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I like syncing services like Dropbox because I can keep my files synced across multiple computers.  And, if you’re an elearning developer or freelancers, Dropbox makes sharing files with your customers super easy.  In fact, the community team here at Articulate uses it for all of our collaboration and file sharing. 

One of the challenges with Dropbox is that it requires the other person to download and install the Dropbox application.  Quite a few organizations don’t allow the installation of outside applications.  Plus, many people are blocked from accessing the Dropbox site because it’s a file sharing site.

Airdropper: A Simple Way to Request Files

This is where Airdropper comes in.  It’s a service that lets you create a way for people to upload and send files to your Dropbox without requiring that they actually sign up or download any Dropbox applications.  Essentially, you share a folder with Airdropper and they send the files to you via that folder. 

Here’s a quick screencast tour of how it works.  If you’re a Dropbox user, you’ll find the service valuable. Personally, I find it to be a great service that complements what I do with Dropbox.

Click here to view the Airdropper tour.

Free PowerPoint Template

Not only do I like the Airdopper service, I really like their website.  It’s got a clean interface that could easily be adapted to an elearning course.  So I used the site to inspire a new free PowerPoint template.

Here’s a demo of the Airdropper-inspired template in action.  And you can read some tips below on doing something similar.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - demo of the free PowerPoint template as an elearning course

Click here to view the demo.

  • Use PowerPoint to build your graphics.  When I create templates like this, I like to separate the graphics development from the PowerPoint file.  In this case, I built all of the objects in PowerPoint and then saved them as images.  Then I imported the images into the slides.  This makes it easier to work with the files and speeds up the publishing time.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - save your PowerPoint objects as .png files

  • Store PowerPoint graphics on the master slide. In a previous post, I shared how you can use the master slide as a repository.  In this template, I placed all of the envelope shapes I created in PowerPoint on a few master slides.  They don’t interfere with the course, but if you want to make edits to the originals, they’re always available to you.

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - save images on your PowerPoint slide master

  • Improve your PowerPoint skills.  As always, I encourage you to do these types of templates.  They’ll help you come up with some elearning course templates.  In addition, you’ll become more proficient using PowerPoint and your rapid elearning tools.  You’ll also become more comfortable in your graphic design skills.

Here’s a screencast that gives a quick tour of the template and some ideas on how to create animated pages that move in and out of the envelope.

Click here to view the template tour.

I hope you enjoy the template.  Feel free to use it as you wish for your elearning projects.  You can download the free PowerPoint template here


Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

20 responses to “Free PowerPoint Template & Simple Way to Share Files”

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Ah, if only the corporate firewall played nicely with Dropbox…
Thanks for another great template and the explanation of how to build it, and see you at Devlearn!

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Okay – newbie/idioting question here – the arrows that you used, where did you find them, and what animation did you use to cause that? I swear I have come across it before, but now that I look for it, I cannot find it at all.

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Love it! …again you share great ideas – thank you!
Unfortunately living in Australia we never get to see you to share your ‘offline’ tidbits. I am really interested in what you are going to share about how to create instructional design templates and creating shared practice communities – any chance it will appear here in the near future?

Hello everybody!
Nice post, Tom!

I’ve done something by taking ideas from your post. Please visit:

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@Tanya: I’m waiting for an invitation to Australia. 🙂 Actually, I’m working on some ideas for blog readers outside of the US. Stay tuned.

@Dave: the arrows in the presentation are part or Articulate Presenter’s annotation feature.

Just thought I would let you know that I have followed your Blog for about a year now and your posts are wonderful. Keep up the great work!

@Brenda: thanks for the encouraging words.

I have only recently discovered Dropbox and it has really come in handy during my Graduate work. One feature I really like is the fact there’s an app associated with it that I can access on my phone. Does AirDropper have something like that as well or is it still too early in development?

@Kyle: not sure about an airdropper app. All you really need is a link and then send it to people. Or bookmark the page and then share the bookmark.

November 3rd, 2010


I’m developing lessons for nursing students and want to know if you have seen any nursing themed templates that might save me some time. Thanks.

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December 2nd, 2010

Thanks for another great template Tom.