Dinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for authorSTREAM.com. In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications.
In this conversation, Dinesh discusses authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0, the new version of their presentation upload program.
Geetesh: What does the authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0 product do right inside PowerPoint, and how much does it cost?
Dinesh: authorSTREAM Desktop is a free PowerPoint add-in which helps you create impactful presentations right from within PowerPoint. Creating a presentation with authorSTREAM Desktop is a breeze. You don’t have to go outside of PowerPoint to find the right images or videos for your presentation.
With authorSTREAM Desktop, you can:
Geetesh: I looked and found that you do allow searches on Flickr to be restricted to Creative Commons so that users don’t end up inserting copyrighted pictures on their slides – tell us more about what prompted you to add this welcome feature.
Dinesh: Most image searches these days happen on the Web. Invariably, unable to find the right images in the clip art or image gallery of PowerPoint software, PowerPoint creators end up using copyright protected images from the Web in their presentations.
We thought of bringing those image websites and search engines right into PowerPoint. authorSTREAM Desktop not only helps users search web images without leaving PowerPoint, but also lets them search Creative Commons images from Flickr and add them with attribution in the slides. For Bing image search, where the Creative Commons filter is not available, authorSTREAM Desktop inserts copyright attribution along with the pictures so that the presenter can provide the right attribution and contact the owner of the image for permission, by following the links. In future we’ll be adding more image search APIs and more options to search non-copyrighted images.
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