Photodex ProShow Gold review: Photodex ProShow Gold

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.3
  • Setup and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Service and support: 5.0
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The Good The inexpensive Photodex ProShow Gold provides top-notch multimedia support, real movie effects, and unlimited undo and redo. You can easily burn your slide show to an autoplay disc.

The Bad Photodex ProShow Gold has a cramped interface, and the program itself is mediacentric and lacks a chart builder. Also, you can't print slides from a show.

The Bottom Line Photodex ProShow Gold is fast and deep, but it puts the focus on photos and video, not text.

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Photodex ProShow Gold

Photodex ProShow Gold may not be the easiest-to-use presentation program on the market, but it's the best tool for creating professional-looking slide shows in which pictures and video dominate. Because of its focus on content and effects, this program is the key to a memorable, media-heavy presentation; however, it relegates text to a supporting role. It also lacks a charting feature for turning numbers into a graph, making it a poor choice for sales-oriented presentations. ProShow Gold is a bargain at $80, but if you need support for text and charts, it would behoove you to spend a bit more for a product that can support your needs, such as PowerPoint . Luckily, you can download a free trial version of ProShow Gold before committing to the full licensing fee.

From the start, Photodex ProShow Gold is like no other presentation program. It occupies a mere 11MB of RAM, installs in less than a minute, and is easy to jump right into. If you do need help, Photodex includes a massive 362-page manual. Keeping in line with ProShow Gold's focus on pictures and video, the main interface has a prominent time line at the bottom and a preview screen on the right, much like a video-editing program. Overall, the main interface feels cramped, particularly if you're pulling components of your presentation from several open windows.

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Photodex ProShow Gold

Part Number: CNETPHOTODEXPROSHOWGOLD2 Released: Feb 1, 2005
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  • Release date Feb 1, 2005
  • Category creativity application
  • Compatibility PC