There are 3 different levels that you can purchase with a Smartslides account: Starter, Pro and Studio. This is simply based off of how many slideshows that you would like stored using SmartSlides‘ web platform.
The only thing that I think could be improved here is the “studio” storage. Although 1,000 slideshows is a lot of content to create and it would likely take a while to produce that, I am curious why there is limit on the slideshows that you can create considering it’s the highest plan that you can purchase.
Pound-for-pound I think the pricing is reasonable and has been customized with the modern photographer in mind. When you compare the pricing to their competitors, the ease of use, and professionalism, then you’ll see that SmartSlides is packing in a ton of value.
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SmartSlides Slideshow Software – Conclusion
One of the highlights of SmartSlides is the well-thought-out customizations that seem to tailor towards the most important elements of a professional photography slideshow. Elements like music, theme, segments, transitions and a custom domain are all notable.
Another valuable highlight is the learning curve. Comparing to other slideshow software, the amount of time it took me become proficient in SmartSlides was was around 50% less. I found the interface intuitive and easy to use because of the minimal, simple design.
Because SmartSlides uses HTML5 rather than Flash, the speed during upload, designing and publishing was easy and fast. I was under the impression that because my files were so large that SmartSlides would struggle to quickly change and manipulate the slideshow but I made changes without any lagging or loading.
The simple, minimal design of SmartSlides is another highlight that stands out to me although I do think there is room for improvement here. It’s evident that Pixellu put so much time into the features and options. They’re functional and I actually enjoyed designing my slideshow.
The specific areas that need improvement are with the images after they’re uploaded. When rearranging images to tell a story in a visual order I found it difficult to make changes. I had to “zoom out” in order to see the “rows” of images so I could rearrange the order. I also could only move images up one row at a time which was inconvenient in segments with more than a dozen images.
The professionalism alone, stands out from all other slideshow software that I’ve experienced. The final product helps my clients focus on the images themselves and allows them to experience the photos without the usual distractions of videos such as ads, pop-ups or promos.
The ability to customize a client tailored URL as well as embedding the video into my website was extremely easy, quick and I didn’t have to make any tweaks!
Here is an example of the slideshow that I made using SmartSlides as well as the same video embedded in my Squarespace blog.
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This review was written in collaboration with ShotKit.com