Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PowerPoint 2011 for MAC

After Robert Gaskins conceived the idea of PowerPoint in 90's, there is no looking back for PowerPoint software. As of today, Microsoft  PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation tool with more than 500 million users worldwide. Microsoft PowerPoint has an estimated 95% share of the presentation market.

The first version of PowerPoint was created only for MAC users which later got more popular among PC users as compared to MAC. Since then Microsoft has been continuously adding new features every now and then. Latest game changing offering from Microsoft is PowerPoint 2010. PowerPoint 2010 came loaded with features like PowerPoint to video, advanced image editing, co-authoring, broadcasting and web apps to name  a few.

Now it's the turn of MAC users. Microsoft will be releasing PowerPoint 2011 for MAC by the year end. PowerPoint 2011 too has lots of new features like co-authoring, web apps and cool new MAC Ribbon.

Here are few videos which will give you more insight into PowerPoint 2011 for MAC.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Win an Apple iPad every week

PowerPoint sharing platform authorSTREAM has crossed  the magic number of 1 million registered users. To celebrate this big time achievement, authorSTREAM has launched a gala contest - 'Win an iPad- Every week'.

authorSTREAM will be giving away an iPad every week for four weeks as prizes. To participate in this contest, the members just need to sign in and upload spectacular presentations and tweet them with #authorSTREAM and # PowerPoint. A draw of lots will be held every week for all uploaded outstanding presentations.

You can find more details like eligibility and rules at authorSTREAM's contest page. authorSTREAM has also released some interesting stats.

SlideShare Pro accounts now available

While PowerPointInfo users got to know about Slideshare's Pro accounts almost two months back, the news is now public with all major tech blogs covering the details of same. Slideshare has gone freemium with the launch of  Pro account subscriptions. Major features include presentation stats, advertisement free content, branding, more control over transcript and commenting.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Brainshark, the on-demand presentations service and content marketplace

Brainshark, which has been providing the on-demand presentations service to businesses for quite long, last year with the launch of my Brainshark entered into the domain of free PowerPoint sharing- an area which  already have players like authorSTREAM and Slideshare. Brainshark's main use case is content selling and not the content sharing. You can buy licencing rights for the presentations you like. Brainshark's latest stats are quite impressive. They have got worldwide adoption of their services and
  • Nearly 90 years’ worth of Brainshark content viewed by users and their audiences worldwide in the first half of 2010
  • 1 Brainshark presentation viewed every 3.5 seconds; Brainshark presentations were viewed more than 4.3 million times
  •  New offerings and updates, including support for more than 100 video file types
  • 111 new enterprise customers
Like authorSTREAM, Brainshark also retain the animation and sound inserted in your PowerPoint slides. So your PowerPoint file works the same as it would be in the slide show mode of PowerPoint.

Brainshark has also released  Brainshark Mobile, enabling smartphone and iPad users to view Brainshark-delivered communications on their mobile devices. The other PowerPoint sharing platform, authorSTREAM too has gone iPad compatible recently.

Brainshark presentations combine voice narration, PowerPoint slides, video and more for a multimedia experience that is proven to maximize knowledge retention and viewer interest. The presentations play as streamed video files when viewed on mobile devices. Through Brainshark’s analytics capabilities, users can see when their presentations were viewed, who viewed them, if content was viewed on a mobile device and what type of device was used. Platforms and devices supported by Brainshark Mobile include the BlackBerry, Palm Pre, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android; all must support streaming video. 

A Quick Tour of myBrainshark

Keeping all aspects in mind, my Brainshark is worth trying. For those who were looking for a content marketplace to monetize their presentation content, Brainshark can be a  better option.

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