Icecream Slideshow Maker allows you to create impressive slideshows using your own photos, with fancy transition effects and background sound. Thanks to this tool, you can create professional-looking presentations and impress your friends, even if you are a beginner as the program is very intuitive and easy to use.
To use this program, you should start adding your source photos - you can add them individually or by folders. Then you can select an audio file in MP3, WAV or WMA formats to be used as a background sound, and now you can create your slideshow by simply pressing the "create" button. However, the program gives you control over all the appropriate parameters so that you can get a better slideshow. You can set each image duration and transition effect, rearrange images, set the audio track offset and fade duration, set the transition's duration and set the output resolution as well. The program also includes an embedded preview panel that allows you to check how your slideshow will look before you actually create it.
All those configurable values can be selected from predefined lists so that you don't have to type anything, except for the output file name. For example, for the images' duration you can select among values ranging from 1 to 20 seconds, while for the transitions you can select among 26 fancy effects and their duration can be set from 1 to 3 seconds. In case your source image list is really large, the program also allows you to apply a common duration and transition effect for them all at once. Finally, Icecream Slideshow Maker saves the history of your created slideshows and you can resume the work with any of them with just a couple of clicks.
Despite all those handy features, there are also some disadvantages of Icecream Slideshow Maker that are worth mentioning. Firstly, the program only supports source image files in BMP, JPEG and PNG formats. Secondly, the only output format supported by the program is MKV. This means that if you want your presentation to be in another video format or in DVD, you would need to use a separate video converter. Not to mention that the slideshow creation itself is a bit slow and resource-consuming process.
In short, if you simply want to create inspiring slideshows from your photo collections and the MKV output format is not a problem for you, Icecream Slideshow Maker might be the perfect tool for you. You can use it totally free of charge and its installer doesn't come with adware or spyware.