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Does anyone know of an app that lets you drag and drop images to create a slideshow? Not to create a DVD or video, but a slideshow you can control yourself. Office presentation tools is too complicated. It is also important that I can bring the slideshow with me easily from one machine to another.

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In Ubuntu - using the Image Viewer (eog)*, you can just

  • put all of the Images of your slideshow in one directory

  • open the first one

  • press F11 to put it into full screen

    • Hit the spacebar to advance to the next one


  • press F5 to have a full screen slideshow that advances automatically

    • Go to Edit → Preferences → Slideshow to set the time

For this to work, make sure the names of your images are correctly sorted in alphabetical order. You could, for example, name them 01.png, 02.png and so on.

You will also want to make sure the images have the correct aspect ratio for your screens.

As far as portability is concerned, you can just right click your Slideshow Directory and select "Compress" to create an archive, then take it with you on a USB Stick.

*: It will work the same way if you're using Shotwell.

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"For this to work, make sure the names of your images are correctly sorted in alphabetical order." Exactly. This is a PITA, and just the thing I want an app to avoid having to do. Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer, though! – forteller Dec 28 '10 at 23:31
I find it rather interesting that this very common task cannot get accomplished within Ubuntu. Neither Eye of Gnome nor Gthumb are able to sort images to prepare a proper slideshow. Also, there seems to be no improvement since 10/12. – mcbetz Dec 22 '12 at 14:08

I do not know of an application that will do exactly what you want.

What is available:

  • Applications that create non-interactive slideshows (videos or DVDs)

  • Photo viewers with a slide show function (As mentioned by Stefano Palazzo)

  • Full office suite presentation applications

I know you didn't want to use a full office suite, but Open Office Impress install is really the only application that can do all that you want. it isn't that hard to make a presentation of images. You can drag and drop images from the file manager into the current slide then resize the image to fit the slide. You can quickly create new slides by pressing Alt+I+E.

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You can save this file and take it anywhere. If you don't want to require an office suite on other computers, you can export to a PDF file. You can then use the presentation function of the PDF viewer (F5). Once in presentation mode, use left click to navigate forward, right click to navigate backward, or Esc to exit.

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Resizing pictures is a huge pain, that a dedicated program would avoid. – Nicolas Raoul Feb 15 '13 at 8:38

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