March 23, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, and it's Friday. What more can I ask for--except maybe to take a "trip of a lifetime" to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji like Chuck here. He just returned and would like to know what he can use to create a slide of show with his treasured photos. While my mind is still stuck daydreaming of what it would be like to be there in those countries, I have to say: Chuck, you're a lucky man to have experienced those spectacular places. But you're even luckier to have a community of folks here who took the time out to share their many recommendations and help get your slide show created.
As with creating any sort of slide shows, there are numerous software titles out there--probably enough to make you dizzy trying to decide on one. However, after you read through the submissions, you'll probably notice a few titles that are brought up quite frequently, so those might be the ones to start with. While we did get a lot of answers with recommendations ranging from using Windows Photo Story 3 to Apple's iPhoto (for Mac users), I have selected a few answers below that hit upon Chuck's question with regard to using Microsoft PowerPoint to do slide shows. So please give all the potential winning answers a read-through and vote in our poll on the most helpful answer to you.
Chuck, I hope all the advice offered will give you a head start to your project. If you ever get a chance to complete your slide show and would like to share it with our members, let me know and I'll arrange something to show it off, because we'd love to see it! Take care, and have a great weekend, folks!
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My wife and I took our "trip of a lifetime" to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji--and brought home hundreds of digital photos. We want to make a top-quality slide show of these, featuring music, captions, dissolves, and fades. Can this be done by PowerPoint or should we buy special software? I have an OEM of Nero but haven't learned how to use it. Would this be useable for our purposes? Please guide us into what is needed for making DVDs of these treasured photos.
Chuck C. of Tallahassee, Florida
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Here's my questions to you guys and gals. Someone at work
recommended to me to use LimeWire to download music;
however I have heard through other people to avoid it, as
such programs are illegal to use and possibly unsafe. I would
like to try LimeWire to get music, but I'm afraid to use it
because of what I'm hearing from others. So, is it legal or
not? When they mention being unsafe, is it the music that is
unsafe or are we talking about something else. Sorry I sound
so naive, but this is all new to me and I'm very curious.
Thanks for any advice.
Brandy, LimeWire is a P2P (Peer-to-Peer) sharing application along the same lines as the old Napster, WinMX, and a
plethora of others. Users log in, share their files, and search for others with music or videos or what not to download.
The problem with...
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