Imagination – A lightweight and simple DVD Slideshow Maker

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Imagination is a lightweight and simple DVD slide show maker written in C language and built with the GTK+2 toolkit. I noticed a lack of a user-friendly DVD slide show maker for GNU/Linux, so I started developing Imagination. True, there are some other GUIs which do the job, but they usually require a lot of dependencies to be installed first and often their interfaces are bloated. Imagination has been designed from the ground up to be fast, light and easy-to-use. It requires the ffmpeg encoder to produce the movie file and libsox to handle the audio.

Imagination at present features 69 transition effects, random function to automatically set a random transition on all the selected slides, cut/copy/paste ability on the slides, Ken Burns ability, text on the slides with some text animations, ability to add an empty slide with a gradient editor and export of the slideshow as OGV Theora/Vorbis, widescreen FLV video and 3GP for mobile phones.

Install Imagination in Ubuntu Karmic

sudo apt-get install imagination

or use the following command


For Ubuntu Jaunty Users (32bit,64bit Users)

Download .deb package from getdeb

Install .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i packagename

Imagination Screenshots




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9 Responses

  1. outlaws42 says:

    Great program!! The only issue i had with it was the rotate counter clockwise. Rotated clockwise.

    Maybe i missed it. is there a way to auto scale the slides to fit a audio file.


  2. Charlotte says:

    Is it possible to add sound to the DVD?
    Music is making the pictures more fun…

  3. outlaws42 says:

    I looked into it more and there is a way to scale the slide show in a newer version

  4. luciano says:

    i’ve installed imagination but it doesn’t play sound when i add one to the presentation. I have Ubuntu Karmic Koala but in jaunty is the sames



  5. anarkae says:

    Can I add audio (mp3 format) to the presentation?

  6. Anderson says:

    Para ativar o som/musica…
    No synaptic ativar libsox-fmt…(todos os libsox-fmt que aparecerem)

    For activate sound/music…
    In synaptic, activate libsox-fmt…(all libsox-fmt…sorry the bad english!)

  7. anarkae says:

    Thanks Anderson!
    It works to me. 🙂

  8. John_T says:

    Great app. I just had to figure out what to do afterwards to make the actual DVD. Imagination only makes the vob file. I used “DVD Styler” (from the repositories) to layout the menu, add a soundtrack and and burn the disc.

  9. Thom says:

    Thanks for the program Just downloaded and am starting a slide show.

    Looks like it will be just what I need.

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