Reviewed by David Savage
Well what can I say about the new Photostory Deluxe 2016 software from MAGIX? If you value your photographs and love looking through them this piece of simple but powerful software is something you definitely need to own. I have been using it for a couple of days and am loving it. A great fun way to create photo slideshows as digital PC files, mobile friendly slideshows, DVD or Blu-ray or even uploading the finished slideshows to Facebook or YouTube!
Installation was slow as I had a download version, rather than DVD installation. To be fair the basic program downloaded pretty quickly but after installation I decided to download all the extra transition, title packs etc. which amount to quite a few gigabytes and my download speed isn’t the greatest. So I would recommend buying the DVD version if you don’t want to wait a few hours for downloading all the extras (you may have a very fast internet connection so may not be a problem).
Once fully installed there are some tutorial videos that you can view online to get the basics on how to use this software and I would recommend viewing these as you learn quite a lot and without them would probably miss some great tools that you can employ in your slideshows.
Using the software for a straightforward slideshow is very simple, just import the pictures that you want to use and arrange in the order that you want them by dragging and dropping. The default timing before changing pictures is 7 seconds. If you just want a slideshow as it is you can them export your slideshow as a video or save to Facebook, YouTube etc… but what’s the fun in that when this software enables you to do so much more quite easily (although as I found I was spending quite a bit of time playing around, so can be quite time consuming depending on what effects, titles, subtitles and more that you would like to add and on how many images that you are using).
With Photostory Deluxe 2016 you can smarten up your slideshow with titles, credits, and text to images, change transition between individual pictures or all, add transition effects , add music or narration, picture in pictures effects, intro and outros plus lots more (I am still learning more the more I use it) and all can be done using templates and wizards or manually.
When finished you can burn to disc, save as a file on your pc or mobile, export to Facebook or YouTube to share with friends and family
MAGIX Photostory Deluxe is an excellent piece of software to transform your photos into professional looking slideshows with some great effects. While there are lots of options to use the software is fairly easy to use, the screen layout is not cluttered and all the tools are easily accessible.
Another great piece of software from MAGIX.
Available to buy from MAGIX here.