The ability to fine tune layouts, designs, typography, colors, and themes and more
Having the ability to be picky with the layout, designs,etc. as we have with PowerPoint would be awesome. Sway provides fantastic transitions and layouts that would suffice the general user, but having the power to modify specific details would be a game changer. The other idea would be the ability to export and download with compatibility with presentation software would be beneficial to a broad audience. Also have an option that the Sway can autoplay!
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What I’m reading from the comments is the same editing functionality as in PowerPoint. I’m not sure that aligns to the objectives for Sway
@Sway team, among all major weaknesses mentioned, you choose to resolve groups? Get real people!
Yes - I'm excited by the possibilities of this tool and am disappointed that I can't port in or specify my own branded themes that reflect my companies specific voice. To offer products made with this tool to my company I need to be able to spec colors, specify fonts, adjust typography, adjust layouts, etc. to reflect our brand voice.
Why does everything default with that gray checkerboard BG image? How do I get rid of that? Want to be able to change/specify backgrounds to suit project needs.
Why can't I delete the title card? Sometimes shows won't need a title.
The sway promo insertion points along the user experience are annoying and make me feel less loving towards MS as a brand - it comes off as "ads" and makes the experience of using feel "sales" like in the used car salesperson way. Also having to specify to take off the brand shout out at the end is lame. Why is that there anywhere? Seems contrary to building brand loyalty with product because its so MS promotion centric instead of customer/client centric.
I think more control for card layout is key. The grid goes some way to handle this, but other layouts are primarily only available for images, not text content, or anything else. It's a little limiting for a dynamic or interactive presentation
What would be great to see is the ability to create static columns or zones within a group or the whole page, so you can be sure for instance two pieces of text sit along side each other for comparison, or a picture that relates to the text remains with the text. You can't really do this at all at the moment, the effect is so inconsistent.
I'd also like to be able to set an image width by percentage, not just 3 algorithmic scaled sizes, i.e full width, half, thirds, quarters.
Simplicity is great, but more control over that simplicity would be even better!
Having read the blog post by your former general manager, I can say - as a designer - that while an 'amorphic' design tool is something that many of us were wishing to have some day, there are some things that your team got wrong;
1. Limited section layout: currently is almost impossible to mix images and text in a visually appealing way - other than halves and maybe quarters (e.g. text in columns is out of the question, although it may be meaningful in larger screens)
2. Inexistent paragraph formatting: how a paragraph is formatted, is entirely dependent on the base template design; if the template design says that the paragraph is centered, there is no other way to change that, than selecting another template, even if everything else in the current template layout is fine
3. The idea of font and colour pre-sets is exactly what us designers work for; it's called consistency. However, locking a template with specific font pairs is not always good. The heading and copy font selections should be definitely be separated. Font size has also to be adjustable.
4. Letting the viewer see the full image in full screen when he/she clicks/taps on it, is something no content author would want. Images are placed the way the author intended for a reason. Having the viewer interacting with them in a manner the author never intended, is a no-no.
5. Focus points on images is a great feature. What is not great, is that auto-zooming often leaves out important parts of the image (e.g. a line of text inside an image). A preview for the three most common screen sizes (a 15" laptop, a 8" tablet and a 5" phone) - the way super-preview worked on Expression Web is of huge importance
6. In horizontal scrolling layout, the width of each section is dependent on elements used. This often means very narrow text blocks and very wide (or narrow) section headers. The author should be able to decide what the minimum width of each building block (section or sub-section) should be as a percentage of the screen width (exactly as we do in HTML).
7. Dedicating a whole section at the end of each document in promoting Sway - although I understand why you do that - is not welcome, especially, when you have a splash screen and a domain name already doing that job.
8. Sways should be integrated into OneDrive, just like PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Having a viewer wondering what sway.com is, and whether it is a trusted domain name or not, is distracting the viewer.
Hi Sway team! I agree with Anton here. Managing our internal corporate communications, having customizations for brand consistency are key to my communications. For example, the ability to choose your brand color(s) via RGB or CYMK code would be a game changer. In addition, I feel like the font selection should be expanded to include all standard fonts (as you'd find in Microsoft Word). Appealing to the professional and their corporate needs is incredibly important and better customization is a great way to improve the platform.
Maybe it's just that I'm not familiar enough with Sway to get it to do exactly what I want, but there are times when I really want to make font sizes larger and to have a greater say in which fonts will go together. I use the "emphasize" option when possible, but it's not always enough. When I post an image and want the accompanying text to be quite large, I can't add it as a "caption" because when I change the size, it really only makes the image larger and the text is still quite small.