A reminder that The Frame Locker is closing

There are just two weeks left. Monday morning, Oct. 12, I’ll be emptying The Frame Locker of all its pages and products, leaving up just the home page with a message that the store is closed. There isn’t much time left before it’ll all be gone!

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Bringing Back the Joy

Turning my beloved ProShow into a business slowly stole away the joy I’ve always found in the software, and then because demos required music, it also stole the joy of composing. Why? Because when love becomes a job, it isn’t as much fun.

Last week I turned 72 and realized I’d finally had enough. I want to get back the joy, which means closing The Frame Locker’s doors, but they’ll remain open through September 30th to give you time to get anything you’ve been considering.

If in the future you need product support, my contact email is always in the product instructions. If by chance the address was inadvertently left out, you can comment here–this blog will remain open just in case I have any ProShow news.

I imagine all of you understand, particularly you oldsters.

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Fired in the Producer Kiln – Ceramics Slide Styles

Once upon time, I was a potter who loved the feel and look of clay. Thinking about this recently, I wondered if it was possible to reproduce some of the special glaze effects. I set to work on it, and a number of days later, nine slide styles resulted. They’re fun to use and can add interest to your shows, being especially nice with vintage photos, architecture, and landscapes. Take a look at Ceramics.

Ceramics Producer slide styles

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Woodland for Producer plus Revised Wishing Well

I love old stuff–old metal, old paper, old wood, and an old, comfortable chair. In that spirit, Woodland slide styles were created with a handmade frame made of old, weathered wood. These five simple-to-use styles will work beautifully with nature and vintage themes.

Wishing Well card styles were long-past due to be updated, and I finally did it. Because of text layers, you’ll find it far easier work with the cover and inside messages. If you already own the styles (and use at least Producer 6), you’ll find a link on the product page to request your free update.

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Bug in Producer 8

There are two methods for replacing a layer. One is to drag-and-drop from the File List on the left. It works perfectly. What may not work perfectly is using the right-click-Select method. If the layer you’re trying to replace is supposed to be flipped (in the Adjustments tab), using the Select method in Producer 8 totally wipes out the setting. We third-party vendors use Flip periodically, so if you use the Select method, check to see if the layer is supposed to be flipped. Change your replacement method or remember to repair the Flip.

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ProShow Producer Suspended Frame Styles

I bet you’ll have just as much playing with Suspended frame styles as I did creating them. You have 5 frame shapes, each with 3 variations, and then 3 backgrounds along with the ability to change frame and background color. Oh, and you can mix and match. I won’t even try to calculate all the possibilities!

Suspended slide styles

When you arrive at the Genre section, click on the NEW button and then click “Suspended” at top left to get a better idea of the possibilities. If you don’t see it listed, click the Refresh button provided…or do it the old-fashioned way by clicking your browser’s refresh button.

Pricing for new products: Knowing exactly what I would have charged for them before the permanent sale, I’m showing that amount, crossing it out, and then applying 50% off.

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4 New Producer Style Sets…and more

The Genre section of The Frame Locker is sporting 4 brand-new sets of styles! Once you get there, click the “NEW” button.

Color Your Metal is filled with lots of variety that you can alter further with ease and playfulness:

Color Your Metal styles

Vignettes Bordered is one of those sets that you can use anywhere in any kind of slideshow:

Vignettes Bordered

Grunge fills the constant need for sophisticated and yet casual design, in this case with grungy photo frames–pen line, Polaroid transfer, and just plain sloppy–on a grungy background you can quickly change so its color matches your photo or mood. The set also includes 5 transitions you’ll enjoy using in all kinds of shows!


Satin Days has just two styles, one for the start of the show and one to continue the show. It’s great for any kind of formal occasion:

Satin Days

Oh, but that’s not all! A number of older products have been refreshed and modernized, so make sure to check if any of them are amongst those you purchased in the past.

And now back to staring out the window. We’re having what’s called a Nor’easter where there’s lots of white stuff falling from the sky. Time for a cozy bowl of soup.

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Lies, Truths, and Consequences

The Lie: The idea has been brewing for two years.

The Truth: I’ve been procrastinating for two years.

The Consequences: It took 7-days a week for a full month to create a new section on The Frame Locker. It required going through the mountain of products individually, giving each and every one a category, but I’m finally done except for minor tweaks. The result is a new section called Genre where you can find products to suit the theme or subject of a show. It wasn’t any fun to create, but I think it was worth the trouble.

Please visit Genre and to check it out.

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