Image Slide Show User Guide

Image Slide Show. Updated 08 April 2010.

To run this program, see imedit.



The easy way to collect your photos together and view them is to create a slide show.

This program is intended for photo files which are already on your computer. You do not want to change these original files at this time, just display them as a slide show.

Using this program, you can select which files you wish to display, adjust the size, scrolling position, and rotation of each file, and show them as a slide show. The control file can be saved to use again later.

If you decide you want to publish any of the pictures on a website, you can call my Image Editor to produce a suitable copy of each file with any desired changes.

Access to Program

For access to this program, you need to install a recent version of the Java environment. See Java Update. Then go to imedit.

The information on this page is also available from within the Image Slide Show.

General Usage

First 'copy' the desired files into the Slide Show. This is done by selecting the files and clicking 'COPY'. Then in the slide show, click Edit/Paste.

PLEASE NOTE - the files are NOT actually copied. The files remain where they were originally. The slide show ONLY takes a note of the file names. It does NOT copy the files, or lock them, or prevent you from deleting or renaming them.

There is no reason why you should not display the same picture more than once within the slide show. Each copy is completely independent.

Before you go further, decide on the shape of the frame you wish to use for the slide show. This may be the shape of your computer screen. The way you display the pictures will be different depending on the shape of the screen.

The slide show will resize the pictures according to the size of the screen, so only the shape of the screen is important.

For each picture, set the magnification, position, and rotation as desired. The zoom control is the orange bar at the bottom of the screen. The scroll bars appear at bottom and right of the picture. The rotation control appears in the right part of the picture.

All these controls can be displayed or removed as you wish. When you are happy with these properties, the controls may be hidden. The menu bar and window frame can be hidden too! A simpler menu can be displayed by right-clicking on the picture.

Start the slide show, and adjust the timing using the 'faster' and 'slower' slideshow commands. The slide show may be stopped using the red button in the bottom left of the picture.

Save the slide show sequence using 'file/save'. When making changes, it is good to save changes frequently, in case any problems might arise. Changes are not saved automatically, but only when you specifically request it.

Note that some settings may have to be adjusted according to the shape of the screen. Such adjustments are actioned in the same way as if you had made them yourself. When you save the slide show, you will save all the changes, including these automatic adjustments.

The slide show control file is a simple text file, which you can edit if necessary. This may be the easiest way to change the order of the pictures, or to introduce duplicates.


Pictures use lots of memory, and photos are getting larger !! Each image requires 4 bytes per pixel - 16 M bytes for a 4 Mpix image.

You can generate a report on the amount of memory in use.

If you use lots of memory, you will need a corresponding amount of virtual memory space, and sufficient space on the disk used.

Java manages its memory space automatically. If you leave the slide show running for some time, it may be expected that memory will be used and not returned to the pool. I hope this does not become a problem for you.

Further Notes

Conditions of usage

This program, the documentation and all associated materials are copyright to the author.

I hope you find it useful, and that you enjoy using it for the purposes for which it is intended.

The user accepts all risk for any damage which may be caused by the malfunction of this software or otherwise. The program should be used in accordance with the laws of any authorities which may claim jurisdiction. I very much hope you will not have any problems.


I would be interested to hear about your experience in using this program, including any suggestions for improvements.

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