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YouTube videos in your SlideBoom presentation
Category: Announcements, Articles, Development, PowerPoint, Tips&Tricks | 3 Comments »

How about a YouTube video broadcasted from one of your slides? Hosted on SlideBoom or embedded anywhere on the web, your presentation can have a YouTube video inserted right into it without sending your viewer to any external resource.


How do you do this? It’s quite simple. Just download one of the iSpring 4.2 PowerPoint add-ins. Even the free version of this PowerPoint to Flash software supports YouTube video insertion. Click the YouTube icon on iSpring panel in your PowerPoint and paste a selected YouTube video URL into the appropriate field. You are also offered to watch a tutorial on how to make it happen.


And what’s particularly great about it is that your presentation can be published directly to SlideBoom afterwards. Just select it as your output file final destination and specify your SlideBoom account details.

So, as you see it’s probably more complicated to pick out the right YouTube clip than all that it takes to insert it into your online presentation. Here is a demo presentation with a YouTube video inserted:


Private presentation sharing gets much easier
Category: Announcements, Development, Tips&Tricks, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Private presentations can now be shared unbelievably easily. No extra clicks required, just copy Private Access URL on your presentation page and send it out to your potential viewers.
If your secret link for some reason looses its privacy, you can generate a new one by clicking “Generate a new private access URL”.

Don’t hesitate to deliver your presentation by “Share by email” or “Share with group” options, depending on whom you would like to share it with.

PRO account users also get a chance to distribute access to their secret presentations by sharing a link accessible from Share this:
“Generate a new private key” option is also available for the Pro users.

Additional presentation password protection will shortly be available with a new release of iSpring Presenter PowerPoint add-in.


Here comes Slideboom Blog Sidebar Widget
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Display any presentation right in your own blog with a new invention of our caring team. Slideboom Blog Sidebar Widget. Just copy the link and embed the Widget. In a click of a button your readers could leap to required slideshows.

Isn’t it great when a useable device has nice facilities too? The thing is that Widget appearance is really easy to customize, and you can make it up as a native unit of your website or blog. Presentations number, header, background and font colors can be managed according to the color scheme of your resource.

Moreover, you are able to choose between latest, most viewed and most rated presentations to show.


A new SlideBoom privacy feature.
Category: Announcements, Tips&Tricks | 7 Comments »

SlideBoom offers you a new option that limits an access to your presentation.
All you need to do is to share a secret link with potential viewers of your creation.
To generate this link check “Give me a secret url” and press “Save” button in editing window:

Copy the url code and send it out to whoever you want to show you presentation to. It’s that easy!

Important! Make sure “I want my presentation to be available to anyone online” option is not ticked in the same editing window. It disables a secret url code creating, and your presentation will be public.


Want more feedback? Easy with graphic commenting feature!
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Graphic comment feature widens your abilities for creative presentation commenting. Want to draw attention to an important spot? Just highlight it!

To activate a set of graphic tools click a pen button on the player toolbar as shown below.

Both pen and highlighter are easy handled, and various colors and brush sizes are to your choice. Plus, you are always free to erase what you have scribbled.
With a “thumb-up” and “thumb-down” you also are able to express your positive or negative attitude to the given comments.

Why don’t share a comment that you liked/disliked or add it to your own blog? Just go to “Share comment” and copy a necessary link.

If you see a comment that you consider to be defiant, click white flag button to complain.


How to embed large sound files into your PowerPoint presentation?
Category: PowerPoint, Tips&Tricks | 2 Comments »

Well, if you want to upload a presentation with audio narrations to SlideBoom, the most easy and fast way to do it is to use the iSpring Free PowerPoint add-in that works perfectly with SlideBoom. Then you will not need to care about the tricks that will go later in this post. But if you would like to open your presentation without any problems at another computer or to upload your presentation to SlideBoom from web browser, then read further.

Recently we’ve received a question about embedding large audio files in PowerPoint presentations. The tricky thing is that PowerPoint doesn’t allow to embed large .wav files by default. You need to adjust some “advanced” settings to allow this. This restriction works only for .wav files. If you have .mp3 files, you won’t encounter this problem. I think many people use a recorded speech saved as .wav file in their presentation and they don’t want to care about encoding their .wav files into .mp3 that is very compact format though.

So if you need to embed large .wav files into your PowerPoint presentation, please follow my instructions below. These instructions are for PowerPoint 2007 but I am sure you can do the same things with the previous versions.

  1. Open PowerPoint and select “More Commands” in the menu as shown in the picture:
  2. Click “Advanced” tab at the left side of the dialog and scroll to the “Save” options:
  3. Type something that works for you in the field “Link sounds with file size greater than:”. For example I typed 20500 for 20 megs. The maximum value is 50000 that is about 50 megs.

That’s it. Let me know if you have any problems.


SlideBoom allows to filter presentations by language
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SlideBoom has been a global web site since its launch. You can find presentations in 40+ languages there. It is a good idea to filter out presentations and view only those which you can understand.  Fortunately, SlideBoom now gives you such an ability. Choose the language you speak or understand at the “Presentations” page and enjoy viewing!

You may notice that your presentations has a language field now and the field has a value with postfix “(Detected)”. Yes, SlideBom does detect the language of your presentation automatically if it contains any text of course :) If your presentation contains only photos and you typed just a couple of words at your slides, SlideBoom will not be able to detect language of your presentation. Anyway the most accurate way to tell other people what language is used in your presentation is to set the “Language” field manually. You can specify the language of your presentation while uploading it or change the language later by editing details of the presentation.

If you have any questions, please post them right here in comments.


Insert SlideBoom presentations into your WordPress blog
Category: Announcements, Tips&Tricks | 3 Comments »

SlideBoom generates the special embed code for WordPress now. You can find it under the text “Embed into WordPress” at a presentation view page.

It is very easy to use this code. Just paste it into your post as a regular text and you’re done. All the magic is done by SlideBoom plugin for WordPress. Download and install our plugin once and be happy forever :)

This blog also uses WordPress engine, and you can see here how it works:


Meet a New SlideBoom!
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We have just updated SlideBoom to the version 0.9.2. This release includes many improvements. You must already noticed a new appearance of the SlideBoom and I’m going to tell you about other improvements and new features.

  1. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down instead of Rate
  2. Presentation rating was replaced with thumbs up/down. Now there is no start, only a positive or negative number. We hope this we will help us to get you more feedback from presentation viewers.

  3. Graphics comments
  4. Here will be a special post about this feature. You can take a look at the example for now.

  5. Redesigned presentation page
  6. Now it is easier to share your presentation. Go head and you will see it!

Enjoy SlideBoom!


New feature in SlideBoom Player: Auto Hide Navigation Panel
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Do you think the navigation panel of the SlideBoom player is not necessary when you are watching a cool slide show in full screen? If so, you can now easily hide and show the navigation panel of the presentation player using auto hide feature. Even if the navigation panel is not visible, you can switch slides using mouse cursor at the left or right side of the slide:

Here is how to use this new feature:

  1. Switch to full screen mode.
  2. Click “Auto Hide” button.
  3. Move your mouse cursor away from navigation panel.

Navigation panel will disappear after step 3. To get the navigation panel back, move your mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen where the navigation panel was before.

That’s it.

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