Using iSpring Presenter 7
Pricing and Support
iSpring Presenter 7 is a PowerPoint add-in which enables you to create media-rich courses and presentations with quizzes in HTML5 and
Flash. This add-in helps you create course content within PowerPoint, enhance it with video narrations, create branching scenarios and
quizzes, thereafter publish it to mobile-ready formats, e-learning platforms, and as distributable standalones.
iSpring Presenter 7 is from iSpring Solutions, an Alexandria, VA, USA based entity. You can learn more about the iSpring
Presenter and download it as a trial version
from their site. My contact at iSpring Solutions for this review was Polina Khizhnyak - thank you,
Using iSpring Presenter 7
Download the installer from the link given above. You can also download their trial version -- this works the same way as the full version
of the add-in, but is limited to 30 days. Once installed, you will see a new iSpring Presenter 7 tab on the
PowerPoint 2013, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 1. Although this tutorial is done in PowerPoint 2013, iSpring Presenter 7 works within PowerPoint 2010 and 2007
Figure 1: iSpring Presenter 7 tab of the Ribbon
All the options within the iSpring Presenter 7 tab are explained below:
- Preview: Before publishing the presentation to Flash or HTML5, you can preview your entire presentation or several
particular slides to test their look and functionality. Click the down-arrow on the Preview button to bring up the menu you
can see in Figure 2, below. Then choose one of the available options: Preview All Slides,
Preview Selected Slides, and Preview from Current Slide.
Figure 2: The Preview menu
- Publish: Click the Publish button to open the Publish Presentation dialog box, as shown
in Figure 3, below. Here you can publish presentations to Flash and HTML5 format in just a couple of clicks. Publishing to
SCORM, AICC, and xAPI is also supported. There are options available to fine-tune appearance settings, compression and playback options for
the output presentation.
Figure 3: The Publish Presentation dialog box
Learn more about the publish options in our previous
(product now discontinued) review page. This new iSpring
Presenter 7 product though has many more options, including exporting to a folder (or a CD, an EXE file, etc.). Additionally, it also supports iSpring Learn
, a one-stop deployment option that’s
integrated with all iSpring authoring tools.
- Presentation Explorer: Brings up the Presentation Explorer window, as shown in
Figure 4, below. The Presentation Explorer window shows an overview of your presentation and gives access to
features such as editing slide titles, hiding slides, adjusting slide durations, adding quizzes, etc. All options except adding quizzes
influence the original PowerPoint presentations as well.
Figure 4: Presentation Explorer window
- Resources: This brings up the Presentation Resources window (see Figure 5), which
allows you to add, edit and delete references, file attachments and web links.
Figure 5: Presentation Resources window
- Presenters: Opens the Presenters window, as shown in Figure 6. Here you can add, edit,
and delete presenters and specify company info. Information about presenters can be displayed as a block over the outline or in the top bar as
a drop-down menu. iSpring Presenter allows you to add a custom company logo for each presenter. You can also set a common logo that is applied
to all presenters.
Figure 6: Presenters window
Once you export your presentation, you will see this Presenter info within the output, as shown in Figure 7,
Figure 7: Presenter info within the output from iSpring Presenter
- Export: All the resources that you add to your presentation are normally placed into a folder in the directory where your
presentation is saved. The project’s files will be grouped into specific subfolders according to the file type. You can save a copy of the
iSpring’s project files to any location and share it with other users.
- Record Audio: Click the Record Audio button to launch the Record Audio Narration
window, as shown in Figure 8. Here you can record audio narrations by reading aloud your text notices or any other verbal
announcements and synchronizing them with your Slide Show. You will need an
attached microphone for this option to work.
Figure 8: Record Audio Narration window
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- Record Video: This will bring up the Record Video Narration window, as shown in
Figure 9. To use this feature, you must have an attached webcam.
Figure 9: Record Video Narration window
- Manage Narration: Opens the Narration Editor window (see Figure 10). With this option
you can conveniently synchronize your presentation with imported or recorded video and audio. It's also possible to sync audio/video and
narration with animations and transitions.
Figure 10: Narration editor window
- Quiz: Use the Quiz button to create a quiz or survey in the integrated
iSpring QuizMaker tool (see Figure 11, below).
Figure 11: iSpring QuizMaker
- YouTube: Allows to insert YouTube videos into your presentation, as shown in Figure 12. Note that an
online connection is essential to insert YouTube videos into your presentation. Embedded YouTube videos must be available for public
Figure 12: Insert YouTube Video
- Web Object: With this option you can insert web pages or online documents using their web addresses (e.g. PDF document),
local files stored on your computer, and web pages or online video using embed code. In Figure 13, below you can see the
Insert Web Object window with a web page.
Figure 13: Insert Web Object window
- Flash Movie: This option allows you to insert local flash movie stored on your computer into your PowerPoint slides.
HTML5 output from iSpring Presenter can also be viewed on the free
iSpring Viewer for mobile devices
(iOS and Android),
Pricing and Support
iSpring Presenter 7 costs US$697, and multiple user license are available.
Support is through e-mail, telephone, and online FAQ.
iSpring Presenter 7 is probably the best product in its class that allows you to use your new or existing PowerPoint content to create
learning content suitable for deploying across a wide spectrum of options. Earlier versions of this product were extensively featured -- and
this new version is in a class by itself.