How to use gPhotoShow Pro

Create Slideshows on removable Media

gPhotoShow can create slideshows that can be saved on CD/DVD (or other removable media) and can be run on windows based computers without installing gPhotoShow. Some images in this page looks a bit fuzzy because they have been resized to fit the page.

gPhotoShow installer optionally creates a shortcut on the desktop to easily start gPhotoShow:

Desktop shortcut

If you have that icon simply double click on "gPhotoShow SlideShow Maker" in other case open the windows start menu as shown here:

gPhotoShow in the Windows Start Menu

gPhotoShow in the Windows Start Menu

 

Select "gPhotoShow Slideshow Maker" and gPhotoShow will start:

gPhotoShow Main Window

This is the gPhotoShow main window, the tree on the left allows you to choose various sections where you can configure specific options:

  • Images: basic settings for pictures
  • Display Options: settings to control pictures resize and display
  • Information: settings to control which info to display over images. For example here you can configure gPhotoShow to display file name or Exif / IPTC / XMP metadata fields over pictures.
  • Transitions: transition effects. Here it is possible to choose transition effects or set Pan&Zoom
  • Scrapbook: Scrapbook mode. When is enabled gPhotoShow first displays a background image then overlays several smaller pictures until it finds available space or a file of another type is found (for example a video)
  • Panoramic Images: basic settings for panoramic images. Panoramic images are images where the horizontal side is much wider than normal pictures so they don't look well when resize to fit the screen so gPhotoShow offers you another way to see them, they are scrolled across the screen.
  • Video and Animations: basic settings for video files
  • Web and 360 Panoramas: basic settings for web pages and spherical panoramas
  • Files options: in this sections there are settings to filter file names and to control the display order
  • Slideshow options: options for the slideshows, for example you can configure mouse actions and hot keys used during the slideshow
  • Global Exclusions : options to exclude files from slideshow with filters on file names or file dates
  • Filters: settings to choose which files to display on each monitor. For example it is possible to display only horizontally oriented images or pictures with a rating greater than 1
  • Sound and Music: basic settings for audio files played during the slideshow. For example here you can configure a background music.
  • Multiple monitors: specific settings for multiple monitors systems
  • Plug-Ins: in this section you can configure installed PlugIns
  • System Settings: in this section you can set some system wide options. For example you can set gPhotoShow as logon screen saver (screen saver the runs when no user is logged in)

All pages are exactly the same as the screen saver so you can take a look at the screen saver tutorial

To create a slideshow for distribution on CD/DVD (or other removable media) follow these steps:

  1. Create a folder for the files that will be recorded on cd (e.g. c:\my_cd)
  2. Copy your images into one or more folder inside the folder you created in step 1 (for example you can copy the images in the "c:\my_cd\images" folder and if you wish some background music copy the music files in the "c:\my_cd\music" folder)
  3. Add the previously created folder into the images list. Change all the configurations you wish, you may also add some music files but remember to copy them in a subfolder inside the folder you created in step 1
  4. Open the menu on the "Save" button and choose the item "Save to File As...", choose the folder you created in step 1 (e.g. c:\my_cd) and save the settings with a name you like (for example c:\my_cd\my_slideshow.gss) 
  5. Test your slide show by selecting the menu item "Save to File & Preview"
  6. When you are satisfied with the result click on the "Save" button and choose "Copy gPhotoShow and create autorun.inf". This command copies gPhotoShow.exe to the folder created in step 1 and creates a file autorun.inf, this file will make windows to automatically start the slideshow when you insert the CD.
  7. Done. Run your favorite cd burning software and burn the CD. In the cd burning software remember to choose the folder you created in step 1. As an alternative you can move the folder created in step 1 to the root of a memory stick or other removable device.

 

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