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Best way to create a presentation
December 2, 2018
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Geoffrey Turner
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I have been asked by my local “In Bloom” Society to create a photo presentation that will show the floral displays in the town over the last 30 years (to celebrate the Society’s 30th anniversary).  To that end, I’ve been given a box containing printed photos, slides, CDs of pictures.

I realise there’s no shortcut to the first part and I will work my way through and scan them all – probably to OneDrive as I have a lot of storage there but I also have space on Google Drive if you think that makes things easier

My question is, once they’re all scanned, do I need to set up a PowerPoint presentation or do I simply put them all in an album and use Google Photos to set up a slideshow?  As the intention is to show the floral displays over the 30 years, there will need to be text on the photos to explain place and date.  Given the number of presentations Geeks on Tour must have done, I’d really welcome some advice before I begin.

I have several months before the anniversary.

Many, many thanks for any advice

Geoff Turner

December 7, 2018
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Hello Geoff,

Before I get to your main question, I do want to suggest a ‘shortcut’ to the first part 🙂 Explore the possibility of using your phone to “scan” the old photos. See Episode 134 For more details. I do like OneDrive as a storage location. I use it in combination with Google Photos.

As for your slideshow – there is no perfect answer. If perchance you still use Picasa – I think it was the best. It was so easy to add captions, then when displaying the slideshow you have the choice to see the captions or not. You also had choices for how long to show each slide when in auto mode, or you could just click from one slide to the next. See this video

Yes, Google Photos can show slideshows, but without captions. If you add “descriptions” to photos they won’t display in slideshow mode, but, if you simply open a photo and use arrows to move from photo to photo – those descriptions will be displayed at the bottom – it might be good enough. Of course, if you do the work to edit photos and add text with some other program like Snapseed, or Apple Photos, or Samsung gallery, Then that text will show when you do a slideshow.

Too bad there’s no options for timing on animations. See this video

Powerpoint certainly is the old standby for making slideshows – but it’s a very tedious, manual process. Google Slides (available thru Google Drive) is what I would use now. It has direct access to my Google Photos, and it can be embedded on a web page. See this article I wrote about making slideshows with Google Slides

Then there’s lots more … the Photo app that comes with Windows 10. Or OneDrive online (captions do show!). Or movie making apps like Filmora. or …

Let me know what you think and maybe we’ll be able to brainstorm your best option.

March 4, 2019
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Hi Chris,

Many thanks for your reply – I’ve not ignored your suggestions but it has taken me several weeks to scan in all the slides I was given (I would use my phone, as you suggested, for photos but can’t do it for slides), plus I’ve waited for you to return from your holiday in Australia and new Zealand.  (I’ve truly enjoyed following your adventures.)

The most promising solution to my issue does seem to be Google Slides – I tried “mini” slideshows in Google Slides and Powerpoint.  The Google Slides version seemed to offer more freedom in the siting of text but I couldn’t find a way of importing more than one photo at once, whereas Powerpoint (on Windows 10) does allow me to import a whole album.  Google Slides also seemed “easier” somehow.  There is a Google Slides add-on that promises to import Google Photo albums but it didn’t live up to its promise!

I will look at the Windows 10 Photo app that you mentioned and also OneDrive online – if I use that, I presume I’ll be able to download it (there won’t be any WiFi at the hall where the final slideshow will be shown).

Not sure about the movie making apps – I’m not so IT-literate and could see myself getting into knots.

So my main question at this point is simply whether there is a way of importing more than one photo at a time into Google Slides.

Many thanks for your assistance.

March 5, 2019
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I had the same experience when I went searching for a way to create multiple slides at once by adding multiple photos. But! I just tried it again and it worked.

I used Google Slides with the Add-on called Slides Toolbox I had to give it permissions to see all my stuff, then it stepped me thru a couple of questions like how many pictures do you want on one slide. When I told it one picture per slide, and I selected 8 pictures – it created 8 slides with one photo each!

Let me know if this works for you.

March 10, 2019
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Thank you so much – that seems to do exactly what I need (Slides Toolbox wasn’t the add-on I’d tried).

That advice alone was worth the annual Geeks subscription!!

March 11, 2019
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Yay!!

Sounds like something I should write an article/do a video. 🙂

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