SlideRocket Blog

We’ve Posted a New Version

By Nat Robinson on September 19, 2007

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SlideRocket beta version 29 is now posted and includes the following additions/fixes:

  1. Added: New Build Animations – Wipe, Sparkle, Scale, Pop, Blur
  2. Setting a slide’s Background Fill to “Image” now displays the image instead of turning the background gray.
  3. Builds and effects assigned to placeholders are now saved (if you were losing effects and builds that you assigned to elements on your slides, this is why and it’s fixed now).
  4. Transitions applied to the first slide of a presentation no longer cause a brief flash when viewing the presentation.
  5. Presentations with videos on the first slide no longer appear tiny in the player (if you do see this for any reason, the workaround is to right-click the tiny slide in the player and choose “Original Size”).
  6. Transitions now work on slides with videos.
  7. Added viewing statistics to “Share” button in the Library so you can now see how long each slide in your presentation has been viewed.
  8. Added ability to grab embed code from player to facilitate sharing.
  9. SlideRocket now checks for content updates every 60 seconds (if multiple people are working on the same presentation).
  10. The nav bar now appears/disappears when the cursor is moved to the bottom of the screen in fullscreen mode (it’s always on the screen if you’re not in fullscreen mode).
  11. The cursor now changes to a pointing finger when moved over an element with a hyperlink applied.
  12. Resizable windows are no longer invertible.
  13. Share and Fullscreen buttons are now enabled in the player before starting presentation.
  14. Fixed bug that sometimes displayed error when creating thumbnail for a slide with video on it.
  15. BarFlash and Decoder build animations are now restricted to Animate by Character only.
  16. Fixed issue where player wasn’t scaling to fit to window the first time a presentation was previewed.
  17. Presentation files are now pre-cached when previewing playback in the editor (they were previously only pre-cached in the player)
  18. Image fills are now pre-loaded before slide is displayed.

There is still an issue where elements at the slide level can be temporarily layered under layout items but these changes will not be saved.

Thank you to everyone who has been submitting bug reports to us, those are helping tremendously! As a reminder, you can find the user manual here.

- mike

By Nat Robinson on September 18, 2007

Mitch will be presenting at DreamForce,’s annual user & developer conference, in San Francisco. The big news here is that we’re going to be integrating SlideRocket with Salesforce’s App Exchange platform

SlideRocket runs in

SlideRocket for Salesforce provides seamless integration of SlideRocket’s enterprise presentation management with the Salesforce CRM allowing you to manage and preview presentations, send presentations to contacts, and track their viewing statistics – all directly from within the Salesforce application.  We have an initial version up and running, and Mitch will be doing a walk-through. Come see SlideRocket in action:

Make Your App *Bling*: Build Amazing Salesforce Apps Using Adobe Technologies
Wed, Sep 19, ’07 – 10:15 AM (PDT)

Adobe’s Flex/AIR technology allows developers to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the web and desktop. Learn how to extend your existing Salesforce development skills with this new technology and be inspired by demos of new apps that were previously impossible to build without Flex and AIR.

  1. Speaker: James Ward, Developer Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated / San Francisco Office
  2. Speaker: Charles Freedman, Developer, Ribbit
  3. Speaker: Mitch Grasso, Founder, SlideRocket

SlideRocket is a powerful tool for anyone using, and we can’t wait to show you how it works.

- mike

Instant Gratification

By Nat Robinson on September 12, 2007

Have you received an invite to the private beta, logged in, and wanted to make something cool right away? Here’s an example of a slide with effects and build animations applied to the text:

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How was it done? Let’s take a quick look at how to get “Introducing SlideRocket” to animate onto the screen with that slight overshoot.

Overshoot settings

1. Place a text box onto your slide and make sure that it is selected (we are using the Blank layout here).
2. Click the Builds tab in the properties panel.
3. Apply a Fly In build to your text.

Press the Preview Animations button (at the top, right next to the Play SlideShow button). Neat, but not quite magic yet.

4. Make sure your text box is still selected and press the “More Options” button.
5. Choose Overshoot from the Easing menu.

Now press the Preview Animations button again. There’s the magic!

On the sample slide embedded above we’ve used the flower picture that comes with your account for the background. The white semi-transparent box under the text is done with a white rectangle shape with its opacity set to 25% (in the Styles property panel). Each of our text boxes has a drop shadow effect and builds applied.

Have you created anything cool? Leave a comment with a link here.

- mike

We Have Ignition!

We are now almost two days into our private beta and things are going fairly smoothly. No crashes or hiccups yet, which means we may be able to send out more invites soon. Thank you to everyone who has submitted bug reports, those help tremendously as we try to iron out any kinks in the software.

Also, thank you so much to the folks who have been sending us encouragement. The emails and phone calls mean a lot to us.

Kristen Nicole at Mashable has taken SlideRocket for a spin in this article:

The graphics options for SlideRocket are phenomenal, from the effects you can add to images, to the transition options moving from one slide to the next. SlideRocket also offers some pretty cool options for your graphs as well. Your slide shows also support multimedia, so videos, Flash and audio can be included with your presentations.

She goes on to say that

SlideRocket seems primarily poised for business use, but I don’t see why this couldn’t be utilized for more creative endeavors.

That’s exactly what we’ve been thinking as we’ve been building it. To that end, if you’ve had a chance to play with SlideRocket we’d love to see what you’ve created. Post a comment here or in the forum with a link to your presentation or email us directly.

- mike

First 100 invites

By Mitch Grasso on September 10, 2007

Well, I haven’t posted since the beginning of this blog but I can finally pop my head up for a moment. SlideRocket has finally reached the point where we are comfortable in letting people start playing with it so we sent out the first 100 invites to our private beta today! This is a huge milestone for us.

If we don’t crash and burn, we will send out a few hundred more soon. If you weren’t one of those early invitees, please be patient. We’ve received almost 3000 emails for the beta so it may take awhile to get everyone invited.

In the meantime, we put a new product tour up created completely within SlideRocket. It shows off some of our transitions, build animations, effects, and other cool stuff. Check it out!