When is the last time you were able to sit down with loved ones to look over that album of old family pictures? Families are increasingly on the go, those nearest & dearest to us are often flung all over the globe. Fortunately, we can turn our PC’s into memory creation centers, your very own family virtual photo album & movie theater. Let’s take a look at 5 great free PC Multimedia creation tools that will make creating family memories easier.
1. Smilebox – This site will allow you to turn your family pictures into scrap books, slideshows, invitations, collages and more. Smilebox also makes sharing via email, Facebook or your blog super easy, You can also print or burn your work to DVD.
2. Photocollage.net This site features photo editing tools that allow you to create collages, photo animations & slideshows, you can design free form masterpieces or use their large variety of templates & share them on Facebook. You can even produce images from your tweets on twitter.
3. Picasa & Picasa Web Albums – Google’s solution for our need to quickly upload, organize & share pictures, the site features simple photo editing tools, that will let you prepare & share photo’s. The service is quite feature rich, so here’s the Picasa Web guide to get you started.
4. Photoshop Express – Created by Adobe the makers of Photoshop, this free tool gives you 2GB of free storage, provides you with solid, basic photo editing tools, a personal gallery, templates & video streaming options.
5.Windows Live Essentials – This powerful Freeware suite features Windows Live Movie Maker, Live Photo Gallery & Live Writer. Editing pics, creating & sharing slide shows & movies is a snap, even for beginners. Live Writer lets you quickly share your work on your family blog or website.
What kind of a PC do you need to do all of this?
Ideally you should purchase a system with the fastest CPU you can afford, with lots of memory. The computer should be expandable, offering upgrade options. It should be compatible with other commonly used devices & software applications. Lastly, the PC should be built by a manufacturer known for producing high quality hardware.
Consider a system such as the Asus Essentio CM6870 feature rich, the Essentio is powered by the latest 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors providing an estimated 20% increase in CPU power & a 30% increase in graphics performance while using less energy. Essentio comes packed with 8GB of dual Channel, DDR3 at 1600MHz memory, upgradable to 16GB, storage options up to 4TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive, 3D enabled graphics, Blu-ray, 7.1 surround & a slew of front & rear I/O Ports including super speed USB 3.0, & HDMI-Out. The Essentio delivers plenty of multimedia muscle.
What apps & programs do you use to create & share memories with your family & friends? What do you look for when you buy a new PC?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for ASUS Computer international