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Author Topic: gPhotoShow Pro - A Nice Screensaver Maker  (Read 4943 times)
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« on: November 04, 2006, 01:42:28 PM »

Basic Info

App NamegPhotoShow Pro
App URLhttp://www.gphotoshow.com/gphotoshow.asp
App Version Reviewed3.63
Supported OSesWinAll
Support MethodsGreat email support and quiet yahoo group
Upgrade PolicyAll upgrades free for life
Trial Version Available?30day trial available (puts trial text on created screensavers)
Pricing Scheme$19 for full pro version, limited free version may contain bundled adware?
Screenshotshttp://www.gphotoshow.com/gpspro_screens.htm


Intro:

App and I went looking for screensaver makers recently, for building a screensaver of Nudone's Cody Images.  One requirement that I had which was a bit unusual was good multimonitor support.  I also wanted the user to have control over most options after installation (transition times, etc.)  And if possible I wanted support for flash and avi animations.

After trying out a ton of different programs, I narrowed down my selection of best screensaver makers to a short list of 3 tools:

Stardust is $90 (ouch!) and Screensaver Factory is about $40 for an equivelent edition; gPhotoShow Pro is only $19.

After evaluating and trying all 3, I finally purchased gPhotoShow Pro; this minireview explains why.


More Details:

Stardust and Screesaver Factory are more polished then gPhotoShow, but I wouldn't say they were more powerful or easier to use, except when it comes time to building a final setup exe if you want people to be able to easily install the screensaver on their pc.  If you are a novice to such things and you intend to build screensavers for others this is something you will have to consider.

gPhotoShow requires that you have Inno Setup installed, and does not include any license key system.  Both Stardust and the $60 version of Screensaver Factory do, so if you want to sell your screensavers you will want to spend the money buy one of these more expensive tools.  One advantage of the gPhotoShow approach though for coders is that you can customize the setup template and you have more control over it.

All 3 have good multimonitor support, but I think gPhotoShow has the best multimonitor support, which was important to me (but might not be for you); Screesaver Factory will work well on multimonitors but has no options.  Both Stardust and gPhotoShow have nice options about what to show on different monitors (see my special comment below).  Stardust has a nice option that will actually stretch an image across multiple monitors, which is fun but perhaps not often useful.  gPhotoShow had a nicer set of options imho.

All 3 support not only images but sound, avi files, and flash animations.  gPhotoShow also supports raw files and dcif information from them, and panorama images which i don't think the others support.

gPhotoShow also has a unique frame option that looks nice, but i haven't played with it too much.

All 3 have reasonably good transitions and good control over them.  ScreenshotFactory has a few unique transitions that I liked.


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Wow, What Great Support!

After I decided to go with gPhotoShow I emailed the author and suggested a feature to him.  I wanted to have a random image on a random monitor, and have the other monitors be blanked.  The normal options are one image on all monitors, or different images on each monitor.  In two days he wrote back to me with the new feature implemented. Wow! Talk about great support!!  Really great to see a project like this maintained by someone who cares.  I'd like to see that kind of response from Stardust.. unlikely..


Good and Bad

I like the way the projects work by specifying directories of images/movies/sounds/etc. I find this a smarter way of keeping track of pictures for a screenaver, rather than identifying them manually.  However note that this requires you to specify comments for images in separate files which again means that this would be more suited to experienced users creating screenavers.  The other two tools let you add comments to the images from within the program itself.

As I described above, i think the exe creation could be made simpler and cleaner.  There are some options that only the creator has control over and not the end user, for no reason (like sound controls and some multimonitor options).


Conclusions

gPhotoShow is a terrific Screensaver maker at a steal of a price, made by a very nice developer.  Advanced users will enjoy the level of control, and those who want a screensaver maker for themselves and to make stuff for friends and family can't go wrong with it.  I'm extremely pleased with it.

People who tend to want a more gentle experience and are thinking of selling screensavers should check out Stardust Screensaver Toolkit and Screensaver Factory, which are good products but a bit costly.


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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006, 05:59:44 PM »

Thank you very for this nice review  smiley
I am the author of gPhotoShow Pro, I started to write this small program some years ago because I wished a good slideshow program to display my own pictures. Then the program grew, I continued to add functions following users suggestions and feedback. Most features of the program have been developed thinking to people who has big pictures collections, some customers use gPhotoShow to display huge collections of over 100,000 pictures.
About the free version, it installs a search toolbar for IE which help a little to pay expenses for the web site and the time I spend for tech support. Anyway it can uninstalled and the program continues to work.

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http://www.gphotoshow.com
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2006, 06:13:22 PM »

The talk of multi-monitor displays and screen savers prompts me to mention Ultramon which I find a very useful multi-monitor utility.
www.ultramon.com


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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2006, 10:16:24 PM »

Well thanks for this review mouser, I will def. check this program out seeing as I was told I had to make a screen saver for our company last week cheesy You have saved me a small searching campaign Thmbsup

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2006, 01:16:48 AM »

The search for a good screensaver maker wasn't fun...not at all (mouser: my pc hates you  tongue).

There is a lot of garbage out there that makes some really unstable screensavers.

I started with downloading the sample screensavers made with each one and trying them out to rate their quality and features...and user options. The finished product is the most important part of this.

There were so many that I had to end task on the sample screensavers...some where the screensavers ran my cpu through the roof....many just minimized themselves and wouldn't close when deactivated.

gPhotoShow makes some very stable screensavers and offers the user of the screensavers a lot of options. With this one you get the most bang for your buck.
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