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Now that you’ve learned about PowerPoint Web App’s Reading View – designed for quickly reading presentations that have been published on the web -- we’d like to introduce you to Edit View. Edit View is, unsurprisingly, the place where you go to make changes to your presentation on the web.
To begin with, we designed this view to parallel our desktop app’s Normal View. On the web, you’ll find the familiar ribbon, thumbnail pane, and notes pane. Take a look at the desktop app and the web app side-by-side:
PowerPoint 2010 Normal View
PowerPoint 2010 Web App Edit View
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, the PowerPoint Web App has been designed as a companion to the PowerPoint desktop application. The desktop app is great for creating beautiful presentations (see some examples here), and for giving presentations that take advantage of the full power of the local machine. The web app is focused on giving you access to your presentations wherever you are, quickly and easily.
Looking beyond viewing and giving presentations, we knew that people would want to be able to make changes to their presentations from anywhere. Our primary goal is to provide you with a fast and streamlined editing experience, optimized for simple changes on the run. Most importantly, however, we made sure that no matter what changes you make, the fidelity of your document will be preserved.
The latter point is by far the most critical one. The PowerPoint desktop app has been in development for over 20 years. It supports hundreds of features. In the first version of the web app, we knew that we would not be able to support all of them. So we focused on building a foundation for the editing experience that would ensure that even if the web app doesn’t support direct editing of a particular feature, the feature would be perfectly preserved in the document for later editing in the desktop app.
For example, let’s say that you are editing a title that has a 3D rotation and a reflection applied to it. PowerPoint Web App will let you change the text and font, as well as apply other basic formatting. The 3D rotation and reflection will not be stripped off the text simply because the web app doesn’t support editing those properties. They will be maintained and automatically merged with the changes you’ve made to the text.
This attention to the tiny details of document fidelity mean that you can confidently store and edit your presentations on the web, secure in the knowledge that all parts of the presentation will be intact the next time you open it on the PowerPoint desktop app.
Of course, you want to know what you’ll be able to edit. We focused on the most important and common editing activities.
We began with the most basic activities: adding, re-ordering and deleting slides. When you add a new slide, all of the layouts in the presentation are available for you to choose from, just as they are in the desktop app. So if you’re working with a presentation created from a corporate template or one downloaded from Office Online, you’ll be able to use the custom layouts from the template.
Next, we focused on text editing. You can make most common changes to text in placeholders – font, size, and color, to name a few. As described above, you’ll notice that when you make changes to text that has advanced effects applied (reflections, shadows, etc.), those effects are maintained with full fidelity and are automatically reapplied to the edited text.
Many PowerPoint presentations are full of pictures, so we made sure that you can not only insert and delete pictures, but you can also easily apply the same Quick Styles found in the desktop app.
The Picture Tools tab contains a gallery with some of the same Quick Styles available in PowerPoint.
Expanding the gallery reveals the complete set.
Of course, if you have a picture perfectly formatted, but you find that you need to you swap in a new picture, you can use Change Picture and keep all of your original formatting.
Office 2007 introduced SmartArt graphics – a new type of graphic that changes automatically based on the content. The ability to create and edit SmartArt graphics in the web app was a natural and important addition. Watch for a future post with many more details!
You can go directly into Edit View (click Edit on Skydrive or SharePoint) or switch over from Reading View. If you are in Reading View, the toolbar across the top of the view has an entry point, shown below.
PowerPoint Web App Reading View Toolbar
Notice that when Edit View opens, you’re still on the same slide you were just reading!
If you want to see how your slides will look animated, you can switch back into Reading View or check out your progress in Slide Show from the View Tab.
PowerPoint Web App Edit View, displaying the View Tab.
This is only the beginning. We will continue to improve the web editing experience. As to what’s next? We’d love to hear your opinion! What’s the most common thing that you want to do on the web? Please leave comments or submit feedback as you use the technical preview!
November 11, 2009
If I have external hyperklinks contained in my desktop PPt presentation - will they be preserved and work once I donwload the web file version? Thankyou
Yep. Hyperlinks, both internal and external, work with the web version.
Will video be supported on the web, if I upload the file to skydrive?
I was wondering...will the web apps, in the future, have the complete functionality of the desktop app?
The web apps are not ramping up to be a replacement for the desktop apps. They were designed as companions to the desktop apps. There are some scenarios for which the web apps are better suited, but there are also some for which the rich power of the desktop apps will continue to be preferable. It is our hope to provide you with a seamless experience through the hand-in-hand use of the two apps. Video is not currently supported by PowerPoint Web App. If you're interested in video, you might enjoy trying out the PowerPoint 2010 beta: office.com/beta
What technology is being used to develop the Editing features for the final version of the Word Web App Editor? Is it Silverlight? I've already read the posts about how the animations and rendering is somewhat improved with Silverlight installed, but I noticed that the feature set of the Powerpoint editor seems to be the same with or without Silverlight installed.
In case you create a text box in your presentation, it won't work on the web app. It works just fine with the default text boxes which are created on every new slide, but not with the ones created by the user. Is this feature not yet available on the app?
Hi, I just found this feature recently and it came in handly the other day when i had to make quick edits heading to the airport. BUT some of the edits i needed to do were in the footer or around image layout, so the web version didnt allow me to do this. I found myself clicking all over the place working out what was editable and what wasnt, all up I left feeling confused and frustrated. I applaud what you guys have done, BUT right now this editing feature is really frustrating because it doesn't feel natural when theres things in there that i expect to work one way and just doesnt. :(
Hi Jose, Thanks for trying out Edit View, and thanks even more for taking the time to leave us feedback. We’re still working on this area, so I hope you’ll try again as we continue to make changes in future updates. Thanks,