Maurice Hammon created the
slide-show program for camera
Yet another slide-show program? Well, not exactly. Of course there are lots of PC slide-show programs out there, but this one is different. Maurice Hammon originally wrote the program for his camera club. They had purchased a digital projector with the aid of a lottery grant, then realised a control program suitable for a club slide competition didn't seem to exist.
That was about two years ago and since then the program has grown to Version 3 and is used by a number of camera clubs as well as his own to help them manage their digital competitions.
A slide-show program for camera club use needs different control facilities. For a start a visiting judge usually issues scores and merit certificate for the images as well as needing to create an on-the-fly short list of the best images for later review. In addition members may range from beginners to advanced workers so there needs to be simple processes available to separate the images into their own level, enabling scoring to be distributed according to skill. Of course on-screen reports then need to be produced at the end of the competition run to wind up the event.
All these needs are catered for; on-screen scoring, automatic or controlled randomising of images, image titles and author names may need to be shown – or hidden - so the images can be displayed at their best with as little as possible distracting from the pictures themselves and comprehensive reporting. The program includes a simple database of images to help assemble and review test runs and the program is even supplied with a support program that will help create images of the proper size and correctly named for the digital projector program, making the process easy to manage and error free.
The growth in digital photography has overwhelmed the traditional slide-show using 35mm transparencies – and camera clubs are now beginning to drop the conventional slide competition from their syllabus so the need for the club digital projector and software is growing at a fast rate.
PicShowE v.3 is available for only £15. For further information, please email Maurice Hammon