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New
August 30, 2022

Brand Guardrails

Keep your team consistently on brand by limiting the features members have access to. Customize your Brand Guardrails by role and choose to allow Librarians more creative liberties, while limiting Members to Team Resources.

This is a Team Feature
  • Limit access to pre-designed starter materials, including Starter Templates and Inspiration Slides.
  • Require your team use Team Themes by restricting the use of built-in and custom themes.
  • Ensure the use of approved assets by removing our stock image and video libraries.
  • Your team doesn't have to start from scratch (and maybe they shouldn't). Enforce good design practices by removing blank, Classic Slides.
  • Decide who on your team can remove design guardrails and convert a Smart Slide to Classic.
New
August 30, 2022

Export to Google Slides

Leverage our Design AI without disrupting your team's workflow. Export Beautiful slides to Google Drive. Choose to export a single slide, or a whole deck, and it'll open—fully editable—in Google Slides.

New
August 2, 2022

Collaborate with Confidence

Content Distribution Controls

Keep tabs on proprietary content. Choose to allow your team to collaborate only with other members, and prohibit moving presentations out of the workspace. Team Owners can configure these restrictions in Advanced Team Management, under the profile menu in the top right. This is a Team Feature.

Default Player Settings

Now Teams can configure Player Setting defaults for their workspace. Decide what features are important for your organization, and all new presentations will consistently reflect that. Librarians and Owners can access these settings in Team Resources, along with Player Branding. This is a Team Feature.

New
July 11, 2022

Tools to help you and your team stay organized.

Import PowerPoint Files

We've made it easier than ever to make the switch to Beautiful.ai. Import existing PowerPoint decks to start from. Make your old decks new with Smart Slides. New to Beautiful.ai? Import a ppt with your branded theme, and save the theme to use next time you create a presentation—with all of your fonts and colors already in place.

Autocomplete Invitations

Invite Teammates to collaborate and add to shared Team Folders faster than ever. TIP! Type # to search folders and @ for teammates

Recently Opened

Stay focused on current projects with our new library view. By default, we'll show you just the last 10 decks you opened to edit.

Nested Team Folders

Organize your content with Team sub-folders.

Copy Share Links

Collaborators with view only access are now able to copy existing share links. Create and name share links for your team and track analytics, all in one place.

Improvement
June 20, 2022

Visibly Better

This month we're releasing several features giving you better visibility and control over your creation process—from choosing to include skipped slides in your exports to more clarity when choosing a slide.

Updated slide library UI

Beautiful.ai has two types of slides—Smart Slides are templates that intelligently adapt to your content as you work, while Classic Slides are for when you need more control over your design. We've tweaked the UI to help you get a better understanding of the slide you're adding—before you add it.

Improved video thumbnails

Video content is now rendered as a still image in thumbnails and static exports. Clearly see what's what when reordering slides in Organize View.

Duplicate and get to work

Now when you duplicate a presentation, the new presentation opens automatically in the editor. We've eliminated any fumbling for the right copy, so you can get straight to it.

Choose to include skipped slides

Or skip 'em! Decide whether skipped slides are included when exporting your deck to PowerPoint or PDF.

Have you heard? Now you can create Beautiful.ai slides right in PowerPoint with our new PowerPoint add-in! Learn more.
New
May 31, 2022

Summer 2022 Release: More efficient, intuitive and flexible than ever.

From performance improvements to new slide layout and color options—this update is all about enhancing and streamlining the slide creation experience. Read through to get all the juicy details.

But First—New Smart Slides!

In addition to improving our existing library, we've built three new Smart Slide templates.

  • Timer: Perfect for shorter periods of time, like a coffee break or breakout session.
  • Countdown: For longer periods of time, like days until a product launch or deadline.
  • Big Number: Highlight important stats in a flexible grid.


Switch Smart Slides (BETA)

Like slide Variations, you can now switch to any template. Wherever possible we'll preserve your content so there's no need to start again from scratch. We've taken the busywork out of finding the right visualization for your story.

For a Faster Workflow

In addition to performance improvements and bug fixes, we've optimized the UI in key places, so you're done that much faster. Many slides now have the option to jump to the intended number of items in one click. Double-click an image, logo or icon to quickly access its settings and controls, like scaling and filters. We've improved text editing for elements, side text trays and impact slides, like the Headline Slide. This means direct text editing, better scaling and better drag reordering. We've added new styling options here as well, including vertical gap settings and new divider line styles.

More Control Over Color

Change the color of almost anything! This includes text, icons and most shapes. Selecting a new color from the slide color panel will re-set custom shape colors. Shapes will continue to auto-adapt when the background color is changed. You can now define colors for positive and negative values for your theme—perfect for checklists and indicating change in value. New slide header options include background colors and layout. When positioned on the left, you can now drag to scale it up or down. Icons on muted frames will now use that color, instead of black or white. Beautiful!

New Frame Styles

In many cases, you can now change image and icon frames to another shape, fill style or even a device frame, like a phone, laptop or tablet! You'll find these options available in Smart Slides, including Icons with Text, Photos with Text, Carousel, and impact slides like Headline—as well as added text trays and media elements. Now you can show off your new feature—in the right device frame—right along side your growth stats or process diagrams.

Slide Background Images

Upload slide background images to your theme. Choose whether it is treated as light or dark to ensure legibility, and opt to select one as a default background.

Smart Slide Improvements

We've gone through our 60+ Smart Slides and added even more layout options, variations and improved design.

Venn Diagram
  • Preserves relative spacing of bubbles when scaled—when you resize your header, for example.
  • Labels now have descriptions, can be manually positioned and resized horizontally. Auto Position will intelligently position your labels again.
  • Bubbles can be reordered (bring to front, send to back). This is great for selecting smaller bubbles within larger ones.
Pyramid and Funnel
  • New styles! Represent your marketing funnel graphically by numbering or adding icons (or images) to your sections.
  • Improved text scaling.
Target
  • Position your target on the left, center or right, leaving more space for call out text.
  • Switch labels to callouts and back again without losing data.
Bullet List
  • Drag to arrange items in multiple columns, and add column headers (think pros and cons!)
  • New checklist style! Click to change check icons to a muted style or an X.
Carousel
  • View, reorder and delete carousel items in a single view, with the new management menu.
  • Resize, reposition and add frames to images per item—yes, device frames too!
  • Customize transition effects for carousel playback.
XY plot
  • Control layering of items (bring to front, send to back).
  • Simplified items for simpler editing.
  • Copy/paste items.
Hub and spoke
  • New, simplified item elements.
  • Choose to position the hub at the top, with the spokes radiating down, or at the bottom.
Org chart
  • Color code your org chart per item.
% icons
  • Added flexibility to show more stats on a single slide.
  • Improved behavior when using numbered stats instead of percentages, so you can manually set the icon fill independent of the number input.
  • Option to fix the number of icons shown in each stat so that all of the items on your slide look consistent.
Charts
  • Improved performance when dragging change in value annotation.
  • Change in value annotation now includes CAGR formatting, a Growth/Trend Line style option.
  • Choose to position chart titles above or below.
Classic Slides

While we are passionate about the automated design that our Smart Slides offer, we know sometimes you just need to start from scratch with a blank slide. We haven't overlooked our Classic Slide here.

  • Frame style options are now consistent across Smart Slides and Classic, helping to create a more cohesive look throughout your deck, and improve fidelity and usability when converting to Classic.
  • Additional shortcuts and right click menu options to speed your creation process, including Select Layer, and Cmd-D to copy and repeat your last transform.
  • Improved grouping, locking and selection behavior.
  • Prevent default browser behavior on keyboard shortcuts like command-g.

As you can see, we've been busy! Give these new features a try, and as always, let us know what you think. We love hearing from you and take your feedback to heart.

New
April 20, 2022

Centralize your assets, and close the loop with your audience.

Viewer Comments

Enable your audience to interact with your presentation. Now when you share a link to a presentation, you can decide to allow viewers to comment on it. Presentation editors can view and respond to all comments—both Internal and Viewer—right from the presentation editor.

Centralized Team Assets

Beautiful.ai's new Team Asset Library makes brand-compliant decisions the default for all employees building presentations. Librarians can upload pre-approved brand assets to a centralized library for Members to grab from as they’re building slides.

The Asset Library also enables Librarians to maintain presentation media with 100% precision. Modified screenshot? New headshot? No problem. When an asset is replaced in the Team's library, it updates automatically in every presentation where it’s used.

This is a Team feature.
New
March 21, 2022

Create a branded viewer experience

Upload your logo or branded animation to customize your team's presentation loading screen. Go beyond branded themes, and ensure your viewers' experience is true to your brand from the very first impression.

This is a Team feature.

New
February 15, 2022

Multiple Team Themes

Now save all of your go-to themes under one account. Whether you're working with multiple brands, serving many clients, or simply using different designs for internal and external presentations, you can now make these shared themes available to your entire Team.

The Webview Slide

Demo your product, show off your website, or display a live poll! The new Webview Smart Slide allows you to embed webpages on your slides.

New
January 31, 2022

Better ways to share

PDF Download

Perfect for static copies or offline review, now you can give your viewers the option to download a PDF of your presentation from the player.

Require email to view

Get more granular with analytics by requiring viewers to provide their email before viewing your presentation.

Expiring links

Create time-bound access to presentations by configuring expiration dates for your shareable links.

New icons

From TikTok to data lakes, we added 180 new icons to use in your presentations.

Other improvements

  • Faster loading – Say goodbye to sluggish libraries. Power users will notice significant gains in loading times.
  • Slide conversion highlights – You converted your slide to Classic and want to switch back? This new highlight point in slide history makes it easy to find the version you need.
New
November 3, 2021

Beautiful.ai for monday.com

Whether you’re managing leads, campaigns, employees, or tasks in monday.com, the Beautiful.ai app enables you and your Team to quickly reference the most up-to-date versions of corresponding pitches, project plans, and strategy decks — directly within your monday.com boards.

Embedding Beautiful.ai presentations keeps everyone on the same page by giving monday.com teams direct access to the most up-to-date version of presentations. Install the app now to add presentations to your projects!

New
October 21, 2021

Set your slides in motion

Animations timeline

A new non-linear animations editor gives you granular control of when your slide elements appear during playback. You can now create dramatic animation effects by "growing" elements, customizing animation order, and creating suspenseful delays between elements. Read how.

Stock video library

Choose from over 80K videos to liven up your slides. Stock videos can be added as the background on headline slides – or anywhere else you use icons and images! With content ranging from reverse to fast-forward to slow-motion to time-lapse, you can quickly find the perfect visual effect for your slides – without leaving the editor. Read how.

Other improvements

  • Classic Slide animations - Classic Slides now support animations and videos!
  • Chart data import design - We've updated the data import experience to be more flexible and intuitive.
  • Logo file visibility - No more white-on-white! Light logos now display on a dark background, and original logo file names can be accessed on hover.
  • Mobile playback - We know you're on the go. Rotate easily between landscape and portrait on mobile, uninterrupted.
New
August 10, 2021

Start your story off right

Team Templates

Team Owners and Librarians can now build presentation templates for members to start from.

Team Templates are plug-and-play starter decks that help members kick off their presentations and maintain critical storylines. With presentation structure, design elements, and key slides already in place, members can quickly replace content to customize their story without getting bogged down with the details.

Quickly convert existing presentations into Team Templates, or build new templates from scratch. Learn how.

Team Folders

Now, all members can create Team Folders to organize shared content. Whether they're collaborating on a project or working with their department, members will be able to seamlessly create and configure folders that allow them to share with the right people at the right time.

Team Owners can view and manages all folders from the Team Resources center. Learn more.

New
June 22, 2021

Find exactly what you need

Deep text search

As your presentations scale, it can be a pain to hunt down old content. Now you can locate the presentation or slide you're looking for with just a few key words. Our new, comprehensive slide search searches across all of the text in your account to show you the most relevant results.

Go ahead and try it out from your presentation library or by adding a new slide.

Chart improvements

We did a deep dive on chart templates and made a whole slew of improvements we know you'll love! You can look forward to an optimized data import, as well as a ton of new functionality like:

  • Additional layout options for multi-chart slides
  • Option to annotate absolute or percentage changes between points
  • Smart date formatting for category labels
  • Improved data highlight styling
  • Customizable line weight for line, area, and spline charts

New
May 24, 2021

Stop, collaborate, and @mention!

This release includes new collaboration features and a help center revamp to help you get more done, faster:

  • @mention your teammates in comments
  • Assign collaborators to the slides they’re responsible for creating or presenting
  • ? Reference copy, paste, undo, and other advanced keyboard shortcuts in the editor
  • Access FAQs and step-by-step tutorials from the help icon

New
April 28, 2021

Design without limits

The last 5%

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:

  • Text: Use any font you’d like, or stick with the fonts in your theme. Multi-block text styling and widgets for displaying code and equations level-up traditional text editing.
  • Color: Customize text, fill, and lines with any color you’d like, or choose a color in your theme.
  • Smart components: Leverage powerful charts and tables in your Classic Slides.
  • Positioning: Position elements wherever you’d like with the help of alignment guides. Use grouping and layering tools to get the perfect look.
  • Shapes and media: Draw paths, add shapes, and dress up your assets with our library of device frames for images.

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.

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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.

New
April 12, 2021

A new Journey for you

✨ The Journey template

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:

  • Customize your milestones - Choose to use icons, images, map pins, or dots to mark your Journey milestones
  • Configure start and end markers - Give your Journey definitive start and end points with descriptors, or let it flow off the canvas
  • Emphasize certain milestones - Override the automatic milestone color with another color from your theme
  • Try a variation - Seamlessly switch between Timeline and Journey to see what communicates your content best

Add a Journey slide to your next presentation, and let us know what you think!

Mobile updates

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:

  • Share across all your apps - Share a link to your presentation using your device's mobile sharing mechanisms
  • Collaborate, right from your phone - Add collaborators to your presentation without having to fire up the desktop app
  • Rotate away - We addressed some bugs with mobile playback that made it a pain to rotate between portrait and landscape
Improvement
February 15, 2021

Putting it all on the Table

Table template improvements

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:

  • Better autofit, styling, and sizing. Autofit your rows or columns. Bulk select and edit multiple cells at once. Control your text size down to the pixel.
  • Merge cells.
  • Better copy/paste. A blank cell is not a zero. Now the table template understands that. Copy and paste from your source data with much higher accuracy and ease.
  • Custom colors and decoration. Use visual cues in your tables by adding flags to your cells and customizing fill, icon, and text colors.
  • Much faster performance. Now you can make Really Big Tables! We've made it a lot faster to input data into your tables and add columns and rows, which should make working with tables much more seamless, all around.

Try it for yourself by adding a table slide to your Beautiful.ai presentation!

New
January 18, 2021

Invite friends, earn credit

Beautiful.ai Referral Program

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?

New
December 14, 2020

✨ New year, new look

/ Create stunning slides with less effort

  • Inspiration gallery - Choose from hundreds of beautiful, pre-built slides to add to your presentation. Since these slides were created with our smart templates, you can easily customize them with your own content. Click "Add slide" > "Get Inspiration" to peruse the gallery.
  • Refreshed themes - We've added 10 beautiful, new themes to choose from when creating a presentation. You can rely on any of these built-in themes to create a clean, professional presentation. To see all your options, create a new presentation now.
  • Presentation templates - Start your presentation from one of more than 50 pre-built templates. Let these templates serve as a guide for your story, and tweak them as needed!
  • Chart and accent colors - You can now define dedicated colors for charts and accents. These theme customizations increase legibility and add sophistication to your presentation. Edit your theme to define these colors.

/ Experience faster, more intuitive editing

  • Performance improvements - We heard your feedback around laggy typing and jumbled text, so we decided to make a change. With a 50x improvement in performance in this update, your text woes are a thing of the past.
  • Editor layout - We reorganized controls in the presentation editor to make the experience simpler and IA more intuitive. Slide-level controls, like Elements and Layout can be found on the left, presentation-level controls at the top of the screen, and collaboration features on the right sidebar.
  • More intuitive controls - Copy and paste elements from slide to slide. Drag and drop your text anywhere on top of an image slide. Select whether to add a numbered or bulleted sublist. You'll discover all of these simplifications and more while editing your slides.

/ Scale your presentation library with ease

  • List view - It's finally here! You can now choose to view your presentations as tiles or a list. Sort by presentation owner, created date, and more to manage your ever-growing library of content.
  • Simple sharing - 1-2-done! Invite people to edit or view your presentation directly from the presentation dashboard or the presentation editor. Sharing en masse has never been easier.
New
October 6, 2020

More control for teams + comments for everyone!

/ Team updates

  • Update your invoicing email - Send your invoices directly to finance@, receipts@ - whomever! - without having to add them as a member. Team owners can update this information from the billing pane.
  • Choose how to handle presentation ownership - When removing a member, team owners can now choose to transfer the affected member's presentations to someone else on the team in order to retain important company collateral.
  • Navigate to your team workspace faster - Your team workspace is now prioritized as your default workspace when logging in. To increase accessibility, team workspaces will also show up at the top of your workspace dropdown.

/ General

  • Comments are now available to everyone! Now when you invite your client or colleague to collaborate on a presentation, they'll be able to see your feedback without needing to upgrade.
New
September 10, 2020

Beautiful.ai for Teams

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:

  • Shared Slides: Design a slide once, and allow your team to use it infinitely. Push updates to all presentations in a single click. Learn more.
  • Shared Theme: Lock in the right logo and brand elements for use across your team, staying visually consistent from pitch to pitch. Learn more.
  • Team Administration: Manage user roles and permissions, centralize billing, and structure your team for simple sharing and collaboration.

Sign up for a 14-day free trial now!

New
July 1, 2020

Get presentation updates in Slack

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

Go ahead and try it out! All you need to do is authorize the app, create a presentation, invite a team member to collaborate, and watch the magic happen as they edit the slides!

New
May 1, 2020

Use Beautiful alongside Dropbox and Google Drive

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.

New
April 1, 2020

The heat is on!

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.

New
March 31, 2020

Never miss a beat

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.

New
March 1, 2020

More options for video and audio

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.

New
January 31, 2020

More flexibility, same great design

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!

Read more about how to use elements here.