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Turn Still Images into Stunning Slideshows

SmartSHOW lets you transform still photos into thrilling photo movies in just three steps, followed by customization with all sorts of special effects.

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What are people saying about SmartSHOW

Tadeusz B. OK !
Feb 20 2014 at 3:15am Copy Link
Hector F Rucinque Looks great! Do you have a written tutorial?
Feb 20 2014 at 6:52am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Sure Hector, there's a Help section inside the software, as well as an online tutorial.
AMS Software - Feb 20 2014 at 8:03am Copy Link
Robert Royce Does it assimilate into Web Sites without many problems?
Feb 20 2014 at 7:43pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight Robert, you can convert your slideshow to an FLV video with embed code and player. You can adjust the video quality (codec, bitrate, frame size, frame rate, audio settings) as well as the player size. Please note that creating FLV video is available in SmartSHOW Deluxe only, not in the Standard version.
AMS Software - Feb 20 2014 at 10:47pm Copy Link
Software Guy AMS' SmartSHOW is an easy and fun slideshow maker which comes in 4 flavors:
The standard version is a great way to make a slideshow quickly and easily. Pick a folder, add all, switch the order or delete in the timeline, add music and create. Or you can spend some time with the many creative options for a more polished look. At free this is a great deal. The standard version is well suited for laptops - pick a folder, create and you can instantly show to your friends and coworkers all your big fun in Key West while they were back at home shoveling snow in 28 degree weather just to get out of the drive way to go to work. At $0.00, you should give it a try. Thanks AMS and Bitsdujour.
Feb 21 2014 at 8:53am Copy Link
barbaros kaan Looks like a fun program. I want to try. Thanks for the gift
Feb 21 2014 at 1:25pm Copy Link
Eustace Phenackertiban After viewing the demo video above, I can't wait for this to go live. Looks like a fully-featured, easy to use, powerful and flexible program. Thanks for offering it!
Feb 21 2014 at 1:44pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Eustace Phenackertiban - The SmartSHOW 3D Standard version is indeed discounted at $39.90 however during the giveaway we will be offering the SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe version at $42.50 whereas on the product site the SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe version is discounted at $59.50.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 21 2014 at 1:50pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight Thank you Constantin!
@Eustace and all - please note that SmartSHOW (the one on giveaway) and SmartSHOW 3D (discounted at 50%) are two different apps indeed.
SmartSHOW - - is an easy app great for beginners.
SmartSHOW 3D - - is pro-level software with a lot more tools; quite easy to use as well, but it lets you dig deeper and deeper discovering its potential.
We recommend that you check out the slideshow samples on both websites - these will give you a better understanding of the difference. It's also good to check out the free trial version if you have the time.
AMS Software - Feb 21 2014 at 11:49pm Copy Link
Grateful Thank you for the program! I am wondering, though, that there is no key code to it and there is a place to enter one. I'm wondering how long this program will run? Thanks for your time and trouble..
Feb 22 2014 at 12:35am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Don't worry because of the "Enter Key" line inside the Help menu. It's always there as part of the interface in case a user decides to upgrade for example. The software will work fine not asking for a key.
AMS Software - Feb 22 2014 at 1:13am Copy Link
Roger Patel I received the email with the download link but when I click on it, I get the following message;

"This promotion has been downloaded too many times from this link.

You can download the software by clicking "Get It For Free" button when the promotion is active."

What gives?
Feb 22 2014 at 1:19am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Roger Patel - I have just sent you an email.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 22 2014 at 1:32am Copy Link
Roger Patel Thanks for the quick response, Constantin. I'm about to try the program.
Feb 22 2014 at 1:45am Copy Link
Amit Pasad I tried clicking the link above the cursor rounds in endless loops going nowhere.. what to do??
Feb 22 2014 at 1:52am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Amit Pasad - Could you please try another browser like: IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera? Also, please clear your browser cache before trying to purchase. The issue you mention is usually encountered when there are a lot of add-ons/extensions installed for a browser and the key is to use a browser which has few or no add-ons/extensions because these may interfere with the purchase pop-up.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 22 2014 at 3:14am Copy Link
Amit Pasad i tried fire fox and chrome.. same results
Feb 22 2014 at 3:25am Copy Link
Jan Kuhn Seems no more free, only the paid version, and only with Facebook...
Feb 22 2014 at 6:14am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Jan Kuhn - The current giveaway is only for SmartSHOW and it is available either by following the questionnaire or by going through the Facebook flow. To participate in the promotion you may click on the Get It For Free button at the top of this promotion page. During this giveaway you can also upgrade to the SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe version for $42.50 (down from $85.00).
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 22 2014 at 6:19am Copy Link
Paul Leidy As others have tried, Click on link and the cursor just spins constantly. Have tried on two different browsers with the same result. Please provide another option or suggestions. Also, how do I change my log-in name as my e-mail address which is used is no longer valid. Thanks ... e-mail address to use is paulleidy
Feb 22 2014 at 7:49am Copy Link
Jan Kuhn Worked this time, must have been a glitch somewhere, got the deal and works.
Thank you from a Bitster
Feb 22 2014 at 7:51am Copy Link
Jane Blue Wish you would have offered a Twitter option. Not everyone is on Facebutt you know. :(
Feb 22 2014 at 9:34am Copy Link
Constantin Florea Paul Leidy - The key is to use a browser which has few or no add-ons/extensions because these may interfere with the purchase pop-up. Alternatively you may try disabling the browser add-ons/extensions until the purchase pop-up shows up. I have checked and there is no BitsDuJour account associated with the email you've specified (paulleidy The account you are using has the domain and I have just sent you the credentials for that account to the .... email address.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 22 2014 at 10:30am Copy Link
Edward Rudakov I received email with "BitsDuJour Software Receipt - SmartSHOW" there is a download link but no key to register software.

Does it need to be registered?
Feb 22 2014 at 11:11am Copy Link
Chris I just purchased the 3D Deluxe version and then I realized I had already purchased it back in December of last year. Is there a way to get a refund back to my PayPal account?

I also just purchased the Gold Collection for it and the ZIP file is Password Protected and I don't have the password. Could you provide the password to me please?

Thank you.....
Feb 22 2014 at 11:31am Copy Link
Mark K In response to a question by Grateful, Lesley Knight responded "Don't worry because of the "Enter Key" line inside the Help menu. It's always there as part of the interface in case a user decides to upgrade for example. The software will work fine not asking for a key."

How do you know the software is registered? The "About" menu should say the installed version is registered. Looking at the Help menu, one gets the impression that you need a registration key and have to activate it on-line. To me, this "one size fits all" coding is confusing.
Feb 22 2014 at 11:46am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Chris - We've just contacted the vendor regarding your refund request.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 22 2014 at 11:56am Copy Link
Chris Thanks, I finally received the Password for the template ZIP.
Feb 22 2014 at 12:36pm Copy Link
Brent Carey @Mark K: First of all, BitsDuJour states that the program does not have to registered/activated, it is a full version. Secondly, if the program had to be registered/activated, you'd be seeing some dialog boxes indicating that, or you'd be seeing something like "This Program Is Unregistered", probably in the "About" Area. That has been my experience with most of the software that I use.

Since we see neither the "Unregistered" nor any dialog boxes, we're pretty safe in assuming that this is a full version of the software. I understand the confusion about have a place to enter the License Key, yet I also get what "Lesley Knight" was saying about having this in place, in case you want to Upgrade.

Hope this helps!!

Have an awesome day!! :)
Feb 22 2014 at 1:47pm Copy Link
Grateful Leslie Knight, Thank you for your reassurance concerning the blank key code space in the Help menu that I wrote about much earlier today. I'm just glad someone knows about it and that all is well. The program is great, but I wish I could afford the 3D version!
Feb 22 2014 at 3:50pm Copy Link
ouialaraison I downloaded SmartSHOW standard from the link in the email sent to me, installed it, but I cannot open it : it tells me my license has expired. Uninstalling/reinstalling didn’t help.
I have a question: has this SmartSHOW anything to do with SmartShow by BlazeVideo?
Feb 22 2014 at 4:48pm Copy Link
kevin buccinna I just purchased and installed SmartShow 3D Deluxe. How do you know that you actually have the deluxe (Full) version as the software calls itself just SmartShow 3D? I know that the Deluxe allows you to burn to a DVD but I haven't started a project yet to get to that option..
Feb 22 2014 at 6:26pm Copy Link
Software Guy @ouialaraison = BlazeVvideo's smartshow is a different program. Different vendor. They are similar in as much as they are both auto formatting slideshows but they are different in the details. It is just a confusing coincidence that the names are the same. Hope that helps.
Feb 22 2014 at 7:01pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ouialaraison - We have just contacted the vendor regarding the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 23 2014 at 3:54am Copy Link
ouialaraison @ Constantin - Thank you. Problem now solved with vendor.
Feb 25 2014 at 3:23am Copy Link
barbaros kaan SmartSHOW Activation key did not deliver to my e-mail. I have just checked my spam box but also key is not in it. would you help me please? Thank you.
Feb 28 2014 at 1:09pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @barbaros kaan - I have checked our sales history for this promotion using your name and the email address from your BitsDuJour profile but couldn't find any records. If you did use another name or email address during the promotion, please send these to us here: so we may search by them as well.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 28 2014 at 2:04pm Copy Link
b g So, in plain language, this is an extended TRIAL, right?
Oct 28 2014 at 6:31am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Hi, not sure what makes you say that. The software offered here is a fully functional copy of SmartSHOW Standard (version 2.0). You can use it to create slideshows with any number of slides (as opposed to 15 slides in the trial), and convert to video without a watermark.
AMS Software - Oct 28 2014 at 6:53am Copy Link
b g What makes me say that is the statement in the FINE PRINT section which says:

"After you purchase SmartSHOW it may be used for 12 months and will not function after that unless you renew your subscription."

Maybe the program labeled "TRIAL" is even more crippled but "will not function . . after 12 months" doesn't sound as if I really own the program
despite the frequent use of the word "purchase (for $0).

A further issue is that (if past experience is any quide) the program mysteriously reverts to "Trial" status in several weeks and cannot be registered again: "there is no way to restore registration" per your note to me in September. Again, this doesn't feel like ownership to me.
Oct 28 2014 at 8:08am Copy Link
Lesley Knight The phrases used in the Fine Print section are based on standard templates, and there is indeed a contradiction between "purchase" and $0. The correct statement would be as follows: After you download a free copy of SmartSHOW during the BitsDuJour promotion, it may be used for 12 months and will not function after that unless you renew your subscription.
Unfortunately, we cannot change the whole phrase in the Fine Print as there are phrase templates applied to every product (we can only choose the period etc.). So it's a good idea to clarify the license point here.
Please note that getting a free copy of excellent software for a year is a good deal anyway.
As for your final point, I can see our correspondence. The copy of the software you obtained a while ago was offered on a different website (SharewareOnSale to be exact). The terms and conditions of that offer were quite different from those here. There was a warning that the software can only be installed and registered on the promotion day, and cannot be reinstalled or transferred to another computer. The terms of the current offer are quite different, and outlined in the Fine Print.
AMS Software - Oct 28 2014 at 8:30am Copy Link
Peter User @AMS Software: "...getting a free copy of excellent software for a year is a good deal anyway." No - it´s NOT! Either I own the software - or not... Every company with such "offers" goes on my "blacklist" which includes all SW-producers of which I NEVER buy or install a program in the future. Keep your trash and good luck!
Oct 29 2014 at 1:24am Copy Link
Stuart Clarke Software publishers do have the oddest ideas about the English language: one giveaway site after another is stuffed with retail products offered for nowt but which then cease to function after 3 months / 6 months / 12 months. What started out as a giveaway effectively turns out to be a grab-back. What looked like being an acquisition without limit of time -- which is what a purchaser would get for his / her money -- turns out to be an acquisition of restricted longevity, in some cases so restricted as to be downright absurd.

I have no idea what AMS Software is on about when referring to 'templates'. The description of a sales promotion isn't governed by any 'template'. A promotion can be of a product with lifetime upgrades, a product with no upgrades, a product with a 3 / 6 / 12 month licence, or a product which is actually a stripped down version of something else.

What AMS is offering today, then, is a slideshow product that costs $29 but is entirely free to use for the next 12 months.

Me, I think that's a good deal. I'm not one of those people who fill my HDD with programs 'cos they were all free (it's both sad and surprising, the number of pooter owners who do.) Instead, I install, and trial, and buy (or not) programs that to me are worth buying. Being given the opportunity of a year's free product usage of any software program is pretty darn good because:

(a) it saves me the trouble of the downloading a 30-day trial that may well be feature-crippled;

(b) it saves me laying out cash for the product;

(c) it enables me to thoroughly get to know it and, if I wish, use it over a period long enough for a competitor product to emerge, a competitor to whom I can migrate without ever having spent anything on my existing program.

If Peter User thinks that such a proposition (and that to which it relates) is "trash", then good luck to him. I can understand a certain weariness amongst consumers over the giveaways-that-are-not-giveaways but getting all hysterical about it seems a mite excessive.

Thanks, then, to AMS and BDJ for today's offer. I'm going to give it a spin. At first glance, it seems the developer has as little idea of what makes a decent slideshow as almost every other developer in this product sector: the instant that sales hype starts babbling about "over 100 transitions" is the instant it's time to run, ideally to one's home DVD player there to view any number of $multi-million movies, none of which will have more than four inter-scene transitions. The clumsy cross axial implementation of the Ken Burns Effect is inexplicable in 2014 considering that Microsoft Photostory was doing it better and for free in 2004, but AMS isn't alone in seemingly being unable to tell its x and y from a key frame.

But, but . . . The product is going to cost me nothing at all to try, to use and, if I so wish, keep for a full 12 months. That is indeed a good deal. But perhaps to help others suffering higher blood pressure than me over "free offers" such as this, AMS might in future simply come up with a, er, new template to the effect that SmartSHOW is being made available on a special offer that allows 12 months' usage of the full product without any charge at all.
Oct 29 2014 at 2:19am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Stuart Clarke, good point, thank you for your comment!

I'll try to clarify what I meant by templates.
While setting up the promotion on BDJ platform, we select options from the drop-down list exactly as you described: lifelong, 12 months, 6 months, etc. Then, the Fine Print section is generated based on our selections, but the sentence structure in this section is standard, i.e. there are sort of gaps to be filled in a pattern: After you purchase %programname% it may be used for %period%. The pattern itself cannot be changed, though, I mean we cannot replace "puchase" with "download" which would sound appropriate for a giveaway. There's some lack of flexibility in the CMS used here that vendors cannot fix.

As for slideshow software features, I strongly recommend that you check out SmartSHOW 3D - this is a much more advanced program than SmartSHOW, with a powerful 3D engine, keyframe animation, multiple slide layers - in a word, everything you could wish for in modern slideshow software. While SmartSHOW (the one on giveaway) is great for non-experienced users, SmartSHOW 3D enables you to create sophisticated slides with dozens of layers, each appearing when you wish and following its own animation path. You can check out the free demo: http://smartshow-software...wnload.php or take advantage of the special offer (50% off SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe) which is live here today.
AMS Software - Oct 29 2014 at 2:45am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling Eventually, if this is how the site operates with the "Free" being used for extended trials, people will go elsewhere for a better deal. Its nice it works for a year, but "Free" to me does not mean an extended trial. Maybe bits needs to correct their system and allow vendors to properly post the details using extended trial with expiration in x months. I think that would be more honest and I would assume more people will pass on offers from them.

You got a good product, but "Free" should not have an expiration, that is a true trial. Even paid software when the updates run out, it still works, you just dont get any new updates. Maybe the software should be Free for this version and future versions after the 1 year period has a cost. If people like the program and use it, they will pay for the latest.
Oct 29 2014 at 4:22am Copy Link
Roderick Nicolson I have to agree with what is being said here. The word being bandied about - 'free' - is a misconception. If it were really being given away for free the receiver would become the owner and that would be that. The giver could not take it back from the receiver. In the real world that would be a crime.
What is the correct term then? I think 'trial' is quite good. We are given a time trial - whether 5 days or a 10 years. We have the right to use it for that time. After that the contract ends and the product becomes the possession of the giver again.
There are lots of these types of deals done in the real word but no one calls them free. Perhaps it's time for venders to take note before they antagonise the public too much with these misinterpretations of meaning. Sometimes what seems like a good idea may not be.
Apart from that the deal (or should I say trial) is a good one and I gratefully except this offer - who knows, if it is really good I may eventually purchase it.
Oct 29 2014 at 5:04am Copy Link
_*_ Is it possible to explain what the upgrade policy would be for the paid version of the program?

I am thinking it is not what is listed in "The Fine Print" area which states:

"Upgrades to future versions of the software will require additional payment. Installing a new version may overwrite the existing version and invalidate your license key."

Thank you
Oct 29 2014 at 5:22am Copy Link
Lesley Knight If you order SmartSHOW from the official website (rather than download the free version from BitsDuJour), you get a life-long license for the version you order and one year of free updates (major and minor).
The statement you mention is true for the free version that is on giveaway today.
AMS Software - Oct 29 2014 at 5:34am Copy Link
Bill B It would be nice if it would load.
Oct 29 2014 at 6:12am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Bill B If you are having a technical problem, do let us know! None have been reported so far, though. Please contact us at if you're experiencing some issue.
AMS Software - Oct 29 2014 at 6:24am Copy Link
Patrocle Misu Can i watermark videos with this software?
Also can i add a blank page/slide at the front and 1 at the end?

Oct 29 2014 at 7:43am Copy Link
Scott Van Leeuwen Thank you for offering your software free for 12 months. I do not understand why people are so angry about the fact they are given something for free and after 12 months they have to pay a subscription. I think many people are now starting to expect something for nothing which in my opinion is greedy. Just be happy that you can create as many slideshows in a 12 month period and be done with it.

Again, thank you software publisher.
Oct 29 2014 at 8:06am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Patrocle Misu
If I get it right, you would like to import your video file and add a watermark and title slides. It is not possible to import video files in the current version of SmartSHOW. However, creating a video file from your photos with a watermark and title slides is absolutely possible. Export to all common video formats is supported.
AMS Software - Oct 29 2014 at 8:53am Copy Link
Ben Paturzo Weird that you can't find SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe on the website...maybe that's a "special" cooked up for us bitsers, or .......
Oct 29 2014 at 10:41am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Ben Paturzo
Not sure what you mean by "can't find on the website", but here is the official website of SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe:
and you can also find the special order link (50% off today) right under the countdown timer on this page.
AMS Software - Oct 29 2014 at 10:59am Copy Link
Jim Stone Why have you gone back to the obnoxiously long non-Facebook surveys rather than the one-question ones that you have been using?
Oct 29 2014 at 12:47pm Copy Link
irek User Jak moge zmienic jezyk np. na czeski gdzie znajde taka opcje w tym programie
Oct 29 2014 at 2:42pm Copy Link
Ben Paturzo Leslie:

On this page, if you click on "Website" it takes you to

Not the one you gave in your comment, So you have two websites. I took advantage of your offer and look forward to trying the version 2 SmartShow.
Oct 29 2014 at 8:46pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ irek User
There is no Czech interface in the 2.0 version which is on giveaway. SmartSHOW 2.15 has Czech interface. It can be purchased from the official website:
AMS Software - Oct 30 2014 at 12:42am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Ben Paturzo
Right, there are two websites because we have two different programs for slideshow creation.
SmartSHOW (on giveaway here) is an easy slideshow maker, great for non-experienced users. Its website is
SmartSHOW 3D (mentioned in your first comment) is professional-level slideshow software with a powerful 3D engine, keyframe animation and other advanced features. Its website is
If you're interested in SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe, you can order it at 50% off here today - check out the link under the countdown timer.
AMS Software - Oct 30 2014 at 12:51am Copy Link
Peter User @Lesley Knight: Oh, great - that's not even the current version...really a good deal.
Oct 30 2014 at 12:51am Copy Link
Constantin Florea I am sorry about the issue with the questionnaire. We missed updating it in time. It is updated now.
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 30 2014 at 2:40am Copy Link
User1 Thanks to posters who clarified what is being offered (previous version) and for how long (a year).

Thanks to Lesley Knight for being there to patiently answer questions.

It's good to have such information before deciding to install and try it out.
+1 to Constantin for making it available here.
Oct 30 2014 at 3:45am Copy Link
Quill Pen I was all prepared to rant about the return of the inexplicable and sporadic BLANK SCREEN PROBLEM* but if it's just a trial then I'm not really missing much.

*Clicking the green GET IT FOR FREE button takes me to the infuriating
"Don't have Facebook? Take our questionnaire instead" page (of course we don't, we're privacy advocates who loathe social media) and clicking the "take questionnaire" link takes me not to the questionnaire but to an essentially blank page.

FWIW Constantin, VIEW PAGE SOURCE shows an
Oct 30 2014 at 4:38am Copy Link
Stuart Clarke Kudos to Lesley for keeping tabs on this thread and being so helpful: it's a good sign when developer customer relations are taken seriously. I just have a quick query on the Deluxe half price offer? This is what's being shown at checkout by My Commerce on my pooter screen at the moment:


That's $102 full price reduced to $51. Glitches happen, but I thought I'd better mention it anyway.
Oct 30 2014 at 5:15am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Sounds really weird Stuart! Everything is working fine on our part. Here's what I see when I click on the order link under the countdown timer here:
Could you copy the link and paste it in a private tab of your browser?
AMS Software - Oct 30 2014 at 5:22am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Stuart Clarke
And one more thought, there could be some tax like VAT added to the price where you live. This is always the case with France for example. You would then see Price (incl.VAT) in your shopping cart.
AMS Software - Oct 30 2014 at 5:25am Copy Link
Stuart Clarke Lesley: sincere apologies for being the inadvertent cause of bafflement. Turns out it's an exchange rate thing. I'm in the UK so the payment handler provided a GBP billing of £69.60 halved to £34.80. Switch that back to USD in the MyCommerce currency options and it's $102 to $51.

I really should wake up properly in a morning -- I'd forgotten I was looking at a re-check of the billing data. Not your fault; entirely mine. Sorry for confusion caused. The straight US price to US audiences is exactly as specified by AMS on this page.
Oct 30 2014 at 5:45am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Thank you for the update Stuart! In fact, we occasionally get similar reports from our website visitors. In most cases the price difference is due to tax, but sometimes it's the MyCommerce conversion rate that may differ from the current rate in your country, and it's really a challenge for us to keep track of their conversion rate changing and ensure the prices are equal for everyone. So it's really clever of you and other customers to check and compare and contact us if there's a suspicious difference.
AMS Software - Oct 30 2014 at 6:03am Copy Link
David Volle I don't like come ons!
I was going to download this and clicked the link only to find you had to like the product on Facebook to get the deal.
Let be very clear, I will unsubscribe from BitsDuJour if you continue making offers that require a facebook like.

This behaviour blacklists a company with me, and BitsDuJour can join that blacklist if this is the new offer model.
Oct 30 2014 at 7:39am Copy Link
sharon austin I'm watching the demo video of this here---it really looks amazing! thank you!
Oct 30 2014 at 7:51am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ David Volle

As always, it is quite simple to bypass the Facebook like by clicking the questionnaire link on the popup that follows the big, green "Get It For Free" button.
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 30 2014 at 8:23am Copy Link
Ben Paturzo Guys, I think it's safe to say that Lesley Knight has shown great patience with us. Very thorough and diligent in response. We might just be witnessing the return of True Customer Service. Bravo.
Oct 30 2014 at 11:26am Copy Link
Stuart Clarke Wholeheartedly agree with Ben Paturzo: Lesley Knight has been a real star, and as the calibre of customer service is a reliable indicator of the quality of product, then far from being on David Voille's "black list", AMS should actually be heading the white-list of software developers worth dealing with.

As to BDJ and Facebook: I can't stand Facebook or the gibbering nonsense of stuff like Twitter. I go to the pub to meet real people for real chats and real fun. I don't need 'followers' and as I left the junior school playground many decades ago, I definitely don't need to 'like' or be 'liked'. The embarrassment would be too acute.

To get around the legitimate difficulty some BDJ users have with Zuckerberg et al, a little questionnaire has been devised. This offer, therefore -- but only if you're interested: no-one's making anyone do anything -- is an opportunity to enjoy entirely free usage of commercial software for 12 months instead of forking out hard cash for it.

Spending 2 minutes on a questionnaire to save yourself $29 would hardly strike any reasonable person as an outrageous disgraceful appalling ban-them-all proposition.
Oct 30 2014 at 11:45am Copy Link
David Volle Stuart seems to assume that I need a slideshow program and can't spend $29. Actually I have way better software, albeit much more expensive, for when I want to make a slideshow, which isn't that often.
In reality I try to review lots of programs, just to see whats out there. I routinely recommend software to many people, and am regularly asked for recommendations.
I'm happy to fund small software developers by buying their products, and often endorse such products to many other people when I find that they are truly great products. That is why i use BDJ.
I do Not use BDJ to be asked to like something I haven't used. If you need to ask me to like you before I try your product, then I'm guessing that your marketing overshadows your ethics.
On the other topic, being responsive, even highly responsive to all the questions generated by conflicting information in your marketing is NOT truly great customer service. It is nice but being clear in the first place is nicer!
Having all the necessary data readily available is the best plan, not answering all the questions generated by lack of data.
BDJ is great, and I like small software developers, but I have no interest in software that will be dependent on facebook likes or surveys. This company may be wonderful for the facebook fan world, it just isn't for me, and I choose to avoid companies that try to push their customer base in that direction. I'm hoping that BDJ isn't moving in that direction because I'll just unsubscribe and walk away.
Oct 30 2014 at 2:18pm Copy Link
Nigel Brewster I've downloaded the software but haven't used it yet and haven't had a look at the blurb either, However I did have a problem with another bit of software from the same company, but eventually Lesley sorted it out, so Kudos to her. She doesn't shirk even when things are questionable
Oct 30 2014 at 3:22pm Copy Link
Jim Buchanan Unfortunately I have to agree with Lesley Knight on the issue she brought up - "Please note that getting a free copy of excellent software for a year is a good deal anyway." if it does as it says. I've tried others but was not satisfied with the product. If this is good I may buy it outright if the price is not unreasonable. I refuse to put shareware on my computer (too many bad things have happened before) but my eye caught this one and I have decided to give it a try.
I also agree with those who say that "free" should mean free.
I can understand everybody who says that they want to "own" the product however few companies will sell you a licence to own - only to use and usually with a bunch of restrictions involved. As of yet I haven't found one that wanted my first born. The companies just want us to respect their right to own it and sell the rights to use it.
'nough said.
Oct 30 2014 at 8:43pm Copy Link
sharon austin i've been reading some of the comments about the customer service/leslie knight-----I can't agree more---she has been wonderful about answering promptly and fully! both of those are more rare today! same with constantin, always prompt and helpful.

the comments here about good customer service are true!

thank you to both!!

have already made two slideshows, inbetween the excellent help with glitches.
it's wonderful intuitive software! I surely will be purchasing later!

thanks! leslie!
Oct 31 2014 at 8:44am Copy Link
Nigel Brewster Movie shrink and burn by Ashampoo
Oct 31 2014 at 10:17am Copy Link
sharon austin thank you.
Oct 31 2014 at 10:28am Copy Link
Nigel Brewster Hi Sharon, this link should work The way to deal with Ashampoo is to download the software and the trials are usually 40 days, I'm not sure what it is on this software. But Ashampoo give ridiculous knock downs on their software, so don't buy it, unless of course it would be something that you use. Try and see. I did try it but I'm so used to their software that I know the way they work and it does do what it says. Ashampoo are a good brand, they just have a strange way of working sometimes.
Oct 31 2014 at 1:06pm Copy Link
sharon austin WOW--THANK YOU, nigel! that's a wonderful help! thanks!!!
Oct 31 2014 at 1:09pm Copy Link
Stuart Clarke Quick update. Nice GUI, intuitive interface. User control over slide and transition duration . So far, so good. But after that? The pan-zoom function is hopeless: the software doesn't track across the image but simply swings the complete image around up, down, side to side. Typing in 'pan' into the Help index yields nothing at all. Microsoft's superb, free, Photostory 3, issued as long ago as 2003, effortlessly manages the Ken Burns effect: choose a section of an image as the start point, choose a different section of the image as an end point, and that's it. Done. No X axis to mess about with. No Y axis. The software tracks across the image as if it's a camera and you're watching a movie.

If AMS is serious about producing good quality slideshow software, it needs to go back to 2003 and see how it's done. Until this software incorporates simple, quick, effective key-framing, it's not a contender. Uninstalled.
Nov 8 2014 at 12:15pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Stuart Clarke
Hi again Stuart, as I mentioned before in this thread, we strongly recommend that you check out SmartSHOW 3D - there is keyframe animation that can be applied to each of the slide layers, so each layer has its own animation path. SmartSHOW 3D is our latest development, and it has a wide range of advanced features that experienced users will appreciate, while SmartSHOW is a better choice for beginners. You can learn more about SmartSHOW 3D and get a free trial at
AMS Software - Nov 8 2014 at 1:39pm Copy Link
Stuart Clarke Hi Lesley: I have tried SmartSHOW 3D but in my experience it's falling between two stools: the ambitious (and ambitiously expensive) ProShow Gold and the cheaper, simpler and inadequate offerings from outfits like Wondershare.

I can well see the layers facility appealing to those who don't want / can't afford ProShow and AMS's execution here is first-class. Against that though is the glaringly evident fact that animation implementation is waaaay too fussy, not helped by the developer's seeming inability to understand the difference between pan and zoom.

Skipping the zoom pre-sets, one of which is actually a horizontal pan pre-set but isn't labelled as such, and opting for manual control is going to defeat anyone seeking the quick and the effective -- AMS would do well to look at the freeware PhotoFilmStrip, a labour of love by a lone developer whose implemention of pan and zoom is amongst the best around. (Sadly, PFS isn't able to incorporate an audio track so it's more of a curiosity than of practical benefit. As a freeware work in progress though, it continues to show considerable promise.)

Other developers equally fail to get the animation side of things right, which really is inexcusable considering that the whole point of a slideshow is that it doesn't look like a simple screensaver but a series of motion picture frames. By way of illustration, NCH Photostage tries to make a go of it where keyframing is concerned but the software coding is so clunky overall that it's not worth the bother and NCH's persistent attempts at selling-up to associated products are risible.

From what I've seen of AMS's work it's clear that a lot of thought has gone into it by a reputable developer. But it seems to me that, yet again, a developer is being seduced by the prospect of over-loading its software with all kinds of fripperies and embellishments at the expense of keeping things simple, controllable, and intuitively useable. Hopefully as SmartSHOW 3D matures, unnecessary complexities will be thrown out and attention to simple fundamentals will come to the fore because at the end of the day, not only does simplicity actually work, simplicity actually . . Sells. Best wishes to all.
Nov 9 2014 at 4:56am Copy Link
Petronius Arbiter II Okay, now it's 2015, and now the fine print says "Support is provided for 12 months after your purchase," and after reading the previous 90 comments from 2015, I'm not at all sure what that means.

This is a simple yes-or-no question: will the free version being offered today still be usable after 12 months?
May 12 2015 at 9:03am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Support involves technical assistance and consultation. For example, you are not sure how to use a certain feature in the software, or some feature does not seem to work properly. You can contact our technical support team in this case. This may also involve contacting the engineers - for example, if a bug is found preventing you from using the software.
Customers who order the software from our official website get lifetime tech support. For the current free download, support will last for 12 months only.
AMS Software - May 12 2015 at 9:17am Copy Link
damon mccoy The installer link that I was emailed is for an expired version.
I only have the option to download a new version or close it.
May 12 2015 at 9:34am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Please contact tech support at - I'm sure they will figure out what's wrong and help resolve the problem.
AMS Software - May 12 2015 at 9:41am Copy Link
D J So what happens at the 12 month mark? Does the software cease to function (e.g.. kaput, no mas, fin) and one is then required to purchase a license to continue to use it or just the technical support/upgrades simply stop, but the application continues to work/function? Thank you.
May 12 2015 at 9:48am Copy Link
Amit Can the software be installed only today, like if I want to install this free giveaway some days later. of course I will download the installer link immediately after I recieve it in my email. but want to know the period when I can later install and register the software downloaded from this deal after getting. thanks.
May 12 2015 at 11:08am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Amit The software can be installed any time, there are no limitations.

@ D J The software should continue to function after a year, but the user should not download and install any upgrades as these won't be free, and no tech support will be provided if a new download locks the software.
AMS Software - May 12 2015 at 1:11pm Copy Link
Amit Thanks, btw I would had taken to buy the deluxe version, if the price was not that much - $42.
May 12 2015 at 3:05pm Copy Link
Tazzie I am a bit perplexed here .... the amount listed here for the deluxe version is $42.00. However, on the developer's website, the price for the deluxe version is listed as 39.00. Which is the right amount?
May 12 2015 at 5:59pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Tazzie
We have two different slideshow making programs.
SmartSHOW offered today as a free deal is a basic program, easy to master for any user. Its website is and the official order page is the one you found:
SmartSHOW 3D is our latest slideshow maker with professional animation tools and a powerful 3D engine. Its website is, and the official order page is
As you can see on SmartSHOW 3D order page, the regular price for SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe is $85. We currently offer it at 30% off on our main website, and there's an even higher discount of 50% off for BDJ users today.
AMS Software - May 12 2015 at 11:51pm Copy Link
Leo User On the screen to choose your purchase, there is no link enabled for the SmartShow $0.00 offering. You can only choose the paid item. What gives here?
May 13 2015 at 10:22am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Leo User, Could you please clear your browser cache and try the purchase flow again? I've double checked the setup of the promotion as well as the purchase flow and everything seems fine. Also, for the duration of the purchase, please consider trying other browsers (with the browser cache deleted), like IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
BitsDuJour Admin - May 13 2015 at 10:36am Copy Link
Doug Lietz As Tazzie pointed out above, the SmartShow Deluxe product is selling for $39 at this page...

But it is listed at $59.50 here...

Are these different products? SmartShow Deluxe vs SmartShow3D Deluxe. If they are different is there a comparison chart published somewhere?
May 13 2015 at 12:37pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Doug
Yes, these are totally different products. As I explained above, SmartSHOW and SmartSHOW 3D are two different programs (with a Standard and a Deluxe version for each of them). You can find all the website links in my comment above.
SmartSHOW 3D is not even an enhanced version of SmartSHOW as it has a completely different engine inside. You can only spot some similarities in the interfaces, as both programs were developed by AMS Software and both are used for slideshow creation.
SmartSHOW is a very basic program compared to SmartSHOW 3D, good for beginners and for the non-tech savvy.
The most important features of SmartSHOW 3D (not found in SmartSHOW) are as follows:
- multiple layers on a single slide (multiple images, text blocks, cliparts etc.)
- keyframe animation for slide layers
- 3D animation effects for photos and text
- separate audio tracks for music and for voice comments
- special effects like falling leaves, snow, fire, sparkles etc. (based on 3D particles motion)
In a word, there are immensely more possibilities in SmartSHOW 3D.
I hope this answers your question.
AMS Software - May 13 2015 at 1:00pm Copy Link
Tod Brannen The HELP file says that this is a Trial Version, and the about dialog does not say it is registered or activated. Is there a way to tell if I have the real version and it will not disappear after a certain time has passed. The last version I got from you stopped working and gave a message the Trial Period has expired. I think this is going to be the same thing.
May 13 2015 at 9:23pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Tod
The Help file is standard for demo and full versions, it is stored in the program resources folder and not changed. There is a link to the order page inside the Help file for those who are still in the trial period. If you can add more than 15 slides to your project and there is no watermark in the video created, it means that you are using the full version.
As for the expired license, the license you received before was valid for one year. Please note that when you get a free version, you should not download and install any updates or new copies as this may invalidate your license and lock the software (see Fine Print).
AMS Software - May 14 2015 at 2:26am Copy Link
Tod Brannen Leslely,

I thought that these downloads were valid for life but without any free upgrades or support. If it was only a 1 year license before, then I did not know about it.
Also I never upgraded or downloaded anything which I know can knock a free license back to trial mode every time. I only did one test project on the previous version and then when this version came out, I opened the previous version to check if it was the same. That is when I was notified that it was expired. What I want to know is this: is there a way to turn off any stealth updates or downloads that may automatically happen when the program is run? I could not find anything in the Help file about it.

May 14 2015 at 8:51am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Tod
The software version from the previous promotion was a one-year license. In the current promotion, we offer a life-long license. There is no auto-update feature inside the software, just remember not to install any new version unless you consider a paid upgrade.
AMS Software - May 14 2015 at 12:21pm Copy Link
Tod Brannen Thanks to Lesley K.
I am going to wait the whole next year and see. Heh! :-)
May 14 2015 at 9:20pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Tod
OK, and feel free to contact our support team at if you have any questions or issues.
AMS Software - May 15 2015 at 3:17am Copy Link
Stroe User and serial?
Nov 24 2015 at 12:16pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight This offer will go live tomorrow.
AMS Software - Nov 25 2015 at 12:11am Copy Link
Pequi Smith SmartSHOW v2.15 is probably the simplest and best slideshow maker out there. I bought it for a computer illiterate friend, and she makes great slideshows. It's a pity that the 3D version does not work with standard (more or less obsolete XP) video drivers. A programming error, if you can watch the video on the PC, there is no reason why you should not be able to encode a slideshow using the same drivers. To those of you with the newest and "bestist" hardware, go for the 3D version.

To Stroe ... the serial is sent via email. Check your spam folder.
Nov 26 2015 at 3:24am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Pequi Smith
Thanks a lot for your feedback!
The 3D version needs the latest graphics drivers because creating scenes with the 3D animation engine is really quite different from simply playing the video, and requires a lot of processing power. Therefore, we always recommend installing the latest driver available on the hardware vendor's website, compatible with the user's Windows version.
AMS Software - Nov 26 2015 at 3:41am Copy Link
Darren Anton Error at loading of ippSP Library No DLLs were found in the waterfall procedure...How to fix?

Program will close, not run...
Nov 26 2015 at 5:17am Copy Link
Lesley Knight This is a rather common Windows-generated error.
To get rid of it, browse to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and remove these files:
ippjw7-6 .. 1
AMS Software - Nov 26 2015 at 5:26am Copy Link
Darren Anton Cool that worked! Thanks!!
Nov 26 2015 at 6:06am Copy Link
Jeanie Kiser Was considering the purchase of Smartshow 3D Deluxe, but didn't see where the licensing agreement is located. Can this software be used for commercial purposes, as in slideshows for clients and video slideshows to promote products online?
Nov 26 2015 at 6:29am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Jeanie Kiser
Yes, absolutely! A lot of our clients are professional photographers and business owners who make slideshows to sell or advertise their products.
AMS Software - Nov 26 2015 at 6:39am Copy Link
Jeanie Kiser @Lesley Knight
Thank you for your quick response! I did purchase the software and will be downloading it shortly...Thank you again! :)
Nov 26 2015 at 7:18am Copy Link
Ioannis User Blindnes? Seems that I cannot find a link pointing to the "additional" features of SmartSHOW "3D" Deluxe v7.15
Nov 26 2015 at 10:35am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Ioannis User, To read more about SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe, please browse here:
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 26 2015 at 11:30am Copy Link
pureharmony User produces error activation error 734

it says trial period has ended but there is still 11 hrs left
Nov 26 2015 at 12:43pm Copy Link
Metta Zetty Is there a link where we can view a comparison of the 2 packages (the freebie and the $17 upsell)?

With a quick review, it was not completely clear to me what the exact differences are.....Thanks!
Nov 26 2015 at 12:57pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @pureharmony User, I have just contacted the vendor regarding the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 26 2015 at 1:20pm Copy Link
Metta Zetty Re: licensing....

FYI, the "Fine Print" tabs says this offer is for personal use only....May we assume Lesley's feedback above overrides this "Fine Print" limitation?
Nov 26 2015 at 9:06pm Copy Link
Darren Anton I would say Reread that...the "personal use only" is the free version, not the paid for version.
"Smartshow 3D Deluxe" is the Paid version
Nov 26 2015 at 9:28pm Copy Link
Metta Zetty @Darren Anton: That's my assumption (hope), as well. Would just like to get "official" confirmation from the developer since my plan is for commercial use.
Nov 26 2015 at 10:42pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Metta Zetty
It's exactly as Darren says: SmartSHOW Standard is for personal use only, whereas SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe can be used commercially.
AMS Software - Nov 27 2015 at 12:33am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @pureharmony User
You are trying to activate the wrong build. You should install the download sent to you by BitsDuJour, not the one downloaded from SmartSHOW website. Please contact tech support if further help is needed:
AMS Software - Nov 27 2015 at 12:35am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Metta Zetty I noticed your question about the version differences.
SmartSHOW and SmartSHOW 3D are in fact two different programs, not two versions of the same product.
SmartSHOW is a basic slideshow maker, great for beginners. It has all the necessary features for making a photo slideshow with music.
Official website:
SmartSHOW 3D is professional-level software. It allows users to combine photos and videos, put multiple photos on the same slide, create 3D animation with keyframes, add voice commentaries, and a lot more. There are hundreds of ready-made templates for a quick start.
Official website:
AMS Software - Nov 27 2015 at 12:39am Copy Link
Metta Zetty Thanks, Lesley, for your thorough and helpful feedback. I've purchased SmartSHOW 3D and look forward to exploring it's full functionality. Thanks again!
Nov 27 2015 at 12:43am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Thank you for your order Metta! Feel free to contact our support team any time if you have questions while working with the software: http://smartshow-software...upport.php
AMS Software - Nov 27 2015 at 12:50am Copy Link
rafaat rafaat ?????????
Mar 22 2016 at 7:10am Copy Link
JPR85470 Hello,
I bought the version 7 just one year ago and now I can't use it:
the software asks me to buy the latest update (version 8) and it close!!
NO...NO... I don't want to buy the update and I want to keep and use my current version without paying more!
What to do?
Mar 24 2016 at 3:11am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Jean-Pierre,
It's a question on SmartSHOW 3D if I get it right. You need to contact our customer service here: http://smartshow-software...upport.php
They'll check if you are eligible for a free upgrade and discuss the options with you.
AMS Software - Mar 24 2016 at 3:15am Copy Link
JPR85470 Thank you Lesley. Yes it's on Smartshow 3D Deluxe.
I write to the support...
Mar 24 2016 at 3:23am Copy Link
_*_ Just reading the above makes not want this even if it is free.
What would be the reason a registered user must contact support to keep using their purchased product, or to discuss options?
Mar 24 2016 at 4:23am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ _*_
The user obviously had an issue when dealing with the update notification. Perhaps he downloaded the new version trial while he is no longer eligible for free updates. Doing so deletes the installed version and the user needs to ask for tech support assistance in order to restore the previous version. He may choose to upgrade to the latest version, though. That's what I suppose, but obviously, I can't ask for the user's registration details here on BitsDuJour. That's what Customer Service is for.
AMS Software - Mar 24 2016 at 5:39am Copy Link
J. User I purchased three of the software products AMS sells and have had both of them revert to expired trial versions which I can no longer access. The third one has not passed the 12 months yet so that is probably why it still works.

It's a nuisance to have to fill in a support request for software that comes with a lifetime license. Neither of the software products were updated, so the problem has nothing to do with a newer version being installed. If I were in any way dependent on this software I would be out of luck.
Mar 24 2016 at 2:02pm Copy Link
Don Worden I just installed this SmartShow and I get this message every time I try and start it. "NO DLL'S WERE FOUND IN THE WATERFALL PROCEDURE" How can I fix this?
Mar 24 2016 at 2:10pm Copy Link
Marcia User Can the slideshows be saved in a format that can be uploaded to Youtube etc?
Mar 24 2016 at 2:46pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Marcia User
Sure, you can save the slideshows to MP4 and MP4 HD and then upload it to YouTube.
AMS Software - Mar 25 2016 at 2:12am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Don Worden
"No DLLs found in the Waterfall procedure" is a rather common Windows error. Here are the steps to get rid of it.
Browse to C:\Windows\SysWOWB64 and remove these files:
ippjw7-6 .. 1
AMS Software - Mar 25 2016 at 2:14am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ J. User
According to what you say, I suppose this could be caused by an error on our server side. Please contact tech support to get it resolved and have the software up and running again.
AMS Software - Mar 25 2016 at 2:18am Copy Link
Carolyn Donner Downloaded this a year or so ago. I needed to make a video for a convention for my club. I had no idea at all how to do that. Used this program instead and added photos of all our members doing all sorts of things. It was easy to use and edit. The music was easy to add. I love this program. Bought the 3D version with this offer and it looks great!
Mar 25 2016 at 5:01am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Thank you for your feedback Carolyn! Hope you'll have lots of fun with SmartSHOW 3D!
AMS Software - Mar 25 2016 at 5:13am Copy Link
Jeff User Hello - I purchased the Smartshow 8.0 80% off offer ($US17) but the download link provided was version 7.15. Can I get some help with this? Jeff Kogler
Mar 25 2016 at 5:29am Copy Link
J. User @Lesley Knight I put in a request for each product yesterday and I got the automated response but no resolution yet. Hopefully it will be taken care of today.
Mar 25 2016 at 5:33am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Jeff User
Have you tried contacting tech support? They'll give you the right link. Here they are: http://smartshow-software...upport.php
AMS Software - Mar 25 2016 at 5:41am Copy Link
Jeff User Thanks Lesley. I had received two emails and they had different links to download the software. Once I used the right one it was resolved. Thanks for responding.
Mar 25 2016 at 7:05am Copy Link
Reg Rygus I'm trying to get the free version of SMARTSHOW but can't seem to get the email no matter how many times I try. I've been on the page that says "It looks like you've already bought SmartSHOW v2.15. We're sorry but this promotion is limited to one purchase per person. You can Resend Your Email Receipt if you can't find it.

I've clicked in Resend Your Email Receipt numerous times and still nothing has come. And I've checked my junkmail file each time.

What can I do to get the free version of SMARTSHOW?

Mar 25 2016 at 8:10am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Reg Rygus, I've just resent you the receipt email.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 25 2016 at 8:45am Copy Link
wts FYI: I bought Smartshow 3D Deluxe v7 during the Nov. 2015 BDJ promotion. I wrote to support about upgrading to v8. They responded quickly that since the upgrade to v8 is within a year of purchase, the upgrade is at no cost and also the v7 key is still valid. Thank you, AMS.
Mar 25 2016 at 12:17pm Copy Link
Christian User @JPR85470 you are right !!!!!
I have the same problem precisely and I advise against the purchase of the AMS products strongly
If the software is correct the system of activation is a swindle !
As soon as an update is announced after the free period of one year it shows off to the launching of the software and disactivate definitely your license !!!!
Impossible to bring the code of deactivation again in. This last is not accepted anymore..
It is a maneuver to oblige the customer to buy the new update.
Besides the software cannot be activated again in case of change of PC !!!!
Finally the license is only valid for one year, the year of the free updates....
As a registered user of the version pro (deluxe) I won't tempt a new experience with this publisher.....
I have just passed one week with the support so that one finally gives me a new serial that permits to open the software....
How long ? The time of production of the version 9 ?
It is worth to pay better for a more important sum and to turn toward serious publishers as those of "picture to exe" or "proshow" .....
Mar 26 2016 at 4:17am Copy Link
Roz Fruchtman I bought the Photo Calendar Maker, I bought two licenses, I hope I don't have trouble when the year is up and/or if a new version comes out. It would be terrible to lose access, even for a short period. I find the AMS customer service good but it still take time to get a response.
Mar 26 2016 at 6:25am Copy Link
Christian User @Roz Fruchtman
I am also a registered user of Photo Calendar Creator......and unfortunately I am afraid that the system of activation is the same...
My period of free updates ends therefore in 5 days I am going to have the surprise (bad) or at the time of a next version !!!
I am also delighted to discover that I could not use this software anymore that I paid if I change my PC ! !!
Mar 26 2016 at 7:17am Copy Link
Tam Nguyen How long the license for today give-away will last?
Mar 26 2016 at 8:42am Copy Link
Petr I viewed your video and checked out your website. I was thinking to purchase the 3D Deluxe version via BitsDuJour...
Then I read the license issues and the expiration comments above. That's not how most software publishers behave. Please reply to clarify how your software can be used after the 1 year of support? Can I continue to use the software if I don't update? Or am I forced to upgrade? Will the software stop working? I hope you can answer before today's BitsDuJour deal expires. Thank you.
Mar 26 2016 at 11:32am Copy Link
Roz Fruchtman Christian:

I need a new hard drive and I am going to find out if that is true that if/when I get the new hard drive I can no longer use the Photo Calendar Creator software. IF that is true then they can have the two versions of it that I just bought back.

I find that hard to believe though. NO SOFTWARE company does that that I have ever come in contact with. You may have to contact them, but I have never been told that if my computer had issues and I had to change computers that I could not take my software with me.

Perhaps there is some misunderstanding on this.

Mar 26 2016 at 9:36pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Petr, @ Roz Fruchtman
1. When you order any of our products, you get a life-long license for the version you purchase, and one year of free updates and tech support. When a year has passed, you can choose whether you just want to keep the version you own, or renew your license and get another year of free updates and support.
Errors like the one mentioned by Christian User do happen sometimes - according to our engineers, there was some issue on our activation server which seems to have been fixed by now, but some keys may still be affected. Anyway, if this happens to you, tech support will help you get the software working again. Make sure you don't lose your order ID as they will need it in such case.
2. The license definitely allows you to transfer the purchased software to another computer if your hard disk crashes, if you buy a new computer etc.
Please note that this applies to purchased software only. If you got a free copy of the software during a giveaway promotion, you are not allowed to transfer it to another PC.
So, SmartSHOW Standard offered on this page can't be transferred to another machine (see Fine Print), whereas SmartSHOW 3D and any other purchased software can.
AMS Software - Mar 27 2016 at 1:35am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Christian User
I understand that you've been affected by the activation system bug. We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. I do hope that this won't happen again. Nevertheless, I do recommend that you check out SmartSHOW 3D v.8 - we've done a lot of work to make some exciting things possible (new text animation options etc.), and you might find them worth trying.
AMS Software - Mar 27 2016 at 1:40am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Petr
I'm very sorry that I didn't have a chance to reply to your comment before the BDJ offer expired. Anyway, please read my first comment addressed to you above. If you are OK with our license conditions, and still interested in SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe, please contact tech support on Monday and mention your nickname on BDJ - they'll give you a special order link so you can take advantage of the 80% off discount. Here's a link to tech support: http://smartshow-software...upport.php
AMS Software - Mar 27 2016 at 1:45am Copy Link
Christian User @Lesley Knight
I am a faithful registered user of your products :
Smartshow 3D Deluxe
Photo Calendar Creator
Photo Collage Maker
I thank you for these explanations (that should appear besides clearly on your site)
You recognize that the problems of deactivation of the software Smartshow met by several users in this conversation were the consequence of problems
on your servers therefore of the AMS problems....
I spent several days with your support (my time being as precious as yours) to try to explain the problem of deactivation of the software that was not the consequence of an update, (difficult explanations because I am a French user).
I think that since the problem is incumbent upon you it would have been a good commercial politics to offer the update toward the version 8 to all those that have been touched by this problem.
It would permit to erase the (very) bad impression felt on this occasion maybe....
But it is your turn to appreciate this suggestion.......
Mar 27 2016 at 2:54am Copy Link
Roz Fruchtman @Leslie Knight:

I was deterred in buying the Premium Copy of SmartShow 3D Deluxe offered as an upsell because of all the problems listed here, so missed out on the $17 offer.

Since we did communicate and you can see my concerns in black and white, do you think I could get the offer as a courtesy? I came over to buy, but when I read all the issues and was upset about my own experience having to buy two licenses to use Photo Calendar Pro, I just held back. NOW that you explain, I would like to purchase at the discounted price if possible. It would surely show good customer service on your part.

I will say that I have had very good experience with your customer service so far, but this is a new issue.

I will also admit that this is the first time I have experienced this issue with buying software and not being able to put on a computer and laptop. It is NOT the norm.

Thanks again for anything you can do here,

Roz Fruchtman
Mar 27 2016 at 7:30am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Roz Fruchtman
As I said before, you just need to contact tech support for a special order link. Since you did not purchase while the offer was live just because you were waiting for our comments here, and the comments came a bit too late, we'll provide a special order link so you can purchase at the price advertised.

@ Christian User
Our engineers have done their best to fix the activation system error that you were affected by. I do hope it doesn't come back. We also discussed your issue with our supervisor, and were allowed to offer you an update at no cost. Please check your support ticket.
AMS Software - Mar 28 2016 at 7:32am Copy Link
Roz Fruchtman At @Lesley Knight - THANK YOU ... VERY much.

I will contact AMS today, without fail.


I'm going to be doing a new launch and this should come in very handy.

It would be great if you had the licensing (how many machines) for your softwares on their sales page. For example: if you buy the standard, YOU CAN install on two systems - desktop and laptop. IF you buy the upper programs Pro or Deluxe you CANNOT install on two systems. So you need to buy TWO licenses. That is VERY unusual compared to other softwares, so would help for someone to know that upfront. Especially if there is a deal, they can buy two of the deals if they choose to or just buy the one. But there would be choice.

Thanks again for your kindness.

Roz Fruchtman
Mar 28 2016 at 7:54am Copy Link
Jeff Usher Be very wary of this company and it's offers. I too purchased SmartShow3d a while back ( 2 years ) and recently had to wipe my PC. The download link in the email I was sent after purchase no longer worked. After emailing their customer support I am told there is nothing they can do as they do not keep previous versions.I would have to upgrade and pay for the priviledge. So I now have sofware that I purchased and cannot be used as this company holds you to ransom until you elect to upgrade. I should be able to download the version of the software I paid for, not be forced to pay for an upgrade to continue to use it. Will not be purcashing products from this company again and suggest others do not either until they sort their licencing / update policy out.
Mar 28 2016 at 8:13am Copy Link
Christian User @Lesley Knight

Thank you
It is a beautiful commercial gesture.
With your clear explanation the misunderstandings disappeared....

Good day !
Mar 28 2016 at 8:22am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Roz Fruchtman
We'll certainly consider different introducing types of license, for one or multiple users. We already have a differentiation like this for some of our programs, such as Businss Card Maker for example.

@ Jeff Usher
I am extremely sorry that we cannot assist you. The problem is that your order did not include Extended Download Service, or Download Protection, which is included in all new orders by default. The customer can certainly choose to remove this service from the shopping cart if he prefers to make a backup copy of the installer by himself. You don't have to purchase updates if you just keep to your purchased version, and have a backup copy of it. However, it is clear from your support ticket that you did not back up the software before downloading and installing the new version. I'm afraid we cannot assist you in this case.
AMS Software - Mar 28 2016 at 8:24am Copy Link
Roz Fruchtman @Jeff Usher and @Lesley Knkight and everyone...

It's a good idea to keep a backup of software.

Also the software should be available for download more than once. This is NOT the norm for other companies.

Most companies make the software available free of charge for download. It's the norm, but in case it's not, then one has to be diligent and make their own backups.

The clue is when they are offering to charge you for a redownload.

I have NEVER downloaded my Photo Calendar Pro and I hope there will not be a problem with that as I bought both versions recently.

Roz Fruchtman
Mar 28 2016 at 8:37am Copy Link
Stephen Waters I have to give a big thumbs down. It seemed customer service was more interested in selling me something, rather than help with the issue....
May 17 2016 at 4:21am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Stephen Waters I looked into your support ticket (#28967) and it shows that our operator was absolutely right. You downloaded the free version of the software during a 24-hour giveaway. The terms and conditions clearly state that the free version can only be installed and registered on the promotion day (see Fine Print above). You should have asked for support on the same day. Otherwise, there is no way we could help you. It is technically impossible to activate the giveaway version on a different day. We're really sorry, but at the same time, we strongly recommend to read the promotion terms in order to avoid inconveniences like this in the future.
AMS Software - May 17 2016 at 4:43am Copy Link
Stephen Waters Yes, as I told the person I was not in town. But it doesn't matter, we have all moved on.
May 17 2016 at 8:49am Copy Link
Lesley Knight It's a pity indeed. It is expected that if someone has access to the computer and can take advantage of the 24-hour offer, they also have a chance to download and install on the same day. It's normally like this. I'm afraid we can't do anything else in your case. Just keep an eye on future offers!
AMS Software - May 17 2016 at 8:56am Copy Link
Stephen Waters I would argue that, and say customer support could have worked it a little different. But I am not the owner, trying to sell the product.

And yes, it is a pity. No, I will not be looking for offer's from this company.
May 17 2016 at 10:17am Copy Link
Steven Chrome blocked this download,said it was a malicious file.
Dec 17 2016 at 5:12am Copy Link
g hudak Download indicated file contains viruses or malware... Has it be internally checked at BDJ?
Dec 17 2016 at 5:13am Copy Link
Steven I got the same warning and my browser blocked the download. not sure if its been checked.
Dec 17 2016 at 5:18am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Hi all, here's the scan result from VirusTotal:
It shows that the installer file is clean. The file was checked both by AMS Software and by the BitsDuJour team.
AMS Software - Dec 17 2016 at 5:37am Copy Link
Steven ill pass as BOTH Chrome and Firefox blocked it saying it contained a virus!
Dec 17 2016 at 5:53am Copy Link
server User This offer we can not do it, good to put SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe. only SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe deserves
Dec 17 2016 at 5:54am Copy Link
Lesley Knight Just tried downloading with Chrome and FF, it's true that both browsers display a warning. I ignored the warning and clicked on "keep the file" to check it. It's the same file AMS provided for the sale, exactly the same size, the one analyzed on VirusTotal (see scan result in my comment above). Installed with no issues for me, no warnings from ESET NOD 32 either. So you really don't need to worry. The browsers might be a bit too suspicious, maybe because it's an EXE file and it was created a few days ago, especially for the sale, and hasn't gained sufficient reputation yet.
AMS Software - Dec 17 2016 at 6:19am Copy Link
Mark Montgomery Got the same browser download denial others have gotten. Then Downloaded directly from developers website. Activation dialog says code already used by my email. Only allows for trial version. No good. Uninstalled.
Dec 17 2016 at 7:33am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Mark Montgomery
The installer from our official website cannot be activated with the giveaway key. You need the file from BDJ. It's totally safe as I explained above.
AMS Software - Dec 17 2016 at 7:44am Copy Link
Lance Conkright Impossible to download. Chrome will not allow it and I see no way get Chrome to let it through. Too bad, I was looking forward to trying it.
Dec 17 2016 at 11:37am Copy Link
Mark Montgomery Thanks, Lesley. I had to download with Internet Explorer and I used a different email account then downloaded from BDJ and installed again. Worked OK this time. Looking forward to using the program! Happy Holidays!
Dec 17 2016 at 11:46am Copy Link
Steven well i bypassed both chrome and firefox warnings only to have Bitdefender Professional 2017 BLOCK it saying it contains ransomware. I added it there as a trusted application! usually 3 strikes you're out but i hope as you say its safe and does not contain ransomware !
Dec 17 2016 at 11:58am Copy Link
Heidi-Ann Kennedy-Fourkiller Downloaded on FF. Scanned with ESET SS 9 and Emsisoft AM. . . Download is clean. Ran my bot on their site and found nothing of interest either.
Don't need it, but thought I would check.

I would suggest using a Download Mgr.

Reason for FF failure:

Dec 17 2016 at 2:34pm Copy Link

I've trusted BDJ for years now, so I took the risk of overriding Firefox's warning (when it pops up, you can click "Open" to run the downloaded installer). And proceeded to update my Malwarebytes Anti-Malware & scan everything I could think of, with all good results! Details of scanning program folder, my system, the installer & my test slide show are below. (Where I goofed was forgetting to create a Restore Point before downloading the SmartSHOW installer - but I got lucky this time, and I'd only checked weather & email & BDJ since my last restart.)

All the Malware testing I did:

I used Malwarebytes & scanned the installed program's folder. Results were clean:
...C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartSHOW...
Scan options enabled: File System | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM | P2P
Scan options disabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | Heuristics/Extra
Objects scanned: 1158
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 1 second(s)
Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Being cautious, I ran a Malwarebytes Quick Scan to check the system as it was running:
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM | P2P
Scan options disabled:
Objects scanned: 284313
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 19 second(s)
Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Finally, I remembered to scan the installer itself (which wasn't there until I clicked "Open" in Firefox):
Custom scan (C:\Users\Marge\Downloads\BitsDuJour\SmartSHOW-Standard-December2016.exe
Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

I made a test slideshow & scanned it:
Custom scan (C:\Users\Marge\Pictures\SlideShows
Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Dec 17 2016 at 2:37pm Copy Link
Dariusz User ESET Smart Security 10 blocks installer as a virus.
Dec 17 2016 at 9:07pm Copy Link
Bob Constans crashed saying it couldn't find waterfall dlls. can't be bothered. uninstalled
Dec 17 2016 at 11:23pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! AMS Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 18 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
HJ B Firefox found this installer to be a risk, and would not permit download to execute, unless I overrode the prohibition. Based on that and other comments here, I did not override. I suggest that the developer get the problem resolved and offer it again in the future.

I also downloaded the paid, "3d" verson and there was no problem with that. It worked very nicely, I should note that, using one of the provided templates, I added five photos, and some music, and the resulting video file was abut 18 meg. The jpg photos totaled a bit more than 1.meg and the mp3 music was a bit more than 3 meg.

I would have to do more testing before purchasing the 3e version, and I will not have the time to do that for a couple of weeks.
Dec 18 2016 at 2:18am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Bob Constans
The error you mention is a Windows error, and it can occur with various applications. To get rid of it, you need to browse to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and remove these files:
ippjw7-6 .. 1
AMS Software - Dec 18 2016 at 2:29am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Marge N, Heidi-Ann Kennedy-Fourkiller, Mark Montgomery - thank you for your comments on the installer file safety! Hope you enjoy working with the software.
AMS Software - Dec 18 2016 at 2:33am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ HJ B It's really weird that you got a video of this size if it's true that the photos totalled 1 MB. It might be due to high-res backgrounds and sophisticated effects, but we'd need to see the project to say for sure. I suggest that you contact tech support at http://smartshow-software/support.php when you have the time - they'll look into this and tell you what the reason could be.
AMS Software - Dec 18 2016 at 2:34am Copy Link
Serious Noize Chrome blocked this saying it was malicious. To get around this for chrome press CTRL J and select to keep the file. If you want you can run the file through Virus Total to check it like I did. It shows up totally clean.

In my opinion this is a great program for making slideshows. I have been using version 2.0 and would like to ask if there is a link to "What's New" in this version by comparison.

Thank you Slideshow Maker & BDJ!
Dec 18 2016 at 3:42am Copy Link
Kick65 Does SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe v8.0 ($17) have the same "fine print" limitations as the free version? Why version 8.0 instead of 8.25 or can we update to 8.25 without paying more?
Dec 18 2016 at 7:35am Copy Link
Frank User Thanks for CTRL J top to get Chrome to retain the file. This time Chrome had only offered Discard w/o the usual pull down options to keep it.
I read something Fri or Sat about a new change within latest versions of Chrome having to do with what it determines to be bad/dangerous sites. Maybe Chrome now overly sensitive about its selection process. So much for 'open internet'.
There's a time for better safe than sorry but this is a real stretch if blocking sites like this one here.Good thing I set up IE 11 and Edge (Edge not so bad now).
Dec 18 2016 at 7:45am Copy Link
Greg Newell OK, the file MAY be clean but fix the problem. I'm not touching it. It gives BitsDuJour a bad name AND makes the original provider suspect.
Dec 18 2016 at 9:13am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Serious Noize Thank you for your feedback! Here's what's new in v.2.15:
- enhanced slideshow creation wizard - you can choose the slideshow speed, the types of animation effects to use etc.
- automatic zoom on faces - the program uses a special face detection module to find photos with faces on them and then zooms in on those faces (you can adjust the zoom level)
- improved DVD creation module that can burn DVDs with chapters (it's not available in the Standard version, though)
AMS Software - Dec 18 2016 at 9:58am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Kick65 - No, of course not, the fine print on this page is for the giveaway version only. SmartSHOW 3D is not on giveaway, it's only offered as an exciting alternative here. You can find the license terms on this page under Fine Print:
>Why version 8.0 instead of 8.25 or can we update to 8.25 without paying more?
It should say v.8.25 actiually, the line needs to be updated. You should get the latest version when you order. Even if something goes wrong, updates for SmartSHOW 3D are totally free within 12 months after purchase, and you can download 8.25 immediately.
AMS Software - Dec 18 2016 at 10:03am Copy Link
Duane User After trying to download this about 10 times and only getting


I gave up.
Dec 18 2016 at 10:44am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Duane User, Please clear the contents of your browser's Download folder then try downloading the product again. You may also want to try another browser (like IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera) to download the product.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 18 2016 at 11:25am Copy Link
BrianS Tried to register SmartSHOW v2.15 with 39 minutes left to go in the offer and got an error message "Your license has expired." What do I do now?
Dec 18 2016 at 11:25pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @BrianS Sounds like an error. Please contact our tech support at
AMS Software - Dec 18 2016 at 11:45pm Copy Link
Jae Dykes I had no problem downloading with Chrome Browser. However, with only minutes to spare with the offer being active, I tried to register with the Key received in my email receipt, and it says "License Has Expired - What Would You Like to Do Next?" Obviously, would like to register and use the software. Please advise?
Dec 19 2016 at 12:31am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Jae Dykes Please contact tech support at at - they'll help you asap.
AMS Software - Dec 19 2016 at 12:36am Copy Link
Jae Dykes Will do. Thank you.
Dec 19 2016 at 1:05am Copy Link
Luca Nonato I, too, got a warning from Firefox, but the file looks clean
Dec 19 2016 at 1:41am Copy Link
R Master OK, I just have to post this, due to about 5 attempts to activate the software. First, I had to go to the website to download the program, due to all the problems listed in the comments here regarding virus warnings, malicious files, etc.

Tried activating after purchase, and get error message, go to website and at there is the exact error message, which was good, saying you can't activate trial version.

Next, I had to uninstall the trial version and download the 'full' version and it has an identical login screen and procedure, that does not work for other reasons, so it prompts to activate via an email to tech support.

Guess what? Email came back as undeliverable, I checked and correct information used, so not my error.

Finally, had to go to website and open a trouble ticket. Wasted well over an hour of my time with this Mickey Mouse, and no response yet.

I will re-think very carefully any future purchases from ams-soft now, and unless you like convoluted and cascade-failure style activation sequences, you might want to think about it too.

Expect a little better screening of these things from Bits du Jour too, usually purchase experiences here are a lot better. Bits: Vet the next special from this company, please.
Dec 19 2016 at 2:27am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ R Master I'm really sorry that you're having difficulties activating the software, but tech support will assist you in a few moments.
I can see that you ordered SmartSHOW 3D Deluxe, not the free giveaway version, so there shouldn't have been any problems like blocked downloads mentioned above.
It is true that SmartSHOW 3D trial cannot be activated, so your next step (download the full version) is correct. If it prompts to activate via an email to tech support, it means that something on your computer doesn't let the software access our activation server - could be strict firewall settings or something else. In this cases, automatic activation fails and you have to contact support, which you did.
So please don't worry, our support staff will respond to your ticket shortly.
As for the email, you got an auto-reply because all support is now provided via the ticketing system, not via email. This was only introduced recently, and we'll update the offline activation screen with the support address in the next software update.
AMS Software - Dec 19 2016 at 3:39am Copy Link
Kick65 Got SmartShow 3D Deluxe because it's a pro version and seems like a great deal at this price. No problem downloading and activating.
Dec 19 2016 at 8:10am Copy Link
Rosalia User Ayer descargue SmartSHOW v2.15 salio mensaje que la licencia estaba caducada.
alguna solución?
Dec 19 2016 at 12:06pm Copy Link
Serious Noize Since my review yesterday, I had a computer problem and had to restore my PC from image backup "Which this version wasn't on it, only a previous version".


Either way that's my problem and my fault, but it was a glitch in Windows 10 and had nothing to do with the makers of this software for those wondering.

I just wanted to say that while I know having a server setup a licensing system with "One code fits All on a specific day" is easy to do and all they have to do is turn off the option later.

It would be nice for individual license on giveaways to be available for 2 months like I noticed Abylon software offered.

Most of us who get these giveaway software's like trying new things with our PC's and sometimes they work and other times they don't and sometimes rolling back is the best option.

So your left in a situation not being able to use the promotional giveaway like in my case, or using a previous giveaway. "NOT COMPLAINING".

And NO : It is NOT FREE BY THE WAY, and YES I SAID THAT, WHY : "Because for one thing a lot of times software companies are allowed a TAX WRITE OFF for promotional giveaways and in a sense giving away a limited or certain amount of licenses is their way of SELLING THE SOFTWARE" some people don't realize this, but yes that is a fact depending on some factors. NOT SAYING THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON HERE, Just SAYING : "IT IS A THOUGHT WHERE GIVEAWAY SOFTWARE IS CONCERNED".... AND NOT A BAD THING AT ALL.

Either way, Those are my suggestions to BDJ, Even a 1 WEEK Individual license would be great.

A lot of times users don't trust the software or provider and with good reason these days because one wrong press of the button could GIVEAWAY information they don't want out there.

Thank you Slideshow!! I'm not knocking your company or nothing here, just giving suggestions and pointing a few things out. These are MY OPINIONS so people can take them as they wish.

Hey : "Here's the thing, and the the bottom line plain truth, I think the software is GREAT! And I can always get a trial of it, but in my situation I can't buy it right now or maybe never, not everyone is blessed with options. But I am grateful for this promotion and wanted to express my experience to better inform this site and the software promoters. I think the new version is better, but I can't say that for the reasons mentioned.

Although I will say, I've used the older giveaway version enough to know : "YEP, If the stars align and I can afford it, I'm buying the top of the line version by the company because it is the best!!! And I have tried them all....

Thanks for the opportunity! I felt I should come back and reply on a review on user experience and such things because feedback I believe has a lot to do with these promotions also.

Happy Holidays!
Dec 19 2016 at 12:28pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Rosalia User Please contact tech support at - they'll help you asap.
AMS Software - Dec 20 2016 at 12:48am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Serious Noize - Thank you so much for the feedback on our slideshow software. I'm very sorry that you didn't have a chance to try out SmartSHOW 2.15 because of the computer glitch, and I'm afraid there's nothing we can do about it now that the giveaway is over. Anyway, should you consider getting the full version, look out for our special offers and you can get the software at very affordable prices. For example, our Christmas sale is starting now, check it out here: http://ams-photo-software...e-2016.php
AMS Software - Dec 20 2016 at 12:56am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel Will this term

"Transfer of a license to another owned computer is not allowed"

from the fine print section be valid for the paid 3D-version too??
Aug 7 2017 at 6:25am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Bertie Brummel
No, of course not, this limitation is for the giveaway version only.
AMS Software - Aug 7 2017 at 6:38am Copy Link
Ghousti User Is it capable to import video formats,like DiaShow and other slide show makers?
Aug 8 2017 at 5:06am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Ghousti User
SmartSHOW 3D (the up-sell offer) lets you import videos. SmartSHOW (the one on giveaway) will only work with stills.
AMS Software - Aug 8 2017 at 5:25am Copy Link
Lucinda Leong Is this a demo version that will expire?
Aug 8 2017 at 7:26am Copy Link
Greg Newell I just downloaded and ran this software. It's awesome! So simple! Simply add pics and the software does the rest. I almost felt guilty about getting it for free!
Aug 8 2017 at 8:11am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Lucinda Leong Of course not! This is a full functional version. But please note that you must activate it today and you shouldn't reinstall it afterwards. (See the Fine Print section).
AMS Software - Aug 8 2017 at 9:20am Copy Link
Marek User @Lucinda Leong:
Do you represent the developer of SmarShow? If so, my remarks and question are addressed to you.

You wrote: "Please note that you must activate it today and you shouldn't reinstall it afterwards." Hmmm, and what if my system hard disc or the whole system crashes and I’ll have to reinstal all soft on the same computer (with a new hard disc)? What follows from you wrote is that such unfortunate event will mean good–bye to SmartShow because "I should not reinstall...". Sorry, but this is quite an unsmart concept of allegedly smart softwre as the name ShartShow impies.

2. What format(s) has the output produced by SmartShow? You do not seem to have provided info about that aspect which is crucial, specifically after the "flash era".

Aug 9 2017 at 1:43am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Marek User
1. The version that is on giveaway here can only be installed and activated on the promotion day - that's one of the giveaway conditions. Please note that we are offering excellent software for free. It would cost you $29 otherwise. You can regard it as a full functional free trial with no other limitations (no watermark and like). As a developer, we naturally hope that you'll take your time use to evaluate our software while working with the giveaway build and perhaps upgrade to a paid version later on. The SmartSHOW brand has been well-known and popular for several years now, so we're not a small startup that holds gives their product away for free just to raise brand awareness. I hope you can understand our reasons for holding a giveaway:)

2. Here are the output formats for the free version:
- MP4 HD (720p or 1080p)
- 3GP
Additionally, there are presets for mobile devices and video sharing websites.
The paid version also lets you burn DVDs and make FLV/SWF video.
AMS Software - Aug 9 2017 at 2:51am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @Marek User
1. The version that is on giveaway here can only be installed and activated on the promotion day - that's one of the giveaway conditions. Please note that we are offering excellent software for free. It would cost you $29 otherwise. You can regard it as a full functional free trial with no other limitations (no watermark and like). As a developer, we naturally hope that you'll take your time use to evaluate our software while working with the giveaway build and perhaps upgrade to a paid version later on. The SmartSHOW brand has been well-known and popular for several years now, so we're not a small startup that gives their product away for free just to raise brand awareness. I hope you can understand our reasons for holding a giveaway:)

2. Here are the output formats for the free version:
- MP4 HD (720p or 1080p)
- 3GP
Additionally, there are presets for mobile devices and video sharing websites.
The paid version also lets you burn DVDs and make FLV/SWF video.
AMS Software - Aug 9 2017 at 2:53am Copy Link
Marek User Thank you for your extensive reply. Let me explain why I was astonished with the mode in which you offer ShartShow.

I know you are not a small start-up company and I have your SmartShow version offered here in December 2016,with the same version number, but different installation file sizes ( 75 k difference). I also do understand quite reasonable and common commercial concept to encourage free soft users to upgrade to paid versions.

Hovewer you seem not to be aware that other software companies offering free versions with the same commercial concept in mind, have successfully managed to allow several–time installations on the same computer in case the system/disc crashes which on the one hand allows your prospective paying customer to enjoy your software as long as the user’s appetite for better soft stimulates him/her to upgrade, and on the other hand protects the developer against unauthorised dissemination of the soft.

Unfortunately, your reply seems to imply that you’ll continue your policy that made me woner how smart all that smartness is. Anyway, good luck!
Aug 9 2017 at 3:16am Copy Link
Colin McAllister Once again I haven't received receipt nor registration details. Have I done something to annoy BDJ? :-)

Why can't registration details be in the page that comes up after download? My PC crashed badly, was reset to new, and I have only been able to reinstall a few of the BDJ programs I'd previously bought, as the emails had been time-deleted.

(I know I could have backed them up, but it's never been a issue in the past, plus often an upgraded version of a program will appear with a year, so the license gets overwritten anyway).

If you could please email me the registration key before the offer expires, I'd be grateful. Thanks.
Aug 9 2017 at 3:38am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Colin McAllister, I am sorry about the issue. I just resent you the receipt email at your address.

I also requested in our system (which sends the receipt emails) to verify your email address. This means you will receive an email message from the system and in order to verify your email address you would have to follow the instructions from that email.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 9 2017 at 3:48am Copy Link
j User With the exception of a technical glitch in Home Photo Studio Gold (which may have been addressed by now), AMS Software is pretty good overall. The same cannot be said for their activation process. I purchased three products and have experienced the same problem with all. At various times each stopped working, usually after the update period had expired, even though the licenses are lifetime. Pop-up messages indicating the expiration would appear. It's annoying to have to contact technical support, no matter how courteous they are, over continuous activation issues. I have since given up and no longer have any of the applications installed.
Aug 9 2017 at 7:07am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ j User
Thank you for your feedback! The server activation bug you mention has been fixed in our latest versions, so you shouldn't have any issues with them now.
AMS Software - Aug 9 2017 at 7:39am Copy Link
oleTeacher Seems like very nice software but everyone should know that even the deluxe version is limited to one (1) computer install.

Very silly. If I had to pay full price would not keep. Since I (and many internet nomads) travel a lot need on my laptop and desktop. Use on laptop when need to get simple product out or killing time in hotel room. Then, when I return to my home office, use on my large screen desktop.

I am told by support that can buy another copy to use on second computer, no thanks....

Very hard to find this info on sellers site.
Aug 9 2017 at 8:37am Copy Link
j User @Lesley Knight
It's great that the activation issue does not occur for the latest versions, but it should be the same for prior versions as well. Anyone who paid should be able to use the product for which they paid without having to buy the latest version, if they don't need any of the added features.

As I said before, I don't even have any of the products installed because of the hassle of having to periodically contact technical support over the activation. It's annoying to go to open an app and be greeted by a trial expiration message and find your license key no longer works.
Aug 9 2017 at 10:10pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ j User
I'm really sorry about the hassle, but issues of different sorts are hard to avoid in the software industry. We deal with them when releasing new versions, and our support team is always ready to help those who have a bug in a prior version.
AMS Software - Aug 10 2017 at 2:51am Copy Link
Lim User Cannot get the registration key
Feb 20 2018 at 10:02pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Lim User
Please contact tech support at
AMS Software - Feb 20 2018 at 10:28pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! AMS Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 21 2018 at 12:11am Copy Link
Robert Crombie If I made a slide show (a series of images) as a tutorial (a 'Help') for a friend, can the friend control the flow by -
1) Moving image to image at their own pace (they navigate by clicking to go to next image)
2) They can pause on any slide for as long as they want
3) They can click to navigate to the previous image
Feb 21 2018 at 7:35am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Robert Crombie
Yes, manual control is possible for an EXE slideshow. Here are the settings you will need:
AMS Software - Feb 21 2018 at 8:00am Copy Link
RichU It is 1:15 ET and after filling in the required boxes, the registration box tells me my licence has expired.... Not good! Still shows 1:42 left in giveaway.
Feb 21 2018 at 10:18pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ RichU
You need to contact our tech support with this issue. Here they are:
AMS Software - Feb 21 2018 at 11:51pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! AMS Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 22 2018 at 12:11am Copy Link
Robert Crombie Thanks Lesley,
I will give it a try
PS Also thanks for being available for XP
Feb 22 2018 at 2:24am Copy Link
Peter Dr Can you point me to the place on your web-site which shows the difference between the Standard and Pro versions?

Feb 22 2018 at 1:18pm Copy Link
Lindie User Well I downloaded this about 5 hours ago, have installed it, fiddle farted around to work out how to get rid of the pesky "no dll's in the waterfall procedure" error, managed to get this program to work but when I came to enter the key and register the program, I get a message that my license has expired! Are you kidding me, you only emailed that to me 5-6 hours ago. This is not a good look.
Feb 22 2018 at 10:29pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Peter Dr
For SmartSHOW, it's here: (just keep in mind that free upgrades apply to the purchased version only, they don't apply to the giveaway version).
If you're interested in SmartSHOW 3D, you'll find a more detailed comparison here:
AMS Software - Feb 23 2018 at 1:02am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Lindie User
"no dll's in the waterfall procedure" is a common Windows error. To get rid of it, you need to browse to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and remove these files:
ippjw7-6 .. 1

Regarding the activation issue, you need to contact tech support at
AMS Software - Feb 23 2018 at 1:04am Copy Link
Eustace Phenackertiban Like many here (BDJ site), I installed the software during the BDJ Promotion period (it was then 0247 ET), but when I entered the email and key data, I got the message "Your license has expired. What would you like to do next?" BDJ, you might want to vet these installations more thoroughly. With so many users experiencing this issue, it doesn't make BDJ look very good. Just sayin'... ;-)
Feb 24 2018 at 3:37pm Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Eustace Phenackertiban
We are really sorry for that. The giveaway version was tested properly, but there seems to have been a temporary error on the activation server. Please contact tech support at - they'll help you for sure.
AMS Software - Feb 25 2018 at 11:34pm Copy Link
Lindie User @Lesley Knight
Perhaps you should re-read my comment. I stated; I did get it to work after I sorted out the dll problem. My issue is not with the known windows problem. My issue is clearly spelt out - the new licence keyI received comes back as expired.
And, yes I did lodge a support ticket that same day.
To date, there has not been a single response from you. (Yes, I do check my junk email folder - every day).
What am I supposed to do next?
Feb 26 2018 at 1:33am Copy Link
Lesley Knight @ Lindie User
I posted the solution to the "dll problem" in case someone else has the same issue.
Regarding the activation issue - we're very sorry for the delay. There's an issue with the activation server, and we're currently waiting for the engineer to sort it out. Our support team will get back to you once it is resolved.
AMS Software - Feb 26 2018 at 2:05am Copy Link

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