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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 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 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 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 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.


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


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



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 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 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’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.


The Indezine Interview

indezine-logo Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Geetesh Bajaj has been interviewing many of the speakers at this year’s Presentation Summit for his excellent presentation-focused website Indezine.

Today, Geetesh posted his recent interview with’s Bob Befus who spoke at the Summit on Tuesday. The interview (which can be read in its entirety here) covers several topics including how and why was developed and who a typical user would be.

Here are a couple highlights:

While presentation technology has changed dramatically over the last three decades, the systems and tools for managing all of that presentation content have not kept up. In fact, these problems have gotten worse as the creation of slides and presentations has gone from primarily being the domain of specialized design teams and individuals to being a ubiquitous activity performed across all functional areas and levels.

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While large companies have sophisticated content management systems to manage most of their communication media, presentations seem to fall through the cracks.

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Since presenters were both inside and outside the company, PowerPoint files were often sent via email to users, who often made edits to target the presentation to a specific audience. These presentations were essentially lost from that point on.

Bob’s talk at the Presentation Summit was entitled “Lost in Space! Why Presentations Fall Through the Digital Cracks.” We will be posting his slides as well as highlights from the presentation (and the Summit) over the next couple of weeks.

Break Through PowerPoint Production Roadblocks

Staying competitive in almost any business or industry requires finding the most efficient way to get from the beginning of a task or project to its completion. We are constantly taking steps to find the quickest, most direct route from point A to point B.

Don't let production roadblocks slow you dwonWhen PCs, PowerPoint and digital projectors became widely available, it no longer made sense to shoot, develop, mount, and place physical, 35mm slides into a carousel in order to support a presentation.

But even though PowerPoint made the process of making presentations faster, more flexible, and more cost effective, it still has some room for improvement. There are limitations built into a PowerPoint-based workflow, can throw up big obstacles in your way when trying to create and maintain presentations as a team.

PowerPoint saves slides in a presentation or “deck” of slides. While you can apply version control to the whole presentation, there is no simple way to see how an individual slide has changed over time or who made those changes. There is no practical way to revert to an earlier version of a slide without scouring through past decks and then copying and pasting the old version into your current deck. There is also no record of which version of a slide is in any particular version of a slide deck.

If someone is working on a slide in a PowerPoint presentation, that deck is not (or should not) be available to other team members to edit in at the same time. Unless, that is, multiple people are working on the same file at the same time, which often happens and almost always creates version control nightmares for everyone.

Another big roadblock to productivity occurs when the same slide is used in different presentations. If the slide is updated, it has to be tracked down in every version of every presentation that uses that slide or you risk being surprised by an old version of a slide popping up in the middle of your presentation. PowerPoint doesn’t provide a way to link multiple instances of the same slides across files.

How do you breakthrough PowerPoint productivity roadblocks? The best way is to use a collaborative presentation management tool like

With, you upload your existing presentation files into a secure library where all your presentations are maintained as individual slides that can be easily organized into folders.

The really great part is that every version of every slide is retained so it’s simple to see how a slide has evolved overtime and you can revert to a previous version at any time. Properties such has who made a change and when it was made are also recorded and retained for each version of every slide.

Presentations are built within using an intuitive drag and drop interface, or created automatically when you upload files. When you look at a slide’s properties, you will see a list of every presentation (and each version of a presentation) that includes that slide. Best of all, whenever slides are updated it is also automatically updated in every presentation they are in.

Working on a slide no longer means getting in the way of everyone else that needs to work on the presentation at the same time because you no longer need to lock the entire file for your exclusive access. This means that a presentation with 100 slides could potentially have 100 people working on it at the same time.

PowerPoint eradicated many, many roadblocks that once slowed the presentation creation process down to what we would now consider an intolerable crawl. Compared to the speed of current technology, it was a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam that many people working today don’t even remember and can barely imagine.

But managing slides and presentations can still be quite a challenge for teams who deal with a lot of presentation content. If you find yourself blocked or frustrated by production roadblocks…. give a try for free and see how fast you and your team can really go.

SlideSource turns 6 (months that is)

It’s hard to believe, but went live and became available to the public six months ago. After more than 20,000 slides have been added to SlideSource, we can say the response has been amazing. It’s been really exciting to be able to bring the industry’s most innovative and easy-to-use slide and presentation library solution to PowerPoint users everywhere.

We’ve spent the last six months fine tuning the tool, improving performance and, most importantly, talking to customers. Last week, we updated the site with a number of improvements. Many of these were on the back-end, but users will also notice a number of  other important changes. Chat is now available at any time, so help is just a few keystrokes away. The upload function has been improved. If you are a Mac user, you can now open your slides directly from PowerPoint on the Mac (Safari and Chrome browsers) rather than downloading first.

We’re also excited to announce a number changes to the SlideSource subscription plans. These changes add flexibility and make it easier to start a subscription if you have just a few users. Each plan is now based primarily on the number of users who will need access to your library. You can then fine tune your subscription plan (and its monthly cost) to meet your needs by specifying the maximum number of slides your library will contain.


All plans include…

  • Unlimited slide collections within your library
  • Advanced permissions control
  • Live phone support
  • Our unique system for securely sharing your presentations with colleagues, collaborators, and audiences who don’t have their own subscriptions
  • The ability to raise and lower subscription level and limits at any time

… as well as all of the other great system features that make the most innovative and efficient tool for managing your PowerPoint slides and presentations.

If you aren’t already a 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 the most innovative and useful presentation management system available.