This article shows how to download and prepare an offline presentation if you are on a Windows computer, for delivery to both Windows and Mac clients.
After doing so, you can copy it as many times as you want on different devices, such as an external USB, and run on any computer.
1. Create and Download an Offline Presentation
To export a presentation for offline viewing, click the 3 dots in the lower-right corner of the presentation's tile in your dashboard, and select "Export for Offline" from the context menu.
This will open a screen that displays the status of the build process and allows you to start the build.
Click "Build Now," and we will begin processing your request. We provide an estimate of when your file will be ready to download. You may close the window after initiating the build.
Only the content creator is able to download this file. Clients and Private Delivery recipients cannot at this time.
When the build process is complete, you will receive an email notification to download the file. You can also return to the "Export Offline" screen of the presentation, where you will see a button to download.
2. Extracting the Downloaded Zip on Windows
Once downloaded, right-click on the zip file and select "Extract All" from the menu. Choose a location and click "Extract." If you are delivering to a client, provide them with all the files extracted from the zip archive.
3. Running the App on Windows
To launch the presentation, double-click on the executable (You will find it as "YOUR PRESENTATION NAME-win" and has the Z icon).
You may receive a warning that Microsoft Defender prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Click “More Info,” then "Run anyway."
If you receive a warning about your firewall blocking some features, you may select "Allow access."
4. Preparing the App for Mac users
If you are on Windows, you are limited as to how much you can prepare the offline presentation for Mac users. Apple does not allow a Mac app to be "authenticated" with the Windows Operating System. This simply means the client will need to go through a normal app installation process (just a few extra steps) the first time they launch the application. As such, you have two options to pursue:
Option 1: Download or transfer the offline presentation files to a Mac computer prior to delivering it to your client. Then, follow 'Step 3 - Preparing the App for Mac Users' in this article to authentication the app and remove this step for your clients who are on Mac computers.
Option 2: Provide your client with all the files extracted from the zip archive. Instruct them to follow 'Step 3 - Preparing the App for Mac Users' in this article. This process is very familiar and easy for Mac users, as they do it to install other apps like Zoom, Dropbox, Slack, etc.
Now you are ready to distribute the offline content. You can copy/paste it into a cloud folder such as Google Drive and share the folder, or place onto as many USBs as you want to share with different viewers.
Please always keep the “videos” folder in the same location as the presentation application, or else the videos will not play within the presentation menu.