These short video guides are primarily intended for end users in companies and organizations. Watching these will save you a lot of time if you're doing:
- Training sessions
- Anything where you do company presentations
If you have not yet installed xPoint, follow the instructions here: HOWTO install
Browsing the library and adding slides, 55 seconds
Search for slides and add them to your current presentation, 1 minute 41 seconds
xPoint makes it possible to browse your company slide library from PowerPoint and add slides to your current presentation.
- Browsing the library in PowerPoint
- Previewing a library presentation (double-click the presentation)
- Adding selected slides to your current presentation
- Applying the corporate template
You will search 1000's of slides in a second with Slide Executive xPoint finding you relevant slides if there are any. The whole company knowledge bank of slides is at your fingertips from PowerPoint. Type in your search directly in the ribbon!
- Search - from the ribbon
- Search from the search pane
- Compound search
- Advanced search - example of searching just the title of slides
Applying the corporate template to your presentation, 1 minute 14 seconds
Setting up the search to only search your Company slide library, 57 seconds
Have you ever wondered where your corporate presentation is? Or which is the latest version of it? This is why we've introduced the Corporate Tempate button in xPoint. Applying the right template is now only one click away!
- Applying the corporate template to your original presentation
- Search & add of additional slides and applying the corporate template afterwards
By default xPoint searches 4 sources for slides and images: Your computer, your company online library, the internet and internet images. If you are part of a company you can turn everything but the company library off by default.
- Setting up the search filter to search only the Company slide library
- Search & add of additional slides and applying the corporate template afterwards
Sharing a presentation from xPoint, 1 minute 20 seconds
Preview a presentation and add slides to your current presentation, 1 minute 6 seconds
At any time when working in PowerPoint with a presentation, you can choose to upload it to the slide library to share your work with others.
- Uploading your current presentation to the Company slide library
- Preview of the uploaded presentation
Before deciding if you want to add slides from a presentation you can preview the slides, right in PowerPoint, and choose which ones you want to add. Just double-click on the presentation to see the slides.
- Double click to preview & add
- Right-click to preview through the context menu
- Right-click to add all slides through the context menu
Searching for images on the web, 54 seconds
Connecting to your company slide library from xPoint, 2 minutes 40 seconds
xPoint allows you to search for images on the Internet from within PowerPoint. Just drag and drop the images you find to your slide.
- Choosing to search for web images only
- Adding images to your slide by drag and drop
You should be set to go if your administrator has given you your:
- Server link/URL
- User name
Installing the add-in will allow you to browse your central slide library and search and add slides from within PowerPoint. Free web image and slide search is also included. Most of the time you won't need to go through the web-interface.
To start using the Slide Executive Add-in follow these steps:
- You need to have PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 (32-bit versions) for Microsoft® Windows® installed on your computer. 64-bit PowerPoint versions, earlier versions of PowerPoint, and PowerPoint for Mac, are not supported.
- You will need to have a machine with Microsoft® Windows 7®, Vista® or Windows XP® with Service Pack 2 or greater.
- Make sure PowerPoint is not running.
- Open this link from Internet Explorer and follow the installation instructions:
http://tools.slideexecutive.com/xpoint/setup.exe NOTE: In this step the install wizard may ask you to upgrade your windows components to .NET Framework 4. This is a prerequisite that is needed for the add-in to work.
- After the installation is done you may need to restart PowerPoint to make the Slide Executive-tab appear in PowerPoint 2007/2010.
- Once installed look for the "Slide Executive xPoint" tab and click on it.
- The first run of the add in:
- If this is the first time you run the Slide Executive add-in you will see a "Get me started"-button in the "Professional / On Demand" section. Click "Get me started" to start the wizard and follow the instructions. You will be asked to 1. add your Slide Executive URL and 2. your credentials. This will allow you to browse and search your Slide Executive slide library. You may also watch this video:
- If you upgraded from a previous version of the add-in you should be set to go right away. Be sure to use the middle "Professional / On Demand" section for browsing and searching your central library. The "Desktop" section to the left is a separate product to search your own computer for slides and other media.
See a general overview of the Slide Executive xPoint ribbon here:
Find more movies about Slide Executive xPoint on our YouTube-channel:
If you get this message, try one or several of the below actions:
PowerPoint sometimes fails to save its own files in a perfect way, making it hard for 3rd party software to handle it. Opening the presentation and re-saving it again, remarkably often solves the import problem… So try opening up the presentation in PowerPoint and press Save again before you try to re-import the file, and you may get successful. If you want to assure that the file really is re-saved you can choose Save As and save the presentation under a new name and then upload the presentation.
If the file is in PPTX format, try re-saving the file as PPT and then try importing it to Slide Executive. Don't worry, your SmartArt and other PPTX specifics will continue to work as as long as you open the presentation with PowerPoint 2007. Also exporting to PPTX format will work well even from PPT slides.
Would this not work, look through the other FAQ:s before you contact our support.
Try these 2 steps one at a time since one of them alone may fix the problem.
1. If the web folder does not open when you click on it this can depend on saved passwords mixing up the windows and Slide Executive logins. Try clearing saved passwords by going to a command line window (to open: [Windows] Start->[type] cmd.exe [press Enter]) and running this command:
rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr
2. Saved network connections can also be an issue. You can clear these by running this command from the command line window (to open: [Windows] Start->[type] cmd.exe [press Enter]):
NET USE */DELETE (NOTE: unfortunately this will remove your other mapped network paths too)
It is also possible to run against live2.slideexecutive.com/<myId> since this goes to the same account.
QUESTION: I have a POTX template where I have added some extra guidelines as design support for my colleagues. When I make an export the guidelines do not follow?
This seems to be an issue of the PPTX/POTX format. When exporting only PPTX slides and applying the POTX template the guidelines disappear.
SOLUTION: Involving the PPT format makes the guidelines stay. This means you can add a PPT slide to the slidebasket/virtual presentation and then export to PPTX or PPT and the guidelines will follow. Exporting to PPT format from the POTX template will also make the guidelines to follow, regardless of mix of formats in the slide set to export.
(you can turn on the guide lines feature by right clicking anywhere on the slide in PowerPoint and choose "Grid and Guides...")
Sometimes after an export, bold text turns normal, centered text is aligned to the left, a text box moves around etc. This can happen for a number of reasons like:
- The slides are imported as PPT and you are exporting to PPTX or the other way round.
- You are applying one template to all your slides even though they come from different presentations with different templates.
- Your slides are built without using the designated template settings. For example the title field is not used at all and a text box is created to replace it because "someone" thought it looked better. Applying the intended template to this slide will probably cause your slide to behave in an unexpected manner.
- Your export slide type is different from the original slide type (Letter, A4, 16:9 ratio etc). A slide built in 16:9 ratio will obviously not look the same when squeezed into Letter format.
So, some thumb rules that can save you some headache are:
- Export to the same format as the original one. Export PPT slide to PPT and PPTX slides to PPTX.
- Under the Template setting, use "Keep slide design". This will export all templates so that each slide can keep their exact settings.
- Use the template as it was intended to. In the title field fill in the title, in an intended text box, fill in your text etc.
- Don't change the slide type. Choosing "Custom" under Slide type will conserve the original format.
In some cases this will not be possible, your original slides come in different formats, sizes and templates, your goal is to apply the new company template to all slides and so on. Well, then it doesn't matter how you do it, manually through PowerPoint or automatically through Slide Executive, you will have to make a manual inspection to assure that your new presentation looks good.
Yes we do, this is called Slide Executive On Demand. Our On Demand service has lots of advantages like immediate startup, automated free upgrades and you avoid involving your IT...
It is indeed possible, we have tested this thoroughly and we run virtual machines with Slide Executive continously for test purposes.
Yes Internet Explorer 6 is supported, nevertheless we do recommend that you upgrade to at least Internet Explorer 7
That is unfortunately a known issue when creating thumbnails of templates. All templates (pot/potx) are required to contain at least one slide to make it possible to import them.
Therefore you need to add at least one slide in your template before you import it to Slide Executive.