The Main Windows
Chapter 1
The Main Windows
e Gold and Professional versions of
ProShow share a very similar interface.  e
main di erence between ProShow Gold and
ProShow Producer is the number of options
you have when creating your shows. As an
example, Figure 1.1 shows the main window
for ProShow Producer, while Figure 1.2
shows the ProShow Gold main window. As
you can see, other than an additional icon on
the toolbar, they look identical.
Figure 1.1 The ProShow Producer main window adds
an Effects button to the toolbar but otherwise looks
the same as the Gold version.
Figure 1.2 ProShow Gold looks nearly identical to the
Producer version and works in the same way.
The Main Windows
The ProShow Interface
ProShow breaks this main window into
segments.  e rst is the Folders List
(Figure 1.3).
e Folders List is where you’ll navigate to
your content, whether it’s an image, video,
or an audio clip.  e list is structured in the
standard list view familiar to any Windows
user. Click a folder to access the thumbnails
in the lower portion of the panel, which allow
you to see what that folder contains. For a
closer look at any  le, select it in the File List,
and youll see a larger version in the Preview
panel to the right of the Folders List.
You can select  les in the File List by clicking
and dragging them to the Slide List below the
Folders List and Preview panel (Figure 1.4).
Alternatively, you can right-click a  le and
choose Add to Show. In Chapter 2, Ill cover
how to organize content to make it easier
to work with, as well as how to select the
images, video, and audio that youll be using
in your shows.
Figure 1.3 The Folders List should be familiar to
anyone with Windows experience. You can navigate
to any of your drives and folders to access content
for your shows.
Figure 1.4 You can reorder images by dragging them into the Slide List, which shows all the content in your show.
To add fi les to your show, drag and drop fi les from the File List into your show, or right-click a fi le or group of fi les
and choose Add to Show.
The Main Windows
Chapter 1
e Preview panel (Figure 1.5) serves a dual
purpose. First, it shows you a large version
of an image or video that is selected in the
File List. It also serves as a view of your slide
show. Once you’ve started to add content to
your Slide List, youll see that the output type
now shows an approximation of the size your
show will be. Click the output type to cycle
through the di erent options (Figure 1.6).
Selecting any slide in your Slide List will
display it in the Preview panel; it will also
show you how far into the show that slide is,
along with the slide number.  e standard
VCR-type controls let you play your show
without having to actually create the output,
making it easy to experiment as you create
your show.
If your slide has layers or other e ects
applied, you will see those shown in the
Preview panel as shown in Figure 1.7.
Figure 1.5 The Preview panel shows the selected
thumbnail or slide. It also serves as a preview for
your show, letting you play with timing, transitions,
and music prior to creating a show for output.
Figure 1.6 Clicking anywhere on the size bar below
the playback controls will show you how large your
show will be on the selected output type.
Figure 1.7 The Preview panel shows layers and other
effects that you have applied to a slide so that you
don’t have to create the show to play it back.

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