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New SlideSource Feature: Duplicate Slide Search

“Every Slide Counts” isn’t just a marketing slogan for us. Our goal is to make the process of managing your PowerPoint slide and presentation content as easy and efficient as possible… so you can squeeze every bit of value from these important assets. This means we never stop looking for ways to make SlideSource.com even better. Recently, we released a number of new and improved features that do exactly that. Each of these new features were specifically requested by users within the last six months. The first new feature we’ll look at is the Duplicate Slide Search Function.

One of the advantages of using SlideSource.com is that you only need one copy of any given slide in your slide library. That slide can then be used across multiple presentations within SlideSource.com. This means you only need to update one slide… in one place (the slide library) to automatically update all the presentations that contain it. Without SlideSource, you would need to track down the slide in each individual presentation on your hard drive, your colleagues’ hard drives, and your company’s server in order to open and update each one manually.

When customers started loading all of their presentation content into SlideSource, they found that they had many copies of the same slide uploaded because they were duplicated in presentation after presentation. The good news is SlideSource.com users can now easily track down and eliminate all of the duplicate versions they have accumulated and replace the versions they don’t want with the version they do want in every presentation it appears in. Here’s what the process looks like.

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Step 1: Select your search criteria and designate a Primary Slide.

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Step 2: Review duplicates and either ignore them, delete them or merge them into the version that you designated to be the Primary Slide.

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That’s it, you’re done!

De-duplicating your slides makes you and your team more efficient and this new feature makes the process as simple, quick, and easy as our users have come to expect from SlideSource. If you aren’t already a SlideSource.com user, now is a great time to sign up for a free account and give it a try. The free subscription has all of the features and capabilities of the paid subscription levels so you will be able to see exactly what makes SlideSource.com the most innovative and useful presentation management system available. If you are already a subscriber, be sure to give this new feature a try soon. And in either case, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

So Many Slides: An Indezine Conversation with Robert Befus

indezine-logoMicrosoft PowerPoint MVP Geetesh Bajaj recently interviewed SlideSource.com’s Bob Befus. Their conversation was posted earlier today on Indezine, Geetesh’s highly regarded presentation-focused website.

The interview (which can be read in its entirety here) covered a number of topics including the challenges of organizing large collections of slides and how slides change as they travel through an organization.

Here are a couple highlights:

… when building presentations, we found that 60% start from an existing set of slides to create a new presentation, so managing versions of presentations is an important part of their work. This is especially true for the 30% of users who work in PowerPoint frequently. The problem is that 76% of all the PowerPoint users who responded said they have trouble locating the slides and presentations they need when they need them.

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While managing files and versions seems like it should be a simple task, when it comes to PowerPoint, it turns out it really isn’t simple at all. That’s because PowerPoint presentations are mutable mobiles, meaning that, unlike a PDF file for example, PowerPoint files change as they travel through an organization.

 
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