Proshow 5 now supports more publishing options, bringing the total to over 40, including DVD, Blu-Ray, YouTube and Facebook. In particular it can now share your slideshows directly with Smugmug – creating full 1080p slideshows that fit seamlessly into your Smugmug Albums. I decided to try this feature out with my newest slideshow – from our Southeast Asia photo tour in December – that I put together both in a “traditional” version and used ProShow 5’s “remix” feature to build a fancier version. Both shows exported easily, although the upload of the resulting video took quite a while, so give yourself plenty of time when you are publishing this way. Here is my original “simple” slideshow, created simply by placing images and audio into ProShow (click) 5.
The increased number of slide styles will also be welcome to pros creating DVDs or mobile videos looking for a fresh appearance, although many users will never use a lot of them since for most shows simple transitions (like simple fonts) are often the best choice. One of the nicest features of ProShow, which sets it apart from almost all its competitors, is that it is fully color managed -so you can add images in their native colorspace and it will create output that will display correctly on a variety of devices. Coupled with its native support for many Raw file formats it is an excellent power tool for photographers looking to strut their stuff or showcase their clients' events. My only disappointment in this area with the 4/5 version is that it still doesn't support compressed NEFs from my D700 directly although it is only a couple clicks in DigitalPro to convert them.