Is there anything better than Slideshare?
November 12, 2017 12:58 PM   Subscribe

I do a lot of public speaking for work. I usually make a page like this one with downloadable slides in various formats; I'd love to be able to embed my actual talk. I use Keynote to make/present my talks, but its PDF export is suboptimal and I can't upload those talks to Slideshare. Slideshare's PDF and Powerpoint options are no good. Is there somewhere else I can upload a Keynote presentation so that someone can click through it while reading the presenter notes, Slideshare style?

Note: I am open to creative solutions to this general issue, please presume I have a decent grasp of the technical aspects as a sophisticated end user but not an Applescript writer. I don't mind using a site not my own but I do have hosting options. Types of things that might help.

- A WordPress plug-in that really worked,
- A way to improve Keynote's PDF export so I could have nicely formatted pages people could read
- A site that is like Slideshare without the bad non-functioning parts

Assume I am not open to changing my slide creation workflow or software and I do not want to record audio as part of the solution. I have tried putting my presentation into iCloud and embedding it, but that only showed the slides and not the notes. Anything out there that I am missing? Thanks for any and all suggestions.
posted by jessamyn to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
How does Google Slides handle/interpret Keynote PDFs? It might be an option.
posted by mathowie at 1:07 PM on November 12

That is close! I can get a nice embeddable iFrame with he slide images, but not with my presenter notes. The PDFs that Keynote creates are awful (example) so they can't be uploaded to anything expecting slides.
posted by jessamyn at 1:22 PM on November 12

You can save your Keynote presentation to iCloud, get a read-only link so anyone can view it, and then get an iframe embed tag for your presentation using the Keynote Embed Code Generator that you could stick on your page. What I'm not sure about with this approach is how the presenter notes are handled in the embed version. You could also just link out to the shared iCloud version, though that unhelpfully prompts everyone trying to view the thing for their name first, for some idiotic reason.

Keynote also has an HTML export feature. You could upload the resulting HTML on your site and link to that.
posted by zachlipton at 1:41 PM on November 12

I now use Google slides exclusively for presentations. It does everything powerpoint or keynote does, but has the added bonus of being shareable online. If you use a simple URL shortening service like you can easily send your audience to the URL for your slides. There's an option to enable commenting on shared slides too, so your audience could interact in real time.
posted by 0bvious at 1:41 PM on November 12 [1 favorite]

And you already figured out that Keynote for iCloud has never heard of presenter notes. I'm an idiot.
posted by zachlipton at 1:48 PM on November 12

I spent a while trying to figure out a similar solution awhile ago and got nowhere. It does not seem like Keynote exports the notes in any format but PDF.

The most practical idea I found was to paste the presenter notes into the slide itself (like letterboxing them, usually at the bottom). It's extra work but in practice my presenter notes usually need editing for public consumption anyway.

I'm stubborn so I just spent some time inspecting the internals of the generated PDFs themselves. It would be pretty awful, but theoretically possible, to parse the presenter notes out of the PDF and combine that with Keynote's HTML or image output and get a workflow that could generate a tidy HTML page with presenter notes. It'd require some actual coding, though.

Using pdfminer's XML output ( -t xml) I was able to locate my notes. It'd require some XSLT or other XML processing wizardry to turn them into something useful, but the data's there.
posted by nev at 2:04 PM on November 12

The teaser page is light on details so this is here as kind of a bookmark for you, but from what's available it seems like Notist aims to be the thing you're looking for, pending Keynote support. (I also just pinged them on Twitter, so maybe they'll chime in.)
posted by Su at 2:45 PM on November 12 [2 favorites]

Use Better Keynote Export.
posted by caek at 5:17 PM on November 12 [5 favorites]

Oh wow thanks caek, Better Keynote Export looks amazing, the output just like notes from Maciej's talks.
posted by mathowie at 12:28 PM on November 13

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