This release includes new collaboration features and a help center revamp to help you get more done, faster:
We hear you: Sometimes Smart Slides are exactly what you need, and sometimes they only get you 95% of the way there. Starting today, you can make those final tweaks to Smart Slides by choosing to break the design ai and convert them into Classic Slides.
Classic Slides give you unlimited flexibility to design your slides as you see fit with a more familiar authoring canvas. On Classic Slides, you have access to:
So go ahead: add that last item, adjust your margins, and make those icons just slightly smaller. Convert to a Classic Slide when you really need it – or use a Classic Slide to start from scratch – and let Smart Slides handle the rest.
Read more from our CEO about our decision to develop Classic Slides.
We know how much time you invested in those decks – don't lose your old work. Import your existing slides into Beautiful.ai, and incorporate them into your new presentations.
Our presentation importer prioritizes precision, maintaining every possible visual detail we can from your original slides. Your imported slides will be fully editable and inherit from your presentation's theme wherever possible, so even those old slides will blend in with your new look. Any .pptx file will work, so you can renovate Keynotes and Google Slides while you're at it.
Learn more about importing your presentations.
Sometimes our paths aren't linear. Ups, downs, highs, lows – a straight, flat timeline or list of bullet points doesn't communicate those nuances. We created a winding twist on the classic Timeline to give you more options for communicating the sequence of events over an abstract period. Journey has plenty of fun surprises in store:
Add a Journey slide to your next presentation, and let us know what you think!
Look at you, always on the go! We realized our mobile experience wasn't quite up to par for those of you who regularly look at content from your mobile devices. We've released a few updates that should make your mobile experience more useful and less buggy:
We heard your feedback: Sometimes our table template could be frustrating to deal with. That's why we completely overhauled the table to turn it into a template you'll want to come back to over and over. Updates include:
Try it for yourself by adding a table slide to your Beautiful.ai presentation!
We're excited to announce our referral program! You can now refer friends for future credit on your Beautiful.ai subscription.
Just navigate to your profile, click Referrals, choose how to share, and watch your credit stack up. Sharing with friends is a beautiful thing, isn't it?
Finally, an effortless way to keep everybody on-brand and every slide up-to-date: the Beautiful.ai Team Plan is here!
Check out some of the ways we're making it easier to manage your team's presentations:
Sign up for a 14-day free trial now!
Beautiful.ai Bot helps you collaborate on presentations by sending you realtime updates about your presentations directly in Slack! Just add the app to Slack to get started.
When you add the app to Slack, we'll send you updates each time a collaborator makes any of these changes:
• Adds a comment
• Edits a slide
• Adds a slide
• Moves a slide
• Removes a slide
• Renames the presentation
• Changes the presentation theme
Access your presentations from Google Drive
Now you can organize your Beautiful presentations right alongside all of your other content in Google Drive. This is just one of the many steps we're taking to make collaborating with your team even simpler. Read more about how to connect your Google Drive account here.
Import media from Dropbox
We've made it easier than ever to grab the media you need for your slide directly from your Dropbox account. When adding an image to your slide, just choose Dropbox as the source, and voila! You can peruse your Dropbox folders and integrate that content directly into your Beautiful presentation - all without leaving the app. Read more here.
Our brand new thermometer Smart Slide has been released into the wild! Use it to track and report on progress toward a goal. Intuitive controls allow you to easily adjust the fill of the thermometer, customize the reporting units, and add informational callouts.
We're bringing you new ways to collaborate and stay up to date on presentations through our new comments and notifications features.
Using comments, you can have a dialogue about the content and storyline of your presentation without leaving the app. Comments allows you to leave messages on slides for your teammates (or yourself!). Learn more here.
You and your teammates will also be notified when a comment is added to a slide or when the slide is changed. Edit your notifications settings to customize how you're alerted - in-app or via email - to make sure you're up to date on all of your presentations. Learn more here.
Forget the days of recording and re-recording audio tracks and meticulously organizing all of your mp4 files to upload to your slides. We built an audio recorder directly into the app, so you can narrate your story faster and easier. Learn more here.
And while YouTube and Vimeo have some really great content, we know that you do, too. Now you can upload videos to your slides directly from your computer. Learn more here.
Our new Elements feature allows you to venture outside the constraints of our Smart Slides to emphasize your points. Now, you can add shapes, text, images, icons, and lines to your slides with elements. Elements are built with the same design intelligence and automated components as our Smart Slides, so you continue to have the help of a designer as you leverage elements to customize your message.
Remember: With great power comes great responsibility. Use elements with discretion to keep your presentations clean, simple, and effective!