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Instant Brainshark

By : Daniel Li
Book Image

Instant Brainshark

By: Daniel Li

Overview of this book

Brainshark's audio annotation system is a power presentation tool that allows you to convert your boring, outdated slideshows into engaging and powerful audio presentations. Alongside its mobile functionality and customer feedback capabilities, it provides an easy-to-use interface for anyone from account executives to sales directors. "Instant Brainshark" will quickly get you started with creating online presentations and web presentations following best practices. The book covers the basics of BrainShark and explores a variety of best practices in both Internet marketing and presentation design to help you build effective and powerful presentations. Instant Brainshark will start you off with the basic functionality of BrainShark in order to introduce you to the best practices involved in presentation design. Then, it will guide you through a series of important and useful recipes that will show you how to reach customers via various marketing channels. You will learn how to find customers through social media networks, whether they be on a desktop computer or mobile device, as well as how to get feedback from your valued customers. You will also dig into BrainShark's audio annotation system and learn how to get the most out of it by following the recommended guidelines. Lastly, the book will guide you through a recipe on how to upload your BrainShark audio presentations as videos on YouTube, furthering the exposure of your presentations. Using Instant Brainshark, you will learn everything you need to know, from starting your first presentation and applying audio annotations to sharing it across multiple social media websites and retrieving customer feedback.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)

Adding attachments (Must know)

Often, you may wish to add files to your presentation in order to share content with your audience. Examples of attachments include reports, short audio or video clips, and podcast transcripts. We will cover how to add attachments in this section.

Getting ready

Ensure that your attachment is NOT one of the following files:

Restricted file types

  • .com: COM files; used for issuing commands to the operating system

  • .exe: Executable files; used prevalently

  • .bat: DOS batch files; very similar to COM files

  • .vbs: Visual Basic script

  • .js: JavaScript

The preceding file types are restricted due to security threats. Also note that the file size of any uploaded attachments must be less than 500 megabytes.

How to do it...

The steps for adding attachments are as follows:

  1. Under the Things you can do menu within the presentation page, click on the Add link.

  2. Either upload a file from your own computer by pressing the Choose File button or provide a Web URL to the file. Then be sure to provide a relevant title to represent the file.

  3. Press the Save button to include the attachment with your presentation.

How it works...

The preceding steps essentially attach your file to the presentation via the attachment tab. It is essential to allocate a relevant title that is referenced in the presentation so that your viewers can find it easily. There are also various other methods for presenting an attached file, illustrated in the following section.

There's more...

Although the default attachment mode allows your users to download your content without issue, Brainshark has multiple attachment modes to allow different templates for presenting your content. This section will explore these various modes.

Using other attachment modes

The steps for using other attachment modes are as follows:

  1. Click on the Attachments tab above your presentation preferences.

  2. Click on the Edit button for the attachment you wish to edit:

  3. Select one or more of the following checkboxes to customize when your attachment will be prompted as shown in the following screenshot:

    • Show link on attachments tab will display the attachment throughout the presentation for the audience's convenience.

    • Show link with slide will only display the attachment on a given slide of your choosing. You can also choose to automatically launch the attachment either before or after the slide's audio is complete. Lastly, you can choose to pause the slide in order to give your audience a chance to download the attachment.

    • Auto-Launch when presentation is closed may be an option of interest when you wish to have the users download the attachment immediately after the presentation has concluded. An example of a use case is attaching notes involving your next presentation and launching the download after your current one is done.

Deleting attachments

The steps for deleting attachments are as follows:

  1. Click on the Attachments tab above your presentation preferences.

  2. Click on the Delete button for all attachments that you wish to get rid of and confirm with the pop-up dialog that you truly wish to delete the attachment.

  3. Note that deleted attachments are not actually removed from the presentation until you press either Save, which will bring you back to the Presentation properties menu, or Apply, which will keep you on the same page.