SlideShare launches Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 add-in that creates a SlideShare Ribbon tab within the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 User Interface. Once installed, the unique Microsoft Office ribbon user interface within PowerPoint lets users access many of SlideShare’s presentation sharing services.
Once installed, SlideShare users can access their SlideShare presentations, discover community presentations and view community usage metrics for their presentations, all from within Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.
SlideShare worked with the Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism group to discuss requirements and obtain guidance on using Microsoft tools and technologies such as the Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office to implement the add-in.
“If you’re making a presentation, you can search SlideShare, download PowerPoint presentations for inspiration, and re-upload your finished work, all without ever opening a browser.” said Rashmi Sinha, SlideShare’s CEO.
- You need PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. Earlier versions of PowerPoint, and PowerPoint for Mac, are not supported (yet). Supported versions of Windows are Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater and Windows Vista.
- IMPORTANT: Check in “Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs” to make sure you have the latest version of the .Net framework (Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1). This is a mandatory pre-requisite for the SlideShare Ribbon for PowerPoint.
- If you don’t have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, you need to install it from here before installing the SlideShare Ribbon.
- Install the SlideShare Ribbon for PowerPoint from here after making sure that you have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed on your machine
The SlideShare ribbon marks a new way of thinking about how desktop applications can work with cloud-based services, and how cloud-based services can leverage desktop software better. This hybrid approach provides a unique user experience, enabling the social web to seamlessly integrate into a familiar and broadly adopted software application.
Before the availability of this add-in, SlideShare enabled PowerPoint presentations to be shared on the web; with this new feature, sharing can occur from the desktop itself.