It’s a busy month for SlideShark, the mobile presentation technology that represents, by far, the best strategy for managing PowerPoint presentations on iPad.

SlideShark Anywhere

2012-09-18_0815.pngThis is a cool idea – provide a web-ready interface to SlideShark. In most cases, presenters, sales people, biz-dev professionals will always have iPad handy. However, there’s something compelling about the agility added by being able to fire up a browser and present, anytime, anywhere.

With SlideShark Anywhere, companies can give employees the flexibility to access approved presentations from one place and present them using the most convenient device at hand – this could be a big desktop, tablets, laptops, or smart phones. And SlideShark’s extensive reporting – including data on shared and viewed content, decks presented, broadcast session attendees and more – is available, regardless of whether the presenter used a mobile device or computer.

At first, I though this new addition was simply expecting a modern browser to work. However, there are some limitations depending on the operating system of the device. SlideShark Anywhere is accessible directly from the SlideShark.com content catalog for SlideShark Team Edition subscribers. The high points of this new offering available to PC, Mac and Windows 8 tablet users include:

  • Access approved presentations from their Web browser (Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11; Chrome; Firefox and Safari).
  • Easily navigate slides using the intuitive, Web-based interface. Arrow buttons and/or mouse clicks advance animations and slides.
  • Play presentations, full screen, during in-person meetings. A tray with slide thumbnails makes it easy to jump to previous or upcoming slides.
  • Broadcast presentations live over the Web and invite others to follow along. When broadcasting to remote attendees, users can access a presenter’s view – with an animation counter for each slide, and collapsible sections for speaker notes, slide thumbnails and broadcast information. Presenters receive data on who attended and how long, and which decks and slides were shown.
  • Easily switch between presenter view and full screen.
  • Click to share presentations and track viewing activity to see, for example, when prospect interest is hot.
  • Eliminate version control issues. When a presentation is updated, the latest copy is automatically pushed out to everyone with access to the deck – on any device. The new copy overrides the previous version, ensuring version control and message consistency.

There’s a pretty good demo video available – definitely worth a closer look if browser access to your managed presentation content is important.

SlideShark Webinar

Next Tuesday I’ll be the opening speaker for a new Webinar for SlideShark  to outline the dangers of poor presentation content management in an increasingly mobile world. The proliferation of the iPad and other mobile devices in the enterprise transforms every moment and every location into a presentation opportunity. I plan to explain why it makes sense to rein in risks and regain control of PowerPoint content by adopting an enterprise presentation content management strategy (EPCM). Bob Bristol, SlideShark VP will sweep in behind my comments to deliver the nuts-and-bolts aspects of driving your enterprise or small business toward greater productivity and control of slide deck content.

  • FREE Webinar:
    Losing Control of Your Content?
    New Exposure in a Tablet-Driven World
    When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 12:00 PM ET

Gravity Span

Related to enterprise presentation content management is GravitySpan – a simple (free) tool that can help you assess risk and exposure concerning your own presentation content. Give it a try.

The PPT assessment begins with a general attempt to discover all PPT files hosted on the target domain. A full count of PPT documents hosted across the primary domain and all subdomains is performed. In the process of gathering the broad topography of publicly hosted PPTs, the assessment tool also harvests the URLs of 50 highest ranked PPT files indicated by search engines. The top-ranked 50 PPT files are then used as the sampling basis for a variety of tests to address these deeper queries …

  • Are URL tracking parameters present?
  • Is there a high incidence of page redirects in use?
  • Are there copyright indicators in the document abstracts?
  • Is the company name in the document title?

The final phase of on-domain research discovers the propensity for presentation content to be exported to PDF files. Once again, by reviewing the 50 highest ranked PDF documents hosted on the target domain that exhibit PPT export attributes, statistics are compiled to determine the general incidence level of PDF-based presentation publishing. Using the data gathered by these queries, various assertions, estimates, and statistics are generated for the assessment scorecard which is provided by email a few minutes later.