Friday, November 6, 2009

PowerPoint to Silverlight

Microsoft SilverlightImage via Wikipedia

Do you know that more than 250 million people around the world use PowerPoint and not less than 30 million presentations are created daily? There is huge list of resources and tools related to PowerPoint. Lately more and more companies have come up with software's like PowerPoint to Flash SDK, PowerPoint Add-ins/ Plug-ins, PowerPoint to video conversion tools and websites for online sharing of PowerPoint presentations. Most of the products out of these deal with PowerPoint to flash conversion.

Today, PowerPoint to flash conversion is the most popular way of sharing PowerPoint presentations on the web. But, now trend seems to be changing with more products coming in for PowerPoint to Silverlight, a web application framework from Microsoft that provides functionalists similar to those in Adobe Flash. Initially released as a video streaming plugin, later versions brought additional interactivity features and support for .NET languages and development tools. The current version, 3.0, was released on July 9, 2009. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems

There has been buzz around Microsoft Silverlight since Microsoft came up with the technology. Silverlight's awesome web capabilities and brand association of Microsoft has encouraged more and more people to use Silverlight as a designing tool for creating rich media content.

Electric Rain, 3D and multimedia solutions company has announced a new product called Convexion, a PowerPoint to Silverlight converter. Convexion converts PowerPoint 2007 slideshows to Microsoft Silverlight based presentations while retaining the animation scheme and accurate slide layout. The Add-in enables users to publish their PowerPoint slideshows to the Microsoft Silverlight and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) formats for sharing and viewing on the web, in blogs, and as a live desktop presentation player.

Will PowerPoint to Silverlight conversion be a popular technology for sharing presentations on the web in near future?
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Fallon Massey said...

It will be popular if there is an open source version. Otherwise...

Andrew said...

Yes, open source is the way to go. But, being a Microsoft product it seems bit difficult.

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