Slide Executive Professional
Reviewed: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: January 29th 2008
Last Updated: February 27th 2009
A decade or two ago, users played with PowerPoint around twice a month, made some overhead slides through a service provider and hired expensive equipment to show these at really big events. Nowadays, people create PowerPoint slides more often than they sneeze!
The result is that there are billions of slides in the presentation sphere -- slides lost and mixed up in a chaotic land where it's easier to spend to a few hours to create new slides than search and reuse the ones that cannot be found. Our review product Slide Executive Professional may be all the help you need -- read on to learn more.
Slide Executive Professional is from Novatrox AB, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Novatrox was founded in 2000 -- you'll find more information about their products and the company at the Slide Executive web site...
Unlike Slide Executive Desktop, which we have reviewed in the past, Slide Executive Professional in an online service comprising a web based slide library and document management system that enables a subscriber to store presentation content in a single slide library, from were you can access and search for the presentation or slides you require. Subscribers can search and select needed slides and then simply download them as new presentations. The system supports all types of documents.
The following are some of the key feature of the product:
- Web-based access.
- Search by slide title, content, notes, keywords, presenter, dates, etc.
- Use the slide basket to create new presentations (it works like a shopping cart).
- Place single slides, images, movies or entire presentations in the basket.
- Upload any documents to the library.
- Supports check-in and check-out functionality in combination with version handling.
- Advanced version handling supports both manual and automatic updates of slides.
- Create private or public libraries.
- Preview slides and images in three different sizes.
- Apply slide templates or masters.
- Download presentation in different file formats including Adobe PDFs.
- Email secure links to presentations in the system to save on network traffic.
- Online help.
- Web-based administration.
- Advanced role based security.
My contact at Novatrox for this review was Liber Rodriguez - thank you, Liber.
Slide Executive Professional is not available for download. You first need to register as a user (subscriber) -- alternatively you can request a free trial of the service.
Follow these step to use Slide Executive Professional:
- Browse to the site, and login to your account (see Figure
Figure 1: Slide Executive Pro Login
- This open the Slide Executive Pro interface, as shown in Figure
Figure 2: Slide Executive Pro interface
The interface is divided into four areas.
- Public Library panel which is located
on the left side of the interface, here you will find presentations
uploaded by other users -- and My Library which contains presentation
uploaded by you.
- The toolbar area that contains icons
representing the slide basket, thumbnail sizes, print, search, logout,
import, export, delete, etc.
- Exactly at the bottom of the Public Library panel on the
left, you'll find View, Tools and Administration (see Figure
3) options (click them to expand) where you can change the
global settings of the application, view the updates, etc.
Figure 3: More options
- The area at the right side of the interface changes depending
upon the other choices you make -- it is the work area,
and displays the options you select., or the thumbnails of the slides
or other documents.
- Public Library panel which is located on the left side of the interface, here you will find presentations uploaded by other users -- and My Library which contains presentation uploaded by you.
- From the Public Library panel click the My Library option; this displays
the library items on the right side of the interface as shown in Figure
Figure 4: My Library
Now click the Import File option in the toolbar area (refer to Figure 4 above).
- This opens the Import option -- here you can browse and import a presentation
from your hard disk into My Library (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Import a presentation (or another file)
Provide a presentation name, description, date, language, etc. as required and click Import.
- This will start uploading the presentation to My Library as shown in Figure
Figure 6: Importing
Depending upon the presentation size and the online speed, the import process might take a while.
- Now you can find the imported presentation in My Library (see Figure
Figure 7: Imported presentations
Note: If you are not able to see the imported presentation just refresh the Public Library panel -- the red symbol in front of the imported presentation displays that the item is not yet viewed.
- Click on the Imported presentation to see its content as shown in Figure
Figure 8: Displaying content
- To create a new presentation out of slides contained in the imported
presentations (or the Library), just select or check the "Include
in slide basket" checkbox above the thumbnails, as show in Figure
Figure 9: Slides added in slide basket
- Now click the Slide basket icon in the toolbar area (see Figure
Figure 10: Slide basket icon
- This will display slide basket content (as shown in Figure
Figure 11: Slide basket
Here you can save the content of the slide basket to a new presentation by clicking Export.
- This opens the Export options interface (see Figure 12).
Figure 12: Export Options
Export option includes:
- File properties: Here you can provide name, description,
subject, slide type and save as type to the presentation.
Save as type include the newest Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 as well.
- Images and movies allows you to set the size of
images and movies.
- Templates: Here you can choose -- templates to
be applied or not to be applied in the output presentation.
Once done click the Export button.
Figure 13: Exporting
- File properties: Here you can provide name, description, subject, slide type and save as type to the presentation.
- You can find the exported presentation in the My Jobs (see Figure
14). To get to the My Jobs screen, click the arrow next to
the Tools option in the Property pane, and click on My Jobs.
Figure 14: Exported presentation
Click on the link (refer to Figure 14 above), to get the File Download window as shown in Figure 15.
Figure 15: Save presentation
Download and save the presentation.
Slide Executive provides a thorough search that lets you look through the entire public tree (Public Library) -- you can search by title, content, notes, keywords, presenter, dates, etc. You can also search in individual parts of the public tree by right clicking on the directory, or the whole tree from the menu on the left. No options are available to search the personal tree (My Library) as of now.
Here's a quick walkthrough:
- Click the Search option under Tools, right under the Public Library
panel (refer to Figure 3 above). This brings up
the Search interface -- click the Advanced Search tab to view the
options that you can see in Figure 16.
Figure 16: Search
- Add one or more search terms in the fields -- such as name, description,
keywords, slide title, slide text, etc. and press the Search button.
- This will bring up the relevant results (see Figure 17)
-- you'll notice that each result includes an option to select it as
destined for the slide basket.
Figure 17: Search results
- Once these slides (or other documents) are in the slide basket, you
proceed in the same way as you would have done to export the slide basket
to an exported presentation.
Note: To make your search results more efficient, you should add the keywords required within the Properties panel for each presentation/slide.
The base price for the server component package of SlideExecitive Professional composed of the Indexing Server, Web Server and Bulk Importer is: € 3990 or approximately $ 5860.
And € 70 per user license ($ 103), with discounts starting from 5% for 11-20 users, 10% for 21-30 users and 15 % for more than 30 users.
Support is through e-mail or phone. The phone support are open during business hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central European Time(CET), Monday - Friday. There is also a online FAQ where you can find answers for the most common questions about the product.
SlideExecutive Professional is a comprehensive slide management solution that benefits from a great interface and well conceived options. The software is priced on a scale that is aimed for enterprise and larger organizations.