Thursday, December 18, 2014

Free PowerPoint add-in to record lectures for flipped classroom and courses

WizIQ, an education platform that connects teachers and students online has released a free PowerPoint add-in called WizIQ Recordor. WizIQ Recordor lets teachers create video lectures (MP4) for offline consumption by students. Teachers can record their live audio along with PowerPoint slides and can either share video link with their students or add the video to their online course.

Recordor is an easy-to-use authoring tool that creates synchronized video lectures. The only disadvantage it has is that teachers can only record their audio and not their video(from webcam) or any pre-recorded audio or video file. Adding a functionality to let teachers sync any audio or video file with slides to create a synchronized video lecture would be a great thing to do since this functionality is missing in PowerPoint as well.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

authorSTREAM launches lead capture and organization plans

Presentation sharing platform authorSTREAM, yesterday rolled out new pro plans targeted at enterprise customers. Team and Enterprise  plan would enable small and large organizations to set up their corporate teams on authorSTREAM .The plans provide organizations with better user management, greater control over their content, flexibility to expand team, easier collaboration amongst members and secured sharing.

Once an admin sets up the team account, he/she can add new users to his/her team or invite already existing authorSTREAM members to join the team. Each team member gets an individual premium business account with features like unlimited private uploads, unlimited HD video conversions, lead capture, passcode protection, advanced Presentation Analytics, branded embeds, sharing within team and more.
authorSTREAM also introduced Lead Capture for all premium plans: Pro, Business, Team and Enterprise. Lead Capturing feature enabling individuals and organizations to generate qualified business leads from their presentations
Users can now publish a customized lead capture form on their presentations and also run multiple lead campaigns simultaneously.
The platform recently supported direct uploading and sharing of Apple Keynote files and announced that it’s working on supporting more presentation formats.

Given the fact that SlideShare is no more accepting new sign-up for their Pro plans, authorSTREAM's new offering along with lead capturing feature can be a big relief for presentation professionals looking for such service.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Upload and share Apple Keynotes (.key) online via authorSTREAM

Online presentation sharing platform authorSTREAM has extended support for Apple Keynotes. Now users can upload and share .Key files online using authorSTREAM. authorSTREAM's output not only works on Facebook or Twitter timeline but  also retains animation and other effects.

By enabling keynotes, authorSTREAM becomes the only platform to support online sharing and embeds of keynote files. Till now Apple keynote users were exporting .key files as PDF in order to upload to SlideShare or other document sharing websites and to get embed code for their blogs and websites. With this new release Mac users can directly upload and share .key files on their blogs, social media or via email.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

View PowerPoint presentations on iPad with free Microsoft app

After a long wait Microsoft office apps are now on iPad. Now you can view PowerPoint presentations with full fidelity along with all animations and transition effects on your iPad. Microsoft recently released different office apps for iPad which includes an app for PowerPoint as well. Microsoft's PowerPoint app lets users view presentations in slideshow mode and supports animations and transition effects.

Prior to this PowerPoint users were either using BrainShark or authorSTREAM's iPad app to view PowerPoint presentations since these were the only apps supporting animation and transition effects. Biggest disadvantage with Brainshark was the wait time required for server side conversion in the format
supported by app. User had to wait for upload, conversion and then download of converted output on iPad.

With MS iPad app slideshow begins as soon as you select MS app to open the presentation. Not only you can view and share presentations that are on your iPad or email but you can also create and edit presentations on your iPad. Creations and editing features are paid and require office 365 subscription.
So if you are addicted to iPad and MS PowerPoint for creating presentations, now you don't have to switch on your laptop for PowerPoint presentations.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Learn from Geetesh Bajaj to create hand made slides that stand out

Who will not like to design presentations that are unique in design, texture? Who will not long for slides that have long lasting impact on viewers? If you want to create presentations that stand out and correctly reflect your style, watch this hour long video by Microsoft MVP Geetesh Bajaj on creating hand made slides.

Below is the textual version to help you understand the basics of hand made slides.

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