December 2010

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If you are an institution serving digital assets, and you are using CONTENTdm to serve your media, you might be interested in this Plug-in.

CONTENTdm provides a PowerPoint plugin you can made available on your server so that your users can download the plug-in and install it on their computer to download/import images they saved in their favorites directly to PowerPoint.

This is a great time-saving feature if a user need to frequently present using PowerPoint. However, this plug-in has several drawbacks:

  • Works only on PC computers, no MAC plug-in is available.
  • Works with Internet Explorer and FireFox only.
  • Will not work with OpenOffice Impress(the PowerPoint equivalent software from OpenOffice).
  • End-user installation is needed. I consider this a minor drawback only.

To resolve the problem mentioned above, I created a server side plug-in that requires no download and no install by end-users. I made everything web based, therefore eliminates platform dependency(works with PC or MAC) and browser dependency. It’s tested to work using the following popular supported browser. If you know that it works in any other, please let me know so I can add it to the list.

  • FireFox 2 or later
  • IE 6 or later
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Android Web browser

To learn more about the plug-in, you can visit Ball State Digital Media Repository. To download the plugin, you can click here.