WALTHAM, Mass.—October 9, 2012—Brainshark, Inc., the leader in online and mobile presentations, today announced powerful new functionality for users of SlideShark, the free, award-winning app for viewing and sharing PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone. Through new integrations with Box and Dropbox, SlideShark users can easily and instantly access and import PowerPoints they have stored with these leading cloud storage providers.
These new capabilities will benefit instructional designers and eLearning developers as well as learners and end users who access the slide content for reference material and performance support. In addition, SlideShark now enables presenters and instructors to turn an iPhone or iPod touch into a remote control—providing greater freedom to roam when delivering content projected from or viewed on the iPad.
“We’re excited to unveil these new features, making it easier to access content, and deliver more impressive and effortless presentations,” said Brainshark CEO Joe Gustafson. “Users have been asking for the iPhone remote, and will benefit from the flexibility and professionalism it provides. In addition, we’re pleased to work with such popular and dependable cloud storage providers as Box and Dropbox. Now users can get their files, wherever they reside, into SlideShark—and then take advantage of our unique features for viewing and delivering presentations on iOS devices.”
Box and Dropbox integration
To access Box or Dropbox content, users first link their SlideShark account with their Box and/or Dropbox accounts. Then, right from within the SlideShark app on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users can select which PowerPoint file(s) they’d like to import into SlideShark.
From there, they can view the content on their iOS device with fonts, animations, graphics, and colors intact—something not possible prior to SlideShark’s launch. In addition, users delivering in traditional classrooms or making presentations can take advantage of features including SlideShark’s laser pointer and Presenter Mode, as well as the ability to connect to TVs and projectors, to deliver truly powerful messages.
iPhone remote control
With the new iPhone remote control, SlideShark users who are showing a presentation on their iPad can use their iPhone to control and advance the slides or discreetly jump to specific slides. This is especially useful when projecting iPad content onto a larger screen, giving users the flexibility to navigate presentations easily and unobtrusively, whether they’re standing at a podium or walking around a large room.
To take advantage of this feature, users simply access the remote control setting in the SlideShark app and then pair their iPhone or iPod touch with their iPad. The devices are wirelessly linked, using Bluetooth technology. SlideShark also prompts users to enter a security code when pairing their devices, ensuring that only the presenter can control the presentation.
Additional new feature: embedded video support
To support users as they view and deliver dynamic PowerPoint presentations, SlideShark now supports and displays video files within PowerPoints. The videos must be embedded in the document, which PowerPoint 2010 does automatically (incorporating the video into the PowerPoint file). SlideShark currently supports PowerPoint files with embedded videos in WMV format and will be adding support for additional formats on an ongoing basis. This makes SlideShark ideal for use in delivering performance support content and online reference material to technicians and others at remote locations, customer sites, and similar situations.
About Brainshark, Inc.
Brainshark provides the leading cloud-based solution for creating, sharing, and tracking online and mobile video presentations. With Brainshark, businesspeople can easily transform static content such as PowerPoint documents into voice-enriched video presentations that can be accessed anytime on demand. Customers can also obtain extensive viewing details, enabling them to measure the effectiveness of their content and follow up accordingly. Brainshark is also the company behind SlideShark, the award-winning app for viewing and sharing PowerPoints on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Thousands of companies—including a third of the Fortune 100—rely on Brainshark to increase the impact and reduce the cost of their sales, marketing, training, and HR communications. For more information, visit www.brainshark.com and www.slideshark.com.