Have camera, will shoot. Have photos, will show to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Bring your own popcorn.
I collect photo slideshow applications. It’s an addiction. Here’s another. This one is cool.
Monoslideshow isn’t just another way to display your digital photos on the web, or on your Mac. Well, yes it is.
It isn’t just another way, it’s a different way to add an artistic display to your prized photos in a moving, online gallery.
With thousands of digital photos buried deep within iPhoto, and thousands more on the way (just from holidays 2006), I need a venue to show n tell.
iPhoto does a nice job of creating a slideshow. Add the moving effect from Ken Burns, add music from iTunes, add transitions. It works. It’s boring.
It won’t take much of a search to find other slideshow applications and utilities for your iPhoto collection. Some get four or five stars from the Mac360 slideshow utility collecting crew (I’m the chair this year).
Both are tops in their class but they’re in the wrong class.
A true slideshow should take up too much time and bore people into bringing their own refreshments.
Enter Monoslideshow. It’s the gallery application for photographers who want their photos displayed on the web in an attractive, moving, gallery of photos.
Think different. Think Flash. Monoslideshow is a Flash-based slide show, so it’s fully compatible with all modern browsers. Portfolio is the aim, but a simple slide show becomes art.
This is not your father’s slideshow. Monoslideshow provides your photo gallery with a list of features which include built-in resizing and positioning, color tools, transitions, including the uber popular Ken Burns effect.
Notably different in Monoslideshow are the high quality typefaces; the fonts which add character and flavor to your display of photos.
The web is a den of thieves, so you’ll appreciate the built-in watermark to protect the rights to your photos. Sound and music? Naturally. It’s a Flash specialty.
Two items that caught my eye right away are the on screen controls, and the on screen text to describe the photo, location, date, and other details. They’re all user controled.
Remarkably, Monoslideshow is a rather simple setup. It’s not a Mac application in the traditional sense. The entire show is wrapped up in a single Flash file which you upload to your web site.
This is not simply a different way to do what iPhoto already does, though clumsily by comparison. This is a unique way to display cherished photos as works of art in a classy gallery of photos.
You control the style, the text, the colors, the timing, the transitions, and provide onscreen controls for those viewing your slides. You’ll need a text editor and need to edit an xml file; admittedly not for the point and click crowd, but the end result is purely professional.
Monoslideshow has an attractive and straightforward demo page where you can work your magic on quality photos before purchase.
Do you create slideshows of your photos? What’s your application of choice? iPhoto? Something else? Share your experience with Mac360 readers in the Comments section below.