NextSlidePlease: Authoring and delivering agile multimedia presentations

Ryan Spicer, Yu Ru Lin, Aisling Kelliher, Hari Sundaram

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Presentation support tools, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, pose challenges both in terms of creating linear presentations from complex data and fluidly navigating such linear structures when presenting to diverse audiences. NextSlidePlease is a slideware application that addresses these challenges using a directed graph structure approach for authoring and delivering multimedia presentations. The application combines novel approaches for searching and analyzing presentation datasets, composing meaningfully structured presentations, and efficiently delivering material under a variety of time constraints. We introduce and evaluate a presentation analysis algorithm intended to simplify the process of authoring dynamic presentations, and a time management and path selection algorithm that assists users in prioritizing content during the presentation process. Results from two comparative user studies indicate that the directed graph approach promotes the creation of hyperlinks, the consideration of connections between content items, and a richer understanding of the time management consequences of including and selecting presentation material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2379795
JournalACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Authoring
  • Presentations
  • Slideware

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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