Xequte June Newsletter: DVD PixPlay v4.0 Released and Other News

1 June 2008


In this Issue:

  • DVD PixPlay V4.0 Released
  • DVD PixPlay - Professional Edition
  • Enhancement Pack for Registered DVD PixPlay Users
  • V4.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
  • MailList King V7.12 Released
  • Program Tips
  • Removing yourself from this List



Dear Xequte Software User,


Well we have so much news to report that I'm going to keep my usual waffle to a minimum.  The main thing of course is our new DVD PixPlay release.  Now I know this one is going to be popular with you guys because it adds a feature that we get asked for at least once a day and twice on weekends: Multiple slideshows with DVD menus!


As is usually the case with these things, technically it was all very straightforward, the hard bit was adding the feature in a way that would not make the software confusing, overwhelming or just plain ugly.  Fortunately - if our beta reports are anything to go by - PixPlay users should find no difficulty with the new release at all.


And just for fun we've snuck in a little easter egg.  A special prize to anyone who finds it :-)


If you need any clues, drop us a line on our discussion forum: www.xequte.com/userforum/





Nigel Cross

Xequte Software






* DVD PixPlay V4.0 Released


DVD PixPlay allows you to create slideshow discs from your digital photos and videos for playback on DVD players and computers. 


V4.0 is a major upgrade incorporating numerous improvements to styling and functionality.


Top Ten Enhancements:


1. Multiple slideshows can be burned to a single DVD disk with a menu

2. A PowerPoint presentation can be opened directly in PixPlay (Pro Version)

3. Can export slideshow to a YouTube video file

4. Many improvements to Title Page dialog including new toolbar, "Snap to Grid" positioning, many alignment and sizing functions and layout options for background images

5. Now automatically rotates your camera photos using the embedded digital camera fields

6. Now supports XP/Vista style numbered file sorting

7. New texture files, background music and Clip Art

8. A company logo can be shown throughout the slideshow display (Pro Version)

9. Many improvements to styling and layout, including a much improved Add Images dialog

10. Fully Windows Vista compatible


Complete Change List:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/changes.html


More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/


(See upgrade information below)




* DVD PixPlay - Professional Edition


DVD PixPlay is not only popular with home users, but also many businesses use it to create presentation media for clients and customers.  In order to meet the needs of this segment we have released a special "Professional" Edition. 


This edition already includes the following enhancements:


  • Output PowerPoint presentations to DVD
  • Display a company logo throughout the slideshow
  • Import slideshows from CSV and Excel
  • Automatic frame captioning using embedded digital camera fields (EXIF and IPTC)
  • Priority Support


DVD PixPlay users can upgrade to the Professional version for only $27.60 (normally $34.50) until June 7, 2008:





If you are not a PixPlay customer you can even purchase PixPlay Professional for $39.60 (normally $49.50) until June 7, 2008:






* Enhancement Pack for Registered DVD PixPlay Users


We have released an Enhancement Pack for registered users.  It bundles 20 extra DVD menus, 150 Clip Art files, 85 Background Texture Files and 25 Background Music Files.  Phew!


Once you have your V4 Serial Number you can download it from:






* Upgrade Information


V4.0 is a free upgrade to all users who purchased a license or upgrade after 1 February 2008.  Everyone who qualifies should already have been emailed a new serial number (e-mail us if it has not).


Other registered users can upgrade at:


Upgrades: http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/upgrade.html



Also, to make upgrading easier we are providing an extra 20% off for five days. 


To upgrade to v4.0 for only $11.90:





Note: This offer is only available from this link and expires at midnight, June 7, 2008.




* MailList King V7.12 Released


MailList King allows you to manage and communicate with a mailing list from your own computer.


V7.12 has been released to address the question:


"Why is my message displaying as gibberish?"


You may have read on our forum about an issue in a recent Microsoft Exchange update that can cause a message to display the wrong character set:




This occurs if you do not explicitly specify a character encoding option for your message (e.g. for an English messages you haven't specified your character set as "Western European").  V7.12 adds a new "Automatic" encoding option which ensures that a character set is always specified for your messages and thus avoid the Exchange issue.


To enable this option click the Edit button on the Message Sending Toolbar then the "Automatic" option.



More Info and Evaluation download: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/download.html


Registered V7 Users: An updated download link has already been emailed.  If you did not receive the link, please complete the following form:






* Program Tips


- DVD PixPlay: Uploading a Slideshow to YouTube


A popular way to share slideshows with friends and family is the video sharing web site, YouTube.  DVD PixPlay V4 allows you to save your slideshows in a YouTube compatible format for uploading:


1. Run DVD PixPlay and open your project

2. Select File>Burn Slideshow Disk

3. Choose the "YouTube" format option and click Next

4. Select the option to save to a file and specify a filename


Once generation completes:


5. Go to the YouTube web site: www.youtube.com

6. Click the Sign Up option and then follow the steps to become a member

7. Upload your video file from Step 3.


Note: YouTube does not allow video files larger than 100 MB or longer than 10 minutes



- DVD PixPlay - Professional: Burning a PowerPoint Presentation to DVD


DVD PixPlay - Professional Edition - allows you to import PowerPoint presentations so that you can burn them to DVD (for native playback on DVD players).


The steps are as follows:


  1. Run DVD PixPlay
  2. Select File>Open, browse to your PPT file and click OK
  3. Edit the project further if desired (e.g. add background music and transitions)
  4. Click "Burn Disk"


Note: DVD PixPlay will not import transitions, background music, animations or other native PowerPoint features.



- MailList King: When a user reports getting multiple copies of a message


If you run a mailing list (such as with MailList King) you will occasionally hear from list members who report that they have received multiple copies of a mailer.


As MailList King always maintains a unique list of sending recipients, the problem is inevitably due to the user having multiple aliases or forwarding addresses.


If the user is unaware of such an alias then you will need to ask them to inspect the header of the message to see which address was used to reach them. Instructions for this are at:





- Smart Pix/MegaView: Shrink to Fit vs. Stretch to Fit


New users are often confused by the two display options; "Shrink to Fit" and "Stretch to Fit" available under the view menu.


These options determine how images that are larger or smaller than the preview area should be displayed:


  • Shrink to Fit only applies to images that are larger than the preview window. If enabled, it reduces the display size of the image so that it fits within the preview window.

  • Stretch to Fit only applies to images that are smaller than the preview window. If enabled, it enlarges the display size of the image to the dimensions of the preview window.