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Imagine 22,000 people asking, “Now where did I leave that USB stick?”

If you regularly use USB sticks to backup or transport presentation files, I’m guessing you have asked yourself this question at least once in your career (perhaps with an increasing sense of panic as you run out of places you haven’t searched).  How many times have you found the stick in clothes already in the hamper? How many times have you never been able to find it at all?

A recent study found that over 22,000 USB sticks get left at the dry cleaners on an annual basis. And that’s just in the U.K. This number is even more sobering when you consider that the study also revealed almost half of these sticks never get returned to their owner.

This can be a major problem for several reasons. For instance, a PowerPoint file on that missing stick may be the only copy of the high-profile presentation you are scheduled to deliver tomorrow morning. It might contain highly sensitive or proprietary content. Given the risks, your best bet is to avoid relying on portable data storage altogether.

SlideSource.com keeps all your slides in a secure, centrally located, cloud-based content library that is easily accessible by all the members of your team, all the time. This means that your crucial files will never end up in a bin beneath your dry cleaner’s counter and you will always know exactly where the latest and greatest version of every slide and presentation can be found. SlideSource also supports tagging of individual slides and has a robust search function so slides are easy to find — even within the system.

Take a few minutes to visit SlideSource.com, sign up for a free, full-featured trial account, and see how easy it is to guarantee that your presentation doesn’t get taken to the cleaners.

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SlideSource feature focus: Content Ownership

Most if not all of the stress a person experiences in the workplace can be traced back to their lack of control over the circumstances they work in but…

Ownership gives you control

SlideSource’s newest feature, Content Ownership, gives you total control over the all the slides you’re responsible for.

If someone changes a slide in a slide library that you own, you will be notified and the changes they made will not become official until you approve them. Slides uploaded to a slide library you own will be marked “Pending” until you approve them. Detailed information about this exciting, stress-reducing new feature, and screen shots showing it in action, can be found here.

If you aren’t already a SlideSource.com user, 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. This is also a great time to start a paid subscription since we’re offering a 20% discount for new subscriptions through the end of February.

If you are already a subscriber, be sure to give Content Ownership a try soon. And in either case, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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SlideSource turns two today but you get the gift!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years since SlideSource went public, but we’re so excited about reaching this milestone that we’re giving you the birthday present.

For the rest of January and all of February, all new subscribers will receive a 20% discount for their first year of SlideSource service. If you’ve been on the fence for a while, consider going all in with SlideSource now!

Here are some other highlights from our second year:

  • 2016 saw some great additions to SlideSource.com, including two new features that were specifically requested by users (as so many of our new features are):
  • The first was the very popular duplicate slide search and removal function. You can find out more about this important and useful feature here.
  • We also added a “slide ownership” process that, when enabled, ensures changes to your valuable presentation content become official only after being approved by a slide’s owner. There’s more information about this feature here.
  • Once again, we were gold-level sponsors of Rick Altman’s Presentation Summit – the premiere conference for anyone who has anything to do with creating or delivering presentations. Our own Bob Befus demonstrated SlideSource to the attendees before a general session (the duplicate slide search and delete function earned an enthusiastic reaction) and we had a chance to talk to many highly-engaged presentation professionals at our booth.

So what is in store for 2017? Well, we can’t spill all the beans yet, but imagine being able to access your slide library directly from within PowerPoint? Imagine opening up a PowerPoint file and getting notified that there are updated versions of some of your slides ready to incorporate into the deck at the click of a button? Stay tuned for exciting news as we continue developing our vision for SlideSource.com into the future.

Overall, it’s been a fantastic year and we would like to thank all of our subscribers and supporters for helping to make that happen. We’re looking forward to having an even better third year and we sincerely hope you will be part of it!

 

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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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