Pictures to Exe (P2E) is a photo slideshow application developed by WinSoft Ltd exclusively for the Windows operating system. It’s been the go-to application within the audio visual world for many years now. But what if you use a Mac? There are plenty of workarounds to be found on the Internet but to me they all seem to need a degree of techy skills that I lack if one was going to realise the desired outcome.
Despite an expectation that v9 of P2E would work natively on Mac that unfortunately didn’t transpire so no reason for me to upgrade of course. I use v8 of the software on a Windows laptop and really miss the speed and convenience of my Mac; my laptop is snail-like compared to the older iMac. I also have to copy image files and other resources across to the laptop with a USB stick when using P2E.
Although I knew it was possible I had been loath to look into running Windows on my Mac fearing, as I mentioned above, that it would be complicated and might compromise the smooth running of my other applications but frustration with the laptop finally led me to take action. Speaking to a more technically-minded friend he recommended a program for the Mac called Parallels and as I had a Windows 7 disc from my days as a Windows user lurking in the back of a cupboard I parted with £50 for the Parallels software.
Back at home, sat in front of the computer ready to begin the installation I was expecting some serious stress so I settled down with some soothing background music, a mug of black tea and a packet of chocolate fingers.
Having downloaded the Parallels software and started it running I settled back to wait but it almost immediately asked me to put the Windows operating system disc in the CD drive which I did before even opening the biscuits. I didn’t actually time the operation, I was expecting to measure it as in afternoons not hours and certainly not in tens of minutes but imagine my surprise when it announced it was complete and I’d barely got half way through the mug of tea.
It really was that quick and straightforward. I felt somewhat cheated and had only eaten a couple of the chocolate fingers too. And P2E worked!
I’ve been using it for a few days now and have not noticed any performance issues from the Mac. I only run Parallels when using P2E and am astounded at how well it integrates with my Mac. I can prepare all my resources using the Mac as normal, particularly the Adobe Creative Cloud applications, save them as I would usually , where I would usually and they are available immediately from within the Windows environment.
So if you run a Mac and have been wondering about the ease of running your Windows programs I can attest to the efficacy of this solution. Truly the best of both worlds.
ps: because of the aforementioned speed issues with my Windows laptop I’ve never really got to grips with Pictures to Exe. I’m currently giving myself a crash-course in its use and hopefully the first test AV will be on YouTube later today.