Karsten SlideShow Project

About Karsten SlideShow

Karsten SlideShow is a playlist based open-source slide-show program for pictures and video clips on Microsoft Windows. It offers flexible, item-related control over the presentation sequence, and runs shows in a window, the screen saver, or the desktop wallpaper.

Slide Show

  • Displays pictures and movie clips in a random sequence.
  • Each playlist item has its own user-defined properties (see below)
  • Supported picture formats: bmp, jpg/jpeg, png, wmf/emf
  • Supported movie formats: any format supported by the Windows Mediaplayer
  • Runs in a window (with or without frame), full-screen, or on the desktop wallpaper
  • One slide show can be selected to run as screen saver
  • The desktop wallpaper can be changed based on a slide collection via a command line option (e.g. during system start)

Slide Properties

  • Zoom modes: original size, stretch to fill, keep aspect ratio, integer stretch factor, custom stretch factor
  • Background colour
  • Relative display frequency (view your favourites more often!)
  • Display time

Slide Collections

  • Slide collections may contain pictures (links to a picture file), and picture folders (links to a file folder containing pictures)
  • Moved or renamed files are resolved automatically (on NTFS volumes)
  • Editcollection items individually, or as multiple selection
  • Drag&drop picture files from any other Windows application
  • Slide collections are saved as XML-files

User Resources

The following links lead to the relevant user resources on the sourceforge.net project site where you can get the latest downloads and view other project-related information. Note that there is no guaranteed user support. If you have questions, try the discussion forum.

Developer Resources

The project web site is at http://sourceforge.net/projects/karsten/. Developers are welcome to join the project, and to volunteer in any of the following areas:
  • Inventing new features
  • Improving the UI
  • Improving performance
  • Translations (by now, english and german are implemented)
  • Testing and debugging on various Windows versions
  • Writing user documentation
  • ...?
Karsten SlideShow is released under the terms of the Mozilla Public License, version 1.1. The source code is written in Delphi, version 2006. It should also compile under the new Turbo Delphi editions.