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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Instant Slideshow in Mac OS X

I often get photos cd from PC friends but they are most of the time not convenient to look at. Importing the whole cd into iPhoto just for showing a quick slideshow is not the easiest thing to do and definitely won't convince your PC friends that Macs are user-friendly. A great way of doing it is by clicking "Command-A" to select all the pictures in the folder or the cd (or simply selecting the files), right-clicking on one of the picture and choosing "Slideshow". It doesn't even lauch any software and you then get the option of "Index Sheet", "Fit to screen" and "Add to iPhoto". It is very useful, quick and easily accessible.

19 Comments:

Blogger Gabriele said...

I find it somewhat annoying that no more than a fixed number of pictures (100, I think) can be put into the slideshow: the exceeding ones are ignored. Is there a way to change this limitation?

By the way, I discovered your blog thanks to the widget, and I find it very useful!

January 28, 2007 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

I wasn't aware of that limitation. I will check into that. I'm glad you find the tips useful. MacGeek.

January 28, 2007 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I right clicked, the slideshow option did not come up. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

January 28, 2007 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger oBook said...

This is a great site you have macgeek! I found out about it through the widget and you have a wonderful bunch of tips!

Anonymous,

Did you right click on one of the selectted photos?

I did a quck test and it supports all file types read by Preview except pdf. (which is a big bummer).

oBook
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January 28, 2007 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Anonymous: make sure you only select pictures because you won't get the "Slideshow" option otherwise. MacGeek.

January 28, 2007 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem turned out to be the way the cd was formatted (go Wal-Mart! LOL) I tried it with a different cd and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for all your great tips and for your help!

January 29, 2007 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger tabi said...

I don´t have a "right click" so... any ideas?
:(
Tabi

March 12, 2007 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

For the right click, you can either "Ctrl-Click" or if you have a recent MacBook Pro (maybe the MacBook, I am not sure), you can put two fingers on the trackpad and click.

MacGeek

March 12, 2007 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Guido said...

this is really awesome!
And even cooler: the option to have a quick overview of all the pictures by moving your cursor after starting the slideshow. You'll get to see a view buttons like 'stop', going back or forth, but also an icon for 'index sheet'. By clicking the 4 squares, you'll see an overview of all the pictures!

August 26, 2007 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger tio de nadie said...

hi, i don't have the option for slideshow... and i only selected pictures.. is it possible that i've got a version that doesn't provide slideshow?
(mac OS X 10.3.9)

thanks!

October 22, 2007 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Shabeeb Rizvi said...

When I right clicked there is no slideshow option. What to do ???
Need Help !!!

I am using mac os x 10.5.3


Thanks.

June 4, 2008 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Kathi said...

Right clicking doesn't give me a slideshow option, but I do get Quickview (along with the number of items selected), and that does the same thing. Great tip, thanks!

September 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Editorguy said...

Slideshow is not an option in 10.6 (Snow leopard) but reading help (imagine that!) says to press spacebar and, "voila" slideshow starts after making full screen, however no options to adjust any settings.

November 7, 2009 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger Joffrey said...

If you have multiple folders holding pictures, you can't have a slideshow that will run through all of them. Windows can do this easy :-(

April 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Joffrey said...

hum... I open my CD, get to the picture but don't have the "slideshow" option...

:-(

Macbook Pro Snow Leopard

April 9, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger ShoppingCartsForWebsites said...

Snow Leopard Mac OS 10.6.3
Select all images, right-click and choose "Quick Look". It goes straight into the Slideshow.

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November 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Iain Hemstock said...

I don't have the Slideshow option either but selected all the pictures and opened them up in Preview (should come installed with the mac) and there is a Slideshow option under the View menu.

August 25, 2011 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger mahasiswa teladan said...

hi...Im student from Informatics engineering nice article,
thanks for sharing :)

August 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM  

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