Empressr: Online Flash-Based Slide Shows

February 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 am


Digital slideshows have replaced the Ektachrome slide presentations with the advent of MS PowerPoint (PPT). Since then PPTs have become the standard of corporate presentations due to its ease of use and versatility. On the other hand, for more design conscious users, Flash, originally an animation software, also became an alternative to making slide shows. Although it did look much better in and the animations were off the hook as well its movie export features that were embeddable on websites, Flash slide shows were a lot more difficult to make. Not anymore.

Web 2.0 has provided the world with a myriad of applications that has made it possible for people with no technical experience to be able to create highly technical outputs. This is very obvious in blogs, in the past it was quite difficult to create one’s own website without coding experience. Today, more and more people create and maintain their own websites because of the proliferation of web applications that make it possible. The same is true for Flash based presentations and slide shows.

Empressr is a Flash-based Flash-based-slide-show creator. The interface looks like it was made in Ajax and creating a slide feels more like doing it in Powerpoint. Empressr says in their profile that it is not required to have an y Flash experience to use their application, this is evident in its clean cut interface and well defined buttons. There are also templates available much like in PPT. Images are easy to add with their uploader that makes accessing images from the web or hard drive really easy. Fonts, shapes, lines and all other elements to make a presentation are available including embedding Flash movies, video, audio and images. Empressr is also complete with a library of simple animated clip arts.

One of the best things about Empressr is that it is completely browser based. There’s no need to install anything, just log into their site and start making presentations. Users are allowed to save an unlimited number of presentations once they have signed up. Sharing and embedding the resulting slide show is also easy with multiple embedding options for Javascript and HTML. Stored presentations also have a direct URL so it is accessible anytime anywhere.

As of now, Empressr is still under development but the mentioned features are already available. All in all, I think it is a great tool that is capable of producing out of this world presentations to add spice to blogs and websites. Although it will not replace the MS PPT, Empressr proves that PPT now has very stiff competition.

The demo illustrates its capabilities and from there it is very Empressive.