Reviewed: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: February 3rd 2005
Last Updated: February 27th 2009
Many PowerPoint users have hundreds if not thousands of presentations on their computers. And if you are like any of those users, you probably have all the content for tomorrow's presentation scattered in slides across those hundred presentations.
All you need now is a solution that will assemble the slides you need into a new presentation that you can thereafter fine-tune. If you really need a magic potion like that, do look at Slide Executive.
Slide Executive is from Novatrox AB, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Novatrox was founded in 2000 - you'll find more information on the company at their web site...
Jonas Fernholm, President of Novatrox AB was my contact for this review. Thank you, Jonas.
I asked Jonas about what prompted Novatrox to create Slide Executive:
"A few years ago, Novatrox had a consulting mission regarding a web based system for managing PowerPoint presentations. We realized the potential of such a system and also saw that there weren't many of these systems on the market at the time. As a start we wanted to develop a small program suited for the single user or a small workgroup, let say a sales force which are likely to be reusing information."
The Slide Executive site provides a trial download of the product that is similar to the full product but has some limitations - for example, it does not index more than 10 presentations.
Using Slide Executive is easy - the first time you launch the product, you'll be presented with a wizard that asks you to select a folder that contains the presentations you want to index.
Slide Executive scans the folder to search and import presentations. If you have too many presentations, this process can take a while.
Once the import of presentations into Slide Executive is complete, you can exit this wizard.
If you've used Windows Explorer, you'll find Slide Executive easy to use.
On the left pane is a list of your presentations as they are saved in the indexed folder - right down to the subfolders that contain more presentations.
Each presentation is shown as a collection of slides and you can create a new presentation by dragging the slides you need into a new virtual presentation window. However, there seems to be no way to create a new virtual presentation!
You could right-click on the Virtual Presentations listing on the left pane and choose Open New Virtual Presentation or access the same option from the File menu but the first time I used Slide Executive, I thought that option allowed me to open an existing virtual presentation!!!
Turns out that option "creates" rather than "opens" a new virtual presentation. Mystery solved! I wish the menu options were named more intuitively.
Once you create (open) the new presentation, Slide Executive creates a new blank window. Just drag the slides you need into this window.
To create a real PowerPoint presentation from the virtual presentation, just select the virtual presentation within the left pane and right-click. Select the Export Virtual Presentation option and an export wizard guides you through the export.
You can also choose the Quick Export option. Finally, you can open a virtual presentation inside PowerPoint itself.
There's so much more to Slide Executive - the search feature in the system is nice and it is possible to drag whole presentations from the tree (in the left pane) to a virtual presentation as well.
Slide Executive is priced at US$49 and is available for online purchase.
I asked Jonas more about their support infrastructure:
"We give support to all customers through e-mail or phone. Our policy is to answer an e-mail within 3 business days. The phone support are open during business hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central European Time(CET), Monday - Friday. Most of the support issues are handled by our developers, since they are the most knowledgeable people regarding the product. There is also a online FAQ where we answer the most common questions about the product."
Slide Executive does one task but it does it well. The interface needs some improvement but everything else works very well indeed.