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Recent SlideRocket Release Notes

By Tracy Frey on May 28, 2009

We’ve had a couple exciting releases recently I wanted to be sure to tell everyone about.  There’s some fun new features to explore, and a whole bunch of bug fixes.  Since we are a beta product, we really value all your feedback about things you may uncover while you are using SlideRocket, so we wanted to start telling you more about the issues we are finding and fixing.  This isn’t an exhaustive list of recent bug fixes, but highlights some of the bigger ones from the last couple of releases.  We will be posting these kinds of updates regularly from now on, and we hope you find them helpful.

First off, let’s talk about new features:

  • Folders: The biggest thing we’ve pushed out recently is our new collaboration folder structure. You can read all about that here.
  • Recycle Bin: A bunch of you have requested (in UserVoice and beyond!) a recycle bin, where you can put items you no longer want in your library without deleting them completely.  Well, now you have one!  When you drag and drop presentations/slides/assets into the Recycle Bin, they will no longer be visible but will be available for 30 days should you decide you want them again. One of the nifty things about our Recycle Bin is that there is actually one for each library (Presentations, Slides, Assets, Themes).  When you drag a presentation to the Recycle Bin, the various Slides, Assets and Themes in that presentation will automatically be put in their respective Recycle Bins.  This way, if you want to restore any part of your presentation, you are able to do so without having to restore the entire presentation.  Of course, you can also drag individual Slides, Assets and Themes into your Recycle Bin.
  • PowerPoint Import: We completely overhauled this feature. Previously, our importer had you choose between importing and making things editable (which would not work for things SlideRocket can’t recognize), and importing as flat non-editable images to preserve 100% fidelity.  We’ve made this much easier, as well as improving the overall import functionality.  The default option is now a merged version of the previous importer – everything that we can edit will come in editable, and those things we can’t yet (such as SmartArt) will come in as flat images so the fidelity of your PowerPoint is always preserved.  You can also still choose to import everything in your PowerPoint as a flat image if you like. We will keep improving on this and adding functionality, of course, but we’re pretty psyched with the new importer, and would love to hear what you think. We’ve seen some nice tweets about it like this one, and appreciate any and all feedback!
  • Tables: Ditto on these – we did a big overhaul here as well.  While this isn’t technically a new feature, we’ve improved them so much we kinda think it is.  The biggest changes you’ll find here are that it is much easier to work with bigger tables, multi-selecting of cells is also much improved, and manipulating cell size is now super easy. Again, please let us know what you think!

And here are some of the bugs we have fixed in the last couple of releases:

  • Keyboard shortcuts in IE are up and running – please let us know if you find any shortcuts that aren’t functioning the way they should
  • We’ve dramatically improved our “Undo” functionality, and it should now be consistent. Again, please let us know if you are finding any Undo glitches – we definitely want to hear about them
  • We’ve fixed a couple of issues with hyperlinks: “previous” and “next” hyperlinks now work, and duplicating a presentation with hyperlinks in it now preserves those in the presentation copy
  • Notes were being copied across all slides in a presentation; this is now fixed
  • The “tab” key.  This wasn’t working for everyone before. It should be all good now
  • You can now add bullets easily to textboxes that already contain lines of text
  • All “Invite” statistics, including time viewed and length slide viewed, are now corrected and shown
  • When rewinding a video in a Web Meeting, your attendees are now dropped to the right place
  • If your company deletes a user, that person’s folders now get reassigned to someone so nothing is lost
  • When a new shared folder is created, a permissions dialog now pops up so you can set folder permissions immediately
  • A warning dialog that all permissions will be removed now shows when an item is moved from the shared folders to the private folders
  • When a presentation is checked out for editing, it now specifies who is editing it
  • Some library slides were missing names; this is now fixed
  • A few people were seeing that upon adding a slide to the library from a shared presentation, the slide was then locked for the creator; this is now fixed
  • Selecting a folder or search in one library no longer affects folders or searches when moving to a different library
  • When changes are made to images, you are now always prompted to save changes when exiting SlideRocket
  • You can now delete a theme even if it is in use in presentations
  • Purchased images will now immediately show in your Asset Library
  • Wipe/Sparkle builds no longer flash before playing
  • If the first slide in a presentation has a transition, it now plays correctly in the full-screen player

Again, this is just a smattering of what was in our recent releases.  Hopefully, this info is helpful to you, and we will be doing these posts with every release going forward.  Let us know if you have any thoughts/questions!


  1. Larry

    June 1, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

    Hi guys,

    The new folder sharing structure sounds sensible & useful. One caution, you need to be very clear up-front in the signup process that you can *only* share with people in the same account/company.

    I recently assigned my class to use SR for a presentation, and this was a major stumbling block for them. To a person they setup individual accounts, then tried to collaborate with each other after the fact…which didn’t work obviously.

    It also highlighted another issue – there seems to be now way to share a presentation between accounts. (i.e. no export/import). I realize this is entwined with the business model — but maybe you could develop a compromise capability. (you can share whole presentations, but not individual slides. Updates are not made…no versioning, just one-time import, etc.)

    Another thing I learned in this experiment is that if people are working on similar topics, most wind up with the same images in the slide shows. They all opted for Flickr, typed in a key word, and selected an image from the first page.

    This may become an issue for you as you get more users – you don’t want all slide rocket presentations to look the same. Maybe you can add some randomness to mix it up a bit.


  2. Tracy Frey

    June 2, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    Hi Larry,

    Thanks for your note. To clarify, you actually can share with people in different accounts/companies (to do this when you are adding a user to share with, you choose the “Share by email” option), but in order to do any sharing at all you do need to purchase our Business plan ($20/month if you pay annually). That is the only way to have more than one user – which includes sharing outside of your company. You have access to all features during your 30 day trial, so if you and your students happen to be within that, you can share away!

    I’m a bit unclear about what you are asking about with your import/export question. Do you mean importing from/exporting to PowerPoint? If so, importing from PowerPoint is part of all plans, but export is limited to the paid plans. I think you may mean something different, so please let me know.

    Very interesting point about Flickr. Since we are using their publicly available API, we are limited to the search returns they provide, but certainly having more image/asset options is part of our goal.

    Also, please do stay tuned – we have been hard at work at a special plan for educators, and we will be announcing this soon. Hopefully it will make you quite happy!

    Please let me know if you have more questions.
    Take care,

    Tracy Pizzo Frey
    Senior Director of Community and Product Marketing

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