AuthorStream completes the PowerPoint feature set.

April 23rd, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


Just when I thought I'd be able to see a collection of nearly impossible to make PowerPoint Presentations, it turns out to be a little less than I expected.

I've always loved PowerPoint. Of all the applications from Microsoft, it's the only one I'll keep if I shifted to open-source. PowerPoint or PPT is an application built to create presentations that made the slide projector obsolete. Aside from that, PPT is also a very useful photo editor, sketchpad, lay out canvass, animator and desktop publisher. In fact, I was using PPT before Photophop, Premiere, HTML and Flash. Personally, I think PowerPoint is one of the best inventions of the 20th century.

Today, Flash has taken the scene and videos are easier to download than PDF's and PPS's. However, when I came a cross AuthorStream, my interest to see out-of-this world PowerPoint presentations immediately shot up.

AuthorStream allows its users to upload PPT files then they convert into a sort of Flash Video that can be easily embedded and shared like any other video sharing site. PPT's are uploaded in their original format, including all effects, timings and click responses. Then they become a Flash video where viewers can also click on the Presentation.

After so long, it's actually here. I'm not sure how many other people feel like I do but seeing PPT's and sharing them as fast as the videos completes the feature set of PowerPoint.