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280 North, Inc.


Create exquisite presentations, that are able to be accessed and shared with anyone in the world.



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Uses of 280 Slides?




Using 280 Slides


Relating to Other Applications


Whats Unique About 280 Slides


How can 280 Slides be Used in a Classroom Setting?


How can 280 Slides be Used in Real World Settings?


Examples of 280 Slides Being Used


User Perspectives



What are the uses of 280 Slides?">What are the uses of 280 Slides?

280 Slides is a free web application for creating slide presentations which can be accessed from anywhere and easily shared with anyone who has internet access. The layout is similar to PowerPoint, and offers a variety of the same easy to use features. 280 Slides has a built-in media search that allows for easy insertion of video, audio, and images from popular places like YouTube and Flicker. Presentations can be downloaded and saved in the PowerPoint 2007 format, shared via email, or embed in websites. 280 Slides makes it easy for students and colleagues to collaborate in creating presentations and to share them globally. This is great to use in work settings as well, or even in the classroom as far as developing quick lesson plans or presentations to use for jobs. 280 Slides is easy and free to use, which makes it a lot more attractive to users.
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The web application, 280 Slides, was created by a San Francisco Bay area start-up company called 280 North.  The company was founded in 2007 by Francisco Tolmasky, Tom Robinson, and Ross Boucher who set out to create the next generation of web applications through their new application framework called Cappuccino.  


Francisco Tolmasky, who graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006, was the original author of Objective-J and is accountable for 280 Slides’ UI and other client-side code.  His prior work experience includes aiding Apple, Inc. in the development of MobileSafari and Maps on the iPhone.

Tom Robinson graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a Masters in Computer Science before founding 280 North.  He is credited for the company’s server deployment and is responsible for Objective-J/Cappuccino, among other things.

Ross Boucher, with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, works equally on server and client-side code which includes the text system in 280 Slides. Prior to 280 North, he worked at Apple, Inc. on a team responsible for music recommendations, chatting, and search for the iTunes Store.
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Using 280 Slides">Using 280 Slides

280 Slides is Free to Launch on your Web Browser:">280 Slides is Free to Launch on your Web Browser:

1.      Access the 280 Slides website at and launch the free web application which will run directly in your browser.

2.      You will then be prompted with a “welcome” screen where you can select to create a new presentation, open a saved presentation, import an existing presentation, or take a tour of 280 Slides.


Presentations are easy to create using 280 Slides.">Presentations are easy to create using 280 Slides.

1.      Select the “Create New Presentation” option.

2.     Select 1 of 9 background themes for your presentation.

3.      Select from 3 slide layout choices; title slide, title and content slide, and blank slide.

4.      Double click in the text boxes to begin adding your text. 

5.      Use the tool bar to customize your font type, size, and color, or to add any bulleted or numbered lists.

6.      Click on the “Text” icon to add additional text boxes.

7.        Using the tool bar, click “New” to add another slide, “Duplicate” to repeat the slide, or “delete” to remove the slide from your


8.         You may add presenter notes by clicking on “Notes” to open the notepad.

9.       Click “Present” to view your slide show.

10.       Click “Save” to store your presentation on 280 Slides’ server for retrieval from anywhere.  This will require you to register with a

           valid email address.

11.      Click “Share” to share your presentation.

280 Slides Offers 3 Ways to Share Your Presentations:">280 Slides Offers 3 Ways to Share Your Presentations:

1.      To publish your presentation 280 Slides will direct you to where you will be prompted to set up an account with a user name and a password. This service is free and will allow you to share your presentation with a global audience.

2.      You can email your presentation as an attachment. The presentation will automatically be sent in the PowerPoint 2007 format for easy opening by the recipient.

3.      After saving the presentation on you will receive an email containing an embed code that will allow you to embed the presentation in your own personal websites, blogs, or wikis.

280 Slides Allows You to Import Existing Presentations:">280 Slides Allows You to Import Existing Presentations:

1.      Click the “Import” icon in the tool bar to import presentations from sources such as PowerPoint and Keynote.

2.      Select the source and file you wish to upload.

3.      View, and/or Edit and Publish! 

280 Slides Allows You to Add Photos and Other Media:">280 Slides Allows You to Add Photos and Other Media:

 1.     Activate the media browser by clicking on “Pictures,” “Movies,” or “shapes” in the tool bar to easily add pictures, videos, or shapes to your slide.

2.  To upload a picture, hit the "picture" icon.  Browse through your own pictures on your computer, or search online.

3.  To upload a movie, hit the "movie" icon.  Enter the URL, or search through titles online through sites like and

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Relating to other applications">Relating to other applications

280 Slides is comparable to other familiar presentation applications including Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote. 280 Slides uses a layout very similar to PowerPoint, and even allows the user to import existing PowerPoint presentations to view, edit, share, or download back to a PC in various formats including PowerPoint 2007, OpenDocument, and PDF. Unlike PowerPoint or Keynote, however, 280 Slides is a completely free web application that requires no software to install. The user simply must register with 280 Slides by providing a valid email and a password. Registration is free and takes less than a minute. 280 Slides also offers free online presentation storage through Slide Share so you can access it from any computer with internet service, share it on your social networking sites (such as LinkedIn), and embed it in websites, blogs, and wikis. For more information on Slide Share please visit .

The media browser in 280 Slides uses Google to search the web for images and videos from sites like YouTube and Flicker which can easily be embedded in the presentation with simple drag and drop or double-click actions. While 280 Slides offers the ability to easily create professional presentations, it provides a limited number of themes and templates and lacks the fancy slide transitions and animations we are accustomed to seeing in PowerPoint. It also is lacking in the variety of typefaces that PowerPoint has, however it does offer some classic typefaces that PowerPoint does not, such as Futura.
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What's unique about 280 Slides?">What's unique about 280 Slides?

280 Slides provides an auto-save and recovery. If you ever have that moment where your computer freezes in the middle of a big project, there's no need to worry! 280 Slides saves your information every few minutes. 280 Slides also restores your newest version when you log back on and reopen your presentation. There is no downloading or installation needed. 280 Slides runs inside your browser just like any other website. It is free and easy to use. You are able to easily upload pictures and videos to your presentation from your own personal documents or directly from popular web services like Flickr and YouTube. The Media Browser is a unique feature that allows you to browse the internet for photos and videos while never leaving the 280 Slides page. Since 280 slides is based off your browser, you are able to save your presentation and take it anywhere you have internet connection. 280 Slides is extremely compatible. You are able to upload your existing PowerPoint presentations and it will import them into 280 Slides. This way you won’t have to start from scratch. With just a single click you are able to download a copy of your presentation in your favorite format including the Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 format. You can also put your presentation on SlideShare, e-mail it to a friend, or embed it directly on your own website, all with just a few clicks.

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How can 280 Slides be used in a classroom setting?">How can 280 Slides be used in a classroom setting?

Listed below are a number of lesson plans that incorporate the use of 280 Slides into their curriculum.


Lesson Plans


Local Wildlife and Their Habitat     PDF
Measuring Temperatures     PDF
Counting Shapes     PDF


Exploring Geographical Regions     PDF
Exploring the Planets     PDF
The Fall of the Roman Empire     PDF
American Civil War      PDF
Critiquing Impressionism      PDF


How to Become King     PDF
Biodiversity     PDF
Educational Technology: 280 Slides     PDF

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How can 280 Slides be used in real world settings?">How can 280 Slides be used in real world settings?

You can access and complete your saved presentation from anywhere internet is available. Groups of students or colleagues can work together in different locations to collaborate on a presentation. Presentations can easily be shared with large groups of individuals around the world without installing any new software. The website is only in english so the users must be able to understand English or the program may not be beneficial to them. Individuals meeting via video conference can view and discuss a presentation simultaneously. You can upload PowerPoint presentations for easy viewing, editing, and/or storage. You can save your presentation to Slide Share to embed in your personal websites or blogs. You can use your presentation to share new concepts or ideas to co-workers, friends, or students. You can use your presentation to market a new product or service. Students can demonstrate understanding through creating and sharing a presentation. You can use the media browser to insert your personal photos and videos to share at family gatherings.
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Examples of 280 Slides being used ">Examples of 280 Slides being used 

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User Perspectives">User Perspectives

280 Slides can be accessed anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. This means that you can also take your presentation anywhere where there is internet access as well, and not have to worry about carrying a flash drive or cd rom with you. Here is some feedback on 280 Slides from some of the web users. 280 Slides can also be used for a variety of career fields. Teachers, businessmen, advertisers, students, and many more can all benefit from this program. 

 "I can safely say that I was unprepared for experiencing such a leap in UI design for web applications. I've never seen such attention to detail in a web app's UI - and the best part is, the interface is still so responsive, unlike most hefty JS apps (try, for example, using Google Presentations). I sincerely hope this sets a new standard for all of us web developers for usability in our web applications. Thanks 280 for pushing us forward." - Matthew Moore

"Slides 280 [looks] like the future of web based programs and is by far the most polished web app I have ever seen or used." - Matt McCarthy

"280 Slides combines the best of cloud computing with the best of local computing. The ability to create and host presentations online means that you can avoid the cost of proprietary software. The option to download your presentations locally allows you to access them in instances of not having an Internet connection." - Free Technology for Teachers

It should be noted that 280 Slides is intended for English speaking viewers.  The website, and program launched within the viewer's browser, does not translate into other languages.  If the viewers are not fluent in English, this website would be difficult, or impossible, to use.  This limits who is able to utilize the site and program, but the access for the viewers is world-wide as long as there is internet access. 

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  1. Unknown User (mluft)

    Hi, Everyone! My name is Margo Luft and I live in Granger, Indiana with my husband and our three children. I am very excited to be on this team and think our application, 280 Slides, looks like a lot of fun!

  2. Unknown User (mluft)

    280 Slides is a free web application for creating slide show presentations. The layout is similar to Power Point. (Reference site:

  3. Unknown User (mluft)

    280 Slides allows the user to upload existing Power Point presentations and stores them so that they can be accessed from anywhere. (Reference site:

  4. Unknown User (mluft)

    The Media Browser in 280 Slides allows the user to search the web using the Google search engine to easily embed images and videos simply by a double click or “drag and drop” actions. (Reference site:

  5. Unknown User (cfrese)

    Hi Everyone! I'm Claire Frese, also working with the Group! I'm really excited about this project and hope it is a great learning experience for everyone. This is my first online course so I'm really excited about Project II!

  6. Unknown User (cfrese)

    The 280 Slides seem like an excellent program..I think that they will be a lot of use to the Group. It seems way more accessible than your average powerpoint application.

  7. Unknown User (cfrese)

    I think that the movie and sharing applications are really helpful. We will be able to make good use of these applications when applying them to our project. I also like the idea of media support.

  8. Unknown User (mluft)

    280 Slides runs on the web bowser, therefore there is no need to download any software. (Reference site:

  9. Unknown User (dvsherwo)

    Hello, everyone! I'm Deanna Sherwood and I am actually the Project Manager for our group. I am so excited to be working on this project and I hope to learn a lot from it.

  10. Unknown User (dvsherwo)

    280 Slides is a technology that is useful for all age groups. From educational to professional, it can serve a variety of purposes.

  11. Unknown User (dvsherwo)

    280 Slides is often compared with Powerpoint and one thing I get frustrated about with Powerpoint is that it is very difficult to incorporate media such as Youtube videos into the presentation. However, 280 Slides makes it easy to use Youtube and Flickr within the presentation, which enhances the learning experience when it is presented.

  12. Unknown User (dvsherwo)

    Another benefit of 280Slides is that it costs absolutely nothing to use. If you want Powerpoint on your computer, you have to buy it by itself or as a package deal with other Microsoft Office programs. If you're a money-saving college student like me, 280 Slides is a great technology to use. Since it mirrors Powerpoint so much, maybe one day there will be online word-processors, online spreadsheets, online desktop publishers, etc.

  13. Unknown User (maellis)

    Hi everyone. My name is Megan Ellis, I’m a junior and my major is early intervention. I think this project is going to be great with our joint efforts.

  14. Unknown User (maellis)

    From a glance, 280 slides appears to be a presentation website where you can upload PowerPoint so it can be accessed from anywhere. My portion of the project is history and I’ll probably start researching within the next few days. Knowing nothing I think I will start with who invented it and how it started. I’m sure ill find other information as I go that will be useful.

  15. Unknown User (kpearman)

    Hey everyone!

    I'm Katie and I'm a senior in elementary education. This project sounds like it will be very useful for using in the classroom so I am pretty excited about it!

  16. Unknown User (kpearman)

    The nicest thing I have observed about 280slides is it possible to access your presentation without having to save it to a jump drive or disk. This is handy as a teacher when it seems like there is always too much stuff to bring back and forth to the school.

  17. Unknown User (kpearman)

    While playing with 280 sildes, I was shocked to see how similar it is to powerpoint. This is very convienant when there are so many different programs to learn.

  18. Unknown User (mluft)

    Here are some features I learned about while exploring the 280 Slides. (
    1. As you create your 280 Slides presentation, a copy will automatically be saved every few minutes. 280 Slides will always restore your newest version.
    2. 280 Slides offers a variety of themes to choose from when creating a presentation. The themes include a cloudy sky, sagan (the default), city night scene, solid white, solid black, solid yellow, solid pink, and graph paper.
    3. To save a copy of your presentation on your computer, you can download your 280 Slides presentation and save it in the PowerPoint 2007 format.
    4. There are 3 slide layouts to choose from; title slide, title and content slide, and blank slide.

  19. Unknown User (cpoor)

    Hey Everyone!
    I'm Courtney I am a sophomore in Elementary Education. Can't wait to get this project rolling, it seems like a neat sight to know how to operate!

  20. Unknown User (cpoor)

    I have been playing around with 280 slides on campus in between classes and around my apartment..its real neat to show other people outside out class about. It seems that no one I have talked to has heard about this. Our project could really be an eye opener to some students!

  21. Unknown User (mluft)

    There are 3 options for sharing a created presentation: (

    1. To save your presentation on a server where it can be accessed from anywhere, 280 Slides will direct you to is the media site 280 Slides uses for storing and sharing presentations.( Once at, you will be prompted to set up an account with a user name and a password, but the service is free and will allow you unlimited access to your 280 Slides presentation from anywhere.

    2. 280 Slides offers an email service that allows you to email your presentation as an attachment. The presentation will automatically be sent in the PowerPoint 2007 format for easy opening by the recipient. This servcie will not link to your personal email address book, so you will need to know your recipient's email address in advance.

    3. After saving the presentation on you may select to receive an embed code for the presentation that will allow you to embed the presentation in your own personal websites

  22. Unknown User (mluft)

    I created a “sample” 280 Slides presentation and then sent it to myself as an attachment in an email. I was expecting to see slight changes or modifications since the presentation was automatically converted to the PowerPoint 2007 format. Much to my surprise, however, the PowerPoint format appeared completely identical to the original version created on 280 Slides. I think the genuine compatibility between 280 Slides and PowerPoint is a wonderful feature!

  23. Unknown User (maellis)

    Who is responsible for 280 slides?

    The web application, 280 slides, was created by a team of men, Francisco Tolmasky, Tom Robinson, and Ross Boucher. Francisco Tolmasky, a USC graduate, is accountable for UI and other client-side code. Tom Robinson graduated from USC and is in charge of most of the server-side components, Objective-J/Cappuccino and more. Ross Boucher with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC works equally on server and client-side code which include text system.

  24. Unknown User (dvsherwo)

    Okay, so we have divided up our final roles and responsibilities.

    Project Manager-Deanna


    Researchers-Margot and Courtney

    Developers-Katie and Megan

    Presenters-all of us

    And, I, as the project manager, will be stepping in to help wherever needed.

  25. Unknown User (cfrese)

    I've started researching powerpoint vs. 280 slides. Alot of the research I've been finding only points out the pros of 280 slides over powerpoint. I did find a specific web page where negative comments were made concerning the 280 slides. It seems like the general opinion of the people using 280 slides feel that it's not as "glossy and applicable" as microsoft powerpoint, but is free and easy to use.

  26. Unknown User (cfrese)

    Hey everyone!

    This looks great! I'm really impressed with the geat use of graphics. Good job to everyone for doing their part! I will keep evaluating the website as the week goes on and will send an email and also add a comment if I want to make a suggestion while evaluating. Keep up the great work!

  27. Unknown User (cfrese)

    Hey Everyone-
    Just did a final check of the wiki for grammar mistakes. It looks good! I didn't see any errors. See you all tonight, we'll do great (smile)