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Imagination – DVD Slideshow Maker


Imagination – DVD Slideshow Maker

Imagination is a lightweight and simple DVD slide show maker written in C language and built with the GTK+2 toolkit.

Linux, and hence Ubuntu, always suffered from the lack of a proper software to make picture slideshows. Many times we were forced to show slideshows directly from the screen of our computer, instead of a DVD. Imagination fills exactly that gap, making our Ubuntu system ready also for one of the most common tasks people perform on their computers. Imagination is written in C and built making good use of the GTK+2 toolkit, which makes the software perfectly integrated with GNOME environment. Imagination features more than 60 transaction effects and for those unwilling to set their own transaction effect up, it also offers a randomizer which will add a random effect to each picture transition. Imagination also includes cut/copy/paste functionalities and the possibility to add text and animated text to slides. After crafting your own presentation, it can be saved in different formats, including fullscreen FLV, OGV Vorbis and 3gp videos for mobile devices.

I personally love Imagination as much as I hate slideshow presentations. I’d gladly skip using this software, not for the software itself, but because I find slideshow presentations one of the collateral effects of the introduction of masses into computing. Imagination, coming with a really great interface, eases the annoying task of producing slideshows and saves you much time while editing slideshows for your friends or relatives. Theres no need to install Googles Picasa to make slideshows now.

Imagination comes under GPL license, giving the opportunity to modify and redistribute the source code. You can easily add new transaction effects, encoding/decoding formats and features.

Imagination is included in Ubuntu official repositories and it can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center by searching on “Imagination” or from the terminal typing:

sudo apt-get install imagination

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I am a linux user for over 10 years and Ubuntu linux is my only operating system. I originally made the jump from Windows to Ubuntu and open source back in early 2007 (using Ubuntu 6.10) for privacy and virus concerns.


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