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Phoenix Slides is a fast, full-screen slideshow program/image browser for flipping through folders or disks full of images. Phoenix Slides also does lossless JPEG transformations and can display EXIF data.


  • Fast (pre-cached) full-screen slideshows
  • Rotate/zoom in slideshow
  • Fast JPEG thumbnails (uses Epeg)
  • Lossless JPEG rotation
  • View EXIF data, JPEG comments
  • Search subfolders (recursively) for images
  • Move files to trash, set image as desktop
  • Supports drag and drop, Finder aliases

What's New

Version 1.3.1:
  • fixed crash when changing the sort order (e.g., when sorting by last modified)
  • reenable scroll-wheel navigation in slideshows when using a non-Magic Mouse
  • fixed slideshow window not appearing when window is moved to a second display on OS X 10.9
  • fixed problem where Phoenix Slides stopped noticing if a folder you were browsing got renamed or moved
  • fixed more...


OS X 10.3 or later

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Robio Member IconReview+68

MU is out of date on this app. As of 2014-01-11 there's an update at http://blyt.net/phxslides/. I'm excited to see that too — I thought this was abandonware, and an update to my favorite photo viewer/navigator makes me sooo happy.

Now that I know it's still alive, I'm off to make a donation.

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Version 1.3

Looks like I spoke too soon. A couple hours later, and MU has the update.

Quantumpanda Member IconComment+23

The download and developer site links are not working. Lookup for "blyt.net" on my local DNS server returns no records. Cache lookup at OpenDNS returns, but reverse lookup on that IP address returns "titanium.tritoncore.com". Google's last cache of blyt.net was Feb 2, 2013.

I was able to find an active download link for the current version (1.2.8) at http://mac.softpedia.com/progDownload/Phoenix-Slides-Download-8284.html. Choose the "Softpedia Secure Download" link, as the regular link tries to get it from blyt.net.

I hope that this is a temporary outage and not a permanent disappearance, since this last version was released only four months ago. The developer had said that they were halting development, but their comment on this page implies that they were not planning to leave this program to become abandonware.

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Version 1.2.8
ac_doctor Member IconReview+0

I have been a longtime mac for more than three years, and it makes me sad that i did not discover this AMAZING LIFE CHANGING software earlier.
I am doctor and i study and review my study material with the help of images and slides.
I used to use picasa syncing, web syncing so much more just for the use of using the slideshow function. In one masterstroke Pheonix Slides has won over all of them.
I was most amazed when i saw that you can use slideshow even with the accuracy of decimal points.

Thank you so much, my friend, for helping me with such a wonderful software. It has changed my life and my studies. Excellent!

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Version 1.2.8
Dr.-Girlfriend Member IconComment+517

Sad news: apparently this will be the last version of Phoenix Slides. From the developer's website:

"What happened to the "donations" button?

I am grateful to everyone who has contributed over the years: localizers, icon designers, bug reporters, and all those who made donations. Unfortunately, circumstances prevent me from actively continuing development of Phoenix Slides in the foreseeable future, and I think it is appropriate to retire the donation button.

If you like Phoenix Slides, and you appreciate the fact this incredible piece of software is available to you for free (I am being very modest here, of course), I encourage you to pay-it-forward, as appropriate to your means and your talents.

You are still welcome to contact me for whatever reason, of course."

Thanks for all your hard work over the years, Dominic. Best wishes to you.

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Version 1.2.8
Gold Mountain Software (Developer)

Thanks for the well wishes! Basically I just got a "real" job, and though I would like to continue updating Phoenix Slides (and I will try to arrange it such that I can!) I don't like to make promises I can't keep. At any rate soliciting donations will probably be seen as some sort of conflict of interest anyway, so it was time for that button to go...


This is exactly why I feel it is so important for regular users to chip in -- no matter how small or large the amount -- to developers who provide a really good product. We all take advantage of "free" software, but please remember that there's a real person (or persons) on the other end who have bills to pay just like we do. Just because something is labelled "freeware", that doesn't mean you should keep using it forever without showing your appreciation for a truly killer app that makes your life easier. Donate whatever you can, when you can, so that awesome developers like Dominic can make developing killer apps their "real job".

I can easily skip going out to eat every once in a while to show my appreciation for some of the excellent freeware developers who make my workday so much easier. I hope you can too. Peace!

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3659

Very fast and very useful browser.

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Version 1.2.7
friautz Member IconReview+5

Agree with many here, still the best!
Even fast when i browse through 100s of pictures.

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Version 1.2.6
yaniyani2011 Member IconReview+1

Phoenix is the fastest image viewer around. Not even the best free image viewer, but the fastest image viewer overall. And believe me, I've tried them all! Bridge, Lightroom, Aperture, Bibble Pro, Photo Mechanic. Most of the free one.
Phoenix is defenitely a classic, that I keep coming back to.

If you like the clear and fast working of Phoenix, you'll love Easyfind. The fastest file browser on the Mac. It's free and finds more files than Spotlight. Also works on a powerPC.

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Version 1.2.6
guran Member IconReview-1

It's the only photo viewer for mac that has the ability to easily brovse through directories and preview the images.

It's the best I've used.

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Version 1.2.6
Dedwarmo Member IconComment+0

This program is only 824 kb! I love compact programs. But when Phoenix Slides scales up small images during the slideshow the scaling is low quality. There is no smoothing to the scaling so you see aliasing. Lacks some features that more expensive slideshow programs have, but otherwise works well.

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Version 1.2.6
Elmarco Member IconReview+8

Simple and efficient as said below. Works very well.
Lacks : sub-folders settings, an option for file info not showing, and a simple transition effect.

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Version 1.2.6
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Version 1.2.8
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Version 1.2.8
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Version 1.2.7
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Version 1.2.7
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Version 1.2.7
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Date 14 May 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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