Can’t live without: Impatica for PowerPoint

What is it? A clever piece of software that allows you to compress
and send fully featured PowerPoint files via e-mail or to websites, regardless
of whether the recipient has PowerPoint himself. Normally you can’t guarantee
the person receiving the file will have it, so all your hard graft may be

If you’re sending a Powerpoint presentation for delivery across the
internet, the files are generally too big. You’ll end up scaling the
presentation down, perhaps sacrificing several whizzy features and losing

An Impatica file is typically 95 per cent smaller than a regular Power-point
HTML file. It was developed by boffins at US company Impatica. As long as the
recipient has a Java-enabled system, the file can be opened and run exactly as

Do I really need one? If you make lots of PowerPoint presentations to
send via e-mail or for intranet and internet delivery, this could be for you.

There are also major potential applications for e-learning content. You may
simply think of PowerPoint as a presentation tool, but its ability to incorporate
text, graphics, animations and narration make it appropriate for generating
e-learning material.

Siebel Systems in the US recently bought an enterprise license of all
Impatica products to produce online courses for around 30,000 customers,
channel partners and employees. Impatica also makes a product that does the
same for the multimedia authoring tool Macromedia Director, and it is building
a big user base in the US among the education sector and corporates.

Price: £400, with volume discounts Contact:Impatica’s website has a
demo of how it all works

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