Create a presentation using Impression FX

An Impression FX presentation consists of slides from the original PowerPoint or PDF document with transition effects with flexible settings inserted between them. Interactive presentation control is added automatically when a presentation is generated.


Create an Impression FX presentation following these simple steps:

  1. Open the original document (PowerPoint or PDF)
  2. Select transition effects
  3. Set up color parameters for transition effects
  4. Create an Impression FX presentation

Once the Impression FX presentation is created, you can view it in interactive mode or convert it to a video.

1. Open the original document

For a PowerPoint presentation

Open your PowerPoint presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint (with the Impression FX plugin installed) and select Impression FX tab in the PowerPoint control panel.

For a PDF document

Open your PDF document in Impression FX for PDF using the File/Open PDF menu option.

Create Presentation

You can create a presentation by simply pressing the Create Presentation button immediately after opening the original file. When you do that, the presentation is created with default transition effects and color parameters.

2. Selecting transition effects

In the Effects drop-down list select one of the sets of transition effects. Each set contains several effects of the same type that will be automatically inserted when generating a presentation. You can see all effects on the Transition Effects page.

Set up the transition speed if necessary. In most cases the Normal default speed is appropriate.

3. Setting up color parameters for transition effects

Setting up the basic color of design elements

If you can determine a basic color for most of the slides in your presentation or document design, you can change the Elements Color in the menu to match it. Some elements of transition effects will be painted that color and the slide transition will match the style of the original presentation better. If there is no basic color in your presentation, you can set Elements Color to any value of your choice.

Selecting color preset for transition effects

Each set of transition effects in Impression FX has six preset color schemes (Color presets): white, light, medium, dark, blue, and green. Color Preset sets color values for Color1, Color2 and Color3 that determine the colors of transition effects. Select one of the six values for Color Preset that best matches your presentation design.

You can also set your own color values for Color1, Color2 and Color3 to fine tune the settings of color presets for effects. When you set up the colors for Color1, Color2 and Color3 yourself, bear in mind that each color has its own meaning and paints different transition elements. Use this feature carefully as you can easily get a color combination that does not look good or is not appropriate.

4. Creating an Impression FX presentation

Set the path to the presentation you are creating. By default, your presentation folder will be saved on your Desktop.

Create an Impression FX presentation by pressing the Create Presentation button.

Create Presentation

The presentation you create is saved in the folder named as your original PowerPoint or PDF document. You can launch the presentation created on any Windows OS computer or device by simply copying the presentation folder and launching the IFXplayer.exe file.

5. Viewing an Impression FX presentation

Once the project is created it will launch automatically.
You can control your Impression FX presentation using a keyboard, a mouse, a touch screen or a wireless presenter. Controlling the presentation using your keyboard and mouse is very similar to managing a presentation in PowerPoint.
You can see the description of presentation control by pressing the F1 button on your keyboard or by tapping the lower left corner of the screen and pressing a button <?>.
For more details on controlling an Impression FX presentation see the Impression FX Presentation Control page.

6. Viewing an Impression FX presentation in automatic mode

You can launch automatic presentation play by pressing the letter <A> on your keyboard. In this mode the slides will follow one another automatically and the presentation will run in a loop – the last slide will transition to the first one.

You can set the automatic mode time for playing each slide (in seconds) in Slide Time. This time also determines the length of time each slide is displayed when creating a video.

By default, the slides shown will be static for the entire duration of Slide Time. Impression FX allows you to set up additional slide motion during the time from the end of one transition to the beginning of the next. This enables you to create a continuous animation without pauses with slides in motion and slide transitions.

In order to set up additional slide motion turn on the Slide Motion Enable option. Slide motion range is determined by the Limit value and is set in percentages of slide size. Limit value may be either positive or negative.

Negative Limit value sets slide size changes from (100 - Limit)% to 100%.
Positive Limit value sets slide size changes from 100% to (100 + Limit)%.
The color of background at the time the slide is growing is defined by the value of Background Color. The background is only visible if the Limit value is negative.

7. Editing Impression FX presentations

You can change any of the presentation settings: transition effects, colors, transition speed, etc. and re-create the presentation. To do that, simply change the settings as you wish and press the Create Presentation button again.

Important Note (only for the PowerPoint version of Impression FX)

If you have not made any changes to the current PowerPoint document since the previous Impression FX presentation was created, use the Rebuild Presentation button to create a presentation.

Rebuild Presentation

This will reduce the time it takes to generate your presentation, since it will use the slides prepared in the previous generation.

In the process of creating a presentation, you often need to save current settings so as to be able to use them again without manually re-creating them.
To save and load previously saved settings use the Load/Save User Preset buttons.

All values included in Transitions Settings will be saved and loaded:
Effects, Speed, Elements Color, Color Preset (Color1, Color2, Color3) and Speed.

8. Converting an Impression FX presentation to a video

To create a video based on an Impression FX presentation, press the Create Video button.

Create Video

A dialogue window will appear where you can set the parameters for the video file. Then press the Create button. The video file will be placed in the same folder as the presentation files. The name of the new file will be the same as that of the presentation file. If a video with the same name was created earlier, the file will be overwritten.