3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2011 1:40 AM by Ian R. Brown
Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (18,580 points)
Apologies for this weird question but I was given a rather garbled message that had been passed on from person to person!

Apparently a friend of a friend of a friend is wanting to do A/V with a Mac and wonders whether there is a similar program to the Windows app "Pictures to EXE".

I know absolutely nothing about it but promised to make enquiries.

Does anyone know what this app is and whether there is anything similar for the Mac?

24" 2.8 GHz (Penryn) 4GB RAM iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), FCE 4 + FCS 3 . . . Little Knowledge, Many Opinions.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,580 points)
    Assuming that this person is referring to this


    (thanks google) then yes, there are many.

    Alternatives to iPhoto's slideshow include:

    iMovie, on every Mac sold, as is iDVD.

    Others, in order of price:

    PhotoPresenter $29

    PhotoToMovie $49.95

    PulpMotion $129

    FotoMagico $29 (Home version) ($149 Pro version, which includes PhotoPresenter)

    Final Cut Express $199

    It's difficult to compare these apps. They have differences in capability - some are driven off templates. some aren't. Some have a wider variety of transitions. Others will have excellent audio controls. It's worth checking them out to see what meets your needs.

    However, there is no doubt that Final Cut Express is the most capable app of them all. You get what you pay for.


  • Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,820 points)
    Except none of these create executable photo files, that I know of, you have to have a player (i.e., Quicktime) on the machine to view the file.

    To the OP:
    Does the software have to create an executable? This is an invitation for viruses.
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (18,580 points)
    Thanks Terence and Keith.

    As I said, I have no idea what the original person's requirements are as the question was just slipped to me as I was leaving a meeting of my video film-making group late last night.

    I know about FCE/FCP, iMovie, iDVD and iPhoto of course but it was said that this particular app had some "special" features, though the person passing on the message couldn't tell me what they were . . . or maybe I forgot them!

    Anyway, I will forward this thread to the interested parties.