Frequently Asked Questions

What is PompousPhotos.com ?

PompousPhotos.com is a free online service, which allows you to create and share photo slideshows (presentations) for any occasion. It is using plain HTML, CSS and JavaScript that can be integrated into any web application.

Is it free to use? What are the limits of my free account?

We are working hard to finish the product's core functionality and bring incredible value to our users. Until then, the product is completely free. In your free account you can upload and store up to 100MB of images, create up to 5 presentations, where each presentation has up to 20 slides; this generous quota is more than enough for creating rich presentations. In addition, we display the PompousPhotos logo on the last slide of each presentation. In the future we'll offer optional, tiered subscriptions. Even then, your free account's limits will remain unchanged. If you want to increase your account quota now, email us at support@pompousphotos.com.

I have a question. How can I ask it?

Please email us at support@pompousphotos.com.

Are these presentations actual videos? They look like videos …

No. We use Html5 and CSS browser animations to play the presentations. This way presentations can be generated and played instantly. One possible drawback is that you can’t upload presentations on YouTube or other video sharing apps (but you can share links to your presentations).

What sets you apart from other, similar presentation tools?

What steps have you taken to protect and secure my account?

We take security seriously. Read our data privacy policy here.

How does sharing work? How do I “unshare” a presentation?

When you share presentations with others, you basically give them a link to the presentation web page URL. You can do that via email, or by posting the link on popular social networks. Once shared, there is no way to “unshare” a presentation, however you can delete it if you want, in which case viewers will see a "page not found" message on the presentation page; Before deleting it, you may optionally choose to “clone” the presentation into a new one, which has its own, new web page URL.

Once I share a presentation, can I modify it, and will people see these edits?

Yes, you can edit and save your presentation at any time. People will always see the latest version.

Are my presentations private before I share them? Who can see them? What about my uploaded images?

Before sharing your presentation, the presentation web page and related images are already available on the web, but under obscure, long URLs which are hard to guess. All major photo sharing applications work this way. Once you share your presentation, the presentation web page and related images are accessible to anyone who has the presentation URL. Note that people may forward the presentation URL to others, without your consent, and without your knowledge. Currently, there is no way for you to know how many views a given presentation had.

How do I upload my own images?

In the presentation editor: Click on "Media Sources" -> "Upload My Images". Tap the "Click here to choose files" button, select the images from your device, and they will get uploaded; a new "slide" will be created for each uploaded image. At the end, click "Done" to close the upload dialog.

You can upload only image files that are in the format "jpg" (the most popular), "png" and "gif"; each image must not exceed 20MB of size. In addition, your free account storage limits apply.

In addition to file upload, the "Media Sources" menu offers many convenient ways to grab free-to-use images from the web.

Can I use my own audio clips?

No. We have carefully chosen a set of audio-s that are royalty-free. At this time, you cannot upload your own audio, but we plan to add support for this in the future.

How can I embed a presentation into my web page?

See For web developers

I have a mix of horizontally and vertically oriented images. Can I combine them into one presentation?

Short answer: this is not a good idea.

Every image is scaled to fit the presentation window. The recommended, default presentation ratio of "16:9" means that the presentation is designed to be viewed on a horizontally oriented wide screen. Vertically oriented images will be scaled to fit that screen, which means that large portions of the top and bottom of the image will be invisible. Therefore, we recommend for horizontal images to choose "16:9" presentation ratio, and for vertical images to choose "9:16" presentation ratio. Read more on presentation ratios here.

We have an upcoming feature that will allow you to stack two vertical images next to each other, to produce one horizontal image. Stay tuned.