Converting PowerPoint for iSilo
Does anyone have any good tricks for getting PowerPoint presentations to come out looking good in iSilo. I tried saving the PowerPoint file as a web page and then converting it but it didn't work.
PowerPoint does have an option to export each slide as a .jpg file which seems like it could be a solution (although a bit of a memory hog). And then each of these separate .jpgs would need to be combined into one iSilo doc.
A bit of an answer to my own question . . .
First off, I've found that saving a PowerPoint presentation as a Web Page and trying to compile it with iSiloX results in a useless end result. This is because PowerPoint uses java to organize the slides. Instead, what I've found to work quite well is, from within PowerPoint, selecting save as JPEG then clicking the buttong that says "Select All Slides." PowerPoint then makes a jpg image from each slide. First you can select all of these jpgs in order from Slide 1 to SlideLast and drag and drop these files into the iSiloX interface. It's important to doublecheck that the order of the jpgs within iSiloX is the correct order and that you don't need to resort the order of the slides before compiling with iSiloX. Once there, on the image tab adjusting the image compression will help optimize the size of the final iSilo file.
This makes a nice looking iSilo file where each page is a slide and by clicking the forward arrow you move on to the next slide.
It could be even better if it was structured so that one didn't need to use the tiny forward/back page buttons and instead could click anywhere on the image to go to the next slide. I think doing this would require a lot of extra manual labor to put each jpg into a webpage and then link that image to the next one.
I'd be interested to hear tips from anyone else who has played with getting PowerPoint into iSilo format. Also, once you have these nice images in iSilo format on your PDA, what would it take to give a presentation directly from your PDA? I know there are accessories from Voyager with a CF to VGA cable. Is there anything like this for Palm/SD interface? What about sending images from PDA to projector via Bluetooth?
Would welcome any ideas . . .
Although you can not tap the screen to advance to the next page, as a tip, you can still use the hardware up/down button on your device or the scroll wheel to advance to the previous/next page, assuming you did not set Rigid Page Boundaries (iSiloX/Properties/Document/Page Boundaries).