SlideWiki Beta Guide

This guide will explain the main features of the SlideWiki platform.
 
Please use the "Give feedback" button or email  jira@slidewiki.atlassian.net

Introduction

SlideWiki is a platform for creating, editing, sharing and learning from decks or slideshow.

All content is published under Creative Commons licences. It can be edited and reused as long as the original source is attributed.

If you add or upload content and images to SlideWiki, you must ensure it can be shared under an open Creative Common Licence.

SlideWiki Home Page

 

Sign up

  • To create a SlideWiki account click on the Sign In button in the header and select “Don't have an account? Sign up here.”

or go to http://stable.slidewiki.org/signup 

You will be asked to provide your:

  • Name and email address

  • Organisation

  • User name and password

  • While the site is in beta, you will need to wait for your account to be authorised before you can sign in.

 

Sign In

To Sign in use the button in top right hand corner

Screenshot of sign in dialog box for SlideWiki

  • You will need your email address and password

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

Create new deck

To create a deck, select the Add deck button in the header. Then complete the form. You must provide a title for your deck and select the appropriate language and creative commons licence.

Import a deck

You can create a deck by importing an existing PowerPoint PPTX file. Choose “Upload” in the Add a deck form and select your file.

If you use packages other than PowerPoint such as Google slides or LibreOffice presentations, please export to PPTX within these applications first. In the future we will extend the import function to support additional formats.

 

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

  • Partial support for diagrams (you may wish to save these as image files prior to import)

 

My decks

To see a list of the decks you own, click on the user button in the header and select "My decks".  This list includes decks you have imported, created on SlideWiki or created from a revision of an existing deck. The deck listing can be sorted alphabetically, by creation or last modified date. You can also access the list of decks for other users by selecting their username.

Screenshot of My Decks listing in SlideWiki.

SlideWiki deck page

The deck page provides access decks and slides in SlideWiki. It is made up of components, grouping similar functions.

 
Diagram of the components in the SlideWiki deck page interface.

 

Basic search

Use the search box at the top of the page to find slides, decks and users. This box has an autocomplete tool to make searching quicker.

Use the fields at the top of the page to filter the search results.
Older versions of the same deck and slides can also be displayed by selecting the "other versions" button.
Search results for decks and slides are displayed. 
 

Deck View

When a deck is opened or  you select the deck title in the breadcrumb or Deck controls, you will see the Deck View in the content area.

The Deck View displays information about the deck and thumbnails of the first 3 slides.

Click on a thumbnail to jump directly to the slide.

Screenshot of deck info panel with labels

Editing deck information

To edit deck information, click on the Edit tab.

If you are not the owner of the deck, you will be prompted to “Save as new revision”.

If you are the owner you have the choice of whether to overwrite your existing deck information by Saving or creating new revision of the deck.

Expand Content view

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

The Deck Tree, Activity Feed and Additional Content tools are minimised.

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

Deck tree

To edit a slide title, double click on it in the Deck tree. Edit the title and press enter.

The deck tree shows you the slides and sub-decks within your deck. It contains functions for restructuring your deck. Use the arrow keys to move up and down through your slides.

The context menu allows you to add a new slide or sub-deck, duplicate or delete a slide. This can be accessed through the expansion button to the right of the slide title or using the shortcut key right-arrow.

You can re-order slides by dragging a slide to its new location in the deck tree.

 

Deck structure

SlideWiki includes tools that help with structuring your deck.

Each deck can contain sub-decks. These can be used as:

  • Folders containing slides on a similar topic

  • Slides to be delivered in a session. This can be useful if your deck covers topics to be covered over a number of sessions or contains material to cover a course.

  • A deck created by another user (under development). In the future you will be able to add a deck created by another user as a sub-deck of your own deck.

Each deck and slide have a unique ID. They also have a title that is displayed in the deck tree and can be edited there. The deck and slide titles are to help with organising your content and so are not automatically displayed in the presentation mode.

Adapt an existing deck

You can create your own version of any deck on SlideWiki by clicking the Fork button in the Deck Control.

 

This deck will now appear under your list of decks and changes you make will not affect the original deck.

 

Slide view

Slides are shown in the content area. Use the Deck Tree or the controls below the slide to move between slides.

 

Speaker notes are shown below the slide.

Presentation mode

Selecting the presentation button will launch your deck as a slideshow in a new tab. This will start from the current slide.

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

 

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.

 

Activity feed

This displays the most recent comments on the slide or deck. Click on the slide title to go to the slide.

 

Additional Content Tools

This component provides a range of tools to supplement your slides and decks.

SourcesAttach information and links to web pages, documents, publications etc to a slide. Use this to attribute images and content used in the slide.

 

CommentsAdd or reply to a comment.

 

HistorySee early versions of a slide of deck. Select a revision to see it in the content area. Use the revert button to restore to a previous version.

 

Usagelinks to other decks using the same content.

Contributorssee who has contributed to the slide or deck.

Editing a deck

Use the Content Controls above the content area to add and edit a deck.

New slides are created with a default layout with a title box and content area. To create a new content area click the Add input box.

Add a new sub-deck
Add a new slide
Duplicate current slide
Delete current slide

Editing a slide

To edit a slide, click on the Edit tab. Once an input box has been selected, the editing toolbars will be displayed.

Once you have edited a slide, you must press Save for your changes to be saved.

The border and shaded area below the slide indicates content area that will not be shown in a standard slide area without zooming out.

Export a deck

If you wish to access a deck offline or print it out, then you can export it as a PDF file. 

Click the export button and new tab will open while your PDF is created. You can return to the deck and continue working as once the PDF is ready, the tab will be closed and the file will be avilable to download.

Export button

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 email support jira@slidewiki.atlassian.net or use the feedback button. Please make sure you provide the email address you used to log-in.

Upcoming features

You will soon be able to

  • Sign up and sign in with popular social media platforms.
  • Receive notifications about your decks.
  • Create groups of users that you can allow to edit your decks or tracking their comments.