Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Slidestory?
Slidestories are picture slideshows with voice narration. Each picture in a slideshow has an accompanying voice narrated mp3 audio file, optional tags, and text caption.

2. How do I create a Slidestory?
First you need to sign up on Slidestory for a username. After you log in you can download the free Creator client program. You will need to attach a microphone to your computer if it doesn't already have one. After you add slides, record an audio file for each slide, add a title, description, and tags, you can upload your content to the slidestory website. Once uploaded your slidestory or podcast will be immmediately viewable by anyone on the internet.

3. How do I modify or edit a Slidestory?
If you would like to rearrange, re-record, remove, or add slides to a slidestory you need to start the client program and load the saved slidestory. Once the saved slidestory is loaded you simply proceed as if you are creating the slidestory for the first time making any changes you like. Once you have finished your changes, simply publish to the website and we will update the slidestory. However if all you would like to do is add tags, edit the description, title, or captions this can be done on the website. You need to login, click on "Manage My Slidestories", choose the slidestory you would like to edit from the selection, and proceed to edit whichever fields you choose.

4. What is a Podcast?
Podcasts are audio files usually recorded as voice narrated shows or commentaries on all sorts of topics. Most Podcasts are created as mp3 files and can be listened to via web browsers or downloaded to portable music players.

5. How do I create a Podcast?
You will need a microphone and some recording software that generates mp3 files. Once created you will need to put them on a server to allow your potential audience to download and hear what you have to say. Or you can sign up on slidestory and download the free Creator client program and immediately begin recording podcasts and instantly upload content to the Slidestory website where you will have immediate exposure to a large audience.

6. What are Tags?
Tags are single words that are grouped together to help people find related content. For example: the tags "Water", "Boat", "Fishing", "Outdoors", "Camping", "Vacation", could be tags for a topic "Vacation to the lake for some camping and fishing". This allows for more user friendly orginization of related topics. Tags are usually created by the owner of the content to help people find the content. For example, if someone was interested in looking for topics related to fishing they could enter the tag "fishing", and any topic with the tag "fishing" would be returned in the search result.

7. How do I add Tags?
Adding tags to a slidestory or podcast is easy. Login to your account and click on "Manage My Slidestories" or "Manage My Podcasts" from your "My Slidestory" menu. Choose the Title from the list. You will then be presented with the manage page for the slidestory or podcast. Scroll down to the "Manage Tags" section and you will be able to add tags to the slidestory or podcast.

8. What is RSS?
RSS is short for "Really Simple Syndication" which is a format that websites and blogs use to keep users up to date on newly created content. Using an RSS client application you can subscribe to various content generating sites like slidestory and have the most recently published content collected and made available on your computer.

9. How do I use RSS?
First you need to download an RSS aggregator program.

10. In a Slidestory, I see lots of questions marks "?????" especially for Japanese or Chinese. How do I view these characters?

Part 1.
Firefox: From the "View" menu, select "Character Encoding" and then "Auto-Detect."

Internet Explorer: From the "View" menu, select "Encoding" and then select "Auto-Select."

Part 2.
Windows XP: You need to install the Japanese & Chinese character set on your computer.

Go to START > "Control Panel" > "Regional and Language Options".

Next click on the "Languages" tab and select the 2 checkboxes "Install files for complex script ..." & "Install files for East Asian languages".

Then click on the "Advanced" tab. In the "Code page conversion tables" Select "10001 (MAC - Japanese)" and "10002 (MAC - Traditional Chinese Big5)".

At this point, Windows will ask for the installation CD.

For other versions of Windows: Please download the Microsoft IME download