Originally published December 8, 2008
You have been assigned to produce streaming Internet based slide presentations that can be viewed by all web browsers in any operating system and will be embedded in an LMS. What do you do? … Find a converter.
Hence the following quick survey of applications may assist you in getting the job done without the insanity of trying to use unstable or poorly created Flash converters.
Find a Powerpoint to Flash converter to publish presentations from a slide presentations software such as Powerpoint, Keynote, or OpenOffice to a webpage that will produce a professional, stable, and correctly working web presentation. The goal is to create a web version that accurately recreates the original presentation file, while providing a user-friendly authoring interface and flash player.
- Templates for the flash player
- Automatic play
- Ability to include audio, notes, and other assets
System Configuration with latest updates:
- Memory 2GB RAM
- Hard drive 75GB Free space
- CPU Intel 2.80GHz
- OS Windows XP SP2
- MS PowerPoint 2007
- System condition – stable and fast
- Time limited
- Primarily working from a PC perspective
- Stability is key to Pass or Fail
- Choose all the relevant converters that could be found via Wikipedia and Google within 2 hours
(Only use freely available applications such as trial, open-source, freeware)
- Installed applications
- Used converters on one long and one short PowerPoint presentation
(MS PowerPoint 2003 – 37 slide presentation with transition and some animation,
MS PowerPoint 2007 – 2 slide presentation with transition)
- Uninstalled applications
(Important in determining if the application had a clean and successful uninstall).
|Adobe Presenter 7.02-PC-||FAIL||
|AuthorPOINT Lite v.184.108.40.206-PC-||PASS||
|Impress 3(part of OpenOffice 3)
|iSPring free 3.5.1-PC-||FAIL||
|Keynote ’08 Ver.4.0.2(part of iWorks ’08)-MAC-||PASS||
|PPT to Flash studio 2 Build 2003-PC-||PASS||
|SWISH Presenter ver,1.2 Build 2008.7.16-PC-||PASS||
|VeryDOC PowerPoint to Flash Converter v.3.0-PC-||PASS||
|Wondershare PPT2Flash Professional Ver.220.127.116.11-PC-||FAIL||
The current selection of free PPT to FLASH converter solutions is primarily for the PC – Windows platform. Stability was critical to developing a presentation without the insanity of using the application. I would choose the AuthorPOINT Lite application as a free solution. For a commercial solution, I would have to choose the SWISH Presenter. The MAC Keynote is a simple solution, when not using Boot Camp or similar PC emulator.