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5. Presentation Formats

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When will SlideDog support file type X and program Y?

Currently SlideDog supports a limited number of presentation formats and file viewers. We are continuously working to support more file types. If you miss a format that you think we should support, please contact us.

When deciding which file viewers to support and what software SlideDog will use to show a specific media format we mainly focus on choosing the file player that has the broadest range of file type support. Other important factors are responsiveness and trustworthiness.
For example Adobe Reader might not be the fastest or smallest (in file size) PDF viewer out there, but it is king when it comes to supporting the different kinds of PDF files, including support for multimedia and 3D in PDF files.

However, we understand that people have strong preferences in the programs they use (for instance their default browser) and therefore we are working on broadening the support for viewers of specific file formats.

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Will my animations / transitions / videos / fonts / etc. display correctly in SlideDog?

Yes.

Since the task of showing the presentation files is entirely up to the software viewers installed on your PC, the result will be the same with or without SlideDog.

But on a general note, presentation files may not always act and look the same on different platforms and versions of presentation software. For example, a .pptx file made with special effects only available in PowerPoint 2016 will not look the same when viewed in PowerPoint 2013.
You should always check your presentation files in advance on the computer you intend to use for your live presentation.

Another rule-of-thumb is that you should always embed external resources when possible. For instance, if you try to show a PowerPoint with non-standard fonts without embedding them or making sure they are installed on the target computer, independent of SlideDog the text might not be shown correctly. More information on embedding fonts can be found on PPTFAQs web pages

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What file types, presentation formats and viewers does SlideDog support?

SlideDog supports the following file types and file viewers:

Media File types Supported viewers
PowerPoints .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .pot, .potx, .potm, .pps, .ppsx and .ppsm Office PowerPoint 2013, 2016 or 2019 PowerPoint Viewer 2010
PDFs .pdf Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro
Prezis Prezi portable files / “Prezi.exe” (See note about Prezi-files at the bottom) (included)
Videos .3g2, .3ga, .3gp, .3gpp, .avi, .divx, .dts, .dv, .vid, .flv, .gfx, .m1v, .m2t, .m2ts, .m2v, .m4p, .m4v, .mkv, .mlp, .mod, .mov, .mp1, .mp2v, .mp4, .mp4v, .mpa, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpeg1, .mpeg2, .mpeg4, .mpg, .mpv2, .mts, .mtv, .nuv, .ram, .rec, .rm, .rv, .rmvb, .s3m, .sdp, .spx, .vob, .w64, .3asf, .xa, .tac, .ts, .wmv VideoLan VLC (included)
Images .jpeg, .jpg, .png (included)
Web Pages (URLs) Any normal URL Google Chrome
Word files .doc, .docx Office Word 2013, 2016 or 2019
Excel files .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm Office Excel 2013, 2016 or 2019

A note about “Prezi” and “Prezi Next” files:

To add Prezi files to the SlideDog playlist you first need to download an offline/portable version (comes in a .zip file) of your Prezi from your account at the prezi.com website. Then you need to extract the contents of that zip file. Among the extracted contents you will find an “.exe”-file. This is the file that you should add to your SlideDog playlist.

Important: If you’ve downloaded the offline Prezi more than 12 months ago, you need to re-download it from prezi.com. Also, before starting a Prezi in SlideDog, you should close all open Prezi windows.

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How can I use Prezi in SlideDog?

Yes.

It’s possible by downloading your Prezi (Next) presentation to a “Standalone / Offline file”.

Note: Downloading a Prezi presentation is not available when using Prezi Next online. Please use the Prezi Next desktop application to download your presentation.

To create a SlideDog show with Prezis in it follow these steps for each Prezi file you want to show:

  1. Download the offline portable version of your Prezi presentation and unzip it to a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Open the folder where you unzipped your Prezi presentation.
  3. Drag the “.exe” file into the SlideDog playlist.
  4. Close any open windows of offline Prezis (if you skip this step, SlideDog won’t be able to load the Prezis).
  5. Click “Start Show” and wait for the files to load (some Prezis takes a long time to load).

Important: Make sure you’ve closed all open windows of offline Prezis before trying to start a show in SlideDog that contains Prezi files.

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