ProShow Producer shares the same look and feel as ProShow Gold, with enhancements scattered throughout the feature set. From a workflow perspective, we really liked the ability to zoom the Slide Options window to full screen and to shell out to an external image editor to correct color imbalances and red-eye. You can also insert a watermark over any or all of your images, with precise controls over placement, size, and opacity.
Other enhancements in the Slide Options window include the ability to include up to 100 layers of images in a slide, with individual control over motion, opacity, and masking. This is a breakthrough feature for still image slide show tools, but ease of use trails that of most traditional video editors. For example, to fade out an image in a six-image montage in a video editor, you'd simply drag a fade effect on that image. With Producer, you have to set up two identical slides, one with all six images, the next lacking the image to disappear, and then insert a dissolve transition between the two slides. Not impossible, but cumbersome.
Once you've created a slide show, such as an opening montage for a wedding, you can save the layers, motion, and other effects as a template for future shows, and then you can simply insert new wedding party pictures for your next event. If your business involves a series of similar projects, this feature can be a real timesaver.