Slide.ly is a slideshow creator for making and sharing social videos via photos and music with easy social media integration.
Slide.ly is a product of the Tel Aviv-based company, EasyHi, founded in 2010 by CEO Tom More. There are very few statistics available, the latest showing approximately 7,000 unique visitors to the website.
This app allows users more advanced features than simple slideshow apps. Slideshows can be created using Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Pickplz, Picasa, Google images, photos from friends, or images from the user's own computer to mix with music and effects for dynamic slideshow/videos. Picture sequence may be rearranged via drag and drop.
The first step is to upload images from Facebook, Google images, Flickr, Instagram, Picasa, or the user's computer. Multiple images may be uploaded, with a maximum of 90 at 10MB each. Connection to each photo program must be established to import photos.
Next, the user may choose music to add to the slideshow. They may use some of the songs provided by category (popular, movies & tv, all time classics, classical, beautiful, or thanks), upload music from the user's computer, or search Youtube or Soundcloud for songs.
Next, the user may add effects as they preview the slideshow. The music video for the chosen song shows in the bottom right corner of the player. Effects include spots - colored dots floating at the bottom of the screen, orange glow - which adds an orange light glow effect, colors - colored dots float across the images, dots - nearly the same as colors, dust - tiny white spots fall like snow across the screen, birthday - balloons and confetti float across images, seventies - a spotted "frame" around the images, or old film - dark around the edges with black flecks. Users may also choose the speed of the image changes. The user may also choose tags and a category for their new "video".
Once saved, the "video" can be edited at any time. After saving, the user may share via Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, or Tumblr. Shared content appears as a link that opens a window to the slideshow for viewing.
The app is certainly easy to use and offers easy sharing options that anyone can use. Uploads were fast and simple. It would be nice to have more effects and potentially the ability to add short video clips to the slideshow to differentiate it more from other traditional slideshow applications.
Users may sign up by connecting with their Facebook accounts or by signing up directly with Slide.ly. Registration directly with the app includes providing first and last name, email address and password. A confirmation email is sent with a link to login. The link redirects the user directly to their dashboard.
There is no cost associated with using Slide.ly.
Anyone who wishes to make an easy to share slideshow may enjoy using Slide.ly. Despite their use of the word "video" on the home page, make no mistake - this is a slide show only. Music and visual effects are offered, but this application has no video capability.