How to Save SlideShare Presentations as Animated GIFs?

How to Save SlideShare Presentations as Animated GIFs?

You can turn a slideshare deck into an animated GIF and easily embed the presentation in an email message or post it on the website like an image.

A new web named GIFDeck helps you convert any of the rendered slides to an animated GIF file. You just have to specify the deck URL and the app will bring the individual slides as images and stitch them all together in the same GIF that will auto-play and auto-loop.

Here is a sample GIF made from a slideshow presentation on Steve Jobs. The app converts only the initial 10 slides, possibly to keep the GIF size within range, but you have the option to keep all the deck slides in line for conversion.

While SlideShare offers HTML5 based options for embedding presentations on external websites, the GIF-based approach will still work in many situations. For example, you can send your presentation in an email message – just drag a GIF into your Gmail compose window – and the receiver will be able to scan through the deck inside his email client.

Similarly, you can tweet the GIF or post it to Tumblr and people can quickly see your slides in any browser or email client. Unfortunately, Facebook does not support animated GIF yet.

Internally, the GIF deck app uses the GIF.js library to convert individual deck images into a GIF image. The library supports all modern web browsers and it converts into client’s browser.

The only downside is that if you are trying to convert an image-heavy presentation to GIF then generated GIF images are not optimized, the image file can easily run in some megabytes. The source code of the application can be found on Github.

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