Powerpoint With Animations To Pdf

Posted : admin On 8/23/2021

Hi I am trying to save out a pdf of a powerpoint but I want the animated slides to be already animated in the pdf. At the moment whne I save it out it shows the slides before they animate. How do I convert animated powerpoint slides to PDF (Acrobat Pro X)? I am using the Acrobat Pro X, and would like to convert an animated powerpoint presentation to PDF, maintaining the animation.

Very few people are aware that Adobe's PDF files actually support movement and multimedia! Yes, you can have animationsand transitions within PDFs, and also these PDFs can contain audio and video files. So why do the PDFs typically createdfrom within PowerPoint using PowerPoint's built-in PDF output -- or even created using Adobe's Acrobat Pro program notcontain these niceties? Was that a little confusing? Let's make this easier. Imagine you have a PowerPoint presentationthat has some animation and an embedded video clip. Convert that to a PDF and all the movement and multimedia is lost!

The solution is not very obvious, but Adobe creates a PowerPoint add-in calledAdobe Presenter -- this lets you directlypublish your presentation into aPDF with all the movement and multimedia preserved. Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Open the presentation which already has animation, and then publish it as a PDF. To do so, clickthe Publish button within the Adobe Presenter tab of theRibbon, as shownhighlighted in red within Figure 1.

  2. Figure 1: Publish button within the Presentation group

  3. Note: If you don't have the Adobe Presenter tab within theRibbon in PowerPoint, that may indicate you haven't installed it. This tab is not built-in withinPowerPoint and is installed as part of a PowerPoint add-infrom Adobe called Presenter.
  4. This opens the Publish Presentation dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.

  5. Figure 2: Publish Presentation dialog box
  6. Within the Publish Presentation dialog box, select the Adobe PDFtab (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above). While there are many settingsthat you can tweak here, let's first accept the defaults. For now, just choose and navigate to the location where you wantto save the PDF file. And click the Publish button (highlighted in bluewithin Figure 2, above).

  7. Note: You can further tweak the output by clicking the Settings button, highlighted ingreen within Figure 2 above. The resultant settings are same as the onesexplained in our Local Publish Settingsin Adobe Presenter tutorial.
  8. This will publish your presentation into a PDF, as shown in Figure 3, below -- you willnote that the PDF output also contains Adobe Presenter player. The great part is that all movement and multimedia issupported within this PDF output.

  9. Figure 3: PDF output

While this may work in some scenarios, it may not work all the time. To get rid of the large sidebar (highlighted inred within Figure 3 above), and to make the navigation bar smaller, followthese steps:

  1. Access the Adobe Presenter tab of theRibbon, and click the Theme button (highlighted in red within Figure 4).

  2. Figure 4: Theme button
  3. This opens the Theme Editor dialog box, as you can see in Figure 5.

  4. Figure 5: Theme Editor dialog box
  5. Now, look at the preview area of the Theme Editor dialog box. Here we'll hidethe Sidebar, shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, above.And we will make the navigation bar (shown highlighted in blue withinFigure 5, above) smaller.
  6. Within the Theme Editor dialog box, you'll find Customize options onthe extreme right -- deselect the Show Sidebar check-box, as shown highlighted inred within Figure 6.

  7. Figure 6: Show Sidebar check-box deselected
  8. Let the Enable Mode Switching check-box be selected (shown highlighted inred within Figure 7). Within the Display drop-down menu, selectthe Fullscreen option (refer to Figure 7 again).

  9. Figure 7: Fullscreen option selected
  10. After making these changes, your Adobe Presenter player will have the minimum options, as shown highlightedin red within Figure 8 below. Once done click the OK button,as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 8, again.

  11. Figure 8: Adobe Presenter player customized
  12. Figure 9, below shows the the PDF output with no sidebar and minimal navigation options --compare with Figure 3, shown earlier on this page.

  13. Figure 9: PDF output with no Sidebar and minimal navigation options

The output PDF contains the Adobe Presenter player as well, and that does occupy a fairly minimal environment this time.


  • The Different Types of Animations In PowerPoint
  • Important Points To Remember When Adding Animations

With PowerPoint, you can make awesome presentations just by using static slides and non-animated elements. However, if you want to literally make your audience go ‘wow’ during your presentation, you’d need to think of a way to really get their attention. The best way to do this is by using animations. And in this tutorial, I’m going to show you exactly how to add animations to PowerPoint so you can use it to your advantage.

Before you proceed with this tutorial, have a look at 5 Tips for Creating an Amazing Slide Deck. Still, the design is another important aspect of your slide deck, and adding animations to your PowerPoint without working on an overall design of the presentation will not cut it.

Animations are visual effects which make your texts, images, shapes, or charts come ‘alive.’ They catch your audience’s attention and helps them engage with you and your presentation.

Moreover, there are generally two types of animations you can use to make your presentation come alive. These are:

  • Transitions

The first type of animation is called transition animation; these are animations added in between slides. When you transition from slide 1 to slide 2, you can add an animation in between the slides. You can view the different transition options by going to the Transitions pane on the PowerPoint ribbon.

(Caption: The Transitions pane in PowerPoint)

The default view shows 10 transitions, but if you click on the little arrow like you see in the screenshot above, then you’ll see many more options like you see here:

(Caption: More Transition options in PowerPoint – choose from Subtle, Exciting and Dynamic Content transition animations)

How To Use Powerpoint Animations

Transition animations have additional effect options. You will notice this when you click on the transition you want to use. The Effect Options button won’t be grayed out, and you can select additional settings.

For example, I selected ‘Reveal’ as my transition animation. Available effect options would be:

  • Smoothly from right
  • Smoothly from left
  • Through black from right
  • Through black from left

Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

(Caption: Effect Options are available for some transition animations in PowerPoint)

You can also adjust the timing and duration of each transition as well as set how you want the slides to advance so that the transition can take place.

(Caption: More settings can be adjusted in the Timing section as well as the Animation Pane)

Powerpoint Save Slide As Pdf

Feel free to play around with the transition animations and effect options that work best with your presentation.

  • Animations

Powerpoint With Animations To Pdf

The second type of animations bring the objects or elements within your slide to life. If you want to animate text, an image, shape, graph or chart, this is the type of animation you select.

You first to have to click on the object you want to animate, then click on the Animations tab.

(Caption: The Animations pane in PowerPoint)

Powerpoint With Animations To Pdf

The default view shows 8 animations, but if you click on the little arrow like you see on the screenshot above, then you’ll see many more options like you see here:

(Caption: More Animation options in PowerPoint – choose from Entrance, Exit, Emphasis and Motion Paths animations)

You can choose from the following types of animations:

  • Entrance animations. The icons for this type of animation are colored green. If you use this type of animation for an object, that object will enter the slide according to your timing preferences.
  • Exit animations. The icons for this type of animation are colored red. The object you’ve added this animation to will exit the slide.
  • Emphasis animations. The icons for this kind of animation are colored yellow. The object won’t enter or exit the slide (unless you’ve added that particular animation to the same object) but will emphasize and draw attention to that object.
  • Motion path animations. This type of animation will allow you to move an object from one spot to another. You can specify or draw the path you want the object to take.

In the next sections, we’ll go over how to add the 4 different types of animations to your slides.

To add entrance animations to any object in PowerPoint, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click on the object you want to animate. In this example, we will use a blue smiley face.

(Caption: The blue smiley face we will be animating for this tutorial)

2. Select the animation you want to use. For this example, we used the entrance animationfade animation. We set the duration to 2.75 seconds. You will notice in the screenshot below that the fade animation has no effect options (the button is greyed out).

(Caption: The different options available for Fade animation in PowerPoint)

Here’s what those numbers in the screenshot mean:

1 – We chose the Fade animation.

2 – There are no Effect Options for Fade Animation (the button is grayed out and not clickable)

3 – You can adjust settings via the Advanced Animation, Timing, and Animation Pane sections

Powerpoint To Pdf After Animation

4 – The number (1) refers to the fact that we’ve added 1 animation to our object (this is the Fade animation).

5 – You can click on the Preview button to preview the animation.

Export Powerpoint To Pdf With Animations

As you can see, adding animations to an object is no rocket science. You can even add entrance, exit, emphasis and motion path animations to a single object!

It’s so easy adding animations to presentation slides that you can easily lose control. Therefore, you’ll find yourself animating all objects on your slides and adding slide transitions as well. Nevertheless, it might look fun to you, but in reality, it can distract your audience’s attention from the message you’re trying to convey in your presentation.

So here are some guidelines you should following when adding animations to PowerPoint:

  1. Simplicity is key. Simple animations like fade and appear may not be as impressive as other animations available, but these add a touch of elegance to well-timed slides. It makes your slides look clean and simple.
  2. Limit the number of animations on a slide. One or two animations per slide should suffice. There’s really no need to animate every single object on each slide.
  3. Time your presentation well. Make sure your objects appear right after you introduce it. This keeps your audience’s interest piqued.
  4. Don’t forget to practice. Practicing your timings and your animations are key to a successful presentation.

We hope you learned something new in today’s article. Remember, animations are fun and great when used sparingly and tastefully, but when overdone, you could potentially lose face in front of your audience and look like a total amateur instead. Pid autotune command.

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