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  1. I have at least a dozen (I think without counting) that are over 45 minutes, although I have created each of those as standalone and as shorter sections as well. I likely have (guessing) 30 or so that would be 20 minutes or more. All the rest, (quite a few) are 3-10 min--most being closer to 3 than 10. My personal attention span for things that do not grip me is ridiculously short, so I strongly favor short shows. I am, however, like a monkey drawn to shiny objects, easily gripped by good shows. Not once has anyone gone to sleep or mentioned a word about length of my 45+ min hows other than asking for more shows. All but a couple of these longer shows also include a fair amount of video (10-20%??). I do not present to camera clubs. That is not my thing. But in my experience, ideal show duration is a function of the following considerations: 1. Is the show sizzle-whiz-bang entertainment using startling photography effects, photoshop drama or amazing motions or illusions? Then you have 3-5 minutes. I may or may not close it sooner, although I have a childlike weakness for spinning cubes, falling snow and other special effects produced by some forum members--I watch them with autistic interest, however long they are. 2. Is the show artistic photography (such as photography clubs)? Then, duration depends on artist skill and audience interest in the subject. You have 5-10 minutes. 3. Is the show instructive or educational? Then you have as long as you need to tell how to do something. You have 1-60 min. Less with only still images. 4. Is the show telling a story of a documentary? Then the subject, content and audience are all factors but you likely have 5-90 minutes. 5. Is the show an advertisement such as listicle, aggregator, countdown, essay, gallery, etc? Then you have 10-90 seconds. 6. Is the show a diaporama? Then you have 10-90 min. 7. Is the show a background, for example, a wedding reception? Then you may have 3 hours. (I made one of those a couple years ago) For the record, I hate arbitrary (personal whim) rules. I love what works--what brings happiness or call-to-action or inspiration to people. I
  2. I will probably in my life, never burn another optical disk.
  3. I have and use (or have used) about every combination and here is my conclusion. Size: A very large monitor is useful for storage space in the periphery, but in reality, unless you get way back, you can't take in such a huge amount of real estate all at once. I suggest a large screen, but not huge--whatever that means for you personally. Use 2 monitors. if you are a nerd, but you can use 3 monitors, but better is to switch screens (Win+Ctrl+r/l arrow. I forget on a Mac.). Resolution: Doesn't matter a lot so long as it is at least 1920X1080. Unless you wear microscopes on your nose, you can't detect anything more than that anyway unless you are dealing with huge screens. Yes, you may detect some slight difference in smoothness, if you compare side-by-side and up as close to your nose as you can still focus; but we don't look at images that way or if you do, you might want to discuss the matter with your therapist. Color Rendition: Yes, you can get a Datacolor Spyder5Pro for $150 but avoid monitors that take you to extremes. Ever look at an OLED and not think "That's a little overkill?" Just get a good monitor like some described above and you will be fine. Here is the deal--the human eye and mind adapt a great deal to colors and brightness--far more than the narrow precision offered by specialized equipment. The simple fact is that unless you are way off plumb, human eyes adapt to fix things. Of course, you don't want to be sloppy. Be as reasonably accurate as possible, but perfection happens in the eye, not on the screen. How people feel about an image is far more important than pixel precision. Caveat--if you are doing specialized copyist/print work then disregard the above because your eye doesn't matter. What matters is that your screen matches printer output regardless of your eye. That is more of a math game and less of an eye game. Conclusion: Don't be careless and do get advice (like you are doing) so you don't get a lemon--I got one once. Don't stress about perfection on a screen because that happens in the heart, not in the pixel. Dell U2717D is wonderful for what you describe doing.
  4. I use both. Each is best at different things. That provides a better range of opportunity. Just yesterday I was taking some long exposures with my iPhone in heavy snow falling among pines and gazeebos. My phone provided quite nice images that my DSLR couldn't begin to produce. The night before I was shooting fireworks. The DSLR performed stellarly (if that wasn't a word before, it is now). So, know both tools until you are confident using either, and then use the tool that gets you the image you want. Further, I do a lot of street photography where I prefer to stay inconspicuous. Yea, I can stand in shadows, I've smeared black marker haphazardly all over the lens of my 80x200mm which sneaks into crowds, but most of my best shots in tough places have been while "checking email" on my iPhone. But then on the other hand again, I was recently in a difficult situation with my DSLR and iPhone (in some un-named, far-flung country) and a herd of police descended, wanting my devices. They deleted my iPhone pics (the ones that were not hidden in my special folder), but found nothing to worry about on my DSLR. Why? It is possible with practice to perfect the technique of swapping out cards in seconds. One has a lot of random images on it. The other is slipped into a carefully cut seam of a backpack. Some people can do that all one-handed while the other hand gesticulates in confusion. So have a brain and use whatever works best.
  5. I am using PTE extensively right now and just have to say one more time what an incredible software this is, how well designed, how it just works when I am doing a lot of hard work fast over a long time. Igor, thank you!
  6. Thanks for the link! I remember that now Something to look forward to in PTE 10!
  7. When I select non-contiguous slides and apply a slide style (designed for a single slide), the order of slides changes, placing the selected slides together. I think the behavior should be that the slides stay put in the original order. My present situation is producing a slide show with photos organized by day (my own PCT hike many years ago). I have non-image slides with text indicating dates such as "May 15." I do not want the style applied to those slides, but only to images so I do not select those. Does that sort of make sense? Any ideas are welcome.
  8. Individual attention spans do vary. I remember back years ago having dinner with Galen Rowell and then watching his slide-projector presentation which I believe lasted about 1.5 hours. No one present that night went to sleep.
  9. The audience and presentation vary of course. A quality presentation properly done can certainly capture a delighted audience for more than a few minutes. For my applications which are also largely documentary, I break them into 3-8 min segments and lean toward 3-4 minutes. Now, back to EXE's. In the past, I created menu's to access the various shows since my audience (clients) are highly likely to view them many times over. Although not elegant, most people can figure out how to create playlists of MP4's and accomplish the same thing. [Note: I have no idea how the "2's" above got posted or how to remove them]
  10. Which my explain why it looks so good.
  11. What are we losing by using MP4 instead of EXE? Anything discernable? Smoothness of transition/movement of high-quality images? Does it matter anymore? We lose the functionality of password protection, time limits, hotspots, links, menus, interactions and such. Honestly, I rarely use those features, probably none of them in a couple years. So...just maybe we don't need the focus on the exe part. I have not exported an exe in a couple years. Most recently, a couple years ago, I created several series(more than 20 series) of highly interactive EXE shows sets. I had 100's of hours of work in that. They were really cool, but my clients' computers would barely run them. So...I converted them to non-interactive MP4's and my clients LOVE those. They have them on phones and iPads and PC's and Macs. All my work was really cool, but not what people actually found most useful on their devices today.
  12. There is nothing spooky or risky about an EXE. Thinking, knowledgeable people download them safely every day with no harm. The PicturesToEXE name is fine and harmless just not comprehensive for the incredible range of capability that PTE has today. But then what does Adobe tell you? Or Microsoft? Or Apple? Photoshop is good. Lightroom is good. Wnsoft already has a good name although not widely known. Maybe develop that name with products beneath it. Back in the old days there were some other good WNSoft products which have sort of been sidelined (photo editor, file commander). Maybe a new product should come out and PicturesToExe would sort of be a grand old product still available but not upgraded and fading away. It would be superseded by, not PTE 10.0 but AVShop 1.0.
  13. If you want to read the bird's DNA. That was pretty cool!
  14. Asian Bleak Midwinter - artsy, high-key, black and white Documentary of an 85-year-old client couple's incredible life Humanitarian Efforts documentary Inspirational Love Notes for our marriage
  15. Or redownload and do a fresh install. Then you know what you have. Just don't drink out of Barry's half-full cup
  16. CS6 was great. About all that is added since then is an expensive subscription plan that everyone in the world except one person hates and a few whiz-bang bells and whistles that don't actually get a lot of use by most photographers. On the other hand, I subscribe and actually find some of the whiz-bang useful.However that might be, try what DaveGee is suggesting. You also might try this: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html To open in Bridge, try Alt+Ctrl+O (Bridge may need to be running)
  17. 1. I think the comments section of slideshows should not be for criticism. Forums like this should be. 2. Criticism can be arrogant, condescending, or gentle and respectful and say the same thing. Choose kindly. 3. I couldn't care less what anyone but my client thinks of my slideshow, but we can all learn from newbie to pro.
  18. Very nicely done. That makes it feel like Christmas!
  19. Thanks for the gift of tranquility in a troubled world. Merry Christmas! That picture looks a lot like our home where we raised our children in a log cabin on an island in the Little Susitna River in Alaska. Those were good days. These are good days too--just different. Today we are in a 20th story apartment overlooking a river and mountains and small villages tucked in between. Ours are the only Christmas lights to be seen in a land that knows little about Christmas. We live on the borderland of chaos and tranquility.
  20. Lightroom is my assistant and I am thankful for it! I cull a lot and rate images and sort and tag fairly well. I can usually find what I want. I do revisit, but selectively, by topic or tag. Many are simply organized and provided to non-profit agencies for their own use, but I do retain rights and keep the originals. I create extensive slideshows for clients which may be historical, documentary, topical, informative or inspirational. I would love to learn more about what other users do just out of interest.
  21. Yes, I do take a lot of photos, though certainly not every day. There are some days when I take 1000 or more. A typical wedding/reception for me is about 1500. I My Lightroom library presently reflects mostly the last 14 years plus some thousands of old-image scans and has over 100,000 images. I am interested in what other people here are doing...?
  22. Yes, Verizon through Oath, sold Flickr to Smugmug. Does SmugMug need Flickr to gain relevance? Doubtful. Or is SmugMug cleaning out and absorbing the competition to convert and automatically gain Flickr users? Anyway you cut it, the whole thing seems likely to go SmugMug. Which is fine, but it won't be the old Flickr and won't likely remain the new one for long either. That is my guess. MacAskill is all about profit and Flickr has something like 100 million unique users. That is worth buying even if MacAskill can only monetize a tiny percent of it. In short, Flickr isn't likely to make a comeback.
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