OPERATING THE DEMO
1. Extract the ZIP file downloaded to any folder on your HD. This will create a folder with various files inside. It is a small demo pack.
2. Double-click to execute the program ("supershow").
3. For first tips on operating the slideshow, type the F1 function key, or move the mouse to the bottom of the screen to reveal the "Help and About" flap, and
then click on the "Tips" icon.
4. Move the mouse to the extreme left, top or right edges of the screen to see other options.
This new portable slideshow enables you to present photos or other pictures to your
family, friends and work colleagues, using any Gnome-2-compatible Linux computer
or an Internet site if you have one. It is truly an "amateur photographer's companion",
enabling you to prepare your photos in a very short time, and to do it automatically.
Please look below for the operating instructions and a detailed description of the
various resources available to facilitate the preparation of your slideshows.
To use the Supershow PLUS app with your own pictures, copy the program ("supershow") to the folder where the pictures are.
If, a little later, you want also to make a different and special slideshow at your site on the Internet, you need to copy the file "template.htm" to your pictures folder
Now that you have copied supershow to your pictures folder, execute it with a double-click.
If there are a lot of pictures in your folder, there will be a short delay in opening the program: it is busy making thumbnail images of all your pictures. Even after the
program displays the first picture, this process of making thumbnails might continue for some time, but you can go ahead with your slideshow nevertheless. However,
when you execute the program for a second time, there will be a short delay on opening, but that's all: the thumbnails have already been made and the program only
needs to check their integrity.
Try not to put too many pictures into your planned slideshow. The program will be caused to struggle in its task of making thumbnail images when there are about
900 pictures in your folder. A maximum of (say) 500 pictures is a nice upper limit. If you really need to have a great number of pictures in the same slideshow, you can
make 2 or more separate slideshows and merge them afterwards.
The progress in making thumbnails is shown by a green bar at the bottom of the screen:
Once the thumbnails have been made, you can move the mouse to the top of the screen to reveal the top flap:
MAKING YOUR OWN SLIDESHOW
NAVIGATION (TOP FLAP)
Note that if you pause the mouse over a thumbnail image, the file name
of the picture will be shown.
Use the thumbnails view to hop about in your main slideshow. For
example, if you click on the first thumbnail of the young girl, the top flap
will be closed and you will be shown her picture in full size. From that
point you can left or right click on the large image to see the previous or
next slide (or use the left and right arrow keys if you prefer). Or you can
begin "automation" (the automatic display of large pictures) from the
picture you have just chosen by typing the "a" key.
To hop to another place in your slideshow (stopping automation by
typing the space key if necessary), move the mouse to the top of the
screen to reveal the thumbnails flap again, and choose another
thumbnail by clicking on it.
You can see from the 2nd thumbnail of the girl above that the picture is round the wrong way. To correct this, click on the "Rotate" toggle button at the bottom,
and this is what you will see:
Rotation is done 90 degrees at a time, either clockwise or anticlockwise. To rotate the girl, choose clockwise. The mouse cursor will then look like this:
Move the rotation cursor over the thumbnail of the image requiring rotation, and click down on it.
Your picture will then be corrected:
SELECTING AND EXPORTING PICTURES
If you click on the "Export" toggle button of the top flap, this is what you will see:
Before you do anything further, make sure that:
1. You have a new empty folder on your HD.
(The export function will create a completely new supershow in it with everything required for execution.)
2. If you wish also to produce a slideshow for use on the Internet, make sure that the file "template.htm" is present in your current program folder.
Now select the pictures you wish to export:
Choosing this option is especially important
if you wish to upload your slideshow to the
Even if you wish only to display your super-
show on a local machine, reducing the size
of the pictures will make it more agile.
If pictures are exported at "screen size", this means that all pictures whose original dimensions are greater than your current screen will be reduced.
However, if the original pictures are smaller than your current screen size, they will be left alone.
When you are ready, click on the "Save As..." button and navigate to the empty folder you have prepared:
After choosing your export folder, the export and copying (optionally with reduction) of pictures will begin.
The process is monitored by displaying a thumbnail of the current picture being exported:
You should see this at the end:
And you have a complete new supershow in your export folder:
If you execute supershow, this will present your new slideshow immediately, without the usual initial wait for the thumbnails to be made: they have been
If the file "template.htm" was present in the program folder when you did the export, you will now have a new file in the output export folder: index.htm.
You can execute index.htm directly in the export folder if you like. It will display the slideshow in just about any browser OTHER THAN Internet Explorer
(to make a change) without having a local server installed. However, when index.htm is uploaded to the Internet, IE displays it correctly.
WHAT TO UPLOAD
To put your supershow on the Internet, you need to upload the following files from your export folder:
1. The pictures.
2. The thumbnails subfolder and its contents.
Nothing else is required.
INTERNET OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
There is an Internet demo of a Supershow PLUS slideshow HERE.
Please refer to the operating instructions below.
1. On a desktop computer, you can press the F11 key right away to kick your browser into fullscreen mode.
(Later, pressing F11 again will exit fullscreen mode.)
2. Click/tap on any thumbnail image to display its corresponding large picture:
3. To navigate to the next/previous large picture, click/tap on the RIGHT/LEFT of the large picture display.
(On a desktop computer, you can also use the RIGHT/LEFT ARROW KEYS for this purpose.)
4. To return to thumbnail view, click/tap IN THE CENTRE of the large picture display.