Reel: Display images, PPT, and PDF documents online without registration

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As many of you are already aware, I have focused a lot on online tools that don’t need registration. One of my favourite sites for sharing presentations online is Reelapp which allows you to publish images, PPT, and PDF documents without registering and can be embedded in a website as well. Here is how it works:


  1. Go to Reelapp and click in the box that says ‘Click to upload images, PPT files, or PDFs’. A dialog box will appear that allows you to choose a file from your computer. Choose the file to start the upload process.
  2. An indicator will show the file being uploaded. Once it is near the end, the screen will scroll to show ‘Creating Your Preso’. Wait and images of the slides will start to appear below the box.
  3. Once the presentation has been loaded, a new page will appear with thumbnails of each slide or page. At the top of the page, type in the title in the space marked as ‘Preso Title’. Below that, type in the description in the box labelled ‘Preso Description’.
  4. Below the box at the top there are thumbnails for each of the slides or pages of the document. Clicking on a thumbnail brings up a dialog box where you can add a title and description for each slide. You can also click-and-drag the thumbnails into a new order.
  5. Optional: If you would like to add more images, click on the ‘Upload more images’ on the right-hand side of the page. A dialog box will appear to select a new document or image.
  6. If you would like to test the presentation first, click on the play button at the top right (it looks like a sideways triangle). If you would like to delete the presentation, click on the button with a trash can on it.
  7. Click on web address in the box directly above the ‘Start Preso’ to get a dialog box that has the link and the embed code for website. To embed in a website, just copy the code and paste in the HTML of your website or blog. To share with Facebook or Twitter, click on the respective button to the right of the URL. Click on ‘Close’ to return to the thumbnail page.
  8. Click on ‘Start Preso’ to bring up the play button and the URL box. Click on ‘Play’ to start the presentation.
  9. In the presentation mode, if the slide is larger than the window, you can scroll down to see the rest of it.
  10. There are arrows on the left and right side to go forward or back. There is a thumbs up and a thumbs down for each slide. Other visitors can rate the slide by clicking on the respective thumb.
  11. When you get to the end of the presentation, you can click ‘Replay’ to play it again or you can click on ‘report page’ to see the results of the poll.

This is a really nice way of posting presentations or PDFs without having to register. It also has some potential as an online poll using images or documents. Students can post their work to share with others on their eportfolios or blogs. Students can also share presentations with each other to get feedback. The simplicity of the platform makes it a great tool.

Have you used Reelapp before? How well did it work for you? What would you use it for? Share your comments below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact form on this website. Thanks!


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