When you upload a slide deck to Notist, there's the option to add two different PDFs. What's that all about?
- Always upload the Slidedeck PDF (first) file. This is used for creating your slides.
- The presenter notes PDF is optional, and is used for text only in addition to the first PDF
The first upload field is for the slide deck PDF. This is your nice, pristine set of slides that we will use to create the images that make up your slide deck when shown on the presentation page.
If you're uploading a deck, you always need to add this file. It's the important one, the head honcho, the main deal.
We have some tips for getting the best quality, but if it's a reasonably recent deck (rather than something dusty you've dug out from the early 2000s) you should be able to just export from Powerpoint or Keynote and upload it.
We'll then churn through and make it into images, and extract any text we find on the slides and add that to the description field for each slide. This helps in making notes, and can be useful for search indexing and for users who can't read images well but might like the text.
Presenter notes PDF
The second field is for a copy of your presentation that has been exported with the presenter notes turned on. This is entirely optional, and it only works if you upload it alongside the main slide deck PDF. This is great for presenters who make heavy use of notes.
You can create the presenter notes PDF by exporting from Powerpoint or Keynote and enabling the "include presenter notes" option. This option then adds the text from your presenter notes to the PDF alongside the image.
We then run through this second PDF and extract all that extra text, adding it to the notes field for each slide. No images are used in this PDF - just the text.
It's important if you use this option, that your presenter notes PDF has the same number of pages as the main PDF. We match them up by page number, so whatever notes are on Page 12 of the notes PDF get assigned to whatever slide is on Page 12 of the main slide deck PDF.