I'd like the option of having my sway URL encoded in a big sized QR code and having it automatically inserted at the end of the sway.
This is useful because when I present to an audience, I thought of not giving handouts to people anymore. Instead I would generate a giant QR code, encoding my Sway address, and put it in the Sway last page.93 votes
Neat idea! Thanks for the suggestion. :)
To be able to search the Sway presentations of my organization within Office 365 and Yammer 36593 votes
Thanks for the suggestion!
Alright Mr. Sway-Decision-Maker, it's time for a reality check.
Customization is NEVER a bad idea. Sway seems like I'm being shoehorned into making a crap presentation with a great program. The program shows promise, however I won't be using it in the future unless full customization is implemented. From the other posts I've read, either nobody working on Sway has any idea how to implement that customization (which I don't believe), or they've got their head so far up their assess that they forgot how to let people innovate within a program. I'm currently just trying to add a frame with a white background and have a textual overlay. Because Sway is so counter-intuitive, I have had to go back and forth from photoshop trying to figure out why the hell the colors in the Sway presentation were darkened. Oh wait, it's because I don't get to pick. The customer isn't always right, but whoever is responsible for decision-making for sway is dead wrong.
The responses to the feedback threads are absolutely pathetic. Why do you want to change your font size? Why do you want to underline or bold your text instead of "emphasize" things. Are you kidding? Presentations are about conveying ideas in a clear and concise manner, and for some reason, somebody here thinks that they have found the perfect solution. Solutions are found on an individual basis. You can't solve everyone's presentation problems by telling them what's right or feigning ignorance, you can let people solve their own problems by adding customization options. I was really excited to start using Sway once I found it, but now I have zero reason to recommend it, and 100% reason to tell people to not use it. Some of the responses I have seen are literally a year old, and haven't been acted on.
Alright Mr. Sway-Decision-Maker, it's time for a reality check.
Customization is NEVER a bad idea. Sway seems like I'm being shoehorned into making a crap presentation with a great program. The program shows promise, however I won't be using it in the future unless full customization is implemented. From the other posts I've read, either nobody working on Sway has any idea how to implement that customization (which I don't believe), or they've got their head so far up their assess that they forgot how to let people innovate within a program. I'm currently just trying to add a frame…93 votes
We’re sorry to hear about your frustration. Sway is a new productivity tool striving to reinvent the way people work, and since Sway is still a fledgling product, there are things we’re still working on. That said, we typically follow this model: first, and foremost, we want design decisions to be automatic so that our customer isn’t obligated to spend copious amounts of time on fine grain details (for example, Sway will automatically crop your image). We came up with this automatic system by working with professional designers to try and find something that is broadly appealing. However, we know it doesn’t fit everyone, so we offer a set of overrides to help users tweak their Sway (in this same example, this would be the feature Focus Points). Finally, we want to allow customization of those overrides (in this same analogy, this would be the ability to manually crop the image, which could cause the user to lose the ability to take advantage of Sway reflowing content across devices unless they are mindful of that!). While we are still building out Sway’s feature set, we are concentrating on the features that fit into the first two categories, and we’re working on making Sway smarter when it comes to making good design decisions (which is why we spend a lot of time understanding the details of what people are trying to do). If you’re interested, we have an article written on Office blogs that dives into this philosophy in greater depth: https://blogs.office.com/2014/12/10/sway-philosophy/. Additionally, the other limiting factor for us is time – we just haven’t had a chance to do this full customization yet! We encourage feedback from users though to help us prioritize what we build. :) If you are comfortable sharing, we’d be happy to take a look at the Sways you’re creating so we can better understand the pitfalls you’re experiencing (just reply to this email to kick off a private conversation). Understanding your expectations is really helpful for us!
We’re sorry to hear about your frustration. Sway is a new productivity tool striving to reinvent the way people work, and since Sway is still a fledgling product, there are things we’re still working on. That said, we typically follow this model: first, and foremost, we want design decisions to be automatic so that our customer isn’t obligated to spend copious amounts of time on fine grain details (for example, Sway will automatically crop your image). We came up with this automatic system by working with professional designers to try and find something that is broadly appealing. However, we know it doesn’t fit everyone, so we offer a set of overrides to help users tweak their Sway (in this same example, this would be the feature Focus Points). Finally, we want to allow customization of those overrides (in this same analogy, this would be the ability to manually crop the…
Text on a text card immediately following an image card continues directly below/beside the image card rather than beginning as a new card.
Option to force next card to start in the place of the next card and not inline as it were.
I have a horizonal scrolling sway and text is appearing below images where I would like it to appear beside it where the next card belongs.90 votes
Thanks for the feedback!
When adding images to cards it would be nice to have a replace image command. That way when you want to try a different image in your sway design, you don't have to always delete the image and then start a new card and add new media88 votes
Thanks for the suggestion! For the time being, we kind of have this feature for header and title cards. Just drag a new image over the card and it will pop the old picture out into a separate image card and add the new image to the header/title. We’ll continue gathering feedback to see if we should expand this capability like you suggest. :)
The Role and Function of Microsoft Sway Technology in Supporting LFH (Learning From Home) Learning Process During New Normal87 votes
I think I can use sway for compelling presentation of technical and business information, but much of my content is in Visio and exporting to raster format like PNG to import in Sway is far from ideal (poor zoom in / details experience, large file size).87 votes
Sounds like a great idea. Let’s see if others share it!
PowerPoint has this feature, though I've never used the green marble or fish fossil patterns...the subtle paper, linen, and wood patterns in Sway look really fantastic. Giving users the ability to choose from several preset textures would be a great way to give users just a little more "control" over the look and feel of the Sway. I know I often refer to www.subtlepatterns.com when I'm looking for something like this.84 votes
Thanks for the suggestion! It’s on our radar.
Sometimes I´d like to share ideas with people around the globe (especially in my professional life). So it would be great to have the chance to add textboxes in different languages and a toogle-switch within my sway.84 votes
Thanks for bringing this up. We appreciate the thoughts and suggestions.
Cropping isn't just about picking what shows up in the Sway stream, it's also about eliminating/censoring parts of the picture so they can't be seen even when you drill in to the photo. When picking photos from one of my online accounts, it's super bandwidth intensive and time consuming to download a 1-5MB photo, open it in MSPaint etc, crop it, re-save it with a different filename, and upload it. Focus points are great, but they solve a different problem than cropping.82 votes
Good point! Thanks for the suggestion.
Noted. Thanks for the feedback!
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Allow anchor links in Sway
Allow us to have anchor links so we can move to a required place within the same Sway page.82 votes
I tried Sway a while ago, but the lack of offline viewing options rendered it useless.
When I saw that an Export feature had been added, I gave it another go.
Foolishly, I created a new Sway, rather than trying to export an existing one.
What a waste of time. Having spent time formatting my Sway to look how I wanted it, I exported it to PDF, but when I viewed the PDF, the layout had changed, so it didn't resemble my Sway.80 votes
You should be able to change your text size so you can fit everything on a single page.79 votes
when I start scrolling in sway, I want audio file to automatic play as I scroll.78 votes
I really, really wish there is support of panoramas in Sway. This should include 360C photos as well as "normal" wide panoramas. Like in Google Photos or Flickr78 votes
Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll let you know when we start to make progress on supporting this feature.
I tried making a sway (or whatever you call to the product of this software) and found that it is an easy way of organizing your thoughts when doing a presentation.
Instead of putting your ideas in "Outline" in Microsoft PowerPoint, I think organizing it this way (I mean the sway way XD) makes it more easier and adorable.77 votes
Thanks for the feedback! How do you imagine Sway integrating with PowerPoint? Do you want to be able to convert one to the other? What functionality would you expect to see in Sway or in PowerPoint if they were integrated? Let us know in the comments! :)
I love how you can now add embedded content to a Sway. However, I would also like to add content from more services.77 votes
Let us know in the comments which types of embeds are important for you!
I dont want my presentation to be a single strand of information, but spontaneously decide which slide/card to go next according to the situation.
If i could put links between cards of similar topic, i could choose where to go next during the presentation.
So i can easily adjust my presentation acc. to different audiences, times and questions, without editing the presentation.76 votes
This is definitely something we’d like to ultimately build for Sway! What types of scenarios do you see yourself building something like this? Personal stories? Reading materials sent out to colleagues or to a class? Something else? Let us know in the comments!
The cards are shown either Horizontally or Vertically but are still and don't have any transition effects. No fancy transitions just small fade in/out or rotate in 3D would be great.76 votes
Thanks for the feedback! You can see the beginnings of parallax and fade in/out in some of the styles and structures, but we appreciate any suggestions if you think this isn’t sufficient or if you want to see more variety. :)
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