Turn your PowerPoints into SWF flash videos with this free tool.

2009-02-16_001517Mixed in with all the brouhaha over today’s giveaway Video to Flash Converter, Giovanni, the great free-alternative software conquistatore (otherwise known as ‘conquistador’ to us culturally insensitive Americans), posted about a program that allows you to turn your PowerPoints into SWF flash videos. I just installed this software and am fairly impressed. Therefore I am now making a post about it so everyone can know. Ah, life is grand.

So this program is very simple. It installs as a plugin into Microsoft PowerPoint. If you are on PowerPoint 2007, you will see a dedicated ribbon tab for this program. If you are on PowerPoint 2003 and below, I am not sure what you will see since I don’t have it, but I bet it will appear as a menu. This program allows you to do two things:

  1. You can publish your PowerPoint as a SWF flash video. It retains all your effects, and gives you a few customization options (like gives you the option to be able to click-advance the slides in the SWF flash video). It also will generate an HTML file with the flash video embedded in it if you chose to allow the program to do so.
  2. You can insert SWF flash videos into your PowerPoints.

The only bad thing about this software, in my opinion, is that on the generated flash video, there is a a logo for the developer on the flash video control bar (not on the actual video). Of course this is a free program (free version of a commercial product actually) so that is understandable.

At this point you must be dying to know what program I have been talking about this whole time. April fools (I don’t care if it is the middle of February) – there is no such program; this article is a hoax.

Are you still reading? Dang then you called my bluff. This whole time I have been talking about iSpring CONVERTER (yes I know the above picture already gave it away – humor me).

Here are some screenshots to ponder over while you decide if this program is worth downloading or not:




Here is an example of a PowerPoint I converted to SWF. The “Options” I checked were “Generate HTML”, “Auto-play on click animations each 2.0 seconds” and “Advance animations on mouse click”. You will notice that the video seems ‘stuck’ at times. This is because I unchecked “Change all slides automatically”. You have to actually manually click on a slide to advance it to the next (the PowerPoint I used is from UCDavis):

Still interested? You can attain iSpring CONVERTER Free from iSpringSolutions.com. If you don’t want to visit the developer’s website, click here to directly download the software.

Thanks Giovanni.

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  • Facing the same problem here, the converted swf can play well in my laptop. But it’s not compatible when i try to upload to youtube. Any one help?

  • Derick

    Doesn’t create hyperlinks in the SWF, and that’s what I use pretty much for all my PPT’s. Also make sure that it can make hyperlinks on shapes, I use that even more often.

  • Try AuthorStream Desktop! It allows you to convert those ppts to flvs so you can upload to youtube. Sadly it does not support Office 2003 :(

  • aussiegirl

    Thanks for your email, but sorry, Format Factory does not convert my iSpring vids into flv for youtube. There’s an error message.

  • aussiegirl

    These converted vids cannot be uploaded to youtube :-(

  • Thanks for the heads up. I updated the link to the new version.

  • Alexey Malov

    Hey, iSpring Converter version 4.1 is already available. However they changed back the product naming and iSpring Converter is now called “iSpring Free”.

  • Sarra

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