authorSTREAM - a natural Web2.0 add-on to PowerPoint
Here's an elaborate review of authorSTREAM by Fernando Cassia, pointing out that Microsoft is lagging behind in online services and is reluctant to move away from its desktop inclination. Now authorSTREAM is a Web 2.0 free presentation sharing platform, ideal for extending your presentations to the Web--exactly what makes PowerPoint files look good online and authors to rejoice in all the freebies it offers for distribution and promotion of their presentations.
No PowerPoint? No problem!
If you do not have PowerPoint, you can still create a presentation in the free Open Office and
output to .ppt format, which can be uploaded to authorSTREAM.
Batch PowerPoint conversion and upload with authorPOINT Lite
You can also import .ppt or .pps files into authorPOINT Lite, a newly launched free PowerPoint to Flash converter from authorGEN, the parent company of authorSTREAM. authorPOINT Lite also offers the ability of bulk upload of PPT or PPS files to authorSTREAM, if you have a lot of presentations that you want to share.
Convert PowerPoint to Flash online on a Mac
If you are working on a Mac and you need to view or convert PowerPoint files to Flash, you can still access authorSTREAM and upload .ppt or .pps files and view or share them online. This takes care of not having to buy expensive software for Mac PowerPoint to Flash conversion.
authorSTREAM as a Marketing Tool
authorSTREAM can get desired visibility for marketing your products, services, profiles.... get creative. I believe that it is an excellent tool for search marketing professionals too as typically SEM experts have a lot of articles and how-tos, which can be converted to presentation format and uploaded to this service for extended visibility; some concepts are easier to explain step by step in slides, with screenshots of Google SERPs, code changes, worksheet formats etc.
As authorSTREAM provides unique code for every presentation, it is easy to embed your slide-shows on your own blogs, sites, or profiles. This applies not only to SEM professionals and bloggers but also to professionals in any other industry. Here's an embedded example; I recommend to watch in full screen mode:
Big companies and corporations having lots of sales presentations can upload and share these globally on authorSTREAM. This not only helps in training their own sales team, but also to get more visibility for their products or services.
authorSTREAM in Education and E-learning
This could be one of the best advances in technology for the e-learning world as teachers can easily share lessons or lectures in presentation format with anyone in the world on authorSTREAM. E-learning is one big arena for presentation software usage as teachers find it very easy to explain concepts using presentations. authorSTREAM extends that ease a step further by offering global presentation sharing. Some features are unique to authorSTREAM, like audio and animations in presentations are retained, which are necessary to build professional presentation lessons.
So what did you do on authorSTREAM today? Would you like to share with the community your user-case scenario on authorSTREAM? What did you like? How did it help you? What do you think is wanting or can be improved?