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Old Sep 12, 2013, 2:37 PM   #1
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Default What is a good slide show creator for Android?

Does anyone know of a good slide show creator ie. takes pictures that I have on my phone or transfer over from a camera, let's me select pictures, and create a video file slide show with my pictures and MP3 files I might have on my phone?

I've played with the iMovie for iPhone / iPod and love that . . . but just wondering if there is something similiar for Android. The few that I've found seemed very difficult to use.

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Old Sep 12, 2013, 6:13 PM   #2
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Nope.

What I have done is look into "mobile friendly" web site album software for displaying photos (that can also display slide shows) and I've been impressed with the offerings from http://jalbum.net

Basically, you can download their software and create albums that you can upload to their web sites, or to your own web sites, or just view them on a local device using an internet browser (default Android Browser, Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin HD, etc.) without uploading them first.

There are *many* "skins" available for jalbum from lots of different developers, and some can generate albums that are "mobile friendly" (so that they work fine on mobile devices, too).

Most of them are highly customizable.

Here's an album I generated just for fun a while back, using some photos I took of a band my brother-in-law is the "sound guy" for (the guy you'll see with the beard behind the sound board in the first couple of photos). My apologies for the noise in the images (as I did not take any time to try and process the images other than a quick conversion from raw to jpeg and downsizing them slightly for testing the turtle skin album generation features). You'll see an arrow button on the main page to start a slide show with it (and you can customize the timing, etc. via the "skin" options when you generate an album.

http://www.jimcockfield.com/badjustice/

The jalbum software to generate albums is available for Linux, OS X or Windows, too (and I use Linux the vast majority of the time and prefer software that doesn't require me to boot into Windows to use); and the same skins (like the Turtle skin that I used), works under any of those Operating Systems to generate the album pages (Windows, OS X or Linux). Then, just copy the generated pages to a web site (or to another device like your phone or tablet) and view the albums using an internet browser.

I just used a [very] old copy of the jalbum software, combined with this skin (Turtle) to create it to see how it worked for displaying albums (including slide shows, which is what you seem to be interested in) on my phone running Android. Basically, I just used a free version of the software for generating that test album and it seems to display fine using my phone (just a cheapo Samsung phone I got a couple of years back running Android).

http://jalbum.net/en/skins/skin/Turtle

That skin has lots of other features (with loads of customization options you can select from when using it). But, because it's "mobile friendly" and supports a touch interface, the Turtle skin caught my attention enough to play with it some. You could also keep albums locally on your PC or Phone, versus on your own web site (or using their site for a host instead). You'll find lots and lots of other skins here (and some support touch interfaces used by many mobile devices, as the Turtle Skin I played with does):

http://jalbum.net/en/skins/new

So, that kind of solution may be worth experimenting with, as you could keep the generated albums on a local PC, Phone or Tablet, since they're just using HTML and javascript (supported by any modern browser) for displaying the generated pages, slideshows, etc. Then, just view them with your phone's browser (built in Android Browser, Dolphin HD, etc.), versus uploading them to a web site. I can see the albums generated that way before uploading them to a web host. Just check out the options for software, hosting, "skins", etc. on their main page at http://www.jalbum.net

Some of the available "skins" use Flash, and some of them are *not* touch friendly. So, the Turtle skin caught my eye since it doesn't require Adobe Flash Player, and it *does* provides touch support for mobile devices (like my phone running Android), and I can see it's generated albums (including slide shows) on a local device without the need to upload it to a web host (either my own, or one of the host plans that jalbum provides as an option).
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If all of that sounds like too much trouble (generating web pages with built in slide show features), it looks like there are lots of apps available for android for viewing images that include slideshow features.

Here's one that seems to get tons of positive reviews that's available from Google Play. So, you may want to give it a try:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ensw.PicFolder
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JimC, thanks for the reply.

Yeah . . . that first one looks quite involved. Interesting . . . but I'm not sure if I'm up to the task for that one.

The second one I downloaded and . . . a bit different than what I'm looking for . . . But it is actually pretty good. It turned a really old small android tablet I had laying around doing nothing into a perfectly good digital picture frame. That old tablet was sooooo slow that I couldn't even browser the Internet with it, so I never used it. But that QuickPic is pretty fast on it. So now I finally have a digital picture frame. <grin>

I guess what I'm really looking for is a program just like iMovie. I use iMovie on our MacBook and it is amazing! I tried out iMovie on the iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Touch in the store and although slightly different, still pretty amazing!

I've been looking and looking for something similar for my Android phone, but haven't found anything that I can use.

Thanks again!

Take care, happy shooting!
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Here's something that gets reviewed as being similar to iMovie. It's available for Android and IOS.

http://www.wevideo.com/mobile

From what I can see of it's listing on Google Play, it's a bit picky about supported Android Devices though (and only works with Android 4.1 or higher). That makes sense, as most devices running older Android versions probably don't have enough processing power for that type of app.

It also looks like it can use photos in videos, since one place in it's Android Demo says it has the ability to adjust photo duration (implying it could be used for slide shows, too).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=NJ6nYgxcuUk
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Thanks JimC! I'll try that one out!
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