Photoshop Elements: Useful enhancements for Elements Organizer slideshow

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I develop slideshows of historical photos that use a lot of panning and zooming and text on the photos to identify people and provide other historical information. I’ve been working with the more advanced slideshow software such as ProShow Producer but am finding those inefficient and difficult to use for basic historical slideshows. The slideshow component of Photoshop Elements Organizer is much easier to use and would be very useful for my purposes with just a few enhancements. These enhancements would not take much programming effort and could significantly increase the use and market for Elements Organizer.

Provide an option for text, background, and graphic extras to fade in and fade out when they are used on a slide that is part of a pan-zoom sequence. At present text that is first displayed on a slide in a pan-zoom sequence jumps out abruptly. An easy way might be to have a fade in/out option between slides in a pan-zoom sequence such that everything that is different between two slides is faded in and out.

Make the output video size larger than 1024x768. It’s time to have options in the range of 1400 or 1600 or maybe larger for display on computers. Historical slideshows often focus on historical details in the background and higher resolution is needed.

Provide the option for MPEG2 as the output format for files for use on a computer. This would provide much greater flexibility for outputting historical slideshows that may be used for decades.

When setting the green or red rectangle for zooming, have an option that allows the zoomed image to be displayed. This could be an option with the right mouse button. When significant zooming is being used the current display can be too small to see how the image is going to appear at playback.

For the slide sequence list at the bottom of the workspace have an option that all the slides that are components of a pan-zoom sequence collapse into one slide with the time duration set to the total time of the pan-zoom sequence. This will get all the individual slides in the pan-zoom sequence out of the way when it is not being worked on. Of course when it is being worked on there should be an option to expand it to show each individual slide in the pan-zoom sequence.
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These are some excellent ideas for slideshow enhancements. I hope we can find a way to implement them.