Both the Mac and PC versions of PowerPoint allow you to save your presentation "for the web." On the PC you have the option of encapsulating the entire presentation in a single file or as a basic page with sundry attached files. The sundry-attached-files variant is the only one available for the Mac.
If you're using a multi-file variant, you'll need to move the attendant folder along with the main page.
A great advantage of .html conversions is that your audience will be able to view your presentation right in the browser, without downloading and without additional software. On the other hand, the multi-file version created by the PC warned me, when I viewed it in FireFox, that it had been 'optimized' for Internet Explorer. I was able to access it anyway, but who wants to run the risk of turning people away? I was not able to open the single-file version at all, not even in Internet Explorer.
On the whole, I found the navigation and the resolution of these built-in html conversions underwhelming. Of serious concern is the fact that some of my content gets sliced off the bottom of certain pages. (See pages 3 and 7 in particular.) In addition, as with any of the conversion methods, after-the-fact editing would be tedious; you would have to recreate the entire conversion-and-upload process any time you made changes to your master file.
It would not be difficult for someone to 'steal' your html presentation. On the other hand, the fact that browsers are not required to download any files makes casual infractions less likely. And the lower aesthetic value of the html presentation may make it less attractive to would-be plagiarizers. Finally, it would not be easy for anyone to alter the content of your slides. If you add a copyright claim to each of your slides, it will not be easy to eradicate.
If you want to add a multi-file HTML show to a course Blackboard, you will need first to compress the file and folders as a .zip file. Then, in Blackboard, you can add an item to a content area and attach the zipped file. Choose the "Special Action" to "Unpackage this file" and designate the main file as the index in the dialog box that follows.
You can sample the various options below:
- View the Mac multi-file .html version
- View the PC multi-file .html version
- View the PC single-file .html version
Next I'll look at a variety web conversion and/or authoring services that offer an interesting balance between convenience, quality, and security.