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1.1. F.A.Q.

What is Soundslides?

Soundslides is a rapid-production tool for creating Web slide shows synched to an audio track. It runs on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, as well as Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

What is Soundslides Plus?

Soundslides Plus is an advanced version of Soundslides. In addition to all of the features of the original version, Soundslides Plus includes:

  • Full-screen playback
  • Image movement (pan and zoom)
  • Click-through slide shows
  • Silent-play slide shows
  • Lower thirds

Who uses Soundslides and Soundslides Plus?

Though originally created for photojournalists, they are now also used in the corporate, public relations and academic worlds. Individuals have also found them useful for adding multimedia content to personal blogs.

What do I need to know about Internet publishing to use Soundslides or Soundslides Plus?

Not much. See our publishing instructions for detailed information for a variety of knowledge levels.

What formats do Soundslides and Soundslides Plus export?

Both export a folder you can upload to your Web server, then view the slide show online without any additional work. The slide show player and Web page are made up of Adobe Flash (SWF) and HTML files advanced users can further customize after export. Images are exported as JPG files and audio as MP3.

Does Soundslides or Soundslides Plus export to a DVD format that can be viewed on a television?

Soundslides and Soundslides Plus do not do this because they are designed for Web publishing. It is, however, possible to convert a slide show to a DVD playable in a DVD player using third-party software.

Is Web space included with Soundslides or Soundslides Plus?

Web hosting is not included. The software only creates the files you will need to upload to your Web server.

What version of the Flash plug-in will the end user need to have installed in order to view a Soundslides or Soundslides Plus slide show?

Both require the Flash 9 plug-in (or higher). Recent stats put the Flash 9 plug-in's penetration at 98.8 percent worldwide.

What kind of media can Soundslides and Soundslides Plus import?

Both can import images in the JPG format and audio in the MP3 format. Optionally, both can import AIFF or WAV audio files if you have the free, open-source LAME application installed (for more information, click here).

How many images can Soundslides and Soundslides Plus import?

There is no limit to how many images can be loaded, but both are optimized to work with 200 or fewer images.

How do I control the length of an audio slide show?

The length depends on the length of the audio track, which also serves as the timing track. If you have a 30-second audio track, you will have a 30-second audio slide show.

Can Soundslides or Soundslides Plus edit audio?

No. You'll need to create a single audio track, then import it. This is easy to do with audio-editing software, such as Audacity, a free, open-source editor for Mac OS X and Windows. Here's a simple guide to audio editing with Audacity.

Will Soundslides and Soundslides Plus read the caption info in a JPG file?

Yes. They also allow you to edit captions once the images are imported.

Can Soundslides or Soundslides Plus import video?

Not at this time.

Are there plans to add this functionality?

We are constantly improving Soundslides and Soundslides Plus and adapting them to customer requests.

What are the benefits of registering?

Registration removes the "Made with Soundslides DEMO" message from your finished slide shows. A lot of work has gone into Soundslides and Soundslides Plus, and your support helps fund further development. You also get free updates for all Soundslides or Soundslides Plus 1.x application releases for a year.

Will I get an installation CD when I purchase a license?

No.  Soundslides and Soundslides Plus are only available via Internet download. Feel free to make a copy as a backup.

How much can I customize within a slide show?

You can control many aspects of the final slide show, including most elements of the player. If you have access to the Flash application, you can load the Soundslides or Soundslides Plus SWF file into another Flash file with ActionScript, or use our Flash component.

I'm a multimedia producer, and just learning Flash. If I can use Soundslides or Soundslides Plus to make Flash presentations, why do I need to learn Flash?

Soundslides and Soundslides Plus are really good for making audio slide shows, but beyond that ... you'd better learn what __root.getNextHighestDepth();_ means.

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