1. Microsoft discontinued the slide library feature starting with SharePoint 2013
Due to a design limitation, Microsoft deprecated SharePoint’s slide library feature. If you are running on an older version of SharePoint with a working slide library, note that you might suddenly lose access to it if your organization’s IT team decides to update SharePoint. Further, Microsoft will eventually stop providing user and technical support for the slide library.
2. TeamSlide can seamlessly integrate with SharePoint and PowerPoint
With TeamSlide you won’t have to start all over again. TeamSlide can integrate with SharePoint to access all your content and also connects with Active Directory to replicate your user permissions. In addition, TeamSlide allows users to search, find, insert, and share content without ever leaving PowerPoint.
3. Our intuitive UI makes it easier to use
All the core functions, including sharing slides and searching for slides, require fewer steps with TeamSlide compared to SharePoint. From the ground-up, our UI was designed to quickly give users the information and slides they need without disrupting their typical workflows. For example, users can easily adjust the size of slide thumbnails or access the slide meta data with just a click or two.
4. TeamSlide’s search technology and features drive productivity
Whether you have 100 slides or 1 million slides, TeamSlide’s advanced search technology can quickly sort through your content to give you the most relevant slides. New features including the ability to connect to Wikipedia or email slides to colleagues can help save precious time as you build your next presentation.
5. We’ll support your technical and business needs
From the moment you get a free TeamSlide trial, we’ll work with you to understand your needs, drive TeamSlide adoption, and look for opportunities to optimize your use of slide libraries. We’ll share best practices and actively collaborate to ensure that your business runs more efficiently.
A quick Google search will undoubtedly tell you that images are an effective way to communicate. However, the images in your presentation need to be high quality, compelling and serve a point or else the audience will quickly dismiss them. In this article, we will describe four main tips to effectively use images in your PowerPoint presentation.
4 Tips to Effectively Use Images in your Presentation
1. Stay Legal
Google Images is often used to quickly find images for your presentation but you likely don’t have permission to use these images. Consider paying for images from a stock collection like Bigstock or Shutterstock. If you don’t have the budget for stock photos, consider using photos licensed under Creative Commons as they are typically more open and often allowed for commercial use if the original author is credited.
2. Use Images that align with your message
Random images that are placed to just fill empty space are distracting and reduce the impact of your presentation. Take time to select images that amplify your message:
3. Use PowerPoint to modify images to improve the fit
Now that you have an image, you can use PowerPoint to make simple edits that can make a world of a difference. For example, you can overlap images with your content as in the example below:
Or even just adding text or your company logo can help:
You can even make larger modifications like in the example below where we filled in the computer screen to match our application. Note that this was done solely with PowerPoint.
4. Organize your assets
Consider using a slide library solution to organize your images and ensure that your entire team has access to it (assuming covered by license terms). This help will stop duplicated images from being purchased. When uploading content, use a defined set of tags so that your colleagues can quickly search or browse assets to find the one they are looking for. Note that SharePoint’s slide library has been deprecated and is no longer supported.
As you likely know, building a great presentation takes time and attention to detail. From the messaging to the actual delivery and all the slide manufacturing that happens in between, there’s an art to building engaging, effective presentations that leave a lasting impression.
At TeamSlide, our customers often ask us for insight into developing great PowerPoint presentations. While we dedicate our blog to providing presentation support, some customers just don’t have the time or need additional help. As such, we are proud to announce a partnership with Buffalo7, the UK’s leading PowerPoint design agency, to better meet our customers’ presentation needs.
Buffalo7 offers complete presentation design services encompassing the entire presentation lifecycle. From developing your story and refining key messages to bringing your slides to life with impactful visuals, Buffalo7 has the skillset and experience to make your next presentation shine. Everything they do is made to measure: they apply their knowledge in a way that is relevant and tailored to you, your brand and your audience. Buffalo7 has worked with some of the world’s best brands like UEFA Champions League, Sony PlayStation and Unilever to transform their presentation collateral.
For example, the agency was recently approached by Red Bull to build a marketing dashboard built around the DNA of its brand. Buffalo7 rose to the challenge and delivered a robust presentation template in PowerPoint that Red Bull’s team could use internally to report on their work in a very engaging, energetic way. The dashboard combined first-class visuals with the intuitive drag-and-drop editability that’s associated with PowerPoint.
If you need help building slides, ensuring your presentations works across platforms or pressure testing your messaging, consider checking how Buffalo7 can design PowerPoint presentations that deliver your content in an impactful and engaging way.