Best free photo album, slide show and gallery makers

Photo Album Creator, to create and share photo albums Photo Album Creator is a free program you can use to easily make photo albums. With simple mouse clicks you can add photos, add comments on the photos, add album welcome and end text, add a music file which will be played when you start the album.

S10 WebAlbums will let you create complex enough web albums, without knowledge of HTML or other web skills, titles/descriptions, custom colors/patterns/borders, basic photo editing, etc., are optional. Transition effects: Fade (fades smoothly from one photo to the next), Gradient Wipe (smooth wipe from left to right when moving forward, from right to left when moving backwards), or Random (randomly selected effects with varying parameters – Fade, Gradient Wipe, Barn Door, Blinds, Checkerboard, Dissolve, Inset, Iris, Radial Wipe, Spiral, Strips, Wheel, Zigzag).

Vallen JPegger is a fast viewer, even in directories with many images. It reads the most common Windows bitmap file formats and it includes a slide show mode.

WildBit Viewer WildBit Viewer is a free (for personal use) image viewer with slide show and some editing abilities.

Simply Slideshow will let you play thousands of photos in high performance. The program features minimal options, such as full screen or not, some simple transition effects, duration of each photo, etc. I personally miss an option to fit large photos to the screen, but not enlarge small photos.

IrfanView is a fast graphic viewer, trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Paint option – to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc, Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD), Batch conversion (with image processing), Create multipage TIF images, add watermarks. IrfanView is fast and very convenient, really a browser, not an editor.

XnView image viewer is similar to Windows Explorer. You navigate the directory structure as desired and any image files found in a directory are displayed in miniature (Thumbnails). XnView also offers more advanced features such as Web page creation, contact prints, multiple conversion (format and transformation), slide shows, screen capturing and Twain support for scanners and digital cameras. Numerous image filters and effects for image processing are available.

Photostage will let you create a slideshow from your digital photos and even videos, helping you share them with family and friends. It will also let you set your photos to a soundtrack, record your own narrations and overlay text captions. Effects (including zoom, crop and fade).

AlSee is able to resize, rotate, convert, and save pictures, add word balloons, text, picture overlays, some simple effects (not satisfactory enough), picture frames, and make photo corrections, play Slide Shows (optionally with background music), print multiple images (for this you don’t need a separate program, Windows will let you print a lot of images at once in a convenient way). As a viewer is great, as an editor it will not satisfy some needs, while it lacks the option of opening a picture in an external editor.

AlbumDIY helps you arrange your photos on pages of a digital photo album. It is a nice program, with many options to customize the appearance of photos (frames and transparency variations, album background and borders, and more…), but not the transitions (fade in, out, slide in, etc). The finished album can be distributed as a standalone exe file, so that anyone can use it.

Photilla can automatically scan your computer’s folders and import photos and images for you to organize into albums. Photilla will let you burn your photos to a CD individually or as complete albulms.

Photo 3D Album lets you create animated 3D albums for your photos and share them on the Internet (you can upload your 3D albums to the web directly from the program window), or burn them on CD. Photo! 3D Album installer also contains Photo! 3D Screensaver software that lets you view created galleries as a screensaver. A wide choice of 3D galleries (besides the built-in templates, more galleries can be installed directly from the application).

PhotoLapse will convert a jpg sequence into an avi movie, compressed.

Sothink Photo Album Maker creates photo albums for slideshow view. With transition effects and preset album themes, Add favorite background music and set unique album style to personalize your album. Generate the album as SWF flash movie, or as an executable. Wizard to get your album quickly. More than 100 transition effects. Add description texts for photos – text color, size, font, etc. are customizable. Album themes. Save your album as a desktop or screensaver.

MemoriesOnWeb creates photo/video slideshows easily and uploads to free video hosts. You can apply pan/zoom motion effects to individual slides, or mix multiple audio tracks and synchronize them to your slides.

Greeting Card Creator will let you use your own photos to create Greeting Cards. There are 3 built-in templates and more can be downloaded from the web site of the program. You can print the cards that you make, send them via email, upload them to facebook, etc.

Image Gallery Maker will allow you to quickly and easily create professional-looking (LightBox style) image galleries ready to be published on the Web.

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