Working with Snippets

Snippets provide a whole new way to create complex slideshows with pre-built reusable components. Using these components saves a lot of time over manually composing the same slideshow. Snippets come in a variety of categories:

  • Intros
  • Titles
  • Splitscreens
  • Stories
  • Music
  • Credits

Snippets are displayed in the Snippets Browser in the Sidebar. Click on the Snippets icon in the toolbar to reveal the browser. A snippet may consist of just a single slide, or it may be a whole slideshow, or anything in between. To use a snippet, simply drag it from the browser to the Storyboard. Some snippets contain gray placeholder images with a dashed outline. Replace those placeholders by dragging your own images or movies on top of these placeholders.

Intros & Titles

The snippets in the Intros and Titles categories are mostly used at the beginning of a slideshow or at the start of a new chapter. Some title snippets need to be customized after being dragged to the Storyboard. In this case, simply double click the title in the Stage to edit the text.


Splitscreen snippets come in a variety of flavors and let you display more that one image or movie per slide. This is especially useful when working with portrait orientation images, which are traditionally not a good fit for (horizontal) slideshows.

Drag a splitscreen snippet to the Storyboard or the Stage, then switch to the Images Browser, and drag your own images to the Stage to replace the placeholders.

Splitscreen snippets come with a default animation. If you don't want any animation, the simply turn of animation for the whole slide in the Slide Options or by pressing K. If you want to disable animation for just a single layer, then use Copy/Paste Geometry to make sure that pan and zoom values are the same for the start and finish for this particular layer.


Story snippets are short slideshows about a particular activity, e.g. a sightseeing day, a day at the beach, or a day at the museum. Using these story snippets, you can quickly create a rough draft for your slideshow, which can then be customized. Imagine you want to create a slideshow about a recent vacation:

  • Start by dragging Intro snippets of your choice to the Storyboard.
  • Then drag in the “Exposition”, “Sightseeing”, “Museum”, and “Beach” snippets.
  • Finally add the “Rolling Credits” from the Credits snippets.
  • You now have a rough structure for your slideshow. Play the slideshow and take a look at the placeholder images and the story they tell.
  • If you find that parts of this story are not appropriate for your own vacation, then delete those slides.
  • Now switch to the Images Browser and start dragging your own images onto the placeholder to replace them.
  • If the pre-built story is missing something essential for your own vacation memories, then just insert your own images at the appropriate location.


FotoMagico ships snippets with royalty free music, which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

You do not have to pay anything to use this music, but you must credit the musicians, by adding the "Rolling Credits" or "Music by" snippet to the beginning or end of your slideshow.

Music snippets are grouped into categories by mood: “Cheerful”, “Melancholic”, “Relaxing”, “Dramatic”, “Mysterious”, etc. Some songs may appear in multiple categories. Image you want to create a slideshow about a kids birthday party. In this case you probably pick music from the “Cheerful” category, while “melancholic” is more appropriate for a tribute slideshow about a departed relative.

Music snippet can be used in two different ways. Either first drag a music snippet to the Storyboard, and then drag images into the Storyboard above the music - or first drag your images into the Storyboard (and arrange them in the correct order, and then drag a music snippet below your images. Both ways of working are equally supported.

Music snippets already contain Audio Markers, so the slides and the music are perfectly synchronized. Using these snippets you rarely have to customize the timing.

If you have slides with music, you can experiment with different moods, by dragging music snippets directly on top of the audio in the Storyboard. Songs of different moods can vary dramatically in tempo, but since music snippets come with audio markers, the slides will always stay perfectly synced with the music, and animation speeds will be adjusted automatically so that the overall visual appearance remains intact.


Credits snippets are mostly text based. Some snippets are ready for use, while others may require that you double-click and edit the text.

Some snippets (e.g. "Sponsors") also contain image placeholders. You are supposed to drag the logos of your sponsors on top of these placeholders.

Make sure that you always add the "Rolling Credits" or "Music by" snippet, so that the artists that supplied the royalty free music are properly mentioned.

Downloading and Installing More Snippets

A basic set of snippets is shipped with FotoMagico. Additional snippets are available for download from the Boinx Software website. The Snippets Browser shows an icon labeled “Get More…” after the last snippet. Clicking on this icon also links to the download page on our website. Follow these instructions to install additional snippets:

  • Click on a download link
  • Once the download has completed, open the “Downloads” folder in the Finder
  • Locate the downloaded file with the .fmsnippet extension and double click it.
  • FotoMagico automatically installs the snippets in the correct location

Creating Your Own Snippets

Professional photographers (e.g. wedding photographers) might find themselves in the situation where they have to create very similar slideshows over and over again, often in a very short amount of time. In this situation it may be helpful to create you own snippet.

Create a typical slideshow with images, titles, and music. Make sure that this slideshow is gerneric enough to be highly reusable. Then right-click each image and select Is Placeholder from the File submenu of the context menu.

Finally select the Save Snippet… command from the File menu and chose an approriate name for your snippet. The new snippet will appear under “My Snippets” in the browser.

Check the "Universal" checkbox, if this snippet is appropriate for slideshows of all aspect ratios. If the snippet is inserted into a slideshow of a different aspect ratio, the resize behvior determines how the visual content of the snippet is adjusted to match the aspect ratio of the slideshow.

Designing snippets is an advanced topic with many pitfalls. It takes some experience to create snippets that are reusable for many different situations. Don't despair if your first attempts do not always lead to perfect results.

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