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Version 10.21
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2016
    • Fixed: May show blurred background when image not already selected
    • Added: Preview for blurred background option
Version 10.05
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2016
    • Added: Can now select the provider to use for map insertion
    • Changed: Now defaults to OSM Mapnik as the map provider
    • Added: Now caches maps to Windows temp folder
    • Added: Shows hourglass while downloading maps
    • Fixed: Map tiles may show as blank
    • Added: Usability improvements to main toolbar
    • Added: Background of frames can be a blurred fill of current image
    • Added: Improved help file
    • Added: Improved layout of Reveal Effect dialog
    • Added: Now adds local clip art to project folder too
    • Added: Better at guessing the location of missing image embedded in title pages
    • Added: Verbose load errors for clip art failures
    • Added: Some improvements to About Box
Version 10.04
  • Release Date: Jun 15, 2016
    • Added: Verbose load errors for clip art failures
    • Added: Debug option to prevent excessive thumbnail flashing (click Ctrl+Alt+F to toggle the debug options)
Version 10.03
  • Release Date: May 20, 2016
    • Fixed: Double-clicking thumbnail may not display image full-size
Version 10.02
  • Release Date: May 17, 2016
    • Fixed: Pan zoom effects may be too blurry
    • Fixed: May not reset random playback on preview
    • Fixed: Clip art may not display
    • Added: Better support for EMF+ format images
Version 10.01
  • Release Date: May 11, 2016
    • Fixed error on start up if upgrading from certain older versions
Version 10.0
  • Release Date: May 6, 2016
  • v10.0 Top Ten New Features 

    1.New cleaner, Windows 10 style interface (but still works on older Windows versions)
    2.New skin designs to make the user interface more sleak
    3.Free rotation of images on title and text pages
    4.Retrieve images from all device types, including Smart Phones and Tablets
    5.Much more streamlined creation of YouTube videos
    6.Enhanced creation of Adobe Acrobat image documents
    7.Much smoother Pan-Zoom effects due to overhaul of rendering engine
    8.New Image Editing features: Automatic enhancement, Soft shadows and image sharpening
    9.Support for all the latest image and camera formats
    10.PC Slideshows can now be played in random order
Version 8.01
  • Release Date: Apr 14, 2014
  • Fixed: May encounter memory errors and unexpected issues
  • Fixed: May not retrieve correct GPS and other EXIF information from digital camera images
Version 8.0
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2014
  • Added: Now automatically converts M4A, AIFF and 3GP files to a compatible format
  • Changed: Defaults to MP3 as the destination audio format rather than WAV
  • Changed: Different encoder now used for converting WMA files
  • Added: Can now add periods of silence to your background list
  • Fixed: When right-click a file it may show properties for previous file
  • Fixed: Timing is adversely affected when skipping through the slideshow using PageDown
  • Fixed: Text added to monochrome JPEG images may not have full color
  • Fixed: Percentage symbols in filenames of title page objects may cause issues
  • Fixed: Some windows do not show hover hints
  • Changed: Toolbars can no longer float over application
  • Fixed: Better at coping with moved DPG files
  • Fixed: If printing during a slideshow it may not print the correct frame
  • Added: Much faster at creating title pages and menus
  • Added: Much faster handling of videos
  • Added: Multiline editor for text
  • Added: Enhancements to many existing transitions, including 3D effects
  • Added: Support for newer digital camera raw formats
  • Added: Forty new transitions including Pacman, 3D cube rotation, soft wipes, twists and puzzle pieces
  • Added: Now copes much better with scaled WIndows fonts
  • Added: Can now insert maps based on GPS coordinates in your photos or custom creations
  • Added: Word transitions can now be used allowing the specification of a word that is displayed during the transition
  • Added: "Alternative" style option adds an extra eighty transitions
  • Fixed: Full transition may not display in burned slideshows
  • Added: Can now export slideshow as a Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file or a set of images
  • Added: Now supports YouTube HD formats
  • Added: Improved default filename when saving slideshows to video, etc.
  • Added: Can now set the frame display timing while previewing the slideshow
  • Added: Updated version of PixPlay Screen Saver
Version 7.05
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2012
  • Added: Now automatically converts M4A, AIFF and 3GP files to a compatible format
  • Changed: Defaults to MP3 as the destination audio format rather than WAV
  • Changed: Different encoder now uses for converting WMA files
  • Added: Can now add periods of silence to your background list
  • Fixed: When right-click a file it may show properties for previous file
  • Fixed: Timing is adversely affected when skipping through the slideshow using PageDown
  • Fixed: Text added to monochrome JPEG images may not have full color
  • Fixed: Percentage symbols in filenames of title page objects may cause issues
  • Fixed: Some windows do not show hover hints
  • Changed: Toolbars can no longer float over application
  • Fixed: Better at coping with moved DPG files
  • Fixed: If printing during a slideshow it may not print the correct frame
Version 7.03
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2011
  • Added: Automatically relocates music files in moved folders
  • Added: Some improvement to outputting of logging info while burning
  • Added: PixPlay automatically downsizes very large images when adding them to a project
  • Changed: Auto-cropping is disabled by default
  • Changed: Optimized for TV pixels by default
  • Added: Preview from start or current frame are now separate menu items
  • Fixed: Better memory-handling of very large images to reduce errors creating transition and motion effect frames
  • Added: More control over motion effect zooming added to Project Options
  • Changed: Automatically pads the margin for frame captions on DVDs to avoid overscan
  • Changed: Default font for frame captions to Tahoma
  • Added: New easter egg in Insert Text dialog
  • Added: Default frame caption margin is now 3%
  • Added: Toolbar now includes a button to enter your serial number
  • Added: Total overhaul of Program Options dialog to make it more logically arranged
  • Added: Better error message when choking on video files
Version 7.02
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2011
  • Added: "End Time" column
  • Fixed: Some issues related to frame timing
  • Fixed: Error when stretching a portion of the slideshow
  • Changed: When stretching a portion of the slideshow it finishes halfway through the transition (if longer than one second)
  • Changed: Double-clicking screen in viewer has same effect as clicking Esc
Version 7.01
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2011
  • Fixed: May encounter timing issues when setting custom frame display times
Version 7.0
  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2011
  • Added: PC and DVD+PC formats now available for multiple slideshow disks
  • Added: New Project wizard now displays graphical selector for all style templates
  • Added: Can now create a title page from your own image in New Project wizard
  • Fixed: Preview not updated after editing a title page in New Project wizard
  • Added: Can now clone projects by saving them to a new filename
  • Added: No longer needs to generate autorun.inf file
  • Added: Optimized creation of PC format slideshows by removing many unnecessary calls
  • Added: Optimized building of DVD slideshows
  • Added: Improved processing messages
  • Added: Overhauled layout of Multishow wizard
  • Added: Recent projects link in Multishow wizard
  • Changed: When adding a project it no longer shows a message if all project files are valid
  • Added: Can now add an Exit button to multiple slideshow menus
  • Added: When adding buttons to a DVD menu, PixPlay automatically guesses a suitable caption
  • Added: Hovering over a button in a DVD menu now selects it
  • Added: Double buffering to improve display of DVD menus on a PC
  • Added: Previous/Next frame links in Viewer popup menu
  • Added: Clicking the screen will advance manually navigated PC slideshows. Middle mouse button will go back to previous
  • Added: Now can continue building a multishow even if you choose to cancel stretching of a particular slideshow within the selection
  • Fixed: Multishow generation may fail without error if choose to stretch a slideshow to audio which does not contain audio
  • Changed: No longer uses a special viewer just to handle video only disks
  • Added: Now supports Windows 7 style audio muting
  • Added: Frame caption now support bordered text
  • Added: Labels and DVD buttons in title pages now support shadows and bordered text
  • Added: Automatic calculates an appropriate drop shadow depth based on the font size
  • Added: Text in title pages and image frames can be rotated to any angle
  • Added: Motion and transition effects show as grayed when disabled
  • Added: Insert Blank Frame function for quick access to the page editor
  • Added: Slideshow looping option moved to project settings
  • Added: Project looping option affects preview
  • Added: Combined DVD and PC slideshow looping option (with prompting now available as an Advanced option)
  • Added: Improved handling of some internal data structures
  • Added: 35 New DVD menu styles
  • Added: 35 New Title Page styles
  • Fixed: Flashing when changing style templates in the Title page creator
  • Added: Link in Title Page creator to download more templates
  • Added: Stretching slideshow to music is now offered as a Project property setting
  • Added: If auto-stretching is enabled for the project it is also used when previewing
  • Added: Now when adding your own images to title pages you can maintain the correct aspect ratio and specify a colored border
  • Added: Less flash on start-up of viewer
  • Added: No longer locks aspect ratio of images when they are being resized in the title page editor
  • Added: Now images in title pages always output in highest quality
  • Added: New items for Tip of the Day
Version 6.32
  • Release Date: May 19, 2011
  • Fixed: Thumbnail may not be updated when changing the text of a frame
  • Fixed: Slideshow may be off-center if 100% auto-cropping is enabled
Version 6.31
  • Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
  • Added: Now shows thumbnails even for non-native video formats
  • Added: Close Project now always prompts to confirm changes (so have a chance to undo all)
  • Fixed: Displayed frame number may not update after removing/repositioning frames
  • Fixed: Difficult to disable slideshow preview with a single click
Version 6.30
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2011
  • Added: Gesture support: Click and drag the mouse to navigate, rotate, remove, etc
  • Added: Double sized thumbnails
  • Added: Now converts MT2S/MTS files
  • Added: Autoplay supported even on Windows 7 and Vista
  • Removed: No longer needs to run PixPlay on uninstall
  • Fixed: Music files may not be imported from PPT files on localized installations
  • Fixed: When importing the filename may be reset
  • Added: For better menu compatibility PixPlay ensures menu button edges fully encompass two interlaced scanlines
  • Added: Now automatically switches widescreen DVS menus to 4:3 if it will exceed the widescreen DVD button limit of 12
  • Added: Custom Zoom
  • Fixed: Font difficult to read when in film strip mode
  • Added: Improved display of frame information in thumbnail caption
  • Added: Shortcut to convert adhoc video files: Shift + Alt + C
  • Added: Auto-hides slideshow frames heading for a bit more screen space
Version 6.20
  • Release Date: Feb 2, 2011
  • Added: Now supports PowerPoint PPTX format
  • Added: Other improvements to PowerPoint importing
  • Added: New Search function (Frame > Go to Frame) to search filenames, captions, or indexes
  • Added: Supports new Dicom compression formats
  • Added: Image display is now optimized for multicore processing
  • Added: Preview Timing Info now shows detail if it is falling behind (and accurate preview is enabled)
  • Added: Better handling of launched DPG files
  • Added: If slideshow is previewed fully the position returns to previous selection
  • Added: Optimized handling of all internal data lists
  • Changed: Improved layout of main menu
Version 6.19
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2011
  • Added: Now supports PowerPoint PPTX format
  • Added: Other improvements to PowerPoint importing
Version 6.18
  • Release Date: Jan 5, 2011
  • Fixed: May not show captions in PC slideshows
  • Fixed: Display times may not update when syncing frames
  • Added: Can use Ctrl + Wheel to change thumbnail display mode
  • Added: Full details display mode for Add Photos dialog
  • Changed: Loads all settings before warning to visit Xequte.com for updates
  • Fixed: Check project in Multishow function does not show information dialog if all files are found
  • Changed: Updated Splash graphic
  • Changed: Updated help file for pricing adjustment
  • Added: Can now disable warning about lack of slideshow music
Version 6.16
  • Release Date: Nov 24, 2010
  • Fixed: Custom motion effect can be cleared by adding or editing text
  • Added: Can now disable warning about YouTube length
  • Added: Now supports MOD video files
  • Changed: Downgraded MPEG generation library due to quality issues
Version 6.15
  • Release Date: Nov 5, 2010
  • Fixed: DLL Load Error when burning slideshow on some systems
Version 6.14
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2010
  • Fixed: Some project editing options may be applied if disk is viewed on PixPlay installed computer
  • Changed: Renamed PxpViewer.exe to PixPlayViewer.exe
  • Changed: Distributable PixPlay projects have the extension .pixplay
  • Fixed: Project files may not be found for "PC" format slideshows
  • Added: New project option to use maximum display quality for PC format slideshows
  • Added: Access to some template saving functions
  • Added: WMV support now included in main installation
Version 6.13
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2010
  • Fixed: Problems sorting selection
  • Fixed: Some internal problems handling audio files
  • Fixed: DVD Chapter may be lost when renaming a file
  • Added: Thumbnails shown for MOV files
  • Fixed: Borders may not be applied when using images with text
  • Fixed: Burn conversion preview window may not show Widescreen videos correctly
  • Fixed: Other minor errors
Version 6.12
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2010
  • Added: Never assigns a default reveal effect to an image when adding text if a motion effect has already been selected
  • Added: Can now output slideshows to WMV7, WMV8, WMV9 and WMV9 VC-1
  • Added: Faster handling of slideshows without audio tracks
  • Fixed: Error that can occur when running out of audio
  • Fixed: Pxp Viewer may unnecessarily create registry folder
  • Added: Updated MPEG conversion library
  • Fixed: May get error when closing PPT files
  • Fixed: Text preview may show ampersand character
  • Added: Now automatically converts incompatible AVI and WMV files too
  • Fixed: Screen saver may not disable during a preview
  • Fixed: Object grabs in Title Page editor may not clear background on first show
  • Fixed: May get error if show preview during burning
  • Fixed: Percentage stationery for motion effects may apply to transitions
  • Fixed: Now always changes format to JPEG when editing unsupported image save formats
  • Fixed: Unusual situation with invalid temp file handling
  • Fixed: No longer adds line break when using http://
Version 6.10
  • Release Date: Jul 10, 2010
  • Added: Now supports MOV, FLV, RM and MP4 format (requires installation of a plug-in)
  • Added: Can now convert problematic formats such as MJPEG to standard AVI
  • Fixed: PNG files may not preview in Clip Art dialog
  • Added: May not clear display panel when finish showing a video
  • Fixed: May get conversion error when burning title pages
  • Fixed: Crampt nodes in directory tree under Windows Vista and 7
  • Fixed: More robust Power Point importing
  • Added: Log now includes a processing summary
Version 6.0
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2010
  • Added: Now allows you to convert incompatible formats (such as WMA) to MP3 or WAV
  • Added: Automatically deletes files from your project folders when you remove them from your project
  • Added: Now videos can be interspersed amongst images and maintain their soundtrack (for all slideshow formats)
  • Added: When importing PowerPoint presentations the audio is also included
  • Added: New Reveal effect for title pages and images with text allowing you to reveal text and other objects during display of frame
  • Added: 26 new transition effects featuring hearts, stars, crosses and explosions
  • Added: Improved MCI testing
  • Added: Can now grab music tracks directly from audio CDs
  • Added: Title page editor has circular, 50% larger grips
  • Added: Transition effects are now categorized for easy selection
  • Added: Title page editor now supports undo
  • Added: Improved layout and wording of "Add Shape" dialog
  • Fixed: Progress bar may continue to display in Windows 7 Taskbar when building of a test slideshow completes
  • Added: Project Options dialog now shows previews using the current background
  • Added: Right-click option (or Ctrl+G) to go to any frame when viewing a slideshow
  • Changed: Reversed confirmation checkbox behaviour when removing frames
  • Added: Clip Art dialog now shows preview of custom images added from your computer
  • Added: New Pxp internal formatting for faster loading and saving and reduced size
  • Added: Text properties dialog now shows a preview of the current label style
  • Added: Modern Windows styling of thumbnail grids
  • Added: New UI theme: Chrome
  • Added: Improved styling of skins
  • Fixed: PxpViewer may not display transition effects
  • Added: In title page editor it is now much easier to insert an image from your computer
  • Added: Faster generation of similar frames when building slideshow
  • Fixed: Small memory leak when burning slideshow
  • Fixed: May auto-crop title pages that are not created at the screen ratio
  • Fixed: When previewing DVD buttons they may appear over the text
  • Fixed: DVD menu button style dialog may appear in odd positions
  • Fixed: Sort Slideshow dialog may initially appear without selection
  • Added: Clicking heading in Project properties dialog moves to next checked transition/motion effect
  • Fixed: Filename position may be off after creating a new slideshow project
  • Added: Allows addition of title page when creating a video only project with the wizard
  • Added: Hold down the shift key when clicking navigation keys to move through PC slideshows more quickly
  • Added: New graphics for motion and transition effect previews
  • Added: Now can find the linked image of an Image with Text file even if the project has been moved
  • Fixed: Sweep transition may not display correctly for small images
  • Fixed: When using Improved DVD Aspect ratio buttons may not appear in the correct vertical position
  • Fixed: When previewing DVD menus it may not align text correctly for DVD button objects
  • Added: 18 New DVD menu buttons styles such as Double Stars, Explosions, Crosses and Hearts
  • Added: Objects in Title Page editor now remain visible as they are being moved
  • Added: Title Page editor shows guide lines to help line up objects
  • Added: Locked objects now show with darkened grabs
  • Added: Improved layout of various dialogs
  • Added: New start up tips
  • Fixed: Now supports trailing spaces used for frame captions
  • Added: True preview of frame captions in Project Options dialog
  • Fixed: Select Frame combo boxed may not display video glyph
  • Added: Select Frame combo boxed show chapter breaks
  • Added: When installing a newer version you are redirected to the web site for an updated serial number
  • Added: Updated various UI graphics
  • Fixed: When performing custom zoom from full screen it may not be centered in video output
  • Fixed: In some situations custom motion effect changes may not stick
  • Fixed: More accurate rendition of motion effects when output does not match designed aspect ratio
  • Fixed: When manually navigate a PC slideshow it may upset the frame timing
Version 5.25
  • Release Date: May 8, 2010
  • Changed: Updated DVD authoring library
  • Added: Now includes test and fix utility for multimedia file types
  • Added: New "Check for Updates" function offering manual and automatic checking
  • Added: Copes better when using silent video files
Version 5.23
  • Release Date: Apr 16, 2010
  • Added: Updated burning library to v12
  • Fixed: DNG format not supported
  • Added: Extra logging for MPEG LIB failure
  • Added: Extra checking for valid file format
Version 5.22
  • Release Date: Apr 7, 2010
  • Added: Reverse Page Flip transitions
  • Added: Displays warning if you are using a custom menu for a multishow project and you try to change TV format
  • Added: Error checking for oversized folder tree in Add Photos window
  • Added: May not get warning about duplicate file being added to the project
  • Added: Improved Help file
  • Added: Now detects Bluray write support
Version 5.21
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2010
Version 5.20
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2010
  • Added: Now supports navigation of PC Slideshows using PowerPoint keys
  • Added: Improved warning message about slideshow limit
  • Changed: Increased slideshow limit to 100 photos
  • Added: Zoom function in PC slideshow and photo preview
  • Added: Now supports navigation using multimedia keyboards and presenter mice (such as the Microsoft Wireless Presenter Mouse 8000)
  • Added: Video soundtrack can be used even when videos are positioned amongst photos (for DVD and PC slideshows, not for VCD and multishows)
  • Added: When resizing images in the title page editor it locks the aspect ratio
  • Added: When inserting a large image the aspect ratio is maintained and it is centered in the window
  • Added: Right-click option to convert the current image to a page (i.e. a designed page where the current image is an object within the page)
  • Added: Can automatically delete all cached thumbnails on exit
  • Added: Videos now are displayed with a film strip style in the frame grid
  • Added: Use /RESET parameter to force PixPlay to reset toolbar and window positions
  • Added: Shift+Esc resets some view settings
  • Fixed: Issue trying to prevent PixPlay from using video soundtrack
  • Removed: Deprecated move videos to start function
  • Added: Shift+Alt+M moves videos to the start
  • Fixed: Frame timing information may not display during slideshow even if enabled
Version 5.10
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2010
  • Added: Can now add borders and picture frames to your photos
  • Added: Can now print thumbnail sheets for all files in project
  • Added: Main installation now always includes latest Raw decoding engine
  • Added: Enter key dialog better handles serial numbers of older and newer versions
  • Fixed: Some issues burning projects related to non-ansi character sets
  • Fixed: May not save changes if modify the source location of a file on project load
  • Added: Now prints file date with caption and the description below each image
  • Added: Hidden options to format the printed filename and description
  • Fixed: Under Windows 7 may try to write to program folder
  • Added: Now creates a folder just for log files (Win 7 and Vista)
  • Added: Ctrl + Shift + L to open the logs folder
  • Fixed: Burner may remain locked after clicking "Advanced"
  • Fixed: May not be able to clear all temp files after burning PC slideshow
  • Added: Now always cleans up when installing new version
  • Added: Close Project button to save and close existing project and then display the start-up dialog
  • Removed: Deprecated option: "Show text on toolbar buttons"
  • Added: "Tip of the Day" item under Help menu
  • Removed: Options to disable start-up windows in Options
  • Added: Easier method to specify extra buttons to display on the main toolbar
  • Added: Print button on main toolbar
  • Added: No longer number MRU items
  • Added: Autosize function in title page editor
  • Added: Spaces as suffices and prefixes for captions are now acceptable
  • Changed: WMV Exporting is now only included the Users Plug-In Pack (due to an incompatibility)
Version 5.04
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2009
  • Added: Installer no longer prompts for program files folder or start menu folder when updating an existing install
  • Added: Improved installer compression for smaller download
  • Added: Supports Windows 7 progress on task bar in application and installer
  • Added: Clip art Other button checks that file exists
  • Added: Title Page editor copes better with user clipart that is huge
  • Added: Many changes to the crop handling in the image editor to make it more logical and easier to use
  • Fixed: Frame Timing caption may not display during preview
  • Changed: Made all auto-calculated text sizes in text editor slightly more accommodating
  • Fixed: Break chars (//) may not work in output slideshow to disk
Version 5.03
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2009
  • Changed: Web site check recommendation changed to quarterly
  • Fixed: Audio times may not display fully
  • Added: Burner progress now displays in steps of 5 and always shows 100%
  • Added: Now offers to fix Image with Text creation errors
  • Added: Updated PXP Viewer
  • Added: Automatically creates PixPlay information frame
Version 5.02
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2009
  • Added: Advanced option to display all effects, even if they have been disabled for the project
  • Added: New page flip effect
  • Added: When using the Add Images dialog the thumbnails of images already in project are shown as gray
  • Added: Checkboxes in thumbnail grid are correctly themed
  • Added: Many internal improvements to thumbnail grid control
  • Added: WMV support
  • Fixed: Pro Link in Logo dialog fails to load page
Version 5.01
  • Release Date: Jul 14, 2009
  • Fixed: May encounter error when creating a new project
  • Fixed: Missing files and Tip of the Day may show at same time
  • Added: Improved display of frame timing info
  • Added: Now better quality when creating YouTube videos
  • Fixed: Move to Start function may fail
  • Added: Quick Set buttons when setting custom motion effect
  • Added: Now uses Windows Media Player as backup player if MPEG is not properly associated
  • Fixed: Text added to images may display with ellipsis
  • Fixed: Shift selection may act strangely after frame removal
  • Changed: Disables single file functions if multiple files are selected
Version 5.0
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2009
  • Added: Double-clicking a music file will play it
  • Added: Default size for video file display is 200%
  • Added: Total length of background music is always displayed
  • Removed: Slideshow autorun option (now always enabled)
  • Fixed: Wheel mouse scrolling of frame grid may act strangely
  • Added: Background Music list displays start times
  • Added: Full caching of music file lengths
  • Added: Now allows saving to read-only files
  • Fixed: When burning a video file the output size may not change when changing the TV type
  • Added: Better error message if try to burn a WMV file and requisite codecs are not available
  • Fixed: Changing the Slideshow Title does not update the Window title bar
  • Fixed: After drag/drop a file into an empty slideshow some relevant buttons are not enabled
  • Fixed: Preview from a frame other than the first uses the slideshow's introductory transition rather than the transition of the previewed frame
  • Fixed: Delete key does not work with missing files
  • Added: Now remembers grid position before going to full screen
  • Fixed: Can't navigate title page template selector with cursor keys
  • Changed: Now disables Edit button in title page editor if multiple items are selected
  • Fixed: When adding text to an image if you cancel the default text it is not removed
  • Changed: If you remove all objects from an image with text it reverts to an image file
  • Fixed: When update display time for multiple files it may not show the new time underneath thumbnails immediately
  • Fixed: May not show current image preview after applying a change to multiple selected files
  • Fixed: Much improved new filename generation
  • Added: Sort dialog now remembers all your selection
  • Added: Can now sort just selected files
  • Added: Now automatically detects changed folders for the default clip art
  • Added: Thumbnails are not displayed when showing sub-dialogs
  • Added: Now centers all sub-dialogs within their parent
  • Changed: Many improvements to internal data handling
  • Fixed: Error when selecting some remembered network folders
  • Removed: No longer specify a work folder. Project files are saved in a folder under the project file
  • Added: New Project Wizard always defaults to a unique project name
  • Added: Disables all irrelevant options on the frame caption tab of project options
  • Removed: No longer set project title on main screen
  • Added: Easier method to specify the display time for the frame
  • Added: Better warnings about valid selection in project options
  • Added: Improved transition performance
  • Added: Improved styling of toolbars
  • Added: Better caching of file dates for snappier display
  • Fixed: Play Music file does not pop up again when the track ends
  • Added: Title Page background dialog is much simpler to use
  • Removed: Preview checkbox in rotate dialog
  • Removed: Preview checkbox in print dialog
  • Added: Now remembers the size of the clip art dialog
  • Added: Disk space warning can be disabled
  • Added: PC Slideshow now uses the global JPEG save quality
  • Added: Preview timing option is now applied to PC Slideshows
  • Added: Reorganized options dialogs
  • Added: Categorized advanced and compatibility options
  • Added: Usage tips reset is now a checkbox
  • Added: Logo size can be specified
  • Added: Logo has own configuration dialog
  • Added: Logo options accessible via Project Properties
  • Added: Slideshow logo dialog now provides a preview
  • Fixed: Logo may not use correct margins when burning
  • Added: Hides external editing option if editor not specified
  • Added: If try to use the external editor (e.g. using keyboard shortcut) and it is not specified, user is prompted to browse to it
  • Added: Ctrl+A to select all in background music list
  • Added: Simplified printer quality selection
  • Removed: Center when printing option (now always centers)
  • Changed: Combined horizontal and vertical printing margins
  • Added: Poster printing option
  • Added: Printer properties dialog shows the current printer setup directly
  • Added: Shift key to clear existing serial number in About Box
  • Added: Preferred print settings are now saved
  • Added: Saves preferred settings in sort dialog
  • Added: Saves preferred settings in preview dialog
  • Added: Remembers last used alignment and background color for text objects and DVD menu buttons
  • Added: Shift + F11 show preview in continuous loop
  • Removed: No longer expose OPC option
  • Added: Missing files dialog is sizable
  • Fixed: Menus for links in frame properties dialog may pop up in odd locations
  • Changed: Transition duration cannot be set unless using a custom duration
  • Fixed: Shape gradients may not draw correctly
  • Added: Improved order of shape objects
  • Added: Automatically disables center locking if move object well off center
  • Added: Only shows center locked warning when there is a reasonable amount of horizontal movement
  • Added: Can specify which file types to save to your project folder
  • Added: Better algorithm for determining whether files should be copied to project folder by default
  • Added: Always remembers your preferred selection of image motion and transition effects
  • Removed: Deprecated file information detail popup
  • Fixed: In rare situation may display a random transition for the first frame in the slideshow
  • Added: New Project wizard now confirms cancellation of the creation
  • Added: If cancel new project wizard it clears all created files and reverts to the previous project
  • Added: Does not clear project if return to the first step of the new project wizard
  • Added: General tab on Project Properties dialog
  • Added: Can set default image display time in project options
  • Added: Much easier to move projects between systems
  • Added: 12 more clip art in evaluation version
  • Added: "All Clip Art" folder in Insert Clip Art dialog
  • Added: 30 new shapes and improved styling of existing shapes
  • Added: Motion Effect and Transition selectors now display graphic representations of each effect
  • Changed: Improved display of column data in Full Details mode
  • Added: 22 New transition effects
  • Added: Only shows the transition and motion effects that you have enabled for the project
  • Added: 16 new DVD menu title page themes
  • Added: 30 Photo based title page templates + 18 extra for registered users
  • Added: Many improvements to styling of template files
  • Added: Title page templates can now be selected from a thumbnail list
  • Added: Clip Art selection dialog now shows thumbnails for all images
  • Added: Shape selection dialog now shows thumbnails for all shapes
  • Added: Can now adjust or mute the volume during a slideshow/preview
  • Added: Can now pause PC format slideshows using P or O (latter pauses without stopping music)
  • Added: Right-click menu for PC format slideshows giving access to many functions
  • Added: PC format slideshows can now save the current frame to a file
  • Added: Viewer now supports HTTPS web sites
  • Added: Shortcuts E and W in Viewer to send email or launch web site
  • Added: General tab to frame properties where you can set the frame caption, DVD chapter and edit the image
  • Added: Frame properties dialog shows the commencement time for a frame
  • Added: Add from Camera dialog is now much easier to use
  • Added: Add from Camera dialog now remembers custom location of devices
  • Added: Align to music function can now retime the entire slideshow to match all music
  • Added: If the slideshow cannot be re-timed to match your music selection then no changes are made
  • Added: Frame re-timing can be undone
  • Added: More sanity checking to ensure frame synching is possible
  • Added: Sync to frames function also updates the project default display time
  • Added: Can now add captions to video files
  • Fixed: Windows may not include a definition for the DPG file type
  • Added: Can drag files and title pages onto the PixPlay icon to add them to a project
  • Added: Move Frame function to quickly relocate the selection
  • Added: Improved many graphics in the main toolbar and menu
  • Added: Can now test just a portion of your slideshow when burning
  • Added: Tip of the Day
  • Added: Improved "Please Purchase" dialog
  • Added: Better control over when you are asked to confirm removal of frames
  • Added: Improved easter egg
  • Changed: Burner progress avi now included in DLL
  • Added: Clean Up dialog displays progress
Version 4.08
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2009
  • Added Support for PPTX PowerPoint format
  • Added: New high quality PPT import feature that uses EMF vector format
  • Fixed: Workaround for bug in PowerPoint 2007 SP1 where exported slides can be cut off
  • Fixed: No confirmation before prompt to save on shutdown when filename is not set
  • Added: F5 key to reset caches
  • Fixed: Multimedia file length cache not reset when re-adding a video to a project
  • Added: Now checks for splitting of output files
Version 4.07
  • Release Date: Dec 24, 2008
  • Fixed: Can get blank Add Images dialog
  • Added: Now copes if you moved your project folder to a new location
  • Fixed: Stationery image motion effect may not work in burned DVD
  • Fixed: Enlarged the thumb grips in the color editing dialog
  • Fixed: Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End work as expected
  • Fixed: Cell may become unselected after adding text to it
  • Fixed: Application of a frame change to multiple frames may not apply if you click another frame
  • Added: Now custom menu can handle rearranging of slideshows in multishow projects
  • Added: Hidden option to disable burner support
  • Added: Updated splash screen and about box
  • Fixed: May lock up when sending email via Outlook Express
Version 4.06
  • Release Date: Nov 27, 2008
  • Fixed: May encounter problems with filenames containing semicolons when burning
  • Fixed: Copes better with custom menu buttons that are too high (and obscure other controls)
  • Changed: Improved audio status display when using video soundtracks followed by music
Version 4.05
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2008
  • New function to automatically stretch the display time of selected frames to match music file(s)
  • Can now specify a stationary display time for images when using motion effects
  • Multishow wizard now includes an option to add a "Play All" button
  • Added many keyboard shortcuts in the Title Page editor
  • Much faster at burning subsequent disks when using DVD format
  • Added: Includes a DVD menu template for up to 14 slideshows
  • Added: New option to automatically save project changes without prompting
  • Fixed: May give error when export selection from Smart Pix Manager
  • Fixed: Error when trying to modify the colours in the Edit Image dialog
  • Fixed: DPX files may show as being multishow files in Explorer
  • Fixed: Some display issues on systems with non-standard font sizes
  • Added: Add images dialog shows full filename when hovering
  • Added: Now checks that DVD menu buttons do not link to removed slideshows
  • Fixed: Some DVD menu buttons may not lay out correctly
  • Added: Now even if drag and drop files to project it follows your project copying rules
  • Fixed: Some problems cleaning up folders under Windows Vista 64
  • Fixed: Margins may offset DVD menu buttons
  • Added: Frame captions now support // for line breaking
  • Fixed: Shows "Finalizing Disk" text even when disk does not need finalizing
  • Fixed: No error displayed if multiplexing of a DVD menu fails
  • Changed: Improved display of disk speed selector
  • Fixed: Wrapped text may change position if it is locked to center
  • Removed: Flat style thumbnails option
Version 4.0
  • Release Date: May 29, 2008
  • Multiple slideshows can be burned to a single DVD disk with a menu
  • A PowerPoint presentation can be opened directly in PixPlay (Pro Version)
  • Can export slideshow to a YouTube video file
  • Many improvements to Title Page dialog including new toolbar, "Snap to Grid" positioning, many alignment and sizing functions and layout options for background images
  • Now automatically rotates your camera photos using the embedded digital camera fields
  • Now supports XP/Vista style numbered file sorting
  • New texture files, background music and Clip Art
  • A company logo can be shown throughout the slideshow display (Pro Version)
  • Many improvements to styling and layout, including a much improved Add Images dialog
  • Fully Windows Vista compatible
  • Full changelog can be found here
Version 3.34
  • Release Date: Feb 9, 2007
  • Added: Updated burning library
Version 3.33
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2007
  • Added: Now shows warning if file types are filtered in the Add Images dialog
  • Added: F5 refreshes the directory in the Add Images dialog
  • Added: More informative status bar information in the Add Images dialog
  • Fixed: Removing all files in the Missing Files Wizard may produce an error
  • Fixed: Selecting "Sort by Creation Date" in Add Images dialog may produce a random sort
  • Fixed: Better resolution to TAO write errors
Version 3.32
  • Release Date: Dec 20, 2006
  • Added: Can now change between SPTI and ASPI drivers if no burners are found
  • Changed: Displays warning if burning library incompatible
  • Fixed: If the size of images in the slideshow are reduced, the selected image motion may not be used
  • Fixed: May not save chapter list when generating image slideshows
Version 3.31
  • Release Date: Dec 8, 2006
  • Added: More logging for burner status
  • Fixed: Some buttons may disappear in title page editing dialog for small frame sizes
  • Fixed: Some issues with some multiple drive configurations
Version 3.30
  • Release Date: Dec 1, 2006
  • Added: Improved compatibility of DVD disks created with PixPlay
  • Added: Now supports SPTI for more reliable disk burning under Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista
  • Added: /DEBUG flag for PXPViewer.exe to create a debug log
  • Added: Glyphs in drop down boxes of Burn Slideshow wizard
  • Changed: Better method for creation of VCD format slideshows
  • Added: Updated library of common routines to improve performance
  • Added: Now when clicking "Test" button the slideshow is previewed with an internal viewer
  • Changed: When the exporting plug-in is required user is linked directly to download file
  • Added: "View Frame" available in right-click file menu
  • Fixed: When drag and drop files it may not add them in the correct order
  • Changed: Now when extra buttons are displayed on the main toolbar if narrows the button so they fit better
Version 3.04
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2006
  • Changed: By default it will now always burn a minimum of 30mm to DVD disks
  • Fixed: May not display full size frame when displaying slideshow while generating
  • Added: Frame Captions now include a solid background color option
  • Changed: DVD chapter option is disabled when first frame is selected
  • Fixed: May not wrap captions that contain quotes or apostrophes
  • Added: Now automatically prompts to try internal drivers if no external drivers are found
  • Added: In unregistered version may get "Invalid Slideshow List" errors
  • Added: In hover hint it snow displays the starting time for the frame
  • Changed: Now indicates when display times are the default in hover hint and full details display
  • Fixed: Tip to add images to slideshow does not reposition when window is resized
  • Changed: Now does not display the add images advice when another dialog is active
Version 3.03
  • Release Date: Oct 5, 2006
  • Changed: By default it will now always burn a minimum of 30mm to DVD disks
  • Fixed: May not display full size frame when displaying slideshow while generating
  • Added: Frame Captions now include a solid background color option
  • Changed: DVD chapter option is disabled when first frame is selected
Version 3.02
  • Release Date: Sep 29, 2006
  • Fixed: May get an error the first time it is run under Vista
  • Changed: Now uses Tahoma throughout the UI
  • Changed: Office style group boxes and unbeveled windows
  • Added: Now can cancel batch rotates
  • Fixed: Plug-in download link may not display
  • Added: Right-click menu to add images dialog
  • Fixed: Add Image dialog "Invalid Window Handle" error
  • Fixed: May not wrap caption text when previewing slideshow
  • Added: Now double-clicking in the add images dialog now always adds the double-clicked item
  • Changed: Insertion position option in Add Images dialog is now a drop down box
  • Fixed: Tab order in Add Images dialog
  • Changed: No longer uses Windows animations that are not supported by Vista
  • Added: Optimized loading of PNG images
  • Added: Better support for TIFF (JPEG compressed) images saved using Windows 98/2000 Imaging software
  • Added: Now can read ZIP (ZimpLevel) compressed TIFF images
  • Added: Adobe Photoshop PSD images (single and multi-layer) are now supported
  • Fixed: Can't reset the crop selection ratio to None
  • Added: Improved error messages in sound recording dialog
  • Fixed: Can resize edit text dialog
  • Added: Now optimizes loading of large images into the Edit Text dialog
  • Added: Third slideshow preview quality option to speed up generation of images with text
  • Added: When changing text in the Title Page dialog it always resizes the text automatically
  • Added: Now application exe and installer are digitally signed
  • Added: Now can resize the title page/add text dialog to the dimensions of the output format
  • Fixed: Escape key may not cancel display of some dialogs
Version 3.01
  • Release Date: Jul 28, 2006
  • Added: Much faster when manipulating the project (adding, removing and re-ordering files)
  • Added: Undo is now optional. Disabling it will make all editing operations much faster
  • Added: Slideshow generation progress is now displayed when hovering over the task bar icon
  • Changed: Now wraps captions that are too wide for display on a single line
  • Added: When adding text to image, any custom caption that has been added to the image is used as the default text
  • Fixed: When setting a custom motion effect your changes may not be saved
  • Fixed: In rare situation may get into continuous loop when shortening a slideshow to match background music
  • Fixed: File limit in evaluation version may not be consistently applied
  • Fixed: When using the option to preview from the current position, the start of the background music may be skipped if the first frame is selected
  • Removed: Advanced Option: "SVCD compatibility fix for problematic DVD players"
  • Added: Code to address "Invalid window handle" error when adding images
  • Fixed: Can proceed through burn disk wizard even if the exporting plug-in has not been installed
  • Added: Now always uses filenames for new title pages that are unique to the project (even if the project folder has changed)
Version 3.0
  • Release Date: Jun 9, 2006
  • Changed: Added much more information to the PixPlay Help file
  • Added: More powerful CSV importing/exporting
  • Added: Now the viewer to play video files from a CD launches full screen to windows media player if available
  • Added: More control over the buttons displayed on the main toolbar
  • Added: Now writes meta data to the project file
  • Changed: Improved structure of project files
  • Added: Improved formatting of CSV export file
  • Changed: Compiled all project options (transitions, background music, etc) into a single dialog
  • Added: Improved styling of options dialog
  • Added: Now displays glyphs in the Add Clipart dialog
  • Added: Improved separator in grid for DVD chapters
  • Added: Now remembers your default tab in Options
  • Changed: Now handles thumbnails for images with text and title pages in the same way as normal images
  • Added: Can now double-click items in the clip art list to add them
  • Fixed: Current object may not be selected when displaying the clip art dialog
  • Changed: Work files, such as title pages, are now saved under the project folder
  • Changed: Changed references to the "Work Folder" to "Project Folder"
  • Added: Advanced option to display the slideshow preview at your selected output ratio
  • Added: Advanced option to specify the maximum zoom level for Image Motion effects
  • Fixed: When using function to move videos to the start in some situations some videos will not be moved
  • Fixed: When using function to move videos to the start the project may not be flagged as changed
  • Fixed: When loading some project files, the initial sound file may be forgotten
  • Changed: Improved wording in the New Project Wizard
  • Fixed: If reduce thumbnail size, it may not add scrollbars even if they are needed
  • Changed: Now displays Video sound track and background music settings in same window
  • Changed: Now the auto cropping level is saved for each project
  • Removed: Reduced some of the logging data
  • Fixed: When creating an image slideshows the cursor may not correctly show as an hourglass
  • Added: Can now override the default location for the processing log file
  • Added: Under Windows Vista the processing log is saved to the DVD PixPlay My Documents folder
  • Added: Can now specify whether the duration of frame display during an image slideshows can be optimized to maintain the designed timing of the slideshow
  • Added: Check to ensure the version of the PXP Viewer installed is compatible with this release of DVD PixPlay
  • Added: When clearing the cache it now deletes all old preview images for title pages and images with text
  • Added: Much faster when calculating start times for each frame
  • Added: In options the widths and visibility of all columns in full details mode can be specified
  • Added: In Film Strip file display mode it now shows the time that each frame starts
  • Removed: No longer caches dimensions for images
  • Added: Now displays the starting time and crop ratio for images in the hover status
  • Added: Now displays frame information when hovering over the image
  • Added: Now displays an icon based on the its usage, video, image, title page, etc.
  • Removed: Filename width settings in Options
  • Added: Optimized loading of images even when using motion effects
  • Added: Viewer now supports reading of images from a sub-folder named Pxp_Files
  • Fixed: Total slideshow display item may not update when using cut/copy/paste
  • Fixed: Some problems when creating DVD's with foreign character sets
  • Added: Warning when specifying a temporary folder that contains foreign character sets
  • Added: When creating image slideshows it now advises a minimum recommended output size for title pages
  • Fixed: When creating an image slideshow it might reduce the size of images with text even if that option is not specified
  • Added: Improved menu layout
  • Added: Fourth output quality option
  • Added: Hints to navigation button when display images or during an image slideshow
  • Added: When displaying am image it now offers buttons to navigate between DVD chapters
  • Changed: Now when saving as a text or CSV file it does not affect the project filename
  • Changed: Updated the End User License Agreement in installer
  • Changed: Improved the layout of many dialogs throughout the application
  • Added: Now hides the Frame Caption option from the main window unless frame captions are used
  • Added: Some changes to file sequences with large DVD projects
  • Changed: Disabled Joliet when burning DVD videos
  • Added: Add Images dialog now displays title page files
  • Changed: Add Images dialog no longer displays temp/cache images for title pages and images with text
  • Added: Improved styling of the main window
  • Added: Can now specify motion (pan zoom) effects for images
  • Added: Can now easily remove the borders from images
  • Added: New Format: Combined DVD and Image Slideshow disk
  • Added: New Project Properties dialog with quick access to all settings for the project
  • Added: New Frame Properties dialog with quick access to all settings for the selected frame(s)
  • Added: Full details file display mode allows you to quickly review the display time, motion and transition effect and crop ratio for all your frames
  • Added: Can now use texture files or gradient colors for background
  • Added: Can now specify custom transition times for each image
  • Added: Can now specify the duration of the fade in/out
  • Added: Can now display buttons to navigate DVD chapters, print the slideshow, view a web site or send an email when creating image slideshows
  • Added: Can now undo your last change when editing
  • Added: New Border removal wizard
  • Fixed: When using Viewer it may not loop when set Always loop option
  • Added: Compatibility option to burn at least 30mm to DVD disks
  • Added: Now beeps upon completion of burn
  • Added: Improved error message when running out of space on disk
  • Fixed: May display final burn disk step even if a burn error was encountered
  • Added: More accurate progress display when clicking the Test button in the Burn Disk wizard
  • Changed: Now always loads the first image when opening a project
  • Fixed: Project may create some temp folders
  • Fixed: Creates output folders even if only previewing a slideshow
  • Fixed: Can erroneously access settings for the background of an image with text
  • Added: Now the default selection for motion and transition effects is the most copasetic
  • Fixed: Does not display so many warnings if using "Test Slideshow Disk" and no disk is in the drive
  • Added: Now displays a tip in the frame display area if there are no frames in the project
  • Changed: By default now always fades in and out
  • Fixed: May get error if click Test with image format and the viewer is not installed
  • Added: Now displays the link to the exporting plug-in if it is required
Version 2.70
  • Release Date: Mar 23, 2006
  • Changed: Now all spin controls use XP themes
  • Changed: Now uses XP style checkboxes in thumbnail grid
  • Fixed: May get dashed box around selected frame in thumbnail grid if set DVD chapter
  • Changed: Improved layout of the Transitions dialog
  • Fixed: Can't use delete key to remove text from the Custom Caption box
  • Fixed: Title page dialog may not remember the default background color
  • Added: Can now minimize DVD PixPlay while it burns the slideshow
  • Fixed: May get clicking sounds with MP3 files that have initial silence
  • Added: Now shows progress while multiplexing
  • Added: When hovering mouse over thumbnail it displays the full filename and display time
  • Changed: Better internal handling of threaded thumbnail loading

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