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Imagination - DVD Slideshow Maker


Imagination is a lightweight and simple DVD slide show maker written in C language and built with the GTK+2 toolkit.

Linux, and hence Ubuntu, always suffered from the lack of a proper software to make picture slideshows. Many times we were forced to show slideshows directly from the screen of our computer, instead of a DVD. Imagination fills exactly that gap, making our Ubuntu system ready also for one of the most common tasks people perform on their computers. Imagination is written in C and built making good use of the GTK+2 toolkit, which makes the software perfectly integrated with GNOME environment. Imagination features more than 60 transaction effects and for those unwilling to set their own transaction effect up, it also offers a randomizer which will add a random effect to each picture transition. Imagination also includes cut/copy/paste functionalities and the possibility to add text and animated text to slides. After crafting your own presentation, it can be saved in different formats, including fullscreen FLV, OGV Vorbis and 3gp videos for mobile devices.

I personally love Imagination as much as I hate slideshow presentations. I’d gladly skip using this software, not for the software itself, but because I find slideshow presentations one of the collateral effects of the introduction of masses into computing. Imagination, coming with a really great interface, eases the annoying task of producing slideshows and saves you much time while editing slideshows for your friends or relatives. Theres no need to install Googles Picasa to make slideshows now.

Imagination comes under GPL license, giving the opportunity to modify and redistribute the source code. You can easily add new transaction effects, encoding/decoding formats and features.

Imagination is included in Ubuntu official repositories and it can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center by searching on "Imagination" or from the terminal typing:

sudo apt-get install imagination

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3 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:21 AM

    "Linux, and hence Ubuntu, always suffered from the lack of a proper software to make picture slideshows. Many times we were forced to show slideshows directly from the screen of our computer, instead of a DVD."

    Why show a slideshow from a DVD instead of a computer?
    I have never even needed to show a slideshow to people but if I did, I would just use my computer. Why waste a DVD on a slideshow?

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  2. I have traveled a bunch and many times I want to show friends photos from the trip. Instead of 20 people huddling around a computer screen, I can make a DVD and show it on a big TV.

    Another example... I made a 20 minute DVD slideshow complete with timed audio and songs for my parents 50th wedding anniversary shown in a hall with more than 100 people. The DVD worked out well as all I needed to bring with me was a DVD player. I had extra copies for family and friends who were interested.

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  3. Anonymous12:59 PM

    I have been searching for good software and this sounds like what I need. I have read other good things about Imagination. Is there somewhere I can get good instructions as I am not a software genius and I need to be sure I will be able to understand and use this software before I decide to purchase it.

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