For a lot of Mac users, the slideshow functionality offered in iPhoto (or even Preview, the basic image viewer that ships with every Mac), is more than enough. Sure, there are shareware slideshow creation tools, but for quick viewing on the computer, the built-in tools are enough.
But sometimes iPhoto can be a bit cumbersome to use. If you have tons of pictures in your iPhoto library, it can take a little while to load. And if the photos you want to view are on a CD or DVD (or flash drive or external hard drive), and not already a part of your iPhoto Library, then adding them simply in order to view as a slideshow is a bit of overkill.
For those of you, a simple, free program called CocoaSlideShow might be just the thing.
CocoaSlideShow is a free Mac slideshow tool, available for both Tiger and Leopard users, that makes viewing slideshows a breeze, along with a bit of extra functionality that should be perfect for users with limited photo management needs.
What can CocoaSlideShow do?
Display slideshows, in a window or fullscreen mode.
Flag photos, for later viewing or, if you want, for deletion.
Read GPS data embedded in photos, so you can arrange by location.
Rotate (left and right), to align your photos correctly for viewing.
Remove photos from your slideshow.
Delete photos (send to Trash) from your hard drive.
To be honest, viewing a slideshow created in iPhoto or Preview is a much better experience than using CocoaSlideShow, at least using the most recent version of each program. CocoaSlideShow seems to have problems in displaying larger images (around 1 MB in size) quickly. Because of this, if a slide is supposed to be displayed for three seconds, and it takes CocoaSlideShow 2 seconds to load it, the image is only displayed for the remaining second. (Note: the computer I’m using to test CocoaSlideShow is a few years old, and this could explain the sluggishness, although by way of comparison both iPhoto and Preview had no trouble viewing the same images. Also, CocoaSlideShow has no built-in abilities to transition between slides, so the slide changes are a bit abrupt.
Still, CocoaSlideShow doesn’t look like a bad program. It isn’t ready to take over for either of Apple’s slideshow-capable offerings at the moment, but maybe someday in the future it will be. At the moment, it isn’t great, and it isn’t bad. It’s an “okay” program trying to improve. And I think it might.