I'm not sure why this great app has 2 stars so I'm sharing my experience with other MacUpdate users....
It's a long one......
MY GOAL: I've been on a long search for a good app to produce slide shows to be played on pro-sumer DVD players or by upscaling to 720p or 10280p and seen on HDTV's.
APPS TRIED BUT NOT HAPPY WITH:
I tried PowerPoint - quality is good only when played in PowerPoint on a pc or mac; picture quality is horrible when exported and burned to a DVD.
I also tried Slick Motion, Still Life (before HDTV days), iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, Photo To Movie (colors shifted after exported to DVD), Pulp Motion - or combination of the above -- They all had poor picture quality by the time I got a slide show on DVD.
I was very disappointed when I viewed my slide shows on TV or HDTV (played on a DVD player).
FOUND MY ANSWER: I recently tried version 3.7.3 on my friend's G5.
I also have a G5 but don't have FotoMagico Pro yet - I'd consider buying it next time there's a MacUpdate bundle.
MY FIRST PROJECT WITH FOTOMAGICO: a slide show about 30 minutes long with about 240 pictures and some short movie clips. This was my process:
1) Started the project. Setting = "Present on "HDTV (720)".
2) Edited slide show with motion, transitions, titles, narrations, etc.
3) Done. Export setting = "Share my slideshow as "DVD"
4) Came back the next day it was ready....
5) Burned the .mov file onto DVD in Toast.
I used and liked drag & drop, movie support, motion (zoom, scale, rotate); iPhoto & iTunes Library integration, multiple audio tracks, narration recorder, adjust color, export as DVD, export to HD Movie.
EASY OF USE: ******
I found FotoMagico very easy and intuitive to use. I didn't need to read any instructions and was able to do motion with static pictures - a lot of people like that "cool KenBurn thingie"!
SLIDE SHOW QUALITY: *****
I burned the slide show on a DVD-R and it was played on my G5, MacBookPro, 62"HDTV, digital slide projector, multiple consumer and pro-sumer DVD players.
The image quality was CRISP and SHARP!!!!!
I was so happy to finally see the pictures in motion the way I expected!!
I also received many compliments for the slide show!!!
G5 SUPPORT: *****
I'm so glad this software still works on a G5 running 10.5.8.
It never crashed during my project.
I have to agree with some other reviewers that the price for the Pro version is a bit steep - it's out of my reach at this time - and I do need Multiple Audio Tracks, narration, audio ducking, export to HD movie.
Hey these Boinx guys need their pizzas and beer to make the software.
It cost me a few pizzas and cases of beer to try it on my friend's G5 & FotoMagico.
I hope Boinx won't drop support for G5 anytime soon, especially with Lion lurking around recently.
THANKS for a great software and again for supporting G5 users!!!!