SlideRocket Blog

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:

(Click here if you aren’t seeing the embedded presentation in your RSS reader)

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


  1. Bartoleria

    September 12, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    I want to create cool things. I have to make a presentation and want to try this tool. Let me do it, please!!

  2. stuart

    September 12, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    Now you’re just teasing us…. looking forward to the beta!

  3. Manon

    September 12, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    I am so using this for my portfolio site! And totally using it for my clients’ portfolios too! Booyah!

  4. Thomas

    September 13, 2007 @ 5:35 am

    Will it be possible to create multi-lingual slideshows?

  5. admin

    September 14, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    Yes, we support the full character-set of the fonts and you will be able to embed your own fonts as well. We haven’t tested asian fonts yet but it should work too.


  6. Ioannus de Verani

    September 15, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    I am having a lot of problems. When I make a change to a slide, it won’t save it (when I hit save, it says “nothing to save”. I assume this is because it has autosaved it, but it in reality hasn’t.

    Also, I can’t get build animations to stick; when I save the presentation, they go away.

    I understand that it is in beta, but it would be really nice to be able to have presentations save correctly.

    Thanks for all the great work! When this thing starts to work right, it will be better than powerpoint and keynote combined!

    Ioannus de Verani

  7. mikelingle

    September 17, 2007 @ 8:54 am


    There is an issue in the current version where effects and builds applied to layout items are not being saved. If you apply a Fly In build to the title text on a slide that uses the Title Slide layout, for example, that Fly In build will not be saved. It sounds like this is the issue that you are experiencing, and please be aware that other changes you make will, in fact, be saved.

    In the future, please do not post bug reports to this blog. Instead, either send us bug reports via the “Send Bug Report” button in the software or post them to our forum at

    Thanks for your help!
    - mike

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