Yury Uskov is a founder and CEO of iSpring Solutions Inc., an international software company focused on providing professional e-Learning authoring tools based in PowerPoint. Yury has a Masters degree in Software Engineering, and since 2001 has been working in the rich media industry inspired with the idea of making the best solutions for online presentation delivery. iSpring products are widely recognized as robust, effective, and extremely easy to use software with outstanding price/quality ratio. iSpring is headquartered in New York, NY.
In this conversation, Yury discusses the new iSpring Converter that does PowerPoint to HTML5 conversion.
Geetesh: The new iSpring Converter now creates HTML5 output from PowerPoint presentations – what motivated the move from Flash output to HTML5 output – was it the iPad? Tell us more.
Yury: Yes, the decision to start up PowerPoint to HTML5 conversion was triggered by the Apple iPad. As you may know, iPad doesn't support original PowerPoint presentations, and it doesn't support Flash presentations as well. Obviously, for millions of iPad users this is very inconvenient that they can’t use their top-notch devices to play and share presentations.
It is expected that the HTML5 technology will replace Flash in rich media. This aroused the need in a PowerPoint to HTML5 conversion tool that would keep the interactivity and look of a PowerPoint presentation as precisely as Flash did. At iSpring, we have received countless requests for such tool by our customers, aware of the high engineering level of iSpring's PowerPoint to Flash solutions.
For now the HTML5 technology is far less mature than Flash: it provides poor cross-browser support and lacks security. Nevertheless, we did our best developing iSpring Converter, and managed to provide excellent performance. I believe that our PowerPoint to HTML5 solutions will perform as solidly as our time-proven PowerPoint to Flash products.
Geetesh: How does the HTML5 output created by iSpring Converter fare compared to the original PowerPoint content – can you tell us more about the fidelity and the faithfulness to the original content?
Yury: When it comes to PowerPoint to HTML5 conversion accuracy, we honestly feel iSpring Converter stands in a class by itself. It accurately preserves even the most advanced elements of a PowerPoint presentation.
Firstly, the converter preserves virtually all animations and transition effects, including complicated 3D transitions and trigger-animations. Secondly, it supports embedded audio and video while converting PowerPoint to HTML5. By the way, iSpring Converter allows you to specially configure embedded video to play on a larger range of devices and PCs. Finally, the converter maintains all PowerPoint styles, keeping the original PowerPoint look in HTML5.
What's even more important is that iSpring Converter keeps the presentation's interactivity. It features strong support of triggers, on-click animations and hyperlinks, which allows users to interact with your HTML5 presentation.
To get a better idea of iSpring's conversion accuracy, you are welcome to view this sample presentation or iSpring Converter demos.
See Also: Brandon Hall Award for iSpring: Conversation with Yury Uskov
Categories: elearning, interviews, online_presentations, powerpoint
iSpring Converter PP2HTML promised to be the kind of tool I expected for a long time.
Being a recently born solution, I understand it comes with some issues still to be solved, a very important one is - as Yury openly said - poor cross-browser support.
I used the trial version and it absolutely acomplished on delivering the main objective - showing the PowerPoint version of my brazilian website on the iPad, mainly avoiding the need of an internet connection.
Thus, it doesn't behave properly when placed in our server and accessed through the internet - depending on which browser we use.
It works fine with Google Chrome even though videos in the "portfolio" page start the initial frames and stop. We must click the "play" button to resume them.
With IE8 it works fine, the videos run automatically but... 4 of the 6 show totally ruined.
With Firefox and Safari it simply doesn't show... anything other than the background color.
Nevertheless,we're used to great solutions from iSpring so, it's expectable that "bugs" like those will be quickly solved.
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