How-To: Slideshare Download Hack


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In this presentation I show you how to download any presentation from slideshare. Even if the author does not allow it.

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How-To: Slideshare Download Hack

  1. 1. Slideshare Download Even when it is disabled!
  2. 2. What is this about? I will show you, how to download any author disabled presentations from Slideshare. For free! This article is for informational purposes only. DO NOT violate Slidshare’s terms and conditions!
  3. 3. Step 1 Go to the presentation you are trying to download. I will use creating-a-company-you-love from Dharmesh Shah (sorry bro) as an example. It was rated one of the top presentations from SWSX 2013, has over 50,000 views and is not available for download.
  4. 4. Step 2 Open the source code view. In Chrome, Firefox, Opera and IE you just have to press Ctrl and U at the same time.
  5. 5. Step 3 Search for <meta name="thumbnail" In Chrome, Firefox, Opera and IE you just have to press Ctrl and F at the same time.
  6. 6. Step 4 Copy the URL in “content” I copy it to Notepad++ but any text editor will do.
  7. 7. Step 5 Cut off everything after phpapp01 Note: Sometimes you will get phpapp02 instead of phpapp01. The procedure will be the same. OLD: dharmesh-v3-130309161433-phpapp01-thumbnail-2.jpg?1363127230 NEW: dharmesh-v3-130309161433-phpapp01
  8. 8. Step 6 Remove the “ss_thumbnails /“ part OLD: dharmesh-v3-130309161433-phpapp01 NEW: 130309161433-phpapp01
  9. 9. Step 7 Add .xml OLD: 130309161433-phpapp01 NEW: 130309161433-phpapp01.xml
  10. 10. Step 8 Open the .xml file in your browser In our case, it is startup-2013-dharmesh-v3-130309161433-phpapp01.xml You should see a list of .swf files. Every file represents one slide of the presentation. Save the list of URLs.
  11. 11. Step 9 Open PowerPoint and create a new presentation I used PowerPoint 2010 and my screenshots show the German version of PowerPoint.
  12. 12. Step 10 Enable the Developer Ribbon An explanation can be found here
  13. 13. Step 10 In the developer tab, select the hammer/wrench icon
  14. 14. Step 11 In the menu, select „Shockwave Flash Object“
  15. 15. Step 12 Press your left mous button an draw a square on an empty slide A square like this should appear. Hint: Make it really large, so it fills the whole slide.
  16. 16. Step 13 Right click on the square and select properties A menu like this should appear:
  17. 17. Step 14 Where it says “movie”, insert the first .swf-URL In our case that is dharmesh-v3-130309161433-phpapp01-slide-1.swf
  18. 18. Step 15 Congratulations, you just loaded the first slide I usually have to start the presentation once for Powerpoint to load the slide.
  19. 19. Step 16 Repeat steps 10 – 14 for all others swf- URLs/slides.
  20. 20. Step 17 Once you are done, you can save the presentation as .PPT or .PDF.
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