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I've got Picture Project installed and I'm trying to run the slide show with music. It works well with the sample music but refuses to play other tracks. What is the likely cause and solution? Thanks, Mark

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Use only recommended sound file format

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HOW DO I LOOP A SOUND FILE TO KEEP PLAYING TO THE END OF THE SLIDES WITHOUT EXTENDING THE TIME OF EACH SLIDE?


1) File > New > Presentation > Create (new presentation with all default settings)
2) Panel at right: Slide Transition > Modify Transition > Sound = "apert" (fourth in the drop down list)
You should hear a short (~2s) sound at this point, as the effect is "previewed". If you don't hear it, try the "Play" button at the bottom of the Slide Transition panel. If that doesn't work, then OOo is not able to play sounds and you have to fix that before proceeding.
3) Slide Transition > Modify Transition > Sound = "Other sound" > (select your long music file).
You may or may not hear the preview for this, it depends on whether your music file has a quiet leader at the beginning. If the audio starts right away, you should hear it. If the audio starts after 1-2s of silence, you won't hear anything.
4) Click "Slide show" (bottom of the Slide Transition panel) or F5.
You should hear the music start. It will continue to play even after you advance to the next slide (which is the black "End of show" screen. Advance again to end the show and the music should stop.

Jul 29, 2015 | Computers & Internet

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I can not save my pictures?


Dear Darlene

To save your photos, you should already have done the following:
You clicked on "Create New Slide Show". A new window appeared - it is called "Slide Show Creator - Select Photos". You clicked on "Add Photos". You looked for your photos on your computer, selected them and then clicked on "Open" to add them to the slide show. (I'm leaving out the parts on transition, soundtrack and duration, since they do not relate directly to your question.)

Now, click on the "Next" button at the bottom of this window. You are now at the window called "Slide Show Creator - Options". At the section called "Name Slide Show" type a name for the show. To save the photos: 1) click on the "Finish" button at the bottom of the window. The window disappears and you are now back at the Menu window (where you started). 2) Click on the word "File" at the top left of the window. Go to "Save Project" and click on it. A window called "Save As" appears. Type in the name you want to give to the project and click on "Save" at the bottom right. You have now saved the project (including photos) on the computer - it should be in your "My Documents" folder.
If you go and have a look in your "My Documents" folder, you will notice a file (or files) with a ".slw" extension. These kind of files contain information about the slide shows you've created. They form the individual parts - or chapters - of your project. They are only used by the SlideShow Expressions programme. You will also notice another kind of file, one that ends with a ".ssp" extension. It should contain the name of your project, because that's what they are: project files. It contains all the information that is needed for the programme to burn or view your project: the chapters, the photos, the soundtrack, etc. This is the file you will load when you've just opened SlideShow Expressions and want to continue making or editing your existing project(s). If both these kinds of files are there, "slw" and "pps", it is a good sign and means that your project (and therefore the photos contained in them) has probably been saved correctly.

I hope I understood your question correctly.
If you have a legitimate copy of the programme, there will be a User's Guide on the install disc. It is good to consult this when you have questions. Simply insert the install disc and once it activates a window on your screen, click on the relevant link (something like "User's Guide") to access the guide. You can also copy the User's Guide from the disc to your computer. This will be usefull if you're going to use the guide a lot. To copy it, insert the install disc and then go to "My Computer". Right-click on your ROM/Writer drive (it may display the name of the programme), and click on "Explore" to look for the User's Guide on the disc. It is a pdf file. You can copy it and then paste it somewhere on your computer for quick access.
If you still have questions, you may make use of the free online support: go to www.individualsoftware.com/support.

The best of luck to you.
From: Hendrik Uys

Nov 05, 2012 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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Is there a limit to how many slides can go into a slide show -- it keeps deleting slides after 85 --


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That doesn't sound right. I've definitely made slide shows of 100 slides and more and burned them successfully too. I usually create projects divided into chapters of about 50 photos each, though, for example, my largest project so far: about 460 photos - 5 chapters of 50 photos each on disc1; 4 chapters of 50 photos each and 1 chapter of about 10 photos on disc 2. However, I have also burned projects that only had one chapter (i.e. one slide show icon on my menu page), for example one with 105 photos.
What you're reporting sounds strange. Do you mean that the slides get deleted during the burning process (that it is only missing from the burned disc), or do you mean that the slides get deleted while you're still compiling the show? However, I recommend the following:
1. If you don't mind breaking your slide show up into smaller parts (chapters), create a show containing about 50 slides, then another with 50, etc. For each slide show you would click on "Create slide show" and each would have its own chapter icon on your menu page. These slide shows will then run continuously, the one following the other. The benefit is that you (or the person the project is meant for) can then more easily access a specific area or slide in your project if so prefered, but also, breaking up your project into smaller parts seem to assist the burning process.
2. Contact the technical support team for SlideShow Expressions at individualsoftware.com. They've helped me out in the past and will get into touch with you within 48 hours of stating your case. You have to register your product with them before you can get help (computer and programme particulars, etc.), but it doesn't take all that long and it really is worth trying out. Don't hesitate - it is a FREE service. They can respond via email or even phone.

I've picked up a few pointers along the way when it comes to SlideShow Expressions:
a) Large photos (1MB and more) can disrupt the burning process - a classic symptom being that the burning process stops during the actual writing of the files (step 5?). I have successfully burned projects containing photos of 1MB and more, but often this is the reason why burning might fail or you end up with a defective end product. Don't be afraid to resize your photos. Yes, it takes up valuable time, but experimenting with photo sizes can save a project. I've been using Microsoft Office Picture Manager to resize my photos to about 400 / 500 KB per photo (or even smaller), but in the end you have to see what works for you. Look, if 1MB or larger works for you, go for it. But there really is no visual difference in the end product: I cannot tell that I'm looking at resized photos and nobody else will either. Of course, I like to add a second disc (CD-ROM) to my projects, containing the original photo sizes so family members can use these for printing, etc.
b) One of the things that make SlideShow Expessions so successful, is the fact that you can make quite lenghty projects. This however, may lead to issues resulting in failure to burn correctly (or even at all) to disc. It helps to divide your project into chapters.
c) The option to also archive your photos and music files on the disc is a great feature, but it has been linked to burning failures, especially when your project is very large / your photos are quite large (a and b).
d) When including video clips in your project, be sure not to use files that are very large. The end product may work well on computer, but it may also cause problems when that same disc is viewed on TV, as some DVD players will not be able to handle large video clips.

I hope all of this can be of help. Do contact individualsoftware.com should this issue persist. I wish you all the best.
From: 11407336

May 14, 2011 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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I created a slide show with photos, text and music. The preview looks and sounds great. And the burning to the disk appears to have happened (I can see the ridges in the disc). However, when I go to play...


I have also recently had a problem related to SlideShow Expressions and eventually turned to Individual Software's technical support team for help. I did get help and my problem was solved. You can find them at individualsoftware.com. You have to register your product in order to get help, but it's all free and I recommend it.
However, I'm going to run you through some pointers I've picked up along the way.
Firstly, make sure that your computer meets all the necessary requirements as given on the box and in the User's Guide (included in pdf-format on the install disc). For example, it may be that you have Windows Media Player, but that you need a later version of it. The requirements for SlideShow Expressions involves certain versions of specific media players - these can be downloaded from the web. Also have a look at chapter 3 of the User's Guide (section 3-3) for all the supported file formats (audio, photo's and video). And, yes, DVD+R should work just fine.
Originally, I also suspected my computer (Dell) and my writer drives, but it turned out that the software can sometimes develop difficulties. The following may not apply to your situation, but I'm going to tell you about it anyway, since I believe in the product and I know what it's like to be frustrated making slide shows.
My problem was related to the size of the photos I used and the length of my projects. One can make rather lengthy projects with SlideShow Expressions, which is great, because most other software brands don't allow you to do that. I've successfully burned slide show projects containing up to about 390 photos, using the original sizes (averaging around 300-400 KB, but also including photos of over 1MB and 2MB). (I have a 305 photos large project containing only photos above 1MB each as well, burned successfully.) I hit a problem though with a project of 466 photos in total. It turned out that when moving into this kind of length, the size of your photos needs to be smaller for the software to be able to run correctly. In the end I had to resize all the photos that were over 1MB. I ended up with my largest photo being at 440 KB before I could successfully burn the project. Resizing your photos doesn't necessarily reduce the quality of the photos in your project, though. Really, I can tell no difference between the original sizes and the resized photos in my project. I used Microsoft Office Picture Manager to resize. Also, I was told by Individual Software's technical support team that the option to archive your original photos and music files on the DVD as well, has been linked to burning problems, but this seems to occur mainly when your projects are rather large. I eventually opted for adding a Data CD with the original photos (as an extra) to my slide show project. In this way the project looked great, and the family could copy from the CD containing the original sizes.
Well, maybe some of this will help. I really recommend contacting the technical support people though. Good luck with your project and don't give up - the end result is going to be great. From: 11407336.

Nov 12, 2010 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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When I make a DVD slide show using around 140 pictures...with music, and I play it on T.V. it hangs up and stops at about the 54th picture?


Maybe your problem is related to the size of your photos. Or maybe photo no. 54 has a problem, too large maybe. I've had a problem with SlideShow Expressions where I wasn't able to burn a project to disc. It was a very large project: 466 photos. Quite a lot of the photos were larger than 2 MB, some 3.5 MB. The problem was solved by resizing all the photos that were very large. I resized to about 500 KB, but maybe you do not need to go as small. Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager, I really can not tell the difference between my original photos and the photos in my slideshow project - resizing doesn't necessarily affect the quality of the end product. I also chose not to archive the photos on the disc, because when the project is really really large, this also can cause the writer drive not to function properly. However, 140 photos doesn't sound that many to me. Length doesn't seem to be your problem. But maybe you could experiment with photo sizes. Yes, I know, it's a lot a work, but the end product could be worth it.
11407336

Sep 02, 2010 | Individual SlideShow Expressions

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Mp3 music on PPS when emailed does not work.


Yeah, because you linked it and don't have it set to export linked resources. If you ship the MP3 with the ppt and all directories are right, you're golden (or export with linked resources embedded and there you go.)

eMail readers are responsible for how the components are parted out; I can't see why it would stage all the components for playing in a particular way, it's kind of an insecure way to run.

Feb 13, 2010 | Microsoft Office PowerPoint Home and...

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I cannot get my sample pictures to slide show or my sample music to play or show my files or documents.


There might be some issues on the software you are using. Are you using windows media player? Try to uninstall and reinstall the software back.

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I have magix music maker 7 but have not used it much! i want to create some samples from songs for a school project by cutting them down on MM7 and saving the file in a format that windows media player or...


I am not much aware of this new MAgix Music Maker but there is similarity with issues with other softwares before.
One possibe solution to your issue is by saving the music created on the MMM7 directly into a format that is playable on any standard player. If MMM7 has this option the music created may play on other devices such as dvd or mp3 players. Changing the file extension after you saved a music from a MMM7 format will not work and will not be detected or read by other music players. Try this and it might work and if MMM7 has this option to save MMM7 music to a standard format accepted by other players , then have fun with the music.

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Powerpoint 2003 music won't play over slides


Using music in power point is a nightmere. If you can just avoid doing it altogether. I suggest using movie maker if you just showing a slide show. I have made power point to work using some music but it does not always work. I spent alot of time trying to make it work and have come up empty all to often.

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