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It's a pleasure to announce the official release of a great tool for working with PowerPoint files, Microsoft Producer.
Microsoft Producer allows you to take an existing presentation file, capture and synchronize video and audio narration, add additional media content, and produce a unified set of content ready for viewing in a browser on your corporate intranet or a generally accessible web server.
A powerful tool for e-learning, corporate communications, sales... many corporations and schools have been using Producer on a regular basis for many years.
The previous version of Producer had a few bugs, needed some adjustments to make it work with the new Office 2007 version of PowerPoint, and we needed to fix a couple of incompatibilities with current browsers.
A beta with fixes to the biggest problems was released, allowing many users to continue to use Producer with Office 2003 and Office 2007. However, we knew the long term fix was to make sure Producer would work with PowerPoint 2010 and make it available via the official Microsoft Downloads site. So for the last few months we have been working towards that goal. A small group of PowerPoint developers, testers, and program managers made sure that the product would work with the last three releases of PowerPoint.
We're happy to say that today, right now, you can download that official release of Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint! (Yes, as you can see in the earlier picture, for simplicity’s sake we’ve dropped the year from the name of the product.)
For those not already familiar with the previous versions, you can use Producer to capture video, audio, and still images from a Web camera, a video camera (digital or analog), or from your computer screen. You can then use that captured content in your Producer presentations. You can also use Producer to import existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, Windows Media files, still images, and HTML files, and then synchronize narrations with your video and PowerPoint presentations. You can then publish the presentation to an e-service provider, to a corporate intranet site, on a corporate network, or to the Web.
This new version of Producer is a compatibility upgrade and there aren't any new features. Yes we’ve listened to your requests during the Beta, but updating the function of Producer wasn’t in our goals. Of course we can’t comment on unannounced future products, Producer or PowerPoint, but customer feedback like this is a big factor in planning upcoming releases.
One final note to all the folks who have written or asked after the fate of Producer over the last few months. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We have a standard policy with respect to pre-announcing products, for the most part we won't discuss products under development. Please remember that even though we don't make a lot of comments about future releases, we're always listening. And working.
Ric Bretschneider May 9, 2010
Want the new Producer? You can download it here.
Note that if your computer has never had Office 2007 or earlier installed, you’ll need to manually install the Office Animation Runtime component, as it is not installed with Office 2010. You can download that from here.
Additional information, training and sample projects are available here.
Thanks so much but I really think Microsoft should polish it up a bit more. Template graphics look dated, the icons are still from the Windows 95 era and the transitions and video effects are still GDI-based! Help file says PowerPoint 2003. And please release a native 64-bit version. The least you could have done is skin the controls with a manifest to match Aero/XP style. (Maybe all this in the next release with Office 15).
yippeeeee been waiting for this for an age and a bit
Ribbon UI please!
Or better yet, why Not incorporate its functionality with the next PowerPoint?
Thanks for the comments and suggestions for future work. -Ric
It seems like Producer is a duplicate of Windows Movie Maker, which is included with Vista Professional and possibly others. So what is all the excitement about?
Where do I go for help with this product? It works fine until I try to publish and then I get this rather unhelpful alert (appears just after progress bar is started and it is showing estimated time to complete: Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint (x)
BIG RED CIRCLE WITH WHITE X
OK button Using version 3.0.3102.0 with PPT Office 2003, Windows XP. TIA, Jungle
"and we needed to fix a couple of incompatibilities with current browsers" I just try it...
it doesn't work with Firefox !!! anything is fix !
After allowing activex in my internet explorer, the presentation freezes my internet explorer.
January 2nd, 2012 I downloaded MS Producer for Powerpoint along with the runtime add-on to a new computer running the latest version of Windows 7. The program launches and then either immediately stops working or as soon as I click open a blan presentation or start a new one, the program stops working and shuts down. I've removed everything several times and reloaded it with no luck. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated as I need to put together a project ASAP!
For producer like output, if you need something which works on almost all the devices, PC, Mac, iPad, you guys should checkout www.9slides.com
Where is Producer for 2007/2010? has it been removed? All suggested links are deadend!
Thank you ...