Slidedocs are a new medium with the visual punch of a presentation that allow for extended text that your audience can read without a presenter. Using this powerful tool, your information can travel through an organization without you.

Below are choices that help differentiate between slidedocs and presentations. You can choose one or multiple.

Presentation Aspect Ratio

computer screen aspect ratios

​The 4:3 aspect ratio works well for slidedocs to read on devices and prints well on letter size paper. You might choose this option for a slidedoc and keep a 16:9 version of a template for presentations. More projectors are using the wider aspect ratio which make it great for corporate presentations.

Presentation Orientation

portrait and landscape views

​Another possible way to differentiate between the slidedocs and slides is to use portrait mode for slidedocs, which allows it to mimic a traditional document, and use landscape mode for projected presentations. This is not a hard rule, just an optional way to help distinguish the differences.

Presentation Animation

stats slides and animated slides

​Since animations can only be viewed in slideshow mode, using them in presentations makes perfect sense. Eliminating animations and builds in a slidedoc is a good rule of thumb since they are usually printed and need to be clear of all artifacts from animations that obscures any content.

Presentation Word Density

one concept on a slide, big idea slide

Since slidedocs are to be read, the layouts should have a much longer word count and denser graphical content as a default. Whereas presentations are conceptual and used to amplify the spoken word through simple, emotive concepts, a slide may have only one word.

Presentation Background Color

light and dark colors

Often slidedocs are printed or read onscreen. It’s best if the background is a white or a light color to make it easy on the eye to read and also print-friendly.

If you want to make a distinction using color, you could project your slides on a dark background with light text. This creates a more formal presentation setting.

Document-like features

presentation design

Several features of a slidedoc are inspired by books and dense documents. Layouts can have up to 175 words and other document features like a table of contents, page numbers, and section heads.

Presentations are more visual than words and usually have only cinematic emotive visuals.

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