A self-running slideshow adds life to a website. Not only does a presentation automatically paging through its slides attract attention with motion, but it also enables you to present a greater density of content without sending your visitor to another page and without adding clutter. Studies have shown that slideshows can provide an edge in capturing attention online, and some SEO experts tout slideshows as a strategy for building traffic. Just as a looping slideshow in a kiosk grabs attention at a busy mall or airport, a slideshow in a website makes people stop and pay attention.
There are a variety of ways to create self-running slideshows. But many are difficult for the developer or designer to execute, require the visitor to install a plugin or have the right native application, support only a handful of source media file formats, or entail other compromises.
This paper presents a method for embedding a self-running slideshow that can use as its source virtually any document: a PowerPoint file, PDF, Microsoft Word file, or almost any other multi-page file. The show runs natively in most browsers, is easy to design and deploy, and offers a range of ways to customize the user experience.