I love taking pictures, and I love doing things with those pictures. It’s a hobby. I have more than three dozen 12×12 scrapbooks lining my bookshelves. I upload pictures to Facebook and Flickr. I’ve even taken classes on Adobe Photoshop Elements so I can learn to do other things with my pictures, like add or remove people from a photo, blur the background and make really cool slideshows.
But Photoshop is HARD to use. It’s a great program, but like I said, I had to take a class. And if you don’t use it regularly, you forget how to do stuff. Plus, it can really slow down your computer (at least my computer, which isn’t brand new, but it’s not a dinosaur, either). That’s why I was really excited about getting to review a new gadget called Fotobox. It’s a portable USB device for multimedia slideshow creation. Here’s how it works:
- You plug your SD memory card from your camera into the Fotobox.
- You plug the Fotobox into your USB port.
- Fotobox launches (no software to install — it’s all self-contained in this gadget that isn’t much bitter than a pack of gum).
- You select Easy Mode or Advanced Mode and pick a theme from a list.
- If you want, you can delete any photos that were on the card that you don’t want in your slideshow and/or rearrange the order by dragging and dropping.
- You click buttons to save your slideshow to your computer, save it in a format that makes it compatible with your iPod or iPhone and upload it to YouTube or Facebook (or all of the above).
Check out the this slideshow I made in seven (yes, 7) minutes and it was the first one I EVER MADE using the Fotobox.
In the advanced mode (which was actually very easy to use and the mode that I selected for making my first slideshow), you can edit photos, add special effects, add text to slides and add music, among other fun options.
Even if you have all your pictures saved on your computer, you can transfer them back to your SD card by plugging your camera into your computer, and then you can make slideshows from photos that were already removed from your SD card (that’s what I had to do because I regularly empty my memory card.
This gadget would make a very fun gift for any shutterbug! You can purchase it for $61.99 on Amazon.
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