Guide to SlideWiki

This deck is intended to explain the main functions and features within SlideWiki 2.0

 

SlideWiki concepts

Deck:  a collection of slides used for 

Sub-deck: a group of slides or presentation within the deck

Owner: user who created the original deck

Creator: user who created this deck or slide

Contributor: user who adds to a slide

Group: users that have permission to edit the deck

 

Sign up

To create a SlideWiki account go to https://slidewiki.org/signup or click on the Sign In button in the header and select “Don't have an account? Sign up here.”

You will be asked to provide your:

  • Name and email address

  • Prefered user name and password

You can also create an account using a Google or GitHub login. 

Sign In

To Sign in use the button in top right hand corner

  • You will need your email address and password.

  • Or you can log in with your Google or GitHub account if you have Authorised these for your SlideWiki account.

  • If you have problems signing in use the "forgot password" option to reset your password.

Screenshot of sign in dialog.

Create new deck

To create a deck,

  • select the Add deck button at the top of the page.

You will must provide

  • a title for the deck
  •  the language of the content.

You must also agree to the Terms of User and that the content can be published as a Creative Commons License

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Screenshot of Add deck form

Import a deck

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You can create a deck by importing an existing PowerPoint (*.pptx) or OpenDocument Presentation (*.odp) file. Choose “Upload” in the Add deck form and select your file.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When you import a deck, you must ensure images contained within the deck can be published under a Creative Commons license.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes on importing a deck

During import slide content is converted to HTML content and SlideWiki attempts to replicate their original layout. However, it is not always possible to accurately recreate the slides. The following features are currently not supported during the import process:

  • Background and themes

  • Cropped images

  • Equations

  • Diagrams and drawings (you may wish to save these as image files prior to import)

 

My decks

To see a list of your decks, click on the user button in the header and select "My decks".  This list includes

  • decks you have imported,

  • created on SlideWiki 

  • created from a revision of an existing deck. 

The deck listing can be sorted alphabetically, by creation or last modified date.

Screenshot of My Decks panel

Finding decks and slides

You can find useful content on SlideWiki in many ways. Recent and featured decks are listed on the home page. You can also search for decks.

Keyword searches can be filtered by:

  • entity: slide or deck
  • search field: deck title, description, slide content or speaker notes
  • language
  • user
  • tags
 

Copy a deck

If you want to copy or fork an existing deck then use the Fork button at the top of the deck explorer (you need to sign in for this to appear).

 
Screenshot of fork button

Screenshot of the information displayed in the deck view for a forked deck

Information about the origin of a copied deck and it's creater are displayed in the deckview. 

The orginal author will be shown as the slide creator in the Info panel.

Deck and slide activity feed

Users can see the actions that have taken place on a deck or slide in the activity feed. 

 

 

Screenshot of  the activity feed showing that a user has commented on a slide, edited a slide and created a deck.

Expanded view

This view, accessed through the Expand button, offering a zoomed in view of the slide.  

To return to the full view, use the collapse button.

Presentation mode

Selecting the presentation button will launch your deck as a slideshow in a new tab. 

 

Presentation mode keyboard controls:

  • left / right arrow key = move forward  / backwards through slides 
  • f = full screen mode (ESC to exit) 
  • o or ESC = show / exit overview of slides 
  • . or b = turn screen black / return to slides 
  • s = launch speaker view in new browser window, showing current and next slide, notes and timer.

Use  the arrow controls in the bottom right of the screen or swipe on a touch screen device to move through a presentation.

User settings

Click on the user button in the header and select “My Settings” to change your:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Image (only Gravater upload currently supported)

 

You can also add a short bio.

Change password

You can change your password under My settings > Accounts. Make sure your password is secure and is at least 8 characters long.

It is possible to deactivate your SlideWiki account in My Settings > Account. This will deactivate your log in but all your content will remain public on SlideWiki. To reactivate your account please contact us.

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Deck View

When you create or import a new deck, you will be taken to the Deck View. This displays information about the deck and allows you to start adding content.

Deck View

The Deck View displays the properties of the deck. 

Screenshot of the deck view. Select the deck title in the deck navigation panel to return to the deck view.

Deck Explorer

A deck consists of slides and sub-decks.

Sub-decks can be used to organise slides or to append another deck into a larger series of slides.

The structure of the deck is shown in the Deck Explorer.

Deck Edit

In Deck Edit you can alter the properties of the deck. To access, select the Edit tab in Deck View.  You can alter the deck title, description and language. You can also change the deck theme and manage who can edit the deck.

Deck edit screenshot.

Deck themes

Deck themes alter the background colour, font colour, style and size in your slides. 

 

 
Screenshot showing the difference between default white and moon theme
Example of White and Moon themes

Deck Editing Rights

You can allow other SlideWiki users to edit your deck. Under Deck Edit you can select:

  • Users: select a user from using the search in the dropdown list.
  • Group of users: these can be created under My Settings and can contains any number of users. Use groups to quickly allow your colleagues or your students to edit your decks.
 
 

Deck structure controls

You can add slides and sub-decks to your deck using the deck structure controls located above the slide area.  

Screenshot of deck structure toolbar with buttons for Add slide, Attach slides, Add sub-deck, Attach sub-deck, Duplicate slide, Delete slide.

These controls can also be accessed in the deck explorer by expanding the menu below slides and sub-decks

Creating a new slide and templates

New slides have a default template with a title and bullet point text. The orange border indicates edge of the typical slide area.

 

Screenshot of slide with default template

The "Use template" dropdown allows you to switch between templates. This will overwrite the content on the slide.

Screenshot of template dropdown list. Options shown: Title and bullets (default), Empty document, 1 row 1 column, 1 row 2 columns, 2 rows 2 columns, 2 rows 1 column.

Creating a new slide and templates

New slides have a default template with a title and bullet point text. The orange border indicates edge of the typical slide area.

 

Screenshot of slide with default template

The "Use template" dropdown allows you to switch between templates. This will overwrite the content on the slide. Empty document remove the input boxes.

Screenshot of template dropdown list. Options shown: Title and bullets (default), Empty document, 1 row 1 column, 1 row 2 columns, 2 rows 2 columns, 2 rows 1 column.

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