Office Sway: the new web project to create effective presentations from Microsoft
His new free project Sway in the Microsoft Office software giant considers a promising child and invests in its development a lot of effort.
What is Office Sway?
Sway, like Microsoft PowerPoint is a tool for creating presentations, but the first with the latest plenty of differences, and most important of them – the format of the content output. While the PowerPoint presentation files is the usual documents, to be filled different contents and are stored in the format .pptx, Sway – these are the same presentations that are prepared from the same ingredients, but the result is different. Interactive presentations Sway is a page on the Internet that can be accessed via web browser or client application.
Sway allows users without special training to create a stylish online presentation of text, graphics, photos, video, audio content, adapted to the different computer screens and mobile devices. The presentations Sway modern design with block placement of materials, optimized for touch control.
As part of Microsoft Office, Sway available in a number of applications of the web service Office Online on the website Sway.Com. App Sway, synchronized with the web service, completely free to download in the Windows store 10. From the number of client applications for mobile devices Office Sway yet available for the iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store.
To access the Sway will require the same account as other web applications Office Online, and OneDrive cloud storage is a regular Microsoft account or a work account within the web project to Office 365.
The format of the presentations Sway
In fact, every presentation of a Sway is a separate mini-website located on the server Microsoft. Each presentation has its own web address, which consists of a domain name Sway.Com and unique code identifier of the presentation according to the type of links to download files in cloud storage.
Moreover, the presentation of a Sway can be embedded in an existing web resource user website, blog, forum and any other web project, which involves the insertion of HTML codes.
After the preparation of online presentations in any of the applications Sway it is possible to get a permanent link and immediately manually send the right people, and it is possible to publish in the social. services by means of function «Share».
A privileged position in the number of web resources where provides automatic publishing of online presentations in a single click, is a web service Docs.Com. It’s open source from Microsoft, where users from all over the world can share their materials – presentations Sway and PowerPoint, PDF and Word documents.
Search engines can index the Sway of the presentation, posted on Docs.Com but because like any other web page, they can be found in the search results.
The web application and the client Office Sway for Windows 10
The web interface of Office Sway is almost identical to the interface of client applications for Windows 10. Almost all of the functionality of the first (and quite a bit since Sway is a project ready-made solutions for the layman) is available in the second. The only exception is a larger list of web resources to share links to the online presentation in a web app Sway. While the app for Windows 10 for a list of available web resources to use the «Share» button in a natural way will be limited only installed in the operating system client applications such resources.
Instead, the application has the advantage of displaying data in the absence of the Internet. However, local storage of presentations is possible, provided that they have been synchronized with the web service Sway.Com i.e. open the app on a specific device. Because synchronization of the presentation with the web service is performed at the time of its opening in the app. Otherwise, when there is no Internet connection, the client application will be powerless.
The raw materials for presentations Sway
The source material for the presentations can be downloaded directly to the device, including only what the camera recorded photo or video, and the Sway of the supported web services. Clicking the menu item «Insert» in the number of s for implementation of the presentation material you will see popular social. network, web services, notes, YouTube, cloud storage and other web resources organized into a database Sway. Database Sway – section «Recommended» that appear as the first option when you press options insert, involves finding photos, videos and tweets by keywords.
Create presentations Sway
Create presentations Sway seems to work with any far-reaching program for the automatic creation of collages, where you can add source images, choose the layout of the few available options, and then click «Make a collage». There are templates, there are beautiful effects, there is a ready presentation format on output. What is left for the user is similar to the dressing in the blender ingredients, add the raw materials online presentations and place their blocks in the proper order. And all the presentation ready. Slowly turning her page with a finger on a touchscreen device by clicking the mouse on the navigation buttons in the lower right corner of the screen, pressing the navigation keys left Arrow and right Arrow, the presentation can be viewed and, if necessary, to return to correction by adding or removing blocks of content.
The blocks with content presentation can be freely dragged by swapping them. A new block with text, images, videos, diagrams, tweets or embedded objects can be added to any place of presentation, placing it between two existing blocks.
Microsoft introduced a new concept, hitherto not present in the number of instruments Office products cards. Cards – these are the building blocks with a selection of options for implementation and design of materials. Card for registration of the title of the slide, insert text, add an image, activate the device’s camera to create a snapshot, you can choose among the proposed options for a new unit. To insert objects, such as videos, tweets, embeddings, graphs, collages of images of the card available in the menu section at the top with the appropriately named «Cards».
Sway does not support insertion of a separate slide documents of Microsoft Office, but Word files, Excel, PowerPoint presentation Sway is implemented using HTML code that you can obtain in the menu «File» in the options to share their web apps as Office Online.
The number of options cards images has a tool for custom installations, points of focus, demonstrating how the finished slide will look on screens of various devices, including mobile phones.
For the text of the presentation in the menu «Design» you can select the font, color, background from a small list of ready-made templates. Any template text can be changed through settings.
Under «Navigation» the currently available three options to advance through the slides of the presentation.
On the basis of already created presentations, you can create a new one. For these purposes, Sway provides redundancy.
Sway allows change to the design of the presentation just by pressing the button at the top of the «Edit design».
However, clicking on this button will have no time till in a random order to the presentation will not be applied to any design.