I wanted to make a GIF of another user's Google Slide, but with the webapp it looks like I only have access to my own slides, and only google slides. I whipped up a quick API to generate a GIF of any Google Slide URL or of any PPTX file available on the web: http://126.96.36.199/
You can use the API like this: http://188.8.131.52/?url=xyz&delay=100 which would make a GIF of the URL pptx file. For example, it could be https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13838392jfdjkfsd/edit... or https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/torman_personal/files/samp... or any ppt or pptx url of your choosing. It works with any public google slides too.
As a sample, you can try http://184.108.40.206/?url=https://scholar.harvard.edu/files...
but i people would not want to give you permission to see their google drive files - may be add another option like, have people make their slide public and use that url to create GIF.
Sample tweet with the GIF embedded: https://twitter.com/labnol/status/945643019490824193
Blog post explaining the app: https://www.labnol.org/internet/google-slides-gif/30763/
Video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POdIuzaFVH8
I can see this being REALLY useful for people giving presentations, to help viewers share favourite content without being distracted with snapping photos. If you agree, it might make sense to have a special link to the screen for processed slides -- then the presenter could share a bitlink to that page, and users could easily tweet out slides with their own comments :)
Also, is there a github issue queue where we could file tickets and feature requests? If it were available, I would be happy to transpose the tickets in these HN comments into action items for continued conversation
I really don't think this was thought out very well
Now with slides too?