3 Slideshow Screensavers Far Better Than The Windows 10 Default

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In the present computer age, screensavers are an intriguing utility. They were designed to prevent CRT screens against irreversible burn-in, as the name implies. LCD is now almost universally used as a screen technology.

While LCDs can develop a permanent picture burn, this is more common in commercial screens such as those found at airports, where the image is motionless for hundreds of hours. It’s no longer relevant as a desktop computer concern.

You can only use a centred image and no transitions on Windows 10. While Windows 10 Live Wallpapers are wonderful, those of us who want to show off our personal photo collection will be disappointed.

So we went looking for various replacements that would bring the old screensaver’s charm back, and wow did we find some nice ones!

gPhotoShow (Free and Pro Version 10.90 Euro)

gPhotoShow manages to be feature-rich while remaining simple and straightforward to use. You can add numerous folders as picture sources, but you won’t be able to display many photos at the same time.

The random positioning of little photographs is the first major benefit gPhotoShow offers over the Photos screensaver. On large, wide monitors, Windows Photos only allows a centred view, which might make little images look odd.

The Pro edition of gPhotoShow has a lot of extra capabilities, but none of them are necessary for the average user. The free version is exactly what you’d expect from a good slideshow screensaver.

Pan and zoom animation, TIFF support, panoramic photo support, video clip support, and the ability to recall the last image in the sequence between plays are some of the Pro features that may be worth the asking price.

The “scrapbook mode,” which combines many photographs to fill the screen, is, in our opinion, the most compelling reason to upgrade to the Pro edition. The next screensaver option, on the other hand, provides a nearly equivalent feature for free.

Endless Slideshow (Free and Pro Version $19.95)

The main feature of Endless Slideshow is that it can automatically download pictures from a variety of predefined themes. On the plus side, you might be astonished by images you’ve never seen before. It’s also wonderful if you don’t enjoy creating your own photo collection.

Endless Slideshow has a tonne of features, and you can customise it to fit your exact needs. It’s simple to use, with multiple pictures per screen, a custom-background, plenty of sizing options, and clearly labelled functions.

Setting the application to include photographs it downloads automatically is, however, a bit of a gamble. For one thing, you can come across photos that you despise. In the worst-case scenario, there’s always the possibility that some unsuitable images will be accidentally included. That never happened during testing, but to be honest, the “endless” component of the value proposition is the least appealing aspect of the package.

Endless Slideshow is a fantastic slideshow screensaver, although the free version has several bothersome limits. It’s not a big deal to have fewer transitions and to limit the amount of on-screen graphics to four per screen. Manually advancing slideshows, on the other hand, is a feature that should always be available.

Unfortunately, you can’t do that with Endless Slideshow’s free version. For others, this may be a deal-breaker, despite the fact that the default Photos screensaver allows for it. Still, Endless is superior in general, as it allows you to build some very unique custom looks.

If you pay the extra $20 for the Pro edition, you’ll get the manual picture browsing feature, as well as a lot more. A single Pro licence also allows you to install the software on two computers, thus if you have two computers, the cost per machine is ten dollars. It’s a fantastic slideshow screensaver, and everyone should at the very least try the free version.

ScreenPaver ($14.95)

ScreenPaver does not offer a free version, therefore if you want to use it, you’ll have to pay the asking fee. The good news is that there’s a 30-day trial period with no restrictions on features other than an obnoxious reminder of how many days are left.

You receive a good, fully-featured slideshow screensaver with all the features you’d expect for your money. You can move photos about randomly, stretch them, scale them down, and generally tell the software how to handle them. This sounds like a no-brainer for a screensaver like this, but the one that comes with Windows 10 doesn’t do anything but randomise images.

ScreenPaver offers a really comprehensive approach for choosing which directories you draw your pictures from when it comes to photo selection. You may get them from several discs, pick subfolders, and even like specific images inside a folder. It doesn’t have as many transitions as some slideshow screensavers, but few people will be bothered if there are only a few dozen transition effects instead of hundreds.

Is $15 well spent? It’s a good investment, especially if the two free solutions above don’t fully meet your needs.

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