Getting Started

Welcome to SlideBot!

You now have the ability to automatically create beautifully designed, individually tailored presentations in less than a minute. We have had a team of designers working for over a year to create tens of thousands of design rules which, in combination with one another, guide every aspect of the automated design process – so that you don’t have to. Once created, you then have the ability to edit, present or export your slide-decks anytime, anywhere.

So that’s enough talking, let’s get started…

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2. Choosing widescreen or standard screen dimensions

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Widescreen

SlideBot will default to produce slide-decks in widescreen mode, which is a 16:9 aspect ratio. The reason for this is that in recent times, 16:9  has become more widely adopted and is now the default aspect ratio in widescreen monitors, TV’s, laptops and projectors. In addition to this, SlideBot integrates seamlessly into  PowerPoint, which has now joined the bandwagon by adjusting their default aspect ratio to 16:9. 

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Standard

If you wish to produce your slide-deck in the standard 4:3 aspect ratio, this can be achieved by simply selecting 'Standard' in the 'Layout Type' option of the upload screen. 

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3. Image licence

By clicking on the 'show more options' button located above the 'Create my slides' button, you will have the ability to customise your slide-deck even further.

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  • 'Flexible' option: If you’re creating slides that are not being distributed publicly or being used for commercial purposes, then that means you’re pretty flexible and this is the option for you. By being flexible, you will have access to all 25 million images in our database

(i) Uploading an existing text file

An existing text file can be uploaded in either of two ways:
(a) Dragging and Dropping, or
(b) Selecting a file from the upload menu

(a) Dragging and Dropping

When you drag a text file and hover over the upload box, the background will change to diagonal stripes and the text will instruct you to 'Drop to Upload'. Once you let go of the file, SlideBot will start processing your presentation.

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(b) Selecting a file from the upload menu

A file can be selected from anywhere on your computer or from any of the cloud services highlighted in red below. All you need to do is simply click the 'Choose File' button and locate the file wherever you last saved it.

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(ii) Typing your content in directly

By clicking on the 'Type it now' button, you are electing to type your content directly into SlideBot.  At this point, your selections may look like this:

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If you are comfortable with all of your selections regarding the dimensions, style, licensing, and content, then click on the 'Create my slides' button.

This will take you through to the text input section, where you can type (or cut and paste) your content directly into SlideBot.

EXAMPLE. You would like 3 slides in your presentation with the following text:

Slide 1: Strategic Planning

Slide 2: Values and Ethics

Slide 3: Integration

You would type it into SlideBot as follows:

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Then all you need to do is click on the 'Upload This Text' button and in a matter of seconds, SlideBot will have prepared your completed presentation for you.

5. Tracking your progress

You can track your progress all the way through as SlideBot creates your slide-deck. Whilst this process will only take a few seconds, we thought you'd like to know exactly whats happening. Once you've uploaded your file by either typing in your content directly, or by selecting your file from the 'upload menu', you will immediately be kept informed of how the upload is going by the stats on the screen. It will indicate to you how much of the file has been uploaded. Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 4.57.30 PM Once the file has been completely uploaded, SlideBot will start working on the layout. You will immediately be taken through to the Slide Editing page where you will be able to see your completed slides appear within seconds.

6. Changing the background

When in the Slide editor, there are two ways of changing the slide background.
(a) By using the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Spacebar)
(b) By clicking on the 'Backgrounds' tab located on the bottom of the page
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When you click on the 'Backgrounds' tab, the  'Backgrounds' interface will appear, which will show you all of the images in the SlideBot system associated with the keywords you have inputted in your text. You can simply scroll through these images and click on any of them to view what they look like with your text. Once you have found the best one, simply click on the wording 'Backgrounds' at the top of the tab and the tab will disappear.


Search for images

If you would like to find images associated with any other keywords or you would like to add in additional keywords to help SlideBot filter the images for you, simply click on the text box located in the 'Backgrounds' tab and start typing. Once you have input all of the words you would like to search for, click on the 'Search' button and SlideBot will find all images that match those keywords.

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Full Colour Background

If you wish to have the background a plain color, you can simply select this color from the menu located on the top right hand side of the 'Backgrounds' tab.

If there is still an image showing, you can delete the image by clicking on it and then pressing the 'delete' button on your keyboard.

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8. Adjusting objects

Inserting shapes

Shapes can be inserted into your slide by first clicking on the 'Shapes' tab located in the footer of the page.

This will expand the shapes menu and allow you to click on any of the shapes, which will insert them into the slide you are currently editing.

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Adjusting shapes

To adjust a given object, simply click once on the object so that it is highlighted, then you can make adjustments as follows:Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 6.13.17 PM

Changing color

Changing the object (or text) colour can be achieved by clicking on the coloured circle. This will expand the colour selection panel which will allow you to select the colour for that object.


Changing opacity

The opacity of the object or text can be altered by selecting the button to the left of the colour picker. The following dropdown box will appear that will allow you to reduce or increase the opacity of the object. Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 11.37.42 PM


Toggle shadow

If you wish to add shadow to your object or text, simply click on the 'Toggle shadow' button located to the left of the Changing Opacity button.


Flip object

You can flip the object or text vertically or horizontally by clicking the 'Flip Object' button. You can make your selection from the the following dropdown box:

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 Arrange layers

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Grouping items

By holding down the 'shift'-key and selecting the items you wish to be grouped, you can group them by selecting the 'Group' button in the dropdown menu. To ungroup these items, simply highlight them again and select ungroup.

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9. Adjusting text

To adjust the text, simply click once on the text so that the text box is highlighted, then you can make adjustments to the text as follows:

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Adjust font

Click on the font menu located on the left of the text edit buttons above to see all of the fonts accessible through SlideBot. 


Adjust font size

Click on the button second from the left to adjust the font size.


Adjust line spacing

Click on the button third from the left to adjust the amount of space between each line of text.


Change text alignment

Click any of the middle three buttons to change the text alignment to align left, centre or right. 


Bold

Click on the 'B' button third from the right to bold or unbold the text.


Italicise

Click the 'I' button second from the right to italicise the text.


Add text box

To add another text box to the slide, click on the '+' button on the right.


Switch text position

You can use the 'switch text position' dropdown menu to change the position of the text overlay. SlideBot analyses each image to ensure the overlay is being used in the position that best suits that specific image, however you may want to see what the overlay looks like in alternate positions - that is where this button comes in. If you want to remove the overlay you can also select 'On image', which will allow you to move the text anywhere you like on the slide.

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Changing size of overlay

If you wish for the overlay to be bigger or smaller, you can elect to do that in the 'Switch Template Size' menu. In this menu you can elect what % of the slide you would like taken up by the overlay. 

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The overlay sizes are as follows:

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Switch overlay color

To switch the overlay color from black to white, use the 'Switch overlay color' menu item. This will automatically change all the overlays in your presentation to reflect this change.

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10. Add, rearrange or delete slides

Add Slide

When you need to add an additional slide to your slide-deck, you can do so by clicking the 'Add slide' button located on the left side-menu. Once this button is clicked, a new slide will appear at the end of your presentation. If you wish for this slide to be move, simply click and hold on it and move it to its desired located.

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 Rearrange Slides

All that is required to rearrange your slides is to click and hold on the slide you wish to move (in the left side-menu) and drag it to the position you would like it, then let go. You will notice that the slide pulses as you click and hold to indicate that it is being moved.

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Delete Slides

A slide can be deleted by clicking on the 'trash can'-icon located in the top menu bar. A dropdown will appear with 3 options: Delete selection, delete side, and delete presentation. If you click on the 'Delete  slide' option, a confirmation box will appear asking whether you are sure that you want to delete the slide. If you click on the 'Yes, remove the slide' button, the slide you are currently on will be deleted.

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11. Export to Powerpoint and PDF

Once you have created your slide-deck and made any necessary adjustments you can easily export your presentation to Powerpoint and PDF.

By simply clicking the 'Export' tab located on the bottom of the screen, the options will appear as follows:

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By clicking either the 'Export PDF' or 'Export Powerpoint' buttons, you will automatically start downloading the file in the selected format. 

You can track the progress of the export in the status bar located at the top of the page:

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Downloading fonts

It is important to note that your computer may not have all of the fonts installed that you have used in your SlideBot presentation. As such, you should click on the button that says 'Download fonts', which will automatically download these onto your computer for you. If you do not do this, the presentation you download will look slightly different as your computer will choose a different font on your behalf.

12. Present your slide-deck

You can present your slide-deck at any time by pressing the 'Show Fullscreen' button in the top left of the screen. 

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When you are presenting, you can skip to the next slide by pressing the right-arrow key on your keyboard. You can also skip back to the previous slide by pressing the left-arrow key. 

If you wish to exit the presentation at any point, this can be done by pressing the 'Esc' key on your keyboard.