Earlier in the week, I introduced you to the latest Microsoft Office app, Sway. We talked about what Sway does (I’m still not sure) and how to sign up for the free preview. So, make sure to read that article first, if you missed it. Microsoft was so happy when I signed up. that they immediately sent me an e-mail suggesting saying, “Don’t delay. Create your first Sway.”
I’m usually game to try new apps (that’s my job, after all), so please join me on my first Sway. According to the folks at MS, this isn’t a project or a presentation or a movie, it’s a “Sway.” Let’s Sway away!
The Start Screen looks pretty user-friendly.
First, I’ll click on Background.
I can choose from backgrounds suggested by Sway or from OneDive, OneNote, Facebook and other online sources. Plus there’s also an option to upload from my PC.
I chose Facebook and was able to select from my photo albums.
To add an image to the background, I just drag and drop.
Now I’m going to type in a title. You can click the E icon for “emphasis,” which makes your title bold or the A icon for Accent, to put your title in italic. There’s also an option to make your title a clickable link. You also have a Focus Points option.
This lets choose the most important part of the image to focus on.
Next, I’ve selected YouTube to search for a video to insert. I could also add a video from my OneDrive folders or upload one from my device.
I typed what I was looking for in the search area and it returned YouTube videos on that topic.
I simply dragged and dropped the video to place it in the presentation.
When I click the green plus sign…
There’s the option to add Text, Headers, photos or to upload files.
The pages that you add are called “cards.” You can also add Tweets or embed maps, audio or video from websites. You can embed content from Flickr, Giphy, Google Maps, SoundCloud, Vine, Vimeo and other sites.
I clicked Design up at the top of the page to choose from several styles for this Sway.
You can also choose to customize with color palettes based on your images. Plus you choose fonts and whether the animation in your Sway is subtle or a little more intense.
You also choose if your design displays vertically or horizontally. That choice will probably depend on what type of device you expect it to be viewed on, and whether or not it’s video-heavy.
Choose the Remix! option to randomly change up the style of your presentation with new colors and fonts.
Click Preview to check out your Sway. Click Share and you choose to display your work to the whole world, share with our Facebook friends or Twitter followers, or just with a select group of people.
Sway is a very user-friendly, web-centered presentation software. The presentations are designed to display well on mobile devices. It’s certainly worthy a look and I found it kind of fun to play with.