Artly There Releases Slide Freebie|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - 21:11 EST)
Designed to improve your "look life," the free Macintosh image viewer supports drag-and-drop slide shows with some file operations, too.
We keep hoping someone will develop a simple program for OS X that will run a slide show of any folder of images you drop on it. There have been attempts in the past, but they always have at least one hitch in their giddy-up. Our idea of the perfect utility is Big Picture, which sadly only runs on OS 9.
The latest pretender to the throne is Artly There's Slide Freebie. Yes, you can drag a folder of images onto it and it will display a slide show. You can set the duration each slide is displayed. Transitions are abrupt, let's say, but we don't care. We just want to quickly flip through our shots at screen resolution.
You can also click a button to Auto Advance the show, which really should be the default, we think. But that's about the only hitch.
File operations include conversion (rotation, resizing, renaming and deleting. Image effects are also available to show your images in Funkadelica or Funkadelicate versions (don't ask). And you can fiddle with Auto Levels and Auto Contrast controls, too. The program menu remains available during a show so you can make adjustments just by running your cursor to the top of the screen to activate the menu bar. There's more (like The Meaning of Life under the Help menu), but all we really needed to get excited about it was the slide show.
Slide Freebie 2.5 is a beta for OS X, although version 2.1 for PPC Macs is also available. You can download it for free (with its HTML manual). A donation is requested. To the author, of course.