authorSTREAM, is a cool new site that I found that lets you upload and share presentations created with with Microsoft PowerPoint software. It is a lot like slideshare but is focused on files produced with Microsoft PowerPoint. Originally launched in 2007, authorStream is a free online community that gives members access to thousands of presentations on hundreds of subjects and allows users to embed them anywhere.
authorStream just recently announced that it has added new features that allow users to post presentations to video-sharing platforms, as well as view on Apple iPod as well as other handheld devices.
"Business professionals, students, educators, trainers and other people create billions of presentations in PowerPoint format each year and then struggle to find an easy way to share their important content with others," said Harman Singh, chief executive officer, authorGEN Technologies, the company behind authorSTREAM. "We're giving millions of PowerPoint users a solution. They no longer have to send files, only post them to authorSTREAM.com to inspire, educate and persuade any audience, anywhere on the Web. There's no easier way to share presentations.”
This site makes it easy to share and communicate your presentations to any audience without them having the PowerPoint software. Members simply upload their PowerPoint files to receive an embed source code that they can then post to a blog, or any social media community, distributing their embedded presentations freely for viewing and downloading.Presentations will automatically be converted to iPod and video formats if you have set up 'Rehearsed Timings' or have recorded audio 'Narrations' in them.
Here are some features and benefits:
- Keep rehearsed timings or audio narrations in tact
- Batch upload presentations
- Embed presentations in blogs or email links to friends
- Private presentation to protect content.
- Download presentations as podcasts for iPod / iTunes or as video files
- Share resulting MP4 files on Youtube and other video sharing platforms
- Rate presentations or post comments
- RSS feeds
- Import contacts tool
They also have a nice free tool called, authorPOINT, which is a lightweight piece of software with PowerPoint plug-in that quickly and easily converts PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pps, .pptx and .ppsx) to Flash (.swf).
Any Web user can join the authorSTREAM community for free by registering at http://www.authorstream.com/Register/Register/Index.