There are a few things you can do before you import a Microsoft® PowerPoint® file into dominKnow | ONE to ensure you get the best results.

Depending on what version of PowerPoint and how old, the default screen ratio can be 4:3 or 16:9.  16:9 is the newer ratio for newer presentations.

For dominKnow the 16:9 ratio is preferred. If you can use that format, or change your slide's format to that aspect ratio, generally speaking your results will be better.

PowerPoint Size

The size of your PowerPoint file matters. In many cases people will put in images that are really much larger than they need to be for the web. Before uploading your PowerPoint we recommend you optimize all images for Web (or even Email) output. This will speed up the conversion process, produce a better loading course, and generally have zero downsides.

There are many articles on the web that explain how to do this, but here is one if you are unsure: https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/powerpoint-tutorials/powerpoint-compress-images/

We recommend you apply the compression to all images. After you save the PowerPoint (maybe as a new file name if you are unsure) take a look at the file size. You may see some dramatic differences!

Master Slides

When importing a PowerPoint, dominKnow | ONE will take the Master Slide and convert it into a single background image and add it to every page.  Generally we recommend you only use one Master Slide as multiple ones may result in less desireable outcomes. 

Fonts

When importing a PowerPoint, dominKnow | ONE will turn all of your fonts into "Course Styles". This enables you to easily mass change a look and feel of your fonts by adjusting the course styles. However, since PowerPoint doesn't provide any names for the styles you use, you may want to adjust the Course Style names to reflect how you are using them in your course to make it easier to manage and adjust at a later date. Review the Course Styles article for more information.  We also recommend that you keep your font usage and styles consistent in PowerPoint to minimize inconsitencies.

To learn more about Course Styles and how to edit them across your course, access our knowledge base article: Course Styles

Videos and Audio

dominKnow | ONE doesn't currently support the importing of embed audio or video in your PowerPoint. Prior to uploading the PowerPoint we recommend you save a copy and remove all embed audio and video.

If you want to utilize the audio and video in your course, optimize the audio and video for the web first on your desktop using any number of free or paid tools to optimize them for the web. They will then be much smaller and you probably won't even notice a difference. 

Once optimized you can drag and drop them to the desired page and they will upload to dominKnow | ONE. You can then adjust positioning as needed and add actions to play/trigger other items as appropriate.

TIP: Once your video is added to the page, you can use the audio or video settings tools to change the Player Controls, allowing you to have the video play on load, or to hide the player controls if you wish. To open the context-specific Audio Settings or Video Settings tab and ribbon, click the media element on the page and select the ribbon option.

Grouped Items

If you group items in PowerPoint, dominKnow | ONE will treat those items as a single image. This is a great way to keep items together.  However it is a single image so you can not break them apart after import. If a text item is grouped with an image, it is generally better to ungroup that item so the text remains editable. Also the visual quality of the text will be better. 

If you have a large number of items on the page (greater than 20), dominKnow | ONE will automaticaly group some to aid the conversion process. Generally this works as desired, but you can control this process by pre-grouping appropriate items before importing the presentation.

Transitions and Actions

When importing the PowerPoint, dominKnow | ONE attempts to match up the transitions and actions. Once imported, you can edit these actions and adjust as needed. However, we do recommend that if you do not already have actions in the PowerPoint, that you do not add them prior to import, and instead add the desired interactivty directly in the project in dominKnow, post conversion.

External Links

If the PowerPoint contains a link to an external asset or URL it will not be included in the import process. External assets are considered a security risk. It is better to download the asset and include it in the local PowerPoint file. Regular links are not currently supported, but can be added after the import. 

Instructor Led Presentations or Virtual ILT?

If you use PowerPoint for Instructor led presentations, you should check out the Instructor Led Presentation Theme. This will transform your package into a course that behaves like the PowerPoint Presentation Mode.  Your instructors can then have a centrally managed and controlled presentation link that is always up to date and it makes it easier for you as an organization to centrally manage and control your ILT materials.

Bullets: Variances

When creating bullets in PowerPoint, they will be rendered into dominKnow | ONE in one of two ways depending on how they were created in PowerPoint.

Text with a Bulleted List

When you have text with a bulleted list, it will generate a text element in dominKnow and utilize the inline text bullet formatting option. This option is better if you want the bullets to remain with the text and want greater control over the text formatting of any bullet independent from the overall formatting of the text block. You can adjust individual text elements with Course Styles

 

Bulleted List with No Associated Text

When the bulleted list has no non bulleted text, the bullets will be turned into the List Component. List components will have a uniform size for all aspects of the text in the bullets, but you can animate individual bullets and have different options that are built into this component. 

 

Which you use is up to you and how you design the PPT.

Example: PowerPoint with two bullet variations

Unsupported Features

The following PowerPoint features are not currently supported in dominKnow | ONE PowerPoint conversion. This means that PowerPoints utilizing these features will either not import the object in question or not all aspects of that imported object will be reflected accurately.

  • Transparent Backgrounds: Images with transparent backgrounds will not be transparent upon import in all cases.
  • Animated Gifs and Gifs: Gif images are stored in PPT in a PNG format. The GIF aspects can only be seen/used when in PPT format. When imported the images will be in a PNG format and will not retain animation.
  • Shapes with white "fill" will be transparent: Any shapes that use a white fill will have the "white" rendered as transparent.
  • Center align of lists: Standalone lists are auto rendered as a "list" component. The list component does not support center alignment.
  • Fuzzy Images: Images that are "stretched" to be a larger size than their actual size in PowerPoint, upon importing, may be fuzzy instead of crisp or clear.  This occurs more often when the image is one of several in a master slide, as master slide backgrounds are all merged into a single image. Using the actual size of the image or placing the image on the page or outside of the master page can typically solve this problem.
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