PI8 Slide Show Burned to CD

burn a cd in pi8Now you can create a web slide show (or web album) and burn it to a CD right in the work space. You don't need any special CD burning software to do it either, PI8 does it all. The CD can be created with an Autostart function. All you have to do is put it in the CD drive, and it will start right up and play. No special viewer is needed to see the slide show, which displays in a browser window. It doesn't get any easier than this to make a slide show to share with friends and family!

To make a slide show on CD, choose File, Export, Web Slide Show. Doing so will open the Select Image dialog box. Browse to the Folder which holds your images. I'm making a slide show of photos I took on my vacation. Choose only certain image Types from the dropdown list, or choose the default of all image Types.

select image dialog box

Click OK and the Export to Web Slide Show dialog box will open. From the "Output options" section, select an Output folder to which the slide show will be saved.

Leave the defaults of "Save as Web pages" and "Launch default browser to view pages when finished" selected. However, note that you could choose to save as a self-extracting .EXE file if you wanted to send the slide show as an email attachment. Under the BurnCD Options, you can rename the BurnCD folder if you wish to do so, and type in a Description. Click Reorder to open the Web Slide Show Reorder dialog box, in which you can drag thumbnails around to control the order in which the slides will be displayed.

Click the Page Setup tab. Give the slide show a Title tag, which will appear in the browser title bar. Add a Heading if you wish, or deselect. I deselected the Heading because it pushes the slide show content down on the page, forcing you to scroll down to see the photos. Enter a Footer if desired, such as a copyright statement. Select a page numbering style, and a method of linking between pages. If you choose "Buttons," PI8 will create navigation buttons for you.

page setup tab

Note that you can edit the font, font size, color, etc. for Headers and Footers by clicking their respective Format buttons. Doing so opens the Text Format dialog box. Make your choices and click OK.

text format box

At the bottom of the Page Setup tab, click Advanced to open the Advanced Page Settings dialog box, from which you may edit the page color or background color, select Text and Link colors and add a music file, if desired.

advanced page settings

Click OK to close the Advanced Page Settings dialog box.

Click the Slide tab to control how the slide show appears in a browser. You can choose to "Limit image viewing size." My digital photos are all 1600 X 1200 pixels, way too big for even a high resolution browser. I've chosen to maintain the height to width proportion of the photos while limiting the viewing size to 600 X 400 pixels. "Resize image" is selected by default. Think carefully about this option, which resizes smaller images up to the viewing size.

slide tab options

In the "Image file format options" section, select a JPEG compression value. Since I'm burning this slide show to a CD with 700 MB of disk space, I can afford to save at the highest quality, 100%. For "Time settings," decide whether or not to advance automatically to the next page. If you leave "Automatically advance to next page" selected, you can edit the Delay time for each slide, up to 60 seconds. Select "Use border" (1 to 5 pixels) if you want to place a border around each slide as it is displayed.

Before you save the slide show or burn it to a CD, click the Preview button. It may take a few moments for the slide show to open in your browser. If you've selected a music file to accompany the slide show, it should play while you're previewing it. After you view the slide show, close the browser window. If something isn't quite right, fix it and preview again, until the slide show looks good.

Now you have two options. To simply save to a folder on your hard drive, click OK. PI8 will save the web slide show to the designated folder, creating subfolders for images and music files. If you wanted to, you could upload this web slide show to your server online. Just make sure that the directory structure on your server mirrors exactly the file structure PI8 created on your hard drive, and that you upload the files into the correct directories on your server.

To burn the slide show to a CD, while the Export Web Slide Show dialog box is still open, place a blank CD in your computer's CD drive. Click the BurnCD button in the dialog box. In a few seconds you'll see the Write Web Slide Show CD dialog box.

write web slide show box

Give the CD a Volume Title and select "Make CD that starts automatically when inserted into drive" to create a CD that will Autostart (play when placed in a CD drive). Click the Write Now button. Within a moment or two the bottom of the dialog box will show "Write CD succeeded." Next, a "Write Web Slide Show CD" box will open that says "Write CD succeeded." Click OK and remove the CD from the drive. I'm happy to report that this Burn CD option has worked perfectly for me in WinXP.

Now all you have to do is make an attractive label for your slide show CD. Use one of PI8's CD label templates in Print Multiple and you're all set.

print multiple cd label

And here's a photo of the finished CD.

finished cd, with label

This tutorial uploaded 9/22/02

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