Jul 04 2007

ImageShack.us slideshows

Published by at 11:16 am under DIY,photography,Reviews,Uncategorized

Imageshack slideshow created on their site:

ImageShack has become extremely popular with the social networking crowd in large part because it makes posting your images to your social networking accounts comparatively easy. This is really more of a general purpose online photo storage site than a specialist slideshow builder. The slideshow tool [click here to see a screen dump] is a pretty basic affair. You can only upload one image at a time, you only have three size choices, and more importantly there do not appear to be any controls over the timeline or the Ken Burns panning-zooming effects. You can choose from a short list of transition effects. Uploads seemed to be pretty slow as well, but there were no compression artefacts visible in the slideshow. Free users have a maximum file size of 1.5MB.

What seems to be a much better idea is to go into the tools menu on the site and to download and install their image toolbar for IE or Firefox. This has a better interface for assembling slideshows in my view, and there is nothing to stop you editing your slideshow later once the images have been uploaded to ImageShack

A tip: they apply a bit of compression to your images, so you can overcome this by setting the slideshow to 640×480 (their largest setting) and then when you get the code for pasting into your blog, dig into it and change the height and width settings to something smaller – presto smaller, but better res. If you just choose the smaller options, it seems the compression is still visible (see below)

ImageShack slideshow created using their toolbar for Firefox

Go to ImageShack® to Create your own Slideshow

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