For many of us, Microsoft PowerPoint has become the de facto format for business communications.
Presentations, monthly updates, training materials, new idea pitches, status reports — virtually any formal knowledge sharing in today’s business world happens in PowerPoint (or, in some industries, on Keynote for Mac). And for good reason — used well, a deck combines all the possibility of a highly visual platform with just enough space for text to help make businesses messages clear, understandable, and memorable.
The preeminence of PowerPoint, however, will likely not last forever.
As the “deck” has emerged as a key business tool, a host of new competitors are diligently working to prove to offices around the world that their presentation tools offer better, cheaper, or more social ways of sharing knowledge.
To the uninitiated, Google Slides works similarly to PowerPoint, allowing a user to create slide-based presentations using a combination of text and images. Users can even upload existing presentations in other formats, including PowerPoint files, and allow Google to convert them into Slides presentations.
While Slides is itself a strong presentation tool, one of it’s most valuable features may actually be in its collaborative capabilities. Multiple users can work in the same Slides file simultaneously, in real time. Slides even eliminates version control issues, maintaining running access to the current version of a presentation while also enabling users to view the document’s complete revision history. Users can access the files and collaboration information on the go, with Google’s mobile Slides apps.
As businesses seek new and better ways to help teams collaborate and get work done, solutions like Google’s Slides can be options. But there’s another important consideration for these knowledge-sharing tools:
Collaborating in development is certainly an opportunity — but remember, the most important aspect of any deck is not how it’s built but how it’s shared. The rise of the corporate YouTube has helped allow businesses around the world to record their decks to better supplement and reference the knowledge shared there — as such, it’s essential that every organization consider whether or not a new presentation tool like Google Slides will work well with their presentation recording software.
In fact, we just recorded our own sample Google Slides deck so you can see just how Panopto can support this presentation tool. See the embedded presentation below:
Not only does Panopto make it easy to capture a Google Slides presentation, some of the unique features of Panopto and Google Slides actually end up creating 3 different options for how you can go about making that recording.
No matter how you do it, Panopto captures your Google Slides presentation in full, down to the last detail. With Panopto, you just click record, present, and click stop — and everything else is automatic.
Here’s what happens when you record a presentation with Panopto:
No matter the business, no matter the industry, effectively sharing knowledge is key to communication, training, productivity, and more. That’s why it’s important to make sure your video platform is up to the task of helping you record, share, and search any anything and everything, anywhere and on-demand.