Slideshow disks created with the software function like a standard DVD making them particularly suitable for those who do not own a computer or have only rudimentary skills in their use. Version 4.0 is a significant upgrade, delivering over two hundred improvements with particular focus on multiple slideshow disk creation, as well as Power Point and YouTube support.
The major new feature for power users is the ability to create DVD format disks containing multiple slideshows that can be navigated using a menu. The creation process is relatively simple with a wizard that walks users through the main steps: selecting source slideshows and videos and adding a menu. DVD PixPlay includes 30 DVD menu templates to simplify the process, but power users can also customize the menu to their own requirements.
DVD PixPlay has become increasingly popular with businesses to create presentation media for customers. In order to meet the needs of this segment a special "Professional" Edition has also been released.
The Professional version includes the ability to directly open a PowerPoint slideshow and output it to disk for playback on DVD players. It also allows a company logo to be displayed throughout the slideshow and embed frame captions generated automatically from digital camera fields.
The addition of a new "YouTube" video file format will allow users to rapidly create slideshows for uploading to the popular video sharing web site.
The Title Page Editor has been significantly overhauled in this release. It now includes a standard toolbar for quick access to common functions, including new options to quickly align and resize all selected objects. More settings have been added for layout of background images and automatic positioning of text and clip art.
Editing features have also been enhanced with an improved Photo Editing dialog. PixPlay will now automatically rotate portrait camera photos retrieved from digital cameras (using the embedded digital camera fields). Many other improvements have been made to styling and layout, including a more functional Add Images dialog and enhanced Program Options and Slideshow Burning windows.
Other new features include Vista style file sorting, Blu-ray disk burning, improved support for Widescreen TVs and more audio formats: MP2, MPA and AC3. Further information, including free evaluations, can be obtained from the Xequte website or from firstname.lastname@example.org. DVD PixPlay is priced at $29.50 (US) and can be purchased here.