Mini Powerpoint slide show on website
Posted 21 January 2006 - 05:39 PM
Posted 21 January 2006 - 06:43 PM
OpenOffice has a PowerPoint eqivalent called 'Impress'. One brilliant extra feature allows you to import your PowerPoint file and then export it as a .swf. This is how to create a mini-PowerPoint slideshow in the way you describe.
Depending on how you set it up, you can set the .swf file to be as small or large as you like.
There are other programs which allow you to do the same thing. For example you can just import PowerPoint files into Flash and then mess around with them then. The one limitation of all these tools is that you lose the animations from the PowerPoint. For some presentations, this doesn't matter, but for others having animated text appearing in a certain order does make a big difference.
The great thing about having them in Flash (.swf) format is that you don't have to force the user to open a new program to view them.
Posted 21 January 2006 - 07:48 PM
Absolutely right, Andrew. One thing you do have to make sure of is that you link to the automatically-created webpage and not the .swf file, otherwise it will go full-screen...
Or embed the .swf file into your webpage, as you'd do with any other Flash file.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 12:49 PM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 01:26 PM
Andrew mentioned you could import PowerPoint files into flash and just 'mess around a bit'. How do you do that? I tried downloading the OpenOffice software and didn't like the way it changed all my tools bars. I also could manage to create mini powerpoints that play automatically. I think Flash might be easier but I don't know where to start.
Flash certainly isn't easier. However, it is much more powerful.
From PowerPoint you need to save your file as a Windows Metafile. Select that from the File / Save As menu and select .wmf from the dropdown box at the bottom. Select 'all slides' to grab the entire presentation.
You then have to import each slide individually - into a separate frame on the timeline. This will preserve all the animations and then you can, as I suggested, 'fiddle around'.
There are a few tutorials online that will help:
What you might like to look at is Macromedia Captivate - download a trial and test it out:
http://www.flashgeek...ppttofla_01.htm. I use Captivate, but there are many alternatives too - you might like to test out Wink or others - just search for "PowerPoint to Flash".
I've also got access to Macromedia Breeze, which I may well start putting presentations online with. What I've yet to perfect though is a non-PowerPoint way of easily preserving the animations. Most animations you can do without, but when you have text fading in - providing instructions or links such as causes and consequences - it much more effective to preserve the animations. OpenOffice is the best tool to simply bung a presentation online with, using Flash rapidly becomes too fiddly when converting a .ppt.
I'm sure there is a good way. Flash, I suppose is best, but I'm at the stage where I feel it would be easier to do the whole presentation in Flash to begin with. However, do give it a try and report how you get on.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 01:54 PM
You'd only really be using OpenOffice as a file converter in your case, so in terms of 'changing your toolbars', simply go back into Microsoft Office to create whatever it is that you're doing.
I tried downloading the OpenOffice software and didn't like the way it changed all my tools bars.
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