Archive for August, 2008

Import Existing Presentations

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Last week we launched another brand new feature: Import. Now you don’t need to start from scratch to use 280 Slides. Just import one of your existing presentations and get back to work! To get started, you can click the Import button in our Welcome screen, or in the top left of the title bar.

We support PowerPoint 2003 (PPT), PowerPoint 2007 (PPTX), and Open Document Format (ODP) files, up to a maximum size of 25MB. 

You should also know, we’ve worked hard to make the transition as seamless as possible by not only importing your slides, but your masters and layouts as well, so that you can continue editing your presentation as if you’d never switched programs at all.

This has been our number one user requested feature since the day we launched, and we’re incredibly pleased to be able to provide it for you all. We’ve tested hundreds of existing presentations from around the net to offer the best experience we possibly can when working with your existing documents, but if you happen to come across one that isn’t up to your standards, send it to us at and we’ll get right on it.

New Website

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

After working on it (and not) for weeks, we’re finally launching our new web site at The site will be our company home, and will host up to date information on all the projects we’re working on, including 280 Slides and Cappuccino.

The 280 North Blog has been redesigned to fit in with the new site, including an overhaul of the comment system, which is now powered by Disqus (a fellow YC company).

The site itself is brand new, so we’ll be continuing to update and improve it. If you find any bugs, don’t hesitate to send them to us.

We owe plenty of thanks to our friends at MetaLab Design. They helped us with and, and are really top notch designers. I strongly recommend them.

I’d also like to give a belated thank you to Miles Ponson, who made many of the graphics for 280 Slides, including the main icon.

Now With Notes

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008


Yesterday we launched another set of updates to 280 Slides. This time, the big new feature is presenter notes! Now you can make annotations along with your slides, and then refer back to them when you give your presentation.  

Just tap the new notes icon in the toolbar, and your notes will appear on the right hand side. When you go into Present mode, you’ll get a separate pop-up window with your notes that you can position wherever you like, or just close if you’re not interested. Notes are exported with PowerPoint, too, so you can use 280 Slides and still take advantage of the great speaker mode features in PowerPoint.

Also included in the release are centering guides (the pretty blue lines in the picture above) and autosave. Now, if you’re browser crashes, or you lose your internet connection in the middle of a save, or if anything at all goes wrong, you’ll be able to restore from a recent version and keep on working.  

Autosaved documents show up with a warning badge in the Open Panel.  When you open one, you’ll have the opportunity to restore either the autosave or the original. Just remember, autosave is a recovery tool, not a replacement for regular saving. You should still manually save, just like you do in your desktop programs.