Would you like to create a beautiful slideshow with photos and background music but don't have the faintest idea how to do it? Do you need to make a slideshow for a business project but you don't know where to put your hands? No problem, I can give you a hand. How? Well, simple: pointing out which ones I think are the best slideshow programs present on the square.
In fact, in the following lines I will go to show you a bunch of software useful for the purpose in question. There are plenty of slideshow programs, either free and paid, Both for Windows that for MacOS and also for Linux. Software to be installed on the computer separately, there are also some very convenient ones online services which you can use to create great presentations without having to download anything to your computer. In short, as you can see for yourself, the choice is not lacking at all.
So take a few minutes of free time, sit comfortably in front of your trusted computer and concentrate on reading the following lines. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself more than satisfied as well as happy to have finally made the acquaintance of one or more programs for slideshow useful for your needs. Let it bet?
Free Slideshow Programs
Go in search of slideshow programs to use on your computer, possibly at no cost? Then let me recommend some of the best currently available on the square. I bet you won't struggle to find the one that's right for you!
IMGDissolver (Windows, MacOS and Linux)
IMGDissolver is a very easy to use free program that allows you to create slideshows from all popular graphic and video file formats. Among its main functions, there are those that allow you to add texts, transition effects and special effects to images (eg sepia, black and white, etc.), edit videos by cutting them and extrapolating frames from them, and create music columns customized with mp3 and recordings from the PC microphone.
Slideshows generated with this software can be exported in DivX format for PC playback or burned to DVD video.
IMGDissolver is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. To immediately download the program to your computer click here.
Photostage Slideshow Producer (Windows E MacOS)
PhotoStage Slideshow Producer is a very powerful slideshow program that puts ease of use first. It supports all major image and audio file formats (for background music) allowing even less experienced users to create slideshows full of special effects, transitions and text.
The slideshows obtained with this software can be burned directly to DVD or exported to formats for PCs and portable devices. The program is paid but is available in a free trial version with a limited duration.
Photostage Slideshow Producer is available for both Windows and macOS. To immediately download the program to your computer click here.
DVD Slideshow GUI (Windows)
DVD slideshow GUI is one of the best free slideshow programs out there. Thanks to it, it is possible to create DVDs with photo slideshows starting from all the main image formats (JPG, PNG, BMP, etc.) but also from videos and Power Point presentations.
It includes over 237 different transition effects and allows you to customize your videos with text, background music and animations of various kinds. The duration of the slide shows can be adjusted automatically according to the duration of the background music.
DVD Slideshow GUI is available only and exclusively for Windows. To immediately download the program to your computer click here.
Bolide Slideshow Creator (Windows)
Bolide Free Slideshow Creator is a very easy to use free program that allows you to create slideshows in AVI, MKV and WMV format for free. It supports the use of full HD images and videos and allows you to customize your presentations with background music.
It has an extremely accurate user interface and supports all major multimedia file formats: MP3 / AAC / WMA / M4A / MP4 / OGG for audio and AVI / MKV / WMV for video. Slideshows obtained with this software can be played locally or uploaded directly to Facebook to share with friends and family.
Blide Free Slideshow Creator is exclusively for Windows operating systems. To immediately download the program to your computer click here.
Quick Slideshow Creator (Windows)
Quick Slideshow Creator instead it is the ideal software for those who want to create simple slideshows without too many pretensions. It is, in fact, a free program characterized by an essential (but easy to use) interface through which it is possible to create slideshows starting from any image in BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, TGA, TIFF and PCX format.
It includes over 160 transition effects and allows you to embellish your presentations with background music in MP3 and WAV format. It allows for random arrangement of images and supports drag-and-drop of content.
Quick Slideshow Creator is available only and exclusively for Windows operating systems. To immediately download the program to your computer click here.
Movie Maker (Windows)
Windows Movie Maker is probably the best free video editing program available for computers running Microsoft's operating system. Thanks to its very simple tabbed interface (very similar to that of Office), it allows you to cut, edit and edit videos with a huge range of filters and effects that can transform any amateur shot into a professional-looking video.
The program is an integral part of the free application package Windows Essentials and allows you to publish videos directly on the Internet (on YouTube and Facebook) immediately after saving them, without going through the browser. It also supports some of the major video file formats (AVI, MPG, WMV, etc.).
Windows Movie Maker is only available on Windows. Note that although it is part of the Windows Essentials package, in order to use the software it is not necessary to install all other software offered. The software installation package is no longer available on the Microsoft website (which no longer supports the Essentials suite software) but can be found on third party sites, such as the well-known MajorGeeks portal (only in English). If you need more detailed instructions on how to download the program on your PC, read my tutorial on how to download Movie Maker.
Apple recently decided to include a free photo and video call management application on Macs Photos. Contrary to what its name suggests, in addition to allowing you to view, catalog and retouch your shots, the program allows you to create videos with photos, music and writings and to make changes.
The use of this tool is mostly intended for non-experts on the subject but, considering the excellent results it is able to return, it can be used with satisfaction even by more advanced users.
Photos is an app pre-installed on all Apple-branded computers starting from version 10.10.3 (Yosemite) of OS X. You can access the application by going to the folder Applications of your Mac.
An article dedicated to what are the best slideshow programs out there certainly cannot be missed iMovie, at least not as far as the Mac side is concerned. It is without a doubt the most complete solution for making video montages on Apple-branded computers. It combines a highly intuitive user interface with a rich set of advanced features and special effects.
iMovie is an application that comes “standard” on Mac but is also available as a separate free application and can therefore be downloaded and installed even on older Macs where it is not present.
iMovie is usable only and exclusively on macOS. You can find the application directly on your Mac by going to the folder Applications or you can download it to your computer by clicking here.
Online Slideshow Programs
The slideshow programs that I have proposed in the previous lines have not been able to attract your attention and / or do you want to avoid downloading and installing new software on your computer? So here are a few online services to create slideshows which should be right for you, since they work directly from the browser without requiring the use of external programs.
Sharalike is an online service, completely free, which allows you to create presentations with photos and music using beautiful ready-to-use themes. Just upload the photos of your interest to an album, sort them and choose the theme that best suits your needs.
Then, as regards the background music, you can choose predefined songs proposed by the service or draw on the immense music library of Spotify. The generated video can be shared online but not downloaded to your PC. Another important thing to note is that it has a watermark in the lower left corner.
To start using Sharalike, connect to the main service by clicking here and register for the service by pressing the button Get started. If you need more details, read my tutorial on how to make a video with photos and music, in which I explained how to use Sharalike in more depth.
Another great service for creating photo and video slideshows directly online is Magisto. Basically, it is a free solution but it has some limitations: it allows the use of a maximum number of 10 photos for montages, it does not allow you to create videos longer than 15 minutes and it does not allow you to download videos locally ( watch them online). The paid plan that eliminates all these limitations costs $ 4,99 per month.
For the rest, it is very simple to use (even for novice users), allows you to obtain very high-level final results and offers various options for sharing the projects created.
Magisto can be used from any web browser and from any operating system. To connect immediately to the main web page of the service click here.
You would like to impress your friends by making a photo slideshow directly from yours smartphone or give you tablet? Nothing impossible. Indeed, by installing the right apps, you can create beautiful presentations with photos and music directly from your portable devices in an even easier way than you could do with your PC.
To find out which are the best applications dedicated to making slideshows on Android and iOS, take a look at my post dedicated to apps for making videos with photos and music: you will be spoiled for choice!