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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
posted by Geetesh at 11:19 AM IST

We just did a review on iSpring Free 3.5 on Indezine.com.

This review was based on the FlashPPT Evaluate benchmark presentation -- here are the individual scores:






























































































































































ProductiSpring Free 3.5
Evaluation DateAugust 21st 2008

FeatureScoreMaximum
Bullets and Bullet Levels 5



5

Animated Bullets 5



5
Pictures (and Picture Rotation) 55
Animated Picture 5

5
Picture with Alpha Channel 5



5
Linked Picture 5



5
Clip Art and Clip Art, Recolored 5



5
Clip Art, Animated and Rotated 5



5
Shapes, Fills, and Lines without transparency 5



5
Shapes, Fills, and Lines with transparency 5



5
Shapes, Fills, and Lines with entry animations 5



5

Overlapping text boxes with transparency

5



5
Geometry and mutual positioning of shapes, arrows and text boxes 5



5
Geometry and mutual positioning of slide objects - alignment5



5
Text formatting 5



5
Animations and transitions 4

5
Embedded Flash movie 5

5
Linked movie clip 5



5

Background music and transition sounds

3



5
Narration3

5

Other Scores ScoreMaximum
Interface7

10
PowerPoint 2007 Support 8



10
Help and Support 6





10
Output4



10
Price10



10

Total130150
Percentage86.6

100



Note: All scores are provided by the Indezine test team, and are the opinion of the individual tester -- all results are double-checked and the reviews go through a QC process.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
posted by Geetesh at 2:51 PM IST

Often users ask about the differences between the free and pro versions of iSpring -- and while iSpring Solutions does have extensive documentation on the differences, I thought it will be nice to have that information available on the FlashPPT site.

Nina Lezhnina from iSpring sent me an exhaustive comparison.













































































































































































































































































































































































FeaturesFreePro

PowerPoint and operating system compliance





PowerPoint 2000/2002/2003/2007++
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista ++

PowerPoint Objects Support





Grouped shapes, texts, images, vector shapes++
Diagrams, Charts and Graphs++
3D objects and effects++
Slide Masters (with animations and hyperlinks)++
Internal and external hyperlinks++
Conversion of large (200+ MB) presentations++
Right-to-Left languages++

PowerPoint Multimedia

185+ animation effects++
All slide transition effects++
Synchronization of animations and sounds++
Mouse driven animations++
Repeated animations++
Embedded Flash files++
Embedded audio++
Embedded video files++

Presentation enhancements with iSpring

One click publishing++
6 integrated Players-+
Size and Scale customization-+
Flash movie Preloader-+
Full screen playback mode-+
Web links manager-+
Background audio for entire presentation-+
Background audio for separate slide-+
Looped playback++
Flash menu disable-+
Flash presentation autostart-+
Mouse and keyboard playback control-+
References manager-+

Flash based player

Integrated Flash based Player++
Live Preview-+
Customizable Player skins-+
Presenter info-+
Custom interactive logo-+
"Banner" creation mode-+
Show/Hide Player Buttons, Noteses, Thumbnails, Titles-+
Ink annotation tool-+

Possible destination

SlideBoom online portal++
Local folder at My Computer++
E-mail-+
Remote FTP server-+

Output formats

Flash file (.SWF)++
HTML page++
Executable file (.EXE)-+
Archive (.ZIP)-+

Flash movie packaging

Solid Flash movie++
Separate Flash movies with Player-+
Standalone Flash movies without Player-+

Quality and Compression Control

Smart compression for images-+
Preset and custom compression modes-+
Video bitrate control-+
Audio compression-+
Smoothing of raster images-+
Frame rate control-+



There are two more versions of iSpring: Ultra and SDK that add different or expanded abilities -- this page on the iSpring site has more info about these abilities.

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Friday, August 1, 2008
posted by Geetesh at 5:16 PM IST

We just did a review on iSpring Pro 3.5 on Indezine.com.

This review was based on the FlashPPT Evaluate benchmark presentation -- here are the individual scores:






























































































































































ProductiSpring Pro 3.5
Evaluation DateAugust 1st 2008

FeatureScoreMaximum
Bullets and Bullet Levels 5



5
Animated Bullets 5



5
Pictures (and Picture Rotation)



5
Animated Picture 5

5
Picture with Alpha Channel 5



5
Linked Picture 5



5
Clip Art and Clip Art, Recolored 5



5
Clip Art, Animated and Rotated 5



5
Shapes, Fills, and Lines without transparency 5



5
Shapes, Fills, and Lines with transparency 5



5
Shapes, Fills, and Lines with entry animations 5



5

Overlapping text boxes with transparency

5



5
Geometry and mutual positioning of shapes, arrows and text boxes 5



5
Geometry and mutual positioning of slide objects - alignment5



5
Text formatting 5



5
Animations and transitions 5

5
Embedded Flash movie 5

5
Linked movie clip 5



5

Background music and transition sounds

3



5
Narration3

5

Other Scores ScoreMaximum
Interface9

10
PowerPoint 2007 Support 8



10
Help and Support 7



10
Output8

10
Price7

10

Total135150
Percentage90100



Note: All scores are provided by the Indezine test team, and are the opinion of the individual tester -- all results are double-checked and the reviews go through a QC process.

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