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When long PowerPoint presentations are converted into html, the associated files can be very large, resulting in lengthy download times for viewers. To avoid this problem Instructional Design and eTeaching Services recommends using Impatica, a program which translates PowerPoint presentations into compact html files that can be opened and played in any browser. Impatica is available in the Interactive Multimedia Lab (Gasson 1). Please see or contact eteach@bc.edu for help in getting started.

On a PC

1. With the document open in PowerPoint, pull down the File menu and select "Save as Web Page".

2. Then click on "Publish."

Publish

3. Check the options under "Publish what?" according to preference. For "Browser Support," select all three options (for Internet Explorer, Netscape, and all browsers) to make sure all viewers can open the presentation.

4. Click on "Web Options." On the General Tab, click "Add slide navigation controls" if you wish to include features such as a navigation bar to appear on the left; this can be an advantage in helping readers manage long presentations. "Show slide animation while browsing" is not recommended as animations are sometimes slow on the web. "Resize graphics to fit browser window" should always be checked.

General Web Options

5. On the "Files" tab, make sure "Organize supporting files in a folder" is checked (the other boxes are optional), then click "OK."

Files Web Options

6. Make sure the file name conforms to conventions for Blackboard Vista, then click "Publish." As it saves the html file (called the "index file"), PowerPoint also creates a folder with the same name, containing files with images of the slides.

On a Mac

1. With the presentation open in PowerPoint, pull down the File menu and select "Save as Web Page." In the dialogue box which opens, click on "Web Options."

Save as Window

2. On the Files panel, select "Save options" according to preference, and under "Browser support" check all three boxes to support Internet Explorer, Netscape 4 compatible browsers, and others.

Web Options Files

3. The Appearance panel allows you to choose among options for the presentation's layout and navigational features (In Default view, "Normal" provides for the partition of the screen so a navigation bar appears along the side; "Full screen" eliminates the navigation bar so only the presentation is visible). Click "OK" when ready.

Web Options Appearance

4. Make sure the file name conforms to conventions for Blackboard Vista, then click "save." As it saves the html file (called the "index file"), PowerPoint also creates a folder with the same name, containing files with images of the slides.

If you encounter difficulties or would like further information, please contact eteach@bc.edu.