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ArtSage Editor's Review

PC users often need to make use of third party applications for making slideshows. While Windows inbuilt utility for viewing images and running slideshows keeps getting better with time, for many users third party apps seem better option. If you want a small and nifty slideshow app without paying anything, ArtSage may be the right solution. It lets you create slideshows from images you like.

ArtSage is freeware and comes as a small executable file. It does not come with any installer. It supports Windows XP and later versions. The executable can be downloaded in zip format.

You can save it in the hard disk or even run it from a USB stick. The app can work with images in formats like BMP, PNG and JPG. This makes it ideal for users who are paranoid about security. When you run it no entry is made in Windows registry.

At first, you have to select the folder containing the images with which you have to make the slideshow. As the slideshow runs, you can right click on the image to open the context menu and pick the options. It is possible to set a timer. The images can be manipulated in a number of ways for the slideshow. There is a wide range of transition to choose from, too. You can also opt for full screen mode and zoom or shrink the images.

The app does not put any strain on system while running and you can run it on older PCs without any issue. There is no option to use sound tracks at background though. A help file is also bundled in.

Positive Points:
•    No Installer, minimal UI.
•    Comes with plenty of slideshow options.
•    Supports major image formats.

Negative Points:
•    No sound playback.

Conclusion:
ArtSage is a minimalistic but capable slideshow app that can be used by nearly any PC user. It is a portable app and eliminates need of any installation. It creates slideshows on the fly and you get some customization options too. Features like sound playback is missing but you are getting enough from a freeware app, as it is.

Rating: 3/5







ArtSage Publisher's Description

Art viewer and catalog

What It Is

ArtSage is a small graphics viewer. It displays the image files (JPG etc.) in a folder tree.

Features and Options

* Slideshow (slideshow, timer, windowed/fullscreen/wallpaper, stay on top)
* Transparency (blend, opacity)
* Loop (loop/pause/exit, reshuffle)
* Sort (forward/reverse/random, tree/name/date, case sensitive)
* Navigate (next/previous w/gears, first, last, current, next/prev folder, mousewheel)
* Scroll (mouse, arrow keys w/ gears, autoscroll)

* View (exhibit/favorites/desktop/archive, image folder, link target)
* Exhibit (folder, refresh, subfolders, hidden folders, autorefresh)
* Formats (bmp, emf, gif, ico, jpg, png, tif)
* Find (find/filter/exclude, find next, landscape/portrait, bookmark, goto)
* Favorites (send shortcut/copy, favorites folder, shortcut/copy to desktop)
* Archive (move to archive, confirm, archive folder, log)

* Catalog (thumbsize, hide viewer, show on launch)
* Standard Catalog (navigation, sort, find, block recycle/archive/favorite)

* Wrap (resize window to wrap around each image)
* Crop (remove borders and unused background)
* Squeeze (scale down to fit window/desktop)
* Shrink (scale down to fit one side)
* Stretch (scale up to window/desktop)
* Zoom (in, out, 100%, 1% gear, zoom lock, zoom step, zoom/scale quality, mousewheel)
* Rotate (rotate, rotate left, rotate lock, aspect filter, flip horizontal)
* Collage (fixed-size roaming images)
* Transitions (select effects, overlap/wipe)

* Window (caption, status, tray icon, decor, bg colour, center/roam, corral, draggable, show/hide hotkey, single instance)
* Presets (save/restore 5 window positions)
* Layout (image centered, at corners, roaming within window)
* Fullscreen (caption, cursor, centered/roaming image)
* Wallpaper (center/tile/stretch, clear, restore)
* Shell (view, explore, open with, copy file, move/rename, save as, copy image, copy view, paste, recycle, confirm, view with, explore with, blackbox)

* Settings (save now, save as, save on exit, save folder)
* Info (F1 menu, menu pins, menu at cursor, help, about)

* Drag and Drop in main window to exhibit (folders/files/shortcuts, Shift appends)
* Command line (inifile, options, path)
* Portable (no install, settings in program folder, relative paths)
* Language support (unicode, language files for translation)
* 32-bit and 64-bit versions included

Free download from Shareware Connection - Small slideshow application that will display the JPG files in a folder tree

Publisher: Rick Xavier | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 1.00.08 | Size: 256 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 04-06-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: ArtSage

Author Url: http://www.xworks.ca/
Program Info Url: http://www.xworks.ca/
Download Url: http://www.xworks.ca/artsage/index.html#downloads
Screenshot Url: http://www.xworks.ca/artsage/artsagemenu.png

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