I have always been a big fan of Slideshare, I think it’s a great way to embed PowerPoint or Keynote presentations into Blogs and other websites. It’s also a really good way to share presentations with students that don’t have PowerPoint or Keynote on their own computer – as its web based it is completely cross platform.
Slideboom seems to be the latest embeddable on-line presentation tool on the Internet. I was going to give it a try by uploading my How to Make Games Based Learning Work in Secondary Schools Presentation to it – however I was faced with this message:
At the moment with Slideshare you can up-load presentations up to 100mb in size. However, not willing to give up straight away I up-loaded a shorter presentation that I have been working on for the Royal Metrological Society on Atmosphere to both Slideshare and Slideboom.
Initially, I was very impressed with how quickly Slideboom converted my file from a PowerPoint to a Slideboom Presentation. However Slideshare only took about one minute longer and I suspect that Slideshare has more users and therefore its servers are likely to be busier.
Have a look at the two presentations below and then I’ll draw you to a couple of the slides to compare:
A) The Slideshare Presentation:
B) The Slideboom Presentation:
1) You will notice that Slideboom keeps all of the custom animations from the PowerPoint presentation. If you compare slide 3 on both presentations you will notice that the three paragraphs on the Slideboom presentation appear individually where as on the Slideshare presentation all of the content appears at once.
2) The showing of custom animations is particularly powerful when you compare the more complicated slides in the presentation such as slides 11 and 16.
3) Slideboom also plays the animated .gifs within the presentation. If you compare slide 4 on both presentations you will see the sun is moving in the Slideboom presentation but static in the Slideshare presentation.
4) Slideboom doesn’t like flash animations that are embedded in the presentation. For example if you look at slide 17 Slideboom shows this slide as a large white cross (untidy) where as Slideshare converts the flash animation into a static picture.
So will I be transferring over to Slideboom? Not at the moment, for me its up-load capacity of 30mb is just too small – although I do think it has some potential and I will be watching it develop with interest over the coming months. It will also be interesting to see the up-grades that occur on Slideshare, now that it has some real competition.