will begin cycling the selected desktop background image files at any given duration.
Remember, last year we discussed about making a free DVD slideshow(with music) in Windows Vista. Well it got a lot more easier and professional with PhotoStage. It is a free tool for Windows that lets you create a professional slideshow with any media file. You can add photos, videos, music, and also add your own recorded voice to the slideshow all from within a simple-to-use interface.
The slideshow feature in Windows DVD Maker contains basic features only, while in PhotoStage you can edit every aspect of the slideshow to give it a professional look. Read More
is a Firefox and Internet Explorer add-on
that lets you open any document or image online with various online tools. You don’t need to download the files to view them on your computer anymore. For Documents, Spreadsheet, and Presentation you can choose between Google Docs/Apps, Zoho Viewer/Writer, ThinkFree, and Vuzit. For Images you can choose between Snipshot, Picnik, Pxlr, and Bilder Editieren.
It can handle the following file types.
- Documents (*.doc, *.rtf, *.odt, *.sxw)
- Spreadsheets (*.xls, *.csv, *.ods, *.sxc)
- Presentations (*.ppt, *.pps, *.odp, *.sxi)
- Images (*.jpg, *.gif,*.jpg)
When you install this add-on for the first time, it will ask which online tool you want to assign to the documents and images. The selected online tools will become the default, but you can always change them by going to Options.
Picasa is a great photo organizing tool, some might disagree. If you are using Windows OS, then Windows Live Photo Gallery is also a good alternative. But there is one software that has recently grabbed my attention, it is a free opensource photo organizing tool called My Photo Index. It is a simple-yet-powerful photo organizing too that is both flexible and easy-to-use.
You can import the pictures from your hard drive or a digital camera and organize them according to their categories and tags. You can also rate the pictures, which can help in distinguishing between professional and amateur photos. Read More
iSpring Converter is a free PowerPoint add-on that lets you save your presentation to flash format instantly. Additional options include the ability to add Flash videos inside presentations. The advantage of PowerPoint in flash format that it can be played in any operating system.
Note: If you are looking to create a presentation slideshow for the purpose of uploading it to YouTube, please check this post. Read More