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ppt2www Some options for posting slide presentations to the web
You could just let browsers download your .ppt file <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for a collaborator </li></...
Or you could let browsers download a PowerPoint .pps “show” <ul><li>Better </li></ul><ul><li>Shows ‘launch’ automatically ...
Convert to .pdf <ul><li>Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Robust security options </li></ul><ul><li>High resolution </li></ul...
Convert to .html <ul><li>Viewed in browser </li></ul><ul><li>No downloading </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion glitches </li></u...
Convert to QuickTime (.mov) <ul><li>Can be streamed rather than downloaded </li></ul><ul><li>Good for a self-running prese...
Zoho  Show  flash <ul><li>Easy to upload </li></ul><ul><li>Very good image quality </li></ul><ul><li>Wide cross-platform v...
Thinkfree  <ul><li>Rich editing, even after upload </li></ul><ul><li>Document Exchange: A forum for sharing your slideshow...
slideshare.net <ul><li>Social slidesharing </li></ul><ul><li>Large community </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>...
End of the day <ul><li>Out of all of these choices, I find the Zoho embedded Flash shows to be the best, provided:  </li><...
Need more? <ul><li>If you need more options than these, please contact me or your Academic Computing Manager.  </li></ul><...
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  1. 1. ppt2www Some options for posting slide presentations to the web
  2. 2. You could just let browsers download your .ppt file <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for a collaborator </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution and animations largely intact, though there can be problems across Macs and PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Drawbacks </li></ul><ul><li>Browser needs PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Browser will have to “launch” a slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>Inconvenience of downloading </li></ul><ul><li>Your files will be modifiable, easy to steal, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Old versions of your presentation will be floating around </li></ul>
  3. 3. Or you could let browsers download a PowerPoint .pps “show” <ul><li>Better </li></ul><ul><li>Shows ‘launch’ automatically when opened </li></ul><ul><li>Original still largely intact. </li></ul><ul><li>But not much better </li></ul><ul><li>Only slightly more secure. </li></ul><ul><li>Only slightly more convenient. </li></ul><ul><li>Browser still requires PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Still leaves potentially outdated versions floating around </li></ul>
  4. 4. Convert to .pdf <ul><li>Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Robust security options </li></ul><ul><li>High resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Drawbacks </li></ul><ul><li>You may need special conversion software </li></ul><ul><li>Animations are flattened </li></ul><ul><li>Still requires download </li></ul>
  5. 5. Convert to .html <ul><li>Viewed in browser </li></ul><ul><li>No downloading </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion glitches </li></ul><ul><li>Missing bullets </li></ul><ul><li>Unattractive look </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution can be affected </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes involves multiple files </li></ul>
  6. 6. Convert to QuickTime (.mov) <ul><li>Can be streamed rather than downloaded </li></ul><ul><li>Good for a self-running presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Available only on the Mac version </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion glitches </li></ul><ul><li>Browser will need QuickTime player </li></ul><ul><li>Awkward playback interface </li></ul>
  7. 7. Zoho Show flash <ul><li>Easy to upload </li></ul><ul><li>Very good image quality </li></ul><ul><li>Wide cross-platform viability </li></ul><ul><li>No download </li></ul><ul><li>Embed or link to distinct url </li></ul><ul><li>Toggles to full screen </li></ul><ul><li>Discourages misuse </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely convenient viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Serious flattening of animations </li></ul><ul><li>Browser will need Flash player, but nearly all have it. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires (free) Zoho account </li></ul><ul><li>Show will be available to world, even if you embed it in Blackboard. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thinkfree <ul><li>Rich editing, even after upload </li></ul><ul><li>Document Exchange: A forum for sharing your slideshows </li></ul><ul><li>Ads in display </li></ul><ul><li>No embedding on your own page </li></ul><ul><li>Requires (free) Thinkfree account </li></ul><ul><li>Java download </li></ul><ul><li>Limited display options </li></ul><ul><li>Show available to world </li></ul>
  9. 9. slideshare.net <ul><li>Social slidesharing </li></ul><ul><li>Large community </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Search for shows of interest </li></ul><ul><li>embeddable </li></ul><ul><li>No post-upload editing </li></ul><ul><li>Embed is fussy </li></ul><ul><li>Show available to world </li></ul>
  10. 10. End of the day <ul><li>Out of all of these choices, I find the Zoho embedded Flash shows to be the best, provided: </li></ul><ul><li>You have no protected content </li></ul><ul><li>You have no or minimal animations </li></ul><ul><li>You are not trying to include other kinds of media </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t mind creating a Zoho account </li></ul><ul><li>For that matter, if you know that your presentation is destined for the web, you might even compose it in Zoho in order not to avoid conversion difficulties. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Need more? <ul><li>If you need more options than these, please contact me or your Academic Computing Manager. </li></ul><ul><li>Link of interest: You’ll find an extensive review of software and approaches for converting PowerPoint to the web at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.masternewmedia.org/2004/04/14/powerpoint_to_flash_conversion_tools.htm </li></ul>
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