QuickSlideshow - for the Macintosh
Nowadays more and more GIF, TIFF, MacPaint, PCX, PCC, BMP and PICT pictures are
being released on CDROM, both as parts of collections of Public Domain software,
and as complete collections of images in their own right.
Typically a CDROM can have between 3,000 and 20,000 images on a single disk.
Attempting to view each image in such a large collection can be very tedious
if you have to "open" each one individually.
To address this problem, the application "QuickSlideshow" has been
developed, and is offered as ShareWare. (ShareWare fee $30, see the section "ShareWare
and copyright information" for details).
QuickSlideshow has the following features:
Speed, ease of use ...
- Very fast decoding of images (on average, 20 images per minute on a Mac IIci)
- Automatic processing of entire folders, or entire volumes (disks/CDROMs)
- ISO 9660 CDROMs are supported (this is the format typically used for GIF pictures).
GIF, PCX, PCC, BMP, TGA and TIFF pictures are recognised by file name (i.e.
ending in ".GIF", ".PCX", ".PCC", ".BMP",
".TGA" or ".TIF") on such disks.
- Supports all colour modes from monochrome to millions of colours (best performance
and display is generally obtained if monitor is set to 256 colours or more)
- Simple to use: "drag and drop" interface under System 7 (or greater)
- just drop the icons for disks, CDROMs, folders and files onto the "QuickSlideshow"
icon, and all pictures inside them will be located and displayed
- Pictures can be printed, optionally scaled to fill the page.
- Works under both System 6 and System 7, supporting (core) Apple Events under
Display options ...
- The menu bar and mouse may be optionally hidden during picture display, so
that the picture is shown to its best advantage
- Pictures can be automatically scaled (shrunk or expanded) so that they fit
exactly onto the screen currently in use, and then centred. Alternatively,
you can choose to view them full size.
- Pictures can be displayed randomly, or in sequence
- Advancing to the next picture can be manual (click the mouse, or press "space",
"return" or "enter"); or automatic (time delay between
- You can jump to the middle of a sequence of pictures to resume viewing a session
- You can go to any picture in the current sequence by file name
- A given sequences of pictures can loop indefinitely, or stop once all pictures
have been displayed
- Information about the current picture can be optionally displayed, including
its name, size, scaling factor (e.g. 80%), sequence (e.g. picture 56 out of
800 pictures), and amount of memory free
- The slide show can be temporarily paused, and the screen cleared, if necessary
(this feature is also known as the "Boss" key)
- Coloured borders can optionally be drawn around pictures which do not fill
Saving copies of pictures, using tag files
- Tag files (file lists) can be created listing files chosen by the user, so
that, for example, all pictures of trains in a particular CDROM can be easily
selected and displayed
- By opening a tag file created by QuickSlideshow you can view a chosen set of
pictures from your hard disk or CDROM. Opening tag files is much faster than
scanning CDROMs to find pictures
- Favourite pictures can be written to another location for later viewing (in
effect, copying them from a CDROM to your hard disk)
- GIF, PCX, PCC, BMP, TGA and MacPaint pictures can be saved in TIFF format for
loading into word processors or desktop publishing programs
- Thumbnail files can be created showing miniature copies of the pictures in
- Pictures or folder of pictures can be easily added to thumbnail files
- The order of thumbnails can be changed by dragging and dropping
- One or more selected pictures from the thumbnail window can be used to start
Other information about the program
ShareWare fee - $US 30
If you find QuickSlideshow useful please forward a ShareWare fee of $US 30 (US
Gammon Software Solutions
PO Box 124
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Please mention which version you are registering (this version is 2.0).
Suggested retail price - $US 49.95.
The suggested retail price (SRP) of QuickSlideshow is $US 49.95. If you have
purchased your licensed copy of the program at this price from an Authorized
Distributor, then no shareware fee or other payment is due.
If you live in Australia, please forward $AUD 35 (Australian dollars).
QuickSlideshow is being distributed by the ShareWare method. Permission is given
for copies to be distributed via bulletin boards, CompuServe (tm), User Group
collections, and CDROMs containing ShareWare or Public Domain files, providing
that the application is not changed. Permission is also granted for QuickSlideshow
to be added to CDROMs containing GIF, TIFF or other pictures. The author would
appreciate being notified if QuickSlideshow is added to widely distributed Public
Domain collections of software or pictures, such as CDROMs.
Any other form of commercial distribution is prohibited, unless by prior written
agreement with the author.
This document pertains to Version 2.0 of QuickSlideshow. It was produced on 23rd
September 1995. QuickSlideshow was formerly known as "GIF Slideshow"
(in version previous to 2.0). The program was renamed from "GIF Slideshow"
to "QuickSlideshow" to reflect the fact that it now processes many
different file formats, not just GIF pictures.
Comments to Gammon Software support
Page updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2004