How to Create Flash Animations Using PowerPoint

7 Jan

How to PowerPoint - use PowerPoint to create Flash animations

PowerPoint’s a great authoring tool.  You get a blank screen and some pretty cool animations.  There’s no reason that you can’t mimic some of the same types of animations you see created with Flash.  On top of that, if you use a rapid elearning application, like Articulate Presenter, you can publish the PowerPoint slides and convert them to Flash. 

What Articulate Presenter does is convert each slide into its own Flash movie (.swf).  The .swf will contain the slide content, with audio narration and any animations.  These become a slide#.swf.  You can take the slide.swf from the published data folder and use it as an independent Flash movie.

I like to insert them into web pages, wikis, or even other rapid elearning applications.  In the demo below, I show you how to insert the slide.swf into an Articulate Engage interaction.

Click here to view the demo.

Here are the basic steps:

  • Create a PowerPoint slide with some animation
  • Sync the animation with narration using Articulate Presenter
  • Publish the slide show in Articulate Presenter
  • Go to the published data folder and locate the slide.swf.
  • You can use the .swf elsewhere.
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2 Responses to “How to Create Flash Animations Using PowerPoint”

  1. Kristen Merkett 19. Nov, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    We’re looking for a way to combine the individual PPT slide SWFs into one big movie.. as a workaround to the ActionScript 3 / Captivate 5 – Articulate incompatibility issue. Know if that’s possible? Thanks!

  2. Tom 20. Nov, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    You might want to look into PowerPoint 2010. You can output your PowerPoint slides as a single movie. The added bonus is that they can include inserted videos and the new transitions. Another option is to screencast the PPT slides using Captivate. That will produce a single source.

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