Choosing A Powerpoint To Flash Converter Tips

By: Sergey Sidukov

So far, people know why would they ever need to convert a powerpoint presentation into a flash file. MasternewMedia gives 12 main advantages of PowerPoint converted to Flash format.

You can find reviews; you can find some opinions on ppt 2 flash software: their features, functionality and quality. We'd be glad to share our experience on how to choose a high quality PowerPoint to Flash Converter.

From our point of view, the key points: Conversion Quality, Animations Support, Speed & Output file size, Solid or a set of flash files and Price. We think that you should pay attention to all these key points when making a final decision.

As a first, and probably the main, key point we take Conversion Quality. What exactly is involved into "Quality" definition? Here is a list of what must be retained when converting PowerPoint to Flash presentation:
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&bullText quality
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Often, problems with quality of generated flash content are connected with how deep and thorough a converter parses PowerPoint presentation.

Many tools make conversion process very simple: save every shape or even a whole slide as a raster image. Besides a quality loss, such an approach doesn't give any possibilities of using all advantages of Flash format.

What's the big deal about vector and raster graphics?

Raster graphics cannot be scaled to a higher resolution without loss of apparent quality. This is in contrast to vector graphics, which easily scale to the quality of the device on which they are rendered. What does it mean for you? The only and the main meaning is that your PowerPoint presentation should be converted to Flash with a really high quality.
So, it's up to you to decide whether you want your Presentation to be converted to be exactly the same as your PowerPoint presentation.

If PowerPoint to Flash converter is of high quality, then all flash technology advantages are highly involved. Alongside with Quality, converters should also generate compact flash files.

The next key point is Speed & Output file size. A sample presentation was converted for 60 seconds with usual Flash Converter. The fastest tool did it for 15 seconds, feel the difference? When you work with PowerPoint presentations every day, you will clearly understand that speed can be of great importance.

Output file size from the sample presentation is 600 Kb in average. Record-holder made it 292 Kb. Together with speed, file size can show you the difference.

Conversion speed is an implicit quality indicator. If all other parameters are at a high level, then most probably you have an excellent PowerPoint to Flash converter at your disposal.

What about PowerPoint Animations support? We think you won't be glad if you lose them after conversion. To have a perfectly converted Flash presentation, you need to have software with a total support for all PPT animations. Many PPT 2 Flash converters announce Animations support, and it's true sometimes.

What you should keep an eye on is to what extent implementation of Animation effect in Flash looks the same as in PowerPoint presentation.

All PowerPoint animation effects are unique, and this is a strange case: converter states 170+ effects, but in fact it's about 35, all the other animations are emulated by some other effect from those 35. Is it what you're looking for?
Let's say you want to use rather unique Animation effect "Comb", in fact a flash converter can leave it still, or without any comb-like movement.

Also, we highly recommend you to pay attention to Transition effects. The situation can be the same as with Animation effect, though Transition effect can be much more important than Animation effects. Your PowerPoint to Flash converter should work with all effects precisely and with high efficiency.

What people don't notice sometimes is what you have as a conversion result. We're talking now about Solid flash & set of flash files. What's the reason in making it separately? When you convert a single PowerPoint Presentation, you can expect a Flash file to be also single. What a surprise it'll be when you find .html, images and flash files in an output folder.
It's just great when a solid flash file embeds all external resources (audio/video/images) used for your presentation. We know that FlashSpring embeds even a player into Flash presentation.

When you want to get a set of separate flash files, then this is also should be correctly realized by ppt 2 flash tool - every single slide should correspond to a single separate flash file.

The last, but not the least comparison point is Price. The average price range for PPT to SWF converter is from $59 to $800. This is not cheap, but actually not so expensive in comparison with expenses for flash development. Actually all the effective and high quality software starts from $200, this is the price we recommend you to start from when looking for a PowerPoint to Flash converting tool.

All the above mentioned comparison point can be general decisive moments when you're looking for a PPT to SWF converters.

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