A lot of our customers move to Showcase Workshop from older applications like PowerPoint. And the thought of completely starting from scratch and rebuilding your presentations and content all over again in Showcase is daunting — we get it!

Well, what if we told you that you can import your existing PowerPoint or PDF presentations straight into Showcase?!

Reader, it's true. If you have a presentation that you've made in PowerPoint or PDF format, you can biff it in Showcase and the system will generate a brand new Showcase-flavour presentation for you!

Each page of your PowerPoint or PDF is imported as a PNG image in a slideshow format. That means each file is loaded in A1 level (so you would swipe across from A1 to view all slides in sequence).

If you'd rather not swipe through all your Powerpoint slides, you can bring still Powerpoint slides into Showcase individually by exporting them as image file(s) and setting those images as slide backgrounds within your presentation.

Here's how to do one big straight-to-slideshow import:

  1. From your workshop Home page, click the import button on the far right, above your list of presentations.

  2. Click the orange 'Select File & Import' button and choose your PowerPoint or PDF file. 

    Heed the warning: As the dialog says, files that you import through this method have a 100MB limit and only the first 100 slides will be imported. Some fonts may not be converted and links will not be maintained. If you're importing a PowerPoint presentation, we recommend using PowerPoint default fonts or 'embedded' fonts to avoid errors.

  3. Showcase will work its magic and use your chosen file to create a brand new presentation for you. It will appear at the bottom of your presentation list and will have the same name as the original file. 

    By importing the file version, it has automatically added all of these image files in the correct size, into your File Library. If you want to put the slides into another presentation, you can upload the image files into your chosen presentation from the File Library.

  4. If you're happy for your presentation to swipe along slide after slide like a standard slideshow, then your imported presentation is ready to go at this point.

    Or, you can edit to your heart's content — maybe add some hotspots or cinemagraphs!

We wrote in more depth about this feature in our blog, Give Your Presentation A New Home: Migrating From PowerPoint To Showcase.