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. 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.