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Developer(s) GMARK Ltd.
Stable release 1.0 / May 11 , 2010
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Presentation
License Proprietary
Website ActivePresentation

ActivePresentation Designer[edit]

ActivePresentation Designer is a software presentation program developed by GMARK. It is an extension to the Microsoft Office PowerPoint software and runs on the Microsoft Windows computer operating system. The primary objective of ActivePresentation Designer is to overcome the serial nature of PowerPoint and provide a web like, hierarchical and interactive interface within a PowerPoint slide show.

PowerPoint Usage[edit]

PowerPoint has become the ubiquitous solution for professionals to present their ideas, companies and products alike to their audience. Since its inception in 1984 and although purely electronic, PowerPoint has followed the thought process of its physical predecessor, the overhead projector, in which a presenter physically wrote the text and diagrams of the story board sequence on a roll of acetate transparencies. In both scenarios, the presenter is mandated to follow the sequential flow of the presentation slide material. In modern business environments, the audience is often likely to ask questions out of sequence and for a PowerPoint presenter, this can be dealt with in one of three ways. The first is to the defer the question which can be frustrating for the person raising it, even more so if the presenter forgets to answer it. The second is to rapidly press the Page Down and Page Up keys on the computer keyboard in order to find the slide with the relevant information to answer the question. The third solution and the least elegant is for the presenter to press the Escape key, which exists the slide show mode in PowerPoint, and manually locate the slide in question followed by a restart of the slide show. In all cases, the end result is one which appears unprofessional.

Serialisation versus hierarchy[edit]

Illustration of how a serial presentation restricts interactive navigation.

The process of collecting thoughts into chapters or sections has long existed and probably the best example of the provision of a more interactive content delivery mechanism is a modern website where content is freely navigated by the visitor to the site via a structured hierarchy. In this context, many pages, often exceeding hundreds or even thousands, are served by a web server but a user only ever retrieves and reads those pages that he/she is interested in during a particular visiting session. Intuitive navigation following the three-click rule provides multi-level structuring of the content which enables users to rapidly locate the content of interest.

Tree structured PowerPoint[edit]

Illustration of how a hierarchical layer can benefit flexible presentation navigation.

An ActivePresentation package adds a layer of interactive navigation to the PowerPoint file structure that in turn presents the user with a navigable in-slide menu bar system comprising a context sensitive user interface. By providing such a layer, the presenter is able to quickly jump from one part of the presentation to another, even if the destination slide is not contiguous to the source slide. This is of particular use when presentation material is created by one person but presented or interacted with by one or more others. An example of such a scenario of unfamiliarity is a Marketing communications team providing a presentation to a global sales team who then present to clients or prospects and hence the presenter is not familiar with the content once he/she starts the slide show.


In the first release, ActivePresentation Designer consists of an open software architecture that comprises two main components; the application and a set of templates. ActivePresentation Designer is the application used by presentation authors to create and edit the active content of a PowerPoint presentation. ActivePresentation Templates are the included files that provide the style for a menu bar. Additional templates can be written by VBA or VB developers by following the modular structure of the template architecture.

  • 2010 ActivePresentation Designer 1.0

File formats[edit]

Filename extension .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pptm, .ppsm, .apt, .aptm
Internet media type application/
Uniform Type Identifier (UTI)
Developed by GMARK
Type of format Presentation

Since ActivePresentation content is contained as extension objects within the existing PowerPoint file formats, there are no specific file format associations with an ActivePresentation file created with ActivePresentation Designer and the formats supported are therefore a subset of those provided in the PowerPoint application software. However, the program does use templates to define the style of menu bars and these files have extensions of .apt for PowerPoint 2003 and .aptm for PowerPoint 2007 and later.


The ActivePresentation Suite of application software is compatible with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and later. The compatibility of the ActivePresentation Designer with PowerPoint 2010 will be evaluated in the early Summer of 2010.

See also[edit]


Hierarchical PowerPoint Demonstrations[edit]


[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

  1. ^ BBC article : The problem with PowerPoint
  2. ^ PowerPoint Presentations: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  3. ^ Independent blog from a Microsoft MVP.
  4. ^ News tips and announcements directly from the team at Microsoft.
  5. ^ Platform for PowerPoint presentations, presentation software, image editing and clip media

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