Brainshark Announces SlideShark App: Now PowerPoints Can Play Reliably on iPad

"Free Application Enables Mobile Professionals to View and Present Their PowerPoint Decks on the iPad – Hassle-Free With Animations, Fonts, Graphics and Colors Preserved"

WALTHAM, Mass. — October 18, 2011 — Brainshark, Inc., the leader in online and mobile video presentations, today announced SlideShark – the one and only application for reliably and professionally showing PowerPoints on the iPad. This new, easy-to-use app, available for free in Apple’s App Store, eliminates the headaches associated with importing and viewing PowerPoints on the iPad – enabling users to maximize the business potential of their devices.

As iPad sales surge – increasing 183 percent year-over-year during Apple’s fiscal third quarter – more and more companies are deploying them to support sales, marketing, training and other field operations. PowerPoint remains integral to these processes, with more than 30 million presentations created daily, according to Microsoft estimates. But iPad users have faced roadblocks leveraging their devices for business – including the inability to properly play PowerPoints. Existing conversion techniques often render animations inactive, while distorting fonts, images and more.

Now, with Brainshark’s free SlideShark app, users can: 

  • Preserve animations, fonts, graphics and colors in their presentations
  • Swipe or tap to advance animations and slides
  • Project their slides from an iPad 2 by connecting to a TV or VGA projector
  • Download presentations and play them locally – no Internet connection required

“As more and more companies make tablet investments, it’s important they do so strategically – with a game plan for how they’ll use the devices,” said Scott Nelson, managing vice president, Gartner Research. “It often comes as an unpleasant surprise – particularly for salespeople and others in the field – that there’s not a simple way to convert some collateral material that they rely on. Addressing this market need will help companies maximize their technology investments and enable business professionals to be even more agile and effective when presenting on-the-go.”

Brainshark’s SlideShark solution works through three simple steps: 

  1. Users upload their PowerPoint files to their own free, private and secure online account at www.slideshark.com
  2. The files are automatically converted to an iPad-optimized viewing format
  3. Using the SlideShark app, users can then download and view their presentations

“The iPad is supporting business mobility like never before,” said Brainshark CEO Joe Gustafson. “At the same time, and as the mobile workforce continues to grow, the need to present PowerPoints on the iPad is becoming more critical. We’re pleased to offer the SlideShark app to resolve this issue – allowing mobile sales, marketing and training professionals to present their business content both reliably and effectively, and helping companies maximize productivity.”  

For more information and to download Brainshark’s SlideShark app for the iPad, please visit www.slideshark.com.

About Brainshark

Brainshark sales readiness software equips businesses with the training, coaching and content authoring capabilities to achieve sales mastery and outsell the competition. With Brainshark, companies can: prepare sales teams with on-demand training that accelerates onboarding and keeps reps up-to-speed; validate readiness with sales coaching that ensures reps master your message; and empower sales organizations with rich, dynamic content that can be created quickly and accessed anywhere. Thousands of companies – including more than half of the Fortune 100 – rely on Brainshark to identify and close performance gaps, and get better results from their sales enablement initiatives. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.