Photo presentation software can be a useful tool for anyone who has a large number of still images that they wish to present to an audience in an organized and attractive manner. Professionals who work in sales, educators who need visual presentations to supplement lectures, prospective employees who desire to create portfolios and even families who want to upgrade their old photo albums can benefit from this type of computer software. Amateur hobbyists who enjoy taking, organizing and presenting pictures may find this software especially useful, since it helps hone their photography skills and helps them showcase their work.
The average person may be familiar with photo presentation software because of its use in television programs. Panning and zooming, for example, enhance an audience's viewing experience and help direct attention to certain aspects of photos. Similarly, average users who use photo presentation software on a computer can mimic the same effects for personal photos or photos used in a presentation. Along with panning and zooming, a picture can be rotated, revolved, spun, receded, moved closer or slid off of the viewing screen with a few modifications using photo presentation software. Possible sound effects include the addition of soundtracks, voice overs, miscellaneous sound effects and stock audio.
The software may also allow users the ability to choose how they deliver their presentations. Users can often choose to email their presentations as attachments, upload them to websites or save them on a disk so that they can present them using sophisticated projection screens. If a user prefers, he or she can even burn the presentation onto a CD or DVD and can protect it so that no unauthorized user can access or copy it. Regardless of the presentation method, the presentations themselves can be extremely mobile and can be taken to different locations using only a portable memory device.
Trial software exists for many photo presentation software packages. They may allow the user to try the software for a certain number of days, though there may be restrictions regarding advanced options. For example, it is not uncommon to come across trial versions of software that stamp presentations with a watermark bearing the software's name or the name of its developing company. Once a user decides to buy the software, the stamp will disappear and will allow users to create watermark-free presentations. Tutorials may be built into the trial version, allowing users to familiarize themselves with the software and learn how to work it before a purchase is made.