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SlideShow Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a show and put it on the Web?
Yes.  SlideShow is an affordable and easy-to-use software package to allow you to make several types of slide shows for display with Web browsers.  You can make a Web-based slide show, an album of graphic images, or a "surf show" of Web sites.  

More information on SlideShow features.

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What are the different ways I can use SlideShow?

Browse a list of favorite web sites
SlideShow can run through your favorite web sites quickly and easily.

As a presentation tool
Present multimedia shows that mix web sites, images documents, and sound files for a dynamic presentation tool.

As an image browser
SlideShow can scan directories of JPEG¡¯s or GIF files easily.  Make collections of your favorite images for regular viewing.  Make an album of favorite images with your own voice-over narration.

As a training tool
Set up an instructional show to demonstrate the Web, software or anything else.  Include interactive HTML components and instructional voice-overs.

As a demonstration program
SlideShow can demonstrate your favorite Web sites, software or images.

To give guided tours of the Web
SlideShow can walk users through Web sites to show them special sites, or as a way of demonstrating how the Web works.

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Can I make a show of URLs and put it on the Web?

Yes.  SlideShow allows you to create a surf show, a collection of Web sites grouped as a show.  Making a show is easy - just collect a list of web sites using the Show Editor.  You can even import a bookmark file to simplify the process.

More on creating surf shows

More on importing bookmark files

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Does SlideShow work with all Web browsers?
SlideShow supports the recent releases of Microsoft¡¯s Internet Explorer and Netscape¡¯s Navigator.  You can choose which Web browser SlideShow will use to display slides.  SlideShow will also work with many DDE-compliant browsers that follow the Spyglass Software Development Interface. This interface is composed of a number of generic, platform-independent automation actions that let SlideShow control the browser¡¯s actions.

SlideShow will use either DDE or OLE automation to control the browser, depending on the browser and operating system. Typically, OLE offers more automation features and controls compared to the DDE interface.

Choose the browser and version that you wish to use and that is installed on your computer. If you do not know the version of your browser, then open the browser and select the About menu selection under the help menu.

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What are the ways I can control a show?

During a show, the showing of slides can be controlled in a variety of ways. The following lists the different ways that a user can control the show:

Control Options on the Main Screen:

  • Navigation keys on control bar.
  • Using the Control menu options.
  • Shortcut commands (i.e., Control+B = Back) are shown in the right column of the pull down menu.
  • By dragging the slider on the show control bar.
  • With the right, middle and left mouse buttons, when the cursor is moved over the remote control icon on the navigation control bar.

Control Options in the theatre mode:

  • Use the mouse buttons to access the popup Control and View menus:  Left mouse button contains the control functions (forward, back, pause).
  • Shortcuts are shown when the menus are visible.
  • Show and display options are available under the View menu.

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Can I make a show from images already on my hard drive?
Yes.  SlideShow lets you quickly make a show of any collection of files on your computer. You can easily make a show with each file in a directory listed in a single slide.  The files can be changed or modified after the show is made. The collection will automatically update as long as the file name stays the same.

You can make a new collection from a directory containing files that are supported by the browser, including images (JPEGs, GIFs), Web pages (HTML), text files, and any other formats that are supported by the browser. The directory can contain a mix of these files. After selecting the directory, a slide is made from each of the files. The individual accompanying sound file and pause time can both be specified after the show is generated. 

More information about image albums.

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Is there a way to have a show fill the whole screen when running?

Yes, this is referred to as "theater mode."  See the next question for more information.

What is the theatre mode?

Theater mode is the full-screen mode, where the browser fills the entire screen. The control bar is a band (normally black) across the top edge of the screen. This control bar contains control and view menus accessed from the left and right click mouse buttons, respectively. The control bar allows you to control the slide show currently running on the browser.

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What additional features are in the Pro version?
The Pro version adds a set of features designed for serious users. Registered users are automatically upgraded to the Pro Version when they register their software.  The new Pro version features include:

  • Unlimited Show Size.
  • Free upgrades within release (i.e. 1.x.x).

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Can I make a slide show, put it on a CD-ROM, and distribute it for free?

Yes.  SlideShow files can be burned to a CD for distribution. 

More information on saving SlideShow files to CD-ROM.

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Can SlideShow handle JPEG, MPG, AVI, GIF and MOV file formats?

SlideShow supports a slew of slide file formats.  Since SlideShow uses the display capabilities of the Web browsers, SlideShow can "project" any image that your browser can handle.  This typically includes JPEG, MPG, AVI, GIF and MOV formats.  Your browser will show which plug-ins or helper applications it currently supports.

Often application files such as word processing documents, text files, and other application files will display on the browser if  the file type is registered. To test if a file type is supported, try opening the file directly in the browser from the File->Open menu.  Internet Explorer (version 4 and above) uses the file types registered in Windows Explorer.

More information on files types supported by SlideShow.

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Can a show be run automatically from a computer in a kiosk or display?
You can set SlideShow to automatically start and run with the show and options you want.  Automatically running shows require no user interaction, and ideal situation for installations in displays and kiosks. Shows can be run continuously or one-time.  Slides can be shown in order or at random.  Slides can be timed individually or  all have the same default timing.  The show can start in the full screen mode with the controls hidden, or in the normal mode with the controls in view.

More information on running SlideShow automatically.

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Can I include music with my Slide Shows?

Can I have voice-overs with my SlideShow?

You can add sound to the shows you make with SlideShow with ease. Sound can be music, narratives or any other sound file that your browser supports.

More information on adding existing sound to shows.

More information on creating sound to add to shows.

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What are SlideShow's system requirements?

  • Windows 95/98, Windows NT (Service pack 3 or later) or Windows 2000.
  • >Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator web browser installed. SlideShow will also work with most DDE compliant browsers ? check the Beagle Software web site for a list of browsers. Version 4 or 5 of Internet Explorer offers several additional display features, such as full screen theatre mode, which can be controlled in SlideShow through OLE automation.
  • Sound card with speakers if sound accompaniment is desired.

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What system resources does SlideShow use?
The demands of SlideShow, when used in most modes are minimal.

Internet Traffic: SlideShow adds no additional Internet traffic, other than the demands made on its behalf by the native web browser.

System Resources: SlideShow spends most of its time in the sleep mode, waiting for the next slide to be shown or waiting for user input. SlideShow uses one of the native operating system timers, which are finite in number.

Testing has shown that most users experience approximately a 1% increase in system utilization when viewed by the NT System Monitor when in the sleep mode, with an approximately 5% increase when actually running a show.

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Will SlideShow work with my dial-up Internet connection?
SlideShow will work with all dial-up Internet Service providers that allow access to the Internet.

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Does SlideShow work with AOL?
SlideShow has been compliance-tested with AOL versions 3, 4 & 5 using an external web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.  SlideShow will not control the native AOL interface.

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What are the restrictions in the trial version?
The trial version is fully functional software. Registered users get some additional features found in the Pro version of the software.

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How do I register my trial software?
You can register on Beagle Software's web site, send an order form via postal mail, E-mail, or fax, or call Beagle Software at 1-877-845-2549.

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