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Still room to join this week’s Intro to SlideRocket Web Seminar

By Tracy Frey on January 28, 2009

I just wanted to post a quick reminder about today’s web seminar – we still have some room if you would like to join! The seminar will take 45 minutes, and will cover how SlideRocket enables you to quickly create stunning presentations, manage libraries of assets, collaborate with your peers, publish and share securely, conduct web meetings, and view analytics about your presentations. It will be a 35 minute demonstration and 10 minutes Q&A.  The seminar will be from 11:00-11:45 AM PT.

These web seminars will happen weekly (the same intro topics for the time being), so if you can’t make it today but want to join, you can sign up for a future date.

Sign up here!

SlideRocket Launches Shiny New Features – Folders, Grouping, Cartoons and More!

By Tracy Frey on January 27, 2009

Those of you who were making awesome presentations in SlideRocket yesterday probably noticed that we were doing an update last evening.  Well, update we did, and I’m excited to tell you about our rockin’ new features.

We are pleased to formally welcome Andertoons as a Marketplace partner.  If you’ve never seen any Andertoons cartoons, you are in for a treat!  They are hysterical. Now you can ensure that you will never have a boring presentation again – our seamless integration with Andertoons allows you to buy cartoons for use in your presentations right from within the SlideRocket Marketplace.  Andertoons is the third Marketplace partner to join the SlideRocket family, and they now sit proudly alongside Fotolia (where you can purchase amazing stock photography) and Mimeo (where you can have your presentations printed and shipped to wherever you need – read about it here).  All SlideRocket users have access to the Marketplace, no matter which plan you are on.  Please check it out and let us know what you think!  And please vote in our poll to let us know what you would like to see next in the Marketplace.

The other big change you will notice in SlideRocket is a new UI. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from you that you wanted to be able to organize your library a bit differently, so we are excited to help you do just that.  The first thing to check out is that we have moved the main navigation to the top, where you will find some sleek new tabs:

And, many of you have said you would like to be able to organize your library in folders, and since we at Mission Control want you to be the happiest you can be about your presentation solution, folders are now available.  Don’t worry – you can still tag everything the way you are used to – this is an added option for you that you have been asking for.  You can name your folders anything you choose, the same way you tag items.  Pretty nifty, eh?

And to sweeten your organizing life, you now have the option to view your library as either thumbnails (which is the default SlideRocket view), or as a list, and you can swiftly switch back and forth between them.  You’ll find that option in the lower right corner of your screen.  There you will also see a slider where you can increase and decrease the thumbnail size to make it exactly how you want it.  And we didn’t stop there – you can also now group your slides, assets and themes by Presentation, Owner, Shared With and Tag to easily see where and how everything in your library is being used.

To round out this new release, we added a bunch of new capabilities for videos.  You can now autoplay videos in full screen, and videos now show buffering as well as the current time and total time.

And last but not least, many of you have asked to be able to see DPI for Fotolia images, to be able to hide the attendee bar in remote meetings, to be able to restrict colors in your slide themes, and to be able to access your contacts when sending invites.  Well, you ask, we listen.  You can now do all of those things!  Currently, Gmail is the only option for contacts, but we’ll be adding more soon.

We hope you are as excited about this new release as we are – please explore it and let us know what you think in the comments.  As always, we definitely want to hear your thoughts.

What’s Next For The SlideRocket Marketplace?

By Nat Robinson on January 20, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, the SlideRocket Marketplace is where you go to browse, buy and rapidly integrate content and services that will help you make great presentations. Today we have Mimeo (digital printing and overnight delivery) and Fotolia (stock photography) up and running. We also have agreements in place with PresentationPro (graphics and icons), Ascender Fonts (to let you upload custom fonts), Audio Micro (music and FX) and Andertoons (cartoons).

In the next few weeks we’ll be releasing a new UI for the SlideRocket Marketplace and both PresentationPro and Andertoons will be coming online so stay tuned, we’ll let you know when they’re ready to roll.

In the meantime we want to know what you’d like to see next in the SlideRocket Marketplace so we can prioritize our efforts accordingly. Take the poll and tell us what you’re thinking.

SlideRocket Powers The Macworld Booth @ Macworld 2009

By Nat Robinson on January 9, 2009

This week the Macworld Conference & Expo came to San Francisco (sans Steve Jobs) and macolytes from all over came to worship. It was one of the bigger Macworld’s we’ve seen with two halls (Moscone North & South) full of vendors selling their Macwares, and a plethora of sessions in Moscone West.

Despite what some attendees thought, SlideRocket didn’t have a booth at Macworld this year but we did power the displays in the Macworld corporate booth.

Using SlideRocket’s new 9:16 format the sales team at Macworld was able to easily author and display an auto-rotating collection of sponsor ads. They even let us plug SlideRocket a bit too! You can watch Macworld’s booth presentation in our presentation gallery.

SlideRocket, now in an expo event booth near you. Just one more way that SlideRocket helps you make great presentations.

We couldn’t resist (Sorry Apple).

By Mitch Grasso on January 6, 2009

At this morning’s MacWorld conference, Apple announced some pretty cool new transitions for Keynote, their presentation software. Credit where credit is due, they are pretty awesome and make simple animations a breeze to do.

However, we couldn’t just let a good idea just live on the Mac desktop so we whipped out our own versions of a couple of their new transitions this afternoon. Here’s a preview:

We’ll push these out to SlideRocket in a couple of weeks for everyone to use. Of course, this is one of the unsung advantages of web applications – we can iterate new versions easily and quickly. You probably won’t see a new version of Apple Keynote until 2010.

BTW, if you haven’t voted for us in the last 24 hours for the Crunchies, we’d love it if you could do it one more time. Thanks!