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Fortop Album Creator

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Fortop Album Creator

If you're looking for a simpler way to share whole albums of photos with friends or family--especially those technologically unsavvy relatives who can't quite figure out how to view a CD full of JPEG images--Fortop's easy-to-use application might be right for you. The tool lets you import your photos and mp3 audio files into one of 27 templates, each of which is based on a theme, then generate those files into an animated Flash application which lets the user browse the photos, watch them as a slideshow (with music), and optionally, print or export the photos.

Album Creator's strength lies in its ability to compile the slideshow applications without requiring any programming skill on the part of the user. Just drop in your pictures (and music, if you like), pick your template, and it spits out the final file. The templates will really make or break it for you, which is why you should give it a try before you buy it--just to see if you like the templates, which come in a range of different sizes and designs. Some are more compact, designed specifically to be embedded in Web pages, whereas others are meant to be burned to a CD or DVD and physically sent to the recipient(s).

The 15-day demo version restricts you to 30 images and embeds a Fortop logo in the interface. The full version removes these restrictions, and comes with lifetime free upgrades and support (and two additional templates).

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Fortop Album Creator

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