Kitchen sink presentation softwarer

Reviewed on 12/11/2018
Bill B.
volunteer
Religious Institutions, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: Have used it since the mid-2000s every week. It gets the job done. We rely on it to produce a service where technical glitches do not distract from worship. Apart from the video issues which we are still troubleshooting, it's a workhorse.

Pros: If I need it in our church service, Songshow can do it. It may not always be obvious or handy, but the capability is there. Song lyrics, picture and video backgrounds, Bible quotations, video projection, Powerpoint, multi-screen handling, we use it all. We create programs for upcoming services and use them at practice, making mods as we go. Updating lyrics, reordering songs and announcements, importing slideshows and videos are all fairly straightforward. The software is reliable, the only problems we have had during a service were network or media related, not SSP itself.

Cons: The display is almost infinitely customizable, but finding the setting you want can be difficult. We have had problems with stuttering and freeze-ups when projecting video, but we're not sure if it's the program or the network. Normally the database is on a file server connected by Gigabit ethernet. Video projection improved when we moved the database to a local drive, but then we can't share it among presentation workstations.

Works Well Running on Windows

Reviewed on 20/12/2018
Verified Reviewer
Software Engineer
Internet, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: I recommend for Windows users if your budget allows. If on a Mac, try the trials of native Mac software.

Pros: This is a great way to stay organized and quickly change slides to the correct verse when you make a mistake. Powerpoint integration is also nice. Being able to backup is important. I also like being able to setup a sequence of the different verses, bridges, choruses, etc. so you can practice with the band and figure out the correct order. There are plenty of background options though black with white letters is always the most readable. Sometimes I would add snowflakes.

Cons: I wish it ran native on a Mac. Our church has to run VMWare Fusion in order to use this software. Also exporting to additional formats would be nice for if you ever switch applications (have not tried the latest version of this software, so exporting may be improved).

Great product

Reviewed on 27/06/2017
Tim M.
Pastor
Religious Institutions, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: able to project graphics and information on a screen during services.

Pros: Our church has been using Song Show for several years to project song lyrics, announcements, sermon notes, etc. during the services. Those who use it really like it, and we haven't really had any complaints.

Cons: It could be a bit more user friendly. There is a bit of a learning curve but once you get the hang of it, it's not too bad.

I love this program. It makes adding worship programs easy and fun.

Reviewed on 30/04/2018
Craig S.
Admin
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Pros: The program works well and it is easy to use. I love the fact that you can easily modify existing program and move slides around and reorder programs.

Cons: I do not like the fact that you cannot have multiple background images per slide to customize your program according to the song you are displaying.

A solid choice.

Reviewed on 31/01/2018
Paul G.
videographer
Media Production, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: It allows us to show slides on a screen and it is specifically designed for a worship setting.

Pros: This software does everything you need it to. It gets slides on the screen and has pretty good song management.

Cons: Compared to its main competitor, it is slow, clunky, and under featured. While this may accomplish everything you need it to, consider looking elsewhere.

Simple software for presenting during church surfaces

Reviewed on 29/08/2018
Verified Reviewer
Production & Media Manager
Religious Institutions, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Pros: This software is crazy easy to use. Putting together a simple service takes just a few mins

Cons: It doesn't have the robust features and system that ProPresenter does.

It's presentation software.

Reviewed on 25/04/2018
Dany H.
Pastor
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source 
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: SongShow does what it's supposed to do. It has some features that some of the competition does not have.

Cons: Main reason we use something else is we run Macs across the board. Also some of the features available with SongShow seem a little impractical and pointless.