Jay Wilder is director of product marketing at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs.
In this conversation, Jay discusses Brainshark’s SlideShark app, which the company unveiled today.
Geetesh: What is SlideShark – is it a site or an iPad app? And what can it do for our PowerPoint presentations?
Jay: We’re very excited to be launching SlideShark today. It’s a new and free app that addresses a major and common pain point among iPad users – especially those who are using their device for business.
That pain point is PowerPoint on the iPad. Business users rely on PowerPoint in their everyday work, and with no way to play PowerPoints directly and reliably on the iPad, they’ve faced mounting frustration. Sure, they can use workarounds – flattening presentations into PDFs – or other conversion products, but these all involve a loss of fidelity. They often render animations inactive, while distorting fonts, colors, graphics and more. Given the speed at which businesses need to operate today, there’s little time for users to waste slapping their foreheads and reformatting.
Now, with SlideShark, they have a way to view and present the PowerPoints they rely on. This goes a long way toward helping companies – especially those with mobile salesforces – get the most out of their iPad technology investments. SlideShark is free and – best of all – easy to use. Users simply upload their PowerPoints to a free, secure, online account, and the files are converted to an iPad-optimized viewing format. From there, users can download and view their presentations using the SlideShark iPad app.
Geetesh: How good is the conversion from PowerPoint to the format SlideShark uses on the iPad – especially with respect to animations, fonts, pictures, etc.?
Jay: We’re pleased to say that SlideShark preserves the fonts, animations, graphics and colors in presentations, with very few exceptions. What you see in PowerPoint is what you get in SlideShark.
SlideShark is very easy and intuitive to use as well. Users can download their presentations and have them play locally -– no Internet connection required. They simply swipe or tap the iPad screen to advance their animations and slides.
With SlideShark, we look forward to helping businesspeople and companies truly leverage the business potential of the iPad, allowing them to view and present PowerPoints effectively while on-the-go.
Geetesh: If you’re a PowerPoint and iPad user, what do you need to do to get SlideShark?
Jay: You’ll need two things: an online account – for uploading and converting – and the SlideShark app – for downloading and viewing. If you head to www.slideshark.com, you can register for your free account. Then, check your welcome email for the App Store link to the app.