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  3D - Album
Words from the company:
Only 3D-Album brings you an exquisite photo album with true shadowing, lighting, reflection, and motion blurs effects, and provides interactive control of the album in a 3D world.
It's more than just a flip! With over 90 fabulous 3D styles and the still growing collection, your digital albums never get boring. Amazing themes for wedding, reunions, graduations, parties...
Create stylish and intriguing 3D movie players combined with your photos and music in the background. 3D-Album can play AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, and WMV files to showcase your video clips.
With our photo album software, building professional 3D photo shows is as easy as 1-2-3! You can create multiple-album CD with cool 3D transitions and animated television-style headlines.

System Requirements:
PC with 200 MHz or higher clock speed.
Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, or NT 4.0+.
64 MB RAM with Windows 98, NT 4.0; 128 MB recommended.
128 MB RAM with Windows 2000, XP; 256 MB recommended.
3D video card with 16MB RAM or higher, supporting OpenGL.
800 x 600 screen resolution or higher.
24 or 32 bit color depth (True Color).
Sound card.
CD ROM or DVD Drive.

The Review:
After reading about all the capabilities, I installed the program and got started. There is no physical documentation with the CD except for a one side of a sheet of paper with some very basic instructions. Now in my many years of testing software programs, you get a feel of how things should work and I ran into a couple of problems that should have been made clear or at least better documented.

I created a screen saver after figuring out on how to pict the pictures and then what the process was. The program simply installed the screen saver on my own machine and set it to go off after 10 minutes. I don’t normally use any screen savers so this was a bit of invasion. I lived with it as my screen saver turned out quite nice.

I then created a stand alone slide show with glitz and glamour and this is where I started to have some problems. You need to keep your pictures in a separate folder altogether than the folder you end up saving everything into. From what I understood from guessing, I had to create a folder into which everything was placed. I selected all the pictures then I selected a song and the type of show I wanted and then I set the program to build the presentation. The first thing that came up is the question if I wanted my directory replaced. I could not understand why I had to create a directory to place the presentation into if the program was going to erase it and replace it with the same folder name. The program did proceed to copy the selected pictures into the final folders along with all the necessary files and then it was done.

I closed the program and burned the contents of the folder onto a CD and lo and behold the show started up by itself and all I had to do was to maximize the presentation. Success!!!!

I feel that this program is quite good and inexpensive so it would benefit quite a lot of people but I think that maybe more instructions would be better to sell this product.

After I uploaded the review, I found a tutorial CD that demonstrates how to use the program so I must apologize for what I said about not enough help to run the program because the tutorial covers it all. Kudos to the company.

Review ID Number: 303
  Product Details
Micro Research Institute, Inc.
Review Date: 2003-09-30
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
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