Wildform Releases Updated WildPresenter as Flair

The updated Windows application for presentation and e-learning creation adds functionality and a new interface

The word "presentation" for many designers immediately conjures up visions of tedious, excruciatingly ugly PowerPoint sessions. However, while part of Flair's core functionality is indeed converting PowerPoint files to Flash format, primarily for posting on websites, its capabilities go beyond that by allowing users to create sophisticated Flash and video presentations, as well as demos, tutorials and simulations.

These more ambitious applications can be created due to such functionality as the ability to record on-screen activity; PowerPoint file editing in Flash, including templates; conversion of video presentations to Flash; video and audio capture; and animation and interaction capabilities. Flair can thus serve as a way for site designers and multimedia producers to offer yet another service to their clients, with output to the Internet, corporate intranets, CD and DVD formats, and mobile devices. Flair creations can also be imported into such programs as PowerPoint and Dreamweaver.

New for the Flair release is a fresh interface, which is said to provides easier access to the program's features and a more intuitive workflow. Flair also supports the PowerPoint 2007 PPTX format, with Wildform claiming that the application is the only PowerPoint to Flash converter that creates fully-editable files, including text, art, animations and transitions. New Learning Management System options have been added to simplify adding SCORM and AICC tracking to presentations. Other enhancements include the ability to instantly add scrolling text and image boxes; support for the use of presentation remote controls; and a scalable timeline.

Flair for Windows can be purchased on the Wildform site for $299. A trial version is also available for download.