Friday, November 03, 2006


# What is SlideShare?

SlideShare is a free service for sharing presentations and slideshows. You can upload your PowerPoint and OpenOffice presentations, tag them, embed them into your blog or website, browse others' presentations, and comment on individual slides. It's a great way to share your ideas with others, or to learn from other people. And it's free.

# What kind of presentation files does SlideShare support?
We currently support PowerPoint (PPT and PPS formats), and OpenOffice (ODP format).

# But I use Keynote! Can I still use SlideShare?
No worries! Keynote will let you save in PPT format (Choose File>Export, Select "PowerPoint", and click "next"). You might see some minor variations in the PowerPoint file. In particular, PowerPoint does not support alpha-channel graphics, so if you use a photo cutout frame, the image behind it will appear in front.

# How do I embed a presentation into my blog or website?
It's pretty easy. First view the presentation on SlideShare. On each page, you'll see a text box called "embed", with funny looking code in it. It should look something like this
If you take that code and paste it into a blog posting or web site, then you would get a little embedded slideshow in your blog or web site. Here's an example of what it will end up looking like.

# I want to use SlideShare for a conference I'm organizing. Is this OK? Do organizations need special permission to use SlideShare?
Go right ahead and use SlideShare to share any presentation files you like. The best way to do it is to pick a tag for your conference (like "etech07" or "web2_07"). Tell all the speakers at your conference to upload their presentations to SlideShare, and to tag it with the conference tag. This is a great way to promote your conference, while sharing a little bit of it with the outside world.

# Is there any way for me to make slideshows private? I have a presentation that I only want to share with certain people.
We're working on it, but for now, SlideShare is only good for public presentations. Don't upload anything that is top secret!

# Do I need permission to embed slides?
You can go ahead and embed slides anywhere you like.


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