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Everyone has a folder or many folders full of PowerPoints – be they for business, school, or just the funny or inspiring ones that we receive as email attachments. And although sending PowerPoints as email attachments is so convenient, it can quickly balloon up email sizes and increase mail inbox sizes. And someone can probably edit your PowerPoints as well, and do some nasty things like passing those presentations as their own! So what do you do – there has to be a better solution?
Actually, there are a plethora of solutions – and each of them has specific options that make one more suitable than the other for different people. In this article, I’ll explore some of these solutions.
SlideShare: SlideShare.net is a community of PowerPoint uploaders and sharers – it has been around the longest time, and is also the most featured of the lot. Membership is free; you just sign up with an email ID and start uploading your PowerPoints. These are then converted to Flash and embedded in a page – you provide end users with a link within an email to this page and they can all see your presentation. It’s almost like a YouTube for presentations.
Viewers can then comment on your presentation – and if you have enabled that option, they can also download your original PowerPoint file. As of now, SlideShare only supports the PowerPoint 2003/2004 file format and earlier – the newer PowerPoint 2007, Corel Presentations, or Apple Keynote formats are not supported. These other formats are not supported yet in any of the other presentation sharing sites as well – fortunately, most of these applications allow you to save to the PowerPoint file format. SlideShare also allows you to upload OpenOffice and PDF files.
YouTube and other video uploading sites: If the animations in the slides, or live links are not an issue, you can also upload your presentations to YouTube – follow these steps:
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Learn more about Simon at this Start With Why site. Simon has also authored the best-selling book of the same name, Start With Why.
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