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  1. Is it possible to have in Project Options the possibility to have the choice of a font by default for Text Object? Pierre
  2. Previous versions of PicturesToExe are placed on WnSoft website: http://www.wnsoft.com/picturestoexe/old-versions/
  3. How do I move my PTE Licence onto a new computer? There are three considerations: the software itself the registration key your existing sequences The software move is probably best achieved by downloading the latest version of PTE from the WnSoft website. The registration key can be moved by following the information in the FAQ: How do I find my existing registration key? Your existing sequences are probably best moved by using the File...Create backup in Zip option that was introduced in v5.0 of PTE. Having got each sequence stored as a zip file, simply copy these zip files across to your new system and unzip them into your new folder structure. If you are using a version of PTE earlier than v5.0 you should use the Templates feature of PTE to save each sequence as a template and then copy these templates across to your new system. Whatever version of PTE you are using, if you know that all the files for each sequence are stored together under a single folder, you can also move your sequences just by copying that folder across to your new computer.
  4. Please see the Online Help for a Full Up-To-Date list of Hotkeys. http://docs.picturestoexe.com/en/hotkeys/main
  5. How do I copy slides from one sequence to another? First you open the sequence that you want to copy from and go to the Slide List view. You select the slides that you want to copy and press Ctrl+C. This copies the information. Now, without closing down PTE you do File…Open…for the sequence into which you want to add these slides. You select the slide which you want to appear after the copied slides and press Ctrl+V. This pastes the slides into position. The important part of this process is that you must not close down PTE between the “copy” and the “paste”. Also, this technique does not work if you select the slides via the Timeline view. You might see references in other forum posts to "the Hawk method". The method described above was first put forward by Ralph McDermott (userid = Hawk)
  6. The question was asked in a recent forum discussion about how to fade out background sound from your slideshow, let the video with its own sound play through, then resume the background sound for the rest of the slideshow. I've created a PTE executable tutorial and provide a link below. I also have a link to the little demo of this. Within the zipped archive on the main tutorial is the complete PTE zipped file archive so the viewer can play with it without having to create one from scratch. I apologize for the large 97 meg file size. A recent crash of my main system caused me to loose my emails where I had stored all my unlock codes for software. I lost hundreds of application programs and am only slowly rebuilding. I no longer have my very excellent Flash converter so will have to purchase another when my budget permits, so my AVI tutorial converted to a PTE show is much larger than it would normally be. Essentially, the tutorial explains the function of the Offset, Duration and Start features which are intertwined when doing this type thing. It's not difficult to do, but one does need to thoroughly understand how these features work and hopefully this tutorial will shed some light. First the little demo. The slides and video were just pulled from some I had readily available and have no continuity. This is not intended as a real slideshow, just a sample to show how this can be achieved. http://www.learntomakeslideshows.net/pte/soundtutorial.zip (about 10 meg demo of this) http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/soundtutorialvid.zip (about 97 meg download) This is both the PTE zipped archive and the pte executable tutorial... Lin
  7. From time to time, users report that their anti-virus software has detected a virus of some sort in one of the executables that they have created using PTE or even in one of the files that forms the actual PTE product code. If this happens to you then, before panicking, it is worth asking yourself a few questions: Has this file been scanned by my anti-virus software in the past? If the answer is “yes” then, assuming that you are taking reasonable steps to protect your system from infection, it is unlikely to have suddenly become infected – especially if there are no other signs of any infection.Have I just applied any updates to my anti-virus software or detection files? Has my anti-virus software just applied some updates? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes” then I would suspect that something is different about this updated version rather than there being a virus infection – especially if there is no other sign of any infection.All anti-virus software is capable of identifying what are known as “false positives”. This is becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence. The writers of the anti-virus products are moving away from technology which concentrates on identifying actual virus infections and towards technology that tries to identify possible virus infections. Unfortunately most of the software products treat both kinds of discoveries as “real infections”. This is perhaps akin to someone being convicted of a crime based solely on suspicion with no real, hard evidence offered by the prosecution. So, before you panic, take a “sanity check” by asking yourself those three simple questions. If you conclude that you have a “false positive”, then report it to the support team for your anti-virus software. The following search arguments, if used in the Search feature of this forum will provide you with other relevant topics: virus detect* virus false positive virus <name of your software product> virus trojan virus worm regards, Peter
  8. Can I add sound to just one slide? Yes, you can! First, ensure that you have followed the steps described in the FAQ How do I add music to my slides? in respect of ticking/unticking boxes. Next add your sound file to your slide by selecting the slide and then clicking the Add sound icon near the top right of the PTE window. If your sound file is longer than your slide’s duration and you want the sound file to continue over into the next slide you must make a change in the Project Options…Music tab, even though you may not be using any music via this route. The last of the three tick boxes: Don’t interrupt sound comment when next slide appears needs to be ticked. With this combination of settings you should find that: - your music files from Project Options..Music tab continue playing without interruption - your sound file is played for the selected slide in addition to the background music - the sound file continues to its natural end rather than being cut-off at the end of the selected slide - you can preview from any point in your sequence and the music/sounds will be properly synchronized to that starting point slide
  9. What is the "best practice" for folder structures? Without any doubt whatsoever, you will save yourself getting into a lot of problems if you adopt the approach outlined here. For each AV sequence that you build, begin by creating a new folder. Then, copy all the image and sound files that you want to use into that folder. When you save your PTE project, save that file into the same folder. When you create your EXE file, save that into the same folder as well. By keeping everything used by that sequence in the one place, you know where to find everything and so does your computer. If you want to use the same image or the same sound file in a different sequence, copy it to that sequence's folder. Having sub-folders under each sequence's main folder is OK. (Speaking personally, I have sub-folders: Images, Music, Voice-over, Soundtrack and Planning under each of my sequence folders: but then, I'm a control freak - my computer does what I tell it to do. I don't let it think for itself. That's dangerous!) If you haven't worked this way but feel that you want to adopt this way of working proceed as follows (assumes you are using PTE v5.0 or higher): create a new folder for each of your sequences open each sequence into PTE do File...Create backup in Zip locate and open the Zip file and export its contents into your new folder File...Open the project file from within the new folder File...Save the project file All the file references in the PTE file will now point to the new folder Make sure you have proven backup copies of the new folders before you delete the old folders - just in case anything has gone wrong.
  10. What is the difference between "Remove Slide" and "Cut Transition"? If you select a single slide and do Cut Transition in the Timeline view then the following happens: That transition is removed from the timeline, leaving a gap where it previously existed. The slide that occupied the cut transition point is moved to the right along the timeline to the next transition point The relocated slide retains its previous transition type and transition duration but takes on the slide duration that was previously associated with its new position This “shuffle to the right” process continues until what had been the final slide is displaced by what had been the penultimate slide. The original final slide is then added to the end of the sequence using its original slide duration, transition type and transition duration If you select a single slide in the Slide List view and do Remove Slide then the following happens: The slide is removed from the Slide List (i.e. it is removed from the PTE project file; no image files are deleted from your computer's storage device) All slides to the right of the removed slide now shuffle over to the left to close up the gap created (these slides retain their durations, transition types and transition times) The Remove Slide function performed in the Timeline view behaves as follows: The slide is removed from the Timeline and the Slide List (no image files are deleted from your computer's storage device) The duration of the removed slide is added to the duration of the slide that was on its immediate left (this slide retains its original transition type and transition duration) All other slides retain their places and all their attributes
  11. How big should my image files be? There is no single, simple answer to this question. You must first decide the primary purpose of your sequence; in terms of how it will be viewed: - is it going to be just viewed on your computer monitor? - is it going to be projected via a digital projector? - is it going to be viewed on a TV connected directly to the computer as a secondary monitor? - is it going to be converted to DVD-Video format and played back through a DVD player? In each case your next step is to establish what the resolution of the playback device is. Do this by referring to the manual or the manufacture’s website. If you are building your sequence with the primary intent of simply viewing it on your own computer monitor, then you resize your images to the screen resolution of your computer monitor: for example no bigger than 1280x1024 pixels if that is the resolution of your monitor. If your primary output is going to be your digital projector (let's say it has a native resolution of 1024x768) then you resize the images to be no bigger than 1024x768 pixels. The one exception to this general “rule of thumb” is any image that you wish to have participate in a deep zoom or a long pan. In such a case you choose a size for the image which ensures that, at all times, the pixels displayed are all original ones. So, for example: if you want to zoom in to an image to 200% you must size your image to 2048x1536 pixels (using the projected image example). You will also need to take into account the aspect ratio differences between the various media and your cameras. For example: a digital SLR camera (which mimics the format of a 35mm camera) will have an aspect ratio of 3:2 (to give a specific instance: the Nikon D70 takes images that are 3000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high = 3:2 aspect ratio); a compact digital camera will probably have an aspect ratio of 4:3 as will most affordable digital projectors. Your PC monitor could be 4:3, 5:4, 16:10, etc. If you are working with many different aspect ratios, you might want to show your images at a slightly reduced size and place them against a background that is sized to the full resolution. Given that the monitor and projector technology is continuing to advance all the time, you might want to size your work to the largest that you expect to use over, say, the next 2-3 years. It is better to have a large image downsized by the computer/projector than to have a small image upsized.
  12. Why do my animations run jerky instead of smoothly? There are two likely causes of jerkiness in transitions and animations. Firstly, this problem can be caused by having image files that are unnecessarily large. For further information see the FAQ How big should my image files be? Secondly it can be caused by a shortage of computer power, especially in the graphics card or graphics chipset. This is particularly true of PTE v5 animations. In order to produce the high-quality images for which it is renowned, PTE uses the graphics processor unit (GPU) on the graphics card (for a desktop system) or graphics chipset (for a laptop system) to render the intermediate images of the animation. Some graphics hardware has insufficient processing power and, more importantly, insufficient on-board memory to deliver smooth animations. Experience amongst the Forum community suggests that the nVidia GeForce series of graphics hardware produces reliable results. The ATi Radeon series is also usually capable of delivering smooth animations. However, some older Radeon cards do exhibit a problem in their drivers in terms of keeping Colour Calibration settings in place during PTE’s use of the GPU. If you are reading this in preparation for purchasing a new computer, then any PC marketed as designed specifically for multi-media, video-gaming use will probably prove satisfactory. PCs marketed as entry-level or for business use may not have sufficiently powerful graphics capability to run PTE v5 animations smoothly. Finally, jerky animations can also occur if the Hardware Acceleration option is disabled. For smooth animations you must ensure that the Hardware acceleration (D3D) box is ticked in the Project Options...Screen tab.
  13. How do I recover "missing" image and sound files? So, you've got the dreaded blue box advising you that an image file is missing? or perhaps, you can't Preview a sequence because PTE says a sound file is missing? First the bad news! There are no features in PTE to perform a miraculous recovery. You're going to have to hand-crank the process. Next, the good news! We've all been there, done that and got the scar tissue. So we know how you feel. So, why have they suddenly gone missing? Understanding this may help you choose your recovery plan. The possible reasons are: you have deleted them you have renamed them you have moved them they were originally on removeable media (e.g. CD, USB device) that is no longer installed on your computer Ok, so what can be done? If they were on removeable media and you still have that media, install it again and PTE should then find them. But beware! You will have to install the USB device so that it assumes exactly the same drive letter that it had previously. If PTE was looking on drive G: and you now install the USB device as drive H: PTE will still not find them. If this resolves your problem, please read What is the "best practice" for folder structures? and apply that approach to prevent future occurences of this problem. Still can't find them? There are three possible situations: the missing file is a main image file the missing file is an object image file the missing file is a sound file Alright, four: you could be faced with a combination of missing files of different types. To find a missing main image file, select that slide in the slide list and then look down at the bottom of the PTE main window. The filename and its full path will be in the information bar. Obviously it is no longer at that location, but you now know the filename. Use the Windows Search feature (searching for Files and Folders) to find where the file now is. Then copy it from there back to where you want it. To find a missing object image file, select that slide and go into the Objects and Animation window and select the missing object. Once again, the information bar at the bottom of the PTE window will give you the filename and pathname. Use Windows Search feature to find where the file now is. Then copy it from there back to where you want it. The post here explains the use of the Windows Search feature (courtesy of userid Conflow) Finding the details of a missing sound file is a little more complicated because it could have been added in one of three ways: as a main item through Project Options...Music as a slide item via the Add sound icon as a slide item via Customize Slide...Music So, firstly check all the files added via Project Options...Music; they're the easy ones. Then check all the ones added via Add sound by selecting the first slide in your sequence in the slide list and then stepping through each slide, watching the Add sound icon for the change in appearance that denotes a sound file added to a slide. Finally, check every slide again, taking each one into Customize Slide...Music to see if it has a file associated with it. Now, from all of that, you might gather that missing files are a real pain - and they are. So, read the FAQ on Best practice for folder structures (see link above) and change your working methods so that you never get into this mess again.
  14. Why is the DVD-Video picture quality poor on my TV? Let me start by doing some “management of expectations”. PTE’s capability to convert a project into a file that is compatible with the DVD-Video standards is not intended to produce video of a quality that is comparable with commercial movie makers. They use equipment and technology costing several tens of thousands of dollars and that cannot be squeezed into a home-friendly box at a private-buyer-friendly price. Any attempt to compare a home-burnt video with a commercially-produced video is like trying to compare a VW Beetle and a Ferrari. There is no comparison! The DVD-Video feature in PTE exists so that you can convert a sequence that you enjoy on your computer monitor into a sequence that other family and friends can enjoy by playing a DVD back through their TV system. We also need to keep in our minds is that there are more variables to consider when playing back via a DVD-TV combination. For example: - is the DVD-TV system PAL/SECAM or NTSC? - is the TV equipment digital or analogue? - is the aspect ratio of the TV the same as the aspect ratio of the computer monitor? - and if not, what is doing the conversion, and how is it doing it? Even the manufacturer of the DVD player could be an issue, because different manufacturers use different techniques to convert the data between the original source file and the DVD burner and then again between the DVD player and the line signal to the TV set. These converter/de-converter routines are the things known as codecs. And if you burn a DVD on your computer using a codec that is incompatible with those built in to the DVD player used to playback that DVD then it isn’t going to play properly. And on top of that there are the additional complications of HDTV and Blu-ray. So, let’s try and keep this as simple as we can. The bottom line is this: there will always be considerable loss of picture quality when comparing the TV playback from DVD with the computer playback from the exe file. And the most fundamental of all the factors behind this loss of quality is, I believe, this: Your images are being down-sampled. Your computer monitor will be operating at 1024x768 pixels or better and you will have sized your images accordingly. The standard resolution for the PAL system is 720x576 pixels and for the NTSC system it's 720 x 480 pixels. So, as soon as you present your sequence for conversion to DVD-Video it has to be down-sampled. And, as you know, when you down-sample your image resolutions you lose sharpness; unless you add it back in with Adobe Photoshop. But there is no Adobe Photoshop inside the DVD-TV hardware. The situation could be even worse if you are intending to view the finished sequence on one of the higher resolution TVs. In these cases, if you didn't size your images for high-res in the first place then the DVD-TV systems will be interpolating pixels into your image - and this is just as damaging to sharpness. Whichever is happening, that sharpness has gone – forever!. This is the root cause of the loss of picture quality. You have just got to accept it.
  15. How do I save my preferred Project Options? If you find yourself making the same set of changes to the Project Options for each new sequence that you create, you can use PTE’s Template feature to eliminate this repeated action. All you need to do is create a template of an empty sequence and then make that template the default for all your new sequences. To make the template of your preferred settings is very easy. You just proceed as follows: - Launch PTE and then do File---New and give the project a name such as My Template - Next, work through the Project Options tabs making the changes to give the settings that you usually use - Now, instead of saving the project you do: File---Templates---Create Template from this Show and give the template a name when it prompts you to do so To make this template your default for all new projects, proceed as follows: - In PTE, do File---Templates---Manage templates - You get a pop-up window showing you the available template files - Click on the big button across the bottom of this pop-up - Select the template you have just created from the drop-down list - Tick the box just above the button to confirm that this is your Default template for new projects - Click on OK to accept these changes and close the pop-up window - Exit PTE (there's no need to save the project as a project file) Now, when you next launch PTE and open a new project, you should see that the project name being offered to you as the name for the new project is actually the name of the template that you've just created. You just overkey this as you have been doing all along - and away you go with your preferred settings already done for you. You can create as many different templates as you want and can use Manage templates at any time to change the one that you want as the default for your new projects. Changing your default for new projects has no effect whatsoever on any existing project files.
  16. How do I add voice-over to my slides? At present PTE does not include the capability to record voice-over directly. The voice-over sound file has to be prepared with a separate Sound Editor program. A popular choice with many Forum members is Audacity: a free program that can be downloaded from this web site: http://audacity.sourceforge.net There is also an Audacity User Guide for AV workers Any software that provides equivalent function could also be used e.g. Adobe Audition. Some general advice on preparing and recording voice-overs can be found here. Be aware that, although you can add a sound file (which could be a voice-over recording) to any individual slide (see here for more information), you cannot, in the current versions of PTE, adjust the relative volume of the sound file and the main music file (see here for more information). Best results will usually be obtained by using the Sound Editor software to mix the voice-over and music into a sound-track file and then adding this sound-track file via Project Options---Music tab.
  17. How do I add an attachment to my post? First you need to be aware that the PTE Forum imposes a maximum file size limit (of 2MB) on any attachment. There is no limit on how many attachments you have in a post or on how much file space, in total, your attached files take up on the Forum server. When thinking about attaching a file to a post, please remember that not all users are on high-speed connection to the Internet. For the benefit of these users, and to keep the file space usage under control, it is strongly recommended that you zip your files. To add a file as an attachment to your post when replying to an existing post, proceed as follows: - Use the Add Reply button - In the Attachments area, click on the Browse button - Navigate to the file that you have prepared, select it and click the Open button - Now click the Attach this File button and wait until PTE has finished uploading the file to the server (It will show a thumbnail icon) - Finally click on the Add to Post link - Now key the rest of your text around this link and preview and send your post in the usual way.
  18. How do I make the most of my Forum membership? 1. Register yourself with a userid and then visit the Forum daily. If your Internet browser is set to accept and retain cookies then, each day simply click on the View New Content link and read the new topics and new replies to existing topics. If your Internet browser is set to decline cookies or cleans them out after each usage then you will have to look for the new posts yourself. The Forum displays posts in "most recently updated first" order so this is quite easy to do. Browsing the Forum for several days or even a couple of weeks will give you a feel for the sort of topics that are being discussed, the quality of the answers to questions and the etiquette of the Forum. You will also see different styles of posting and replying. By doing this you will also start to learn, in more detail, about using PTE and its various features. 2. Study the FAQs. Many questions get asked over and over again. Pre-prepared answers to some of these are now being made available and more will follow. If you have a particular problem, ask your question in the appropriate part of the Forum. We’re all here to help one another to the best of our abilities.
  19. How do I reply to a post on this Forum? To reply with just a simple text reply, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and key your reply into the Fast Reply area. Use the Post button to send it to the forum. You have some editing options and features available via the row of icons at the top of the input box (things like: bold, underscore, italic, centered, bulleted, indented, etc.); just hover the mouse over each icon to find out what it is for. Stay with this technique until you feel thoroughly comfortable with it. Then you can move on to more advanced reply techniques. To include a quote of the original post in your reply you click on the Reply button at the bottom of the post. A new webpage will open with an input field that has the quoted text already loaded into it. Note that the quoted text is enclosed within tags. It is usually a good idea to reduce the quoted text down to just that part of the original post that is relevant to what you are going say in your reply. In English it is customary to indicate missing words at the start and end of a quote with the ellipsis symbol (…) For more information about replying to posts, and posting in general, see the Help pages:
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