How does it work?
This is a brief description of how cuePics works. For a full description, see the PDF Help file that either comes with the downloadable demo or that can be downloaded separately from the download section. Note that the screen grabs on this page are from the Windows version in Advanced User Mode (the Advanced mode offers more options and button controls than the Basic User Mode).

To start, you import pictures and sounds that you have stored on your computer or draw new pictures or record new sounds directly from within the program.


Importing pictures - view full-size

Recording sound - view full-size

cuePics supports all major picture and sound file formats and will import pictures you have saved from your digital camera, scanner, favourite photo-editing software, the social networking site Facebook or many other sources. Sounds may be imported that you have recorded elsewhere, created in sound editing software, downloaded from the internet or converted from a music CD.

Once imported, you then use the simple drag-and-drop interface to drag pictures and sounds to the sequencer to create a sequence, much as you would do when editing video in say Apple's iMovie or Microsoft Windows Movie Maker. As well as importing pictures, you may paint or draw over a picture that you have already imported. You can, for example, add captions or speech bubbles to pictures, then record a voice-over directly within the program to match the text in the speech-bubble that you have just drawn.


Dragging and dropping pictures - view full-size

Drawing on a picture - view full-size

In addition, you can crop a picture to isolate a feature. You can create the impression of a zoom by cropping several adjacent pictures in your sequence progressively, either tighter or looser. Add a background music track to play throughout your whole sequence. Add your recorded voice-over commentary by attaching it to a picture or play it over several pictures. Finesse the edited sequence by adding transitions between pictures or fading sounds in or out.


Cropping a picture - view full-size

Setting a transition - view full-size

Now you have created your own home movie - with still images, rather than video. You can then either play the finished slideshow sequence full screen or export it as a QuickTime or AVI movie, which you can send to your friends, family or colleagues as an attachment, publish to your web site (with QuickTime), or upload to Facebook - with the Facebook Video Application - or any other social networking site like YouTube or mySpace.

Other benefits include being able to see your edited sequence as a storyboard, where you can annotate each picture and print out the whole sequence with or without annotations. cuePics can act as a storyboard tool for storyboarding a play, film or any other sort of story you might like to use it for.
Storyboard view - view full-size