Free Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010!

2009-11-05_142106Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010 is a software that allows users to turn their images into animated movies (WMV only). Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010 features include:

  • Timeline editing with drag & drop and preview.
  • Cross-fades and graphical transitions between images.
  • Thumbnail preview for fades and transitions.
  • Add background sound for the entire show with multiple tracks.
  • Add titles, subtitles, shaped text.
  • Add images, logos and graphical shapes with fill, borders etc.
  • Fade-in and fade-out for all objects (images, texts etc.).
  • Rotate images directly in the editor.
  • Ready-to-use themes.

To get Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010, follow these simple directions:

Version of freebie: 2010 v1.0.0.24 (0166)

Suported OS: Windows XP and Vista. It also works fine on Windows 7.

  • Visit the Computerbild.de promotion page and click on 2009-11-05_143221.
  • Install Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010 after you have finished downloading it.
  • During installation you should see this:

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Make sure to leave “Get full version key…” checked.

  • After installation has finished the registration page should open in your web browser:

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Enter your e-mail address and hit the “Send” button. We all know Ashampoo  spams so feel free to use the anti-spam services of Mailinator, 10MinuteMail, or Trashmail. Or, on the same note, if you already have an Ashampoo account just enter the e-mail associated with that account (you will have to login). Keep in mind Ashampoo does not accept Hotmail e-mail addresses.

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail you entered. There should be an email from “Ashampoo <MrReg@ashampoo.com>” with the subject of “Ihre Registrierung – Ashampoo® Slideshow Studio 2010 (F_cbo_de) (Deutsch)”. In the e-mail you will find your activation key:

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If the e-mail you entered has not been used with Ashampoo before, you will first have to verify your account before you get the above mentioned e-mail. In this case, you will have an e-mail from “Ashampoo <MrReg@ashampoo.com>” with the subject of “Registrierung (Schritt 1) … folgen Sie dem Link in dieser E-Mail.” In the e-mail there will be a link you have to click on to confirm your account:

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Click on the link. Then go back to your inbox to look for the e-mail that has the activation key.

  • Either run Ashampoo Slideshow 2010 or go back to it if you still have it open. You should be prompted to register the software – do so:

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  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010, post below – I will try to help.

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17 comments

  1. Brian C

    Yes I am running PS3 on Win7 no problems. I can’t run it on XP because the last time XP crashed it refused to re-install so I had to use a pirate copy or lose all my stuff and so MS won’t let me have PS3 any more. And PS3 occasionally complains about 4MB memory in Win7! There is a site you can get a special widsescreen format (search “photostory 3 widescreen” might find it) – sorry lost the URL but the first part is to change increase the vertical dimension of your images by 133% and although it doesn’t look right initially it will when PS3 saves it.

  2. Robert Fare

    I have the Windows 7 Premium Home Edition (64 bit). I find that I can’t do anything with Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010 other than creating a slideshow. When I try to modify an existing slideshow in any way, the program freezes. Right now I can do more with Ashampoo Photo Commander 6. I’d like to know if there are others with the same problem. Thanks.

  3. Fred Smith

    Regarding the “Ken Burns Effect”, I’ve searched for freeware/Open Source software that has the FULL effect i.e., pan as well as zoom in-out, but can only find one program, that being “DigitalClipFactory 1.3.0.0″.

    I had a quick look at it and you can pan as well as ‘ease-in/ease-out’ (their term for zoom). However, I didn’t feel it was very intuitive and I feel it would take quite a long time to put together even a short clip of images with the pan/zoom feature.

    I’d like to find a program that will automatically apply a random pan/zoom to images without me having to change settings like camera movement start and end points for each image.

    Also, I found a plugin for PSP called Wondershare PSP Slideshow but I don’t have PSP.

  4. Laurie

    Asharf – Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010 kept on crashing on my computer. It is a five year old Dell Dimension 3000 with 512MB of Ram. This program appears to use a lot of Ram !! I had installed Wondershare Photo Story from Giveaway of the day and had no problems with that.
    Laurie

  5. Ron

    @Ashraf:

    I have one older sandbox that I never installed WGA on. MS requires validation for PhotoStory, so I used the Softwarepatch site for a download to run on that box. If I decide to re-install PS 3 on the lappy or try it on my main desktop, I’ll go to MS.

    I’m not 100% sure about Win 7, but it doesn’t appear to support this one if I interpret the sys requirements correctly. As MikeR said, the software hasn’t been upgraded since 2003.

    hth

  6. Mags

    @MikeR: Your review is greatly appreciated.

    I did download and install Ashampoo Slide Show, but didn’t get around to trying it out, so will be uninstalling it.

    I’m going to search for MS PhotoStory 3 as it will probably suit my needs better. (will try it on my XP laptop)

    I’d heard about PhotoStory before, but forgotten about it, so thx for reminding me.

  7. Mr. Lee

    Hello MikeR, Your comment was very informative and enlightening. I too would like to know if you have a website. If not, you should… you are a gifted writer.
    I’m particularly interested in this paragraph:

    “And I get around, like so many do, the problem of Photostory’s unique, non-standard codec by saving to a custom widescreen profile in .wmv format and then use the brilliant, free, Format Factory to re-encode (and the equally brilliant, free, DVD Flick to burn: no need to purchase the malfunctioning, over-priced “official Microsoft plug-in” from Roxio.)”

    Was wondering if you could expand upon this procedure in detail, (in layman’s terms). A step by step tutorial would be invaluable! I’m sure many would be grateful for your additional effort.

    Thanks again for the great info you provided.

    Mr. Lee

  8. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Shueygal: You are welcome.

    @Samuel: Not too sure myself. I don’t use either very often. If I were to guess, I would say no.

    @Ozzie: Thanks for the link! Now I am trying to figure out how everyone can get it.

    @MikeR: Great review! I am not offended in the least; in fact I want to publish your review as a separate article =D.

    @Ron: What do you mean download from non-MS site? Why would anyone not want to dl it from a non-MS site? Also, you sure PS doesn’t work on Win7? I have yet to try it but it worked on Vista so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on Win7.

  9. MikeR

    The “gold standard” in slideshow creation is Microsoft’s PhotoStory 3.

    Made available, free of charge, around five years ago, it could — and should — have been continually developed by Microsoft.

    But it wasn’t.

    In an act of astonishing commercial ineptitude, Microsoft left Photostory to rot. And now, with Windows 7, it isn’t even compatible.

    PhotoStory turns every user into a movie director. It allows still images to appear as movies by dint of panning, a facility unheard of in any commercial software apart from the highly expensive ProShow Gold and ProShow Gold Producer software.

    For example: we recently returned from a cruise along The Rhine. We took many, many pix with our little Panasonic pocket camera (the Leica lens makes all the difference.)

    Friends who have seen the finished Photostory ‘production’ cannot believe the images they’re viewing are stills rather than movie frames — especially one tracking shot, which uses four identical images in succession (without transitions) in a slow 45-second pan that begins on The Rhine, tracks right along the river, passes barges going downstream and cruise boats going upstream, climbs slowly from the water and tracks across a small riverside town and then with a slow zoom, gradually climbs a mountain side to the castle on the peak.

    That is what slideshow creation is all about: fluidity, drama, and cinematic-style impact.

    And that is what Photostory achieves. . . for absolutely no cost at all.

    So where does this ‘new’ Ashampoo product fare in comparison (it’s a stripped down version, incidentally, of another product: I do wish Ashampoo would stop confusing people over ‘full’ versions when so many of its ‘full versions’ are ‘part versions’ of other ‘full versions’. Why do it? It’s stupidly counter-productive.)

    The sheer amount of rubbish out there from commercial sellers of “Create-Your-Own-Slideshow” has to be seen to be believed — I know: because I test ‘em.

    The sheer number of rubbish websites out there claiming to provide definitive reviews on “Create-Your-Own-Slideshows” also has to be seen to be believed — well-respected names, too, not merely the scam sites which pretend to have tested various products and then award a rating on the basis of those tests (one epically moronic scam site even lists a Polaroid — Polaroid, though — product as “world’s-best-slideshow-creator” when the product it’s boosting doesn’t do slideshows at all: it’s a scam to rake in affiliate fees.

    What 99% of all the reviews placed on the Internet suffer from is absence of authorial provenance: the writers may well know a lot about computing, but they know sod all about cameras, photography, or movie-making.

    It’s therefore not uncommon to see mention made of software which features dozens, if not hundreds, of “transition styles”, as if such feature is somehow to be lauded.

    Ye Gods, why?

    When was the last time anyone sat down to watch a movie at the cinema or on DVD and every other scene dissolved in a whirlpool of colour, or left-to-right crossfade, or fragmenting glass?

    Or had scenes which dropped in from the sky and vanished off the bottom of the screen?

    It’s visual dross, yet in promoting it both the software creators themselves as well as the software reviewers seem to have persuaded many that hey, this is great (just as digital camera manufacturers would have you obsess about megapixels rather than the quality of the lens, or believe that a “digital” zoom is just that. . . when of course, it’s no kind of zoom at all but a pixel processor.)

    Into this dross-laden, over-hyped commercial sector thus comes Ashampoo with its own DVD Slideshow creator — a product that, in comparison with so much else out there, is actually superior to many.

    It allows scene duration to be set (rather than the software excluding user choice, as is so often the case.)

    It allows zooming to be undertaken (though in my test, not that effectively).

    And it allows easy .wmv creation.

    What it does not do, even though it highlights it as a major feature, is provide the “Ken Burns Effect” in all its wonder: you cannot — repeat: — cannot pan a scene, cannot sequence a number of identical images to allow the creation of an establishing shot followed by a tracking shot.

    All you can do is zoom in and out to make you and your viewers dizzy (they’ll be praying for you to just keep the damn thing steady for a change) and incorporate as many ludicrous “transitions” as you feel are sufficient to transform your slideshow into a circus act.

    Of course, if all you want is a slideshow that’s just a sequence of images, fair enough: the end result will be a circa 1970 projector-and-white-screen affair, minus the clicking of the slide carousel and the squeaking of the tape of background music in the cassette deck.

    But 40 years on from that, isn’t it better to expect, and achieve, rather more?

    Having downloaded and tested this stripped-down version from Ashampoo (though the full product’s no better in terms of what it can achieve creatively) I’ve uninstalled it because it’s just another visual toy. Not a creative tool.

    Where it scores, of course, like all other commercial software of this kind, is in ease of use — and highlights the deficiencies inherent in Photostory 3, an app created back in the days when 4:3, not widescreen, was the standard, and when out-putting to a DVD for watching on home TV was, well, unthinkable.

    Yet those defects are addressed with relative ease by thousands of PhotoStory users worldwide: I create all mine in 16:9 widescreen, even though Photostory “thinks” it’s working in 4:3.

    And I get around, like so many do, the problem of Photostory’s unique, non-standard codec by saving to a custom widescreen profile in .wmv format and then use the brilliant, free, Format Factory to re-encode (and the equally brilliant, free, DVD Flick to burn: no need to purchase the malfunctioning, over-priced “official Microsoft plug-in” from Roxio.)

    Memory is also a massive bugbear where PS3 is concerned (and how on earth it ever ran properly in the days it was launched escapes me.)

    Yet today’s computers have infinitely bigger hard drives, and far bigger standard RAM, than back then, and even if your computer isn’t that new, it’s still possible when working with Photostory to simply max out a computer’s Virtual Memory to a multiple of 3 x RAM and utilise spare hard drive capacity.)

    In an era when so many are prepared to spend small fortunes on digital cameras, and even bigger fortunes on LCD and plasma TVs, it baffles me why they’re happy to see the photographs they take, and the results they watch on their computer or TV screens, resemble little more than that amateurville 1970s slide projector and screen affair I mentioned earlier.

    I wouldn’t advise against downloading and trying out Ashampoo’s free product.

    But the amount of time that’s going to be expended even working with this product could as easily be spent taking Microsoft Photostory 3 for a test-drive (but not on Windows 7: sorry.)

    Yes, it’s old, it’s under-developed, and it has to be “tamed” by users to get it to work like visual media of 2009, not 2003 (when it was actually created.)

    And yes, too, it’s one of the best products — free or commercial — Microsoft ever made but never realised.

    But even now, nothing else comes remotely close (unless you’re going to spend a lot of money on ProShow Gold, and then wrestle with an arcane image manipulation system that’s not a patch on PS3’s simple WYSIWYG re-sizing ‘grab-bars’ — ProShow Producer is better, but at significant cost.)

    And that, sadly, includes slideshow creation software from Ashampoo, free or paid-for.

    (Just my thoughts, Ashraf: this is not intended as a criticism of your kindness in drawing attention to the Ashampoo offer!)