An old but easy-to-use slideshow program produced by Microsoft to create a simple slideshow of photos.
Pros & Cons:
Photo Story was developed by Microsoft for Windows XP but it still can run in Windows 10 with some limitations.
The program comes with a wizard-driven interface, leading you step by step, to enable importing and arranging of your pictures on a film strip; adding titles on the selected pictures; narrating your story by clicking the record button or adding background music to a set of pictures and finally, saving your story or slideshow.
What's more you can add panning and zooming effects to your pictures with various transition effects. You can also remove black borders by selectively cropping your pictures and creating music customizable with properties from the library of the program. In each step of preparing a project you can save it in a proprietary wp3 file format for further editing or backup.
When you're done with the project, you can save it with a profile supporting a video size from 320x240 pixels up to 1024x768 pixels for playback on your PC: or with other preset profiles for playback on mobile devices. The bit rate, aspect ratio and frame rate are also optimized for you based on the chosen profile.
I find that creating compelling slideshows from digital images is most intuitive and enjoyable with this program, but on the flip side, it saves your video file in wmv format instead of the popular mp4 format. The application doesn't offer you to directly burn your resulting video files to a DVD or other optical disks and you will need to resort to other tools for that purpose.
Though the program was dated, it is still easy to use and good enough for average users to create a simple slideshow of photos.
Photo Story was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on based on version 3.