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Welcome to Sway’s Suggestion Box!

To help us build the best version of Sway, we have partnered with UserVoice, a third-party service, to hear your ideas and suggestions. We regularly review the ideas and incorporate them into product planning discussions. We will read all suggestions and respond to every suggestion that gets at least 20 votes. We may also merge and rename suggestions for clarity.

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  1. First quick Wish list :)

    Please.....

    Easy undo/redo
    More heading/structure levels
    Control over image placement and more sizing scaling
    Some advice over what shape image works in what bit ...it is just experimentation and totally haphazard currently
    Drag and drop rough positioning
    Rich media.... sound (mp3, background music would be good), video, animations, flash import
    Bigger scroll buttons (choice of buttons). On vertical scroll it isn't even obvious you need to/can scroll....
    Publish to mp4
    Publish for LMS

    It's nice, it's a bit of fun, I really hope you make it as much a 'go to' product as Powerpoint is, but at the moment it…

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for the wish list, and we’re happy that you’re looking forward to seeing Sway develop further. We just wanted to point out that it may be easier for others to support your ideas if you list each one as separate ideas in this forum (and add votes for ones that already exist). Thanks for all the feedback though! Keep it coming. :)

    • Collapsible Sections

      It'd great if the content contained under a header was collapsible. So you click the header to expand out or collapse the content. People wanting to present a lot of information could really cut back on the raw size of their sway with this.

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        4 comments  ·  Making Sway look amazing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Prevent Image Downloads

        Please prevent a user from doing the right-click Save Image trick. if a photographer is going to use Sway, he doesn't want his pictures download all over the web fro free.

        Thanks.

        119 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Import from Facebook page

          Really need the ability to import pictures from my Facebook photography page.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Embed web content as iFrame in a Sway

            I would like to be able to embed an external website inside a sway as content, so you could scroll through that website as part of the sway. This would be use din instructional manuals that are authored as Sway's, but contain small embedded live sites, such as forums or forms or other similar items.

            69 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Linking within my Sway

              I want to be able to use links to navigate within my Sway. Basically, the feature in Word that lets you choose to navigate to a place within your document.

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                73 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Advanced image search options

                Give options when searching for images to limit search such as image size, colour, time (same options as bing image search)

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                  0 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Autoplay media

                  While we scroll through a sway it should have preloaded media like videos and autoplay it when it hits the viewable part of the screen

                  140 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Sway Preferences

                    Sway Preferences

                    Now, i have read the "sway philosophy" blog: thanks , great!

                    One idea though keeps creeping: should there be a kind of dummy card or somewhere where i could specify some rules that i would want Remix to use?
                    If you want, these would be my preferences, some indications to the automated way of Swaying.
                    This would keep the product "pure" and would at the same time save time, please users etc .
                    It could be an advanced feature so only users with some experience of Swaying would use it.

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                      0 comments  ·  Making Sway look amazing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We’re glad you saw the Sway Philosophy blog post and enjoyed reading it!

                      Thanks for the suggestion. This type of request is definitely something we’re considering for the future as we make Sway more robust. Keep the feedback coming! :)

                    • Support code markups and related features

                      I'm a developer and current solutions for live coding or showing a demo involving source code do not necessarily fit my needs. A lot of my colleagues use PowerPoint to relay code snippets or documentation to other people, but it always felt like the wrong solution to the problem. I was hoping that sway could include several features for this - syntax highlighting, live coding support, clean style templates etc.

                      98 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Post updates to sway from other applications

                        I would like to be able to post updates to Sway whenever I update a blog post in Wordpress or other blogging platform. This could be done with IFTT.com. Emailing to Sway would also be useful.

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                          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          From Mark:
                          When viewing someones sway as at the moment there are only very few available to see on sway.com, it would be good to be able to write a little review for the creator, such as ''I really enjoyed reading/viewing your sway'

                          It will also be useful for feedback in how others view possible improvements or corrections etc.

                          108 votes
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                            17 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for the suggestion! Is it more important to you to have someone be able to comment on the entire Sway or on content within the Sway? Also, do you think of commenting as something people who are authoring with you should do or as something you want your viewers to do? Should comments be publicly visible or only visible to you? Let us know in the comments. :)

                          • Ability to share individual sections separately

                            Sometime, we just want to share a section or target information. We've already known that we create the whole presentation. But, in a situation, we just want to share the direct piece of information or the direct section to our interests.

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                            • An overall structure that allows a outline hierarchy

                              I think different audiences are going to have different interests in ideas, I would love the ability to summarize Sway's into the headlines so that clicking on a headline would allow for more detail to be displayed underneath and would leave it hidden if you chose to scroll down further. (I'm thinking of something similar to the excel grouping function basically, but the headline itself would be the little plus sign) Probably works better with a vertical presentation.

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                                2 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Have you seen the Pyrography Sway in the Sways We Love section of our homepage? https://sway.com/wood_burning . Its structure is still being developed, so it’s not available in authoring at this time. However, you can see it under the “Coming Soon” section when changing the Mood.

                                We know the navigation is a bit rough, but we’re wondering what you think of the concept. The basic principle was that someone could scan the upper level if they want an overview, but could dig into any particular step by scrolling vertically. Let us know in the comments if this captures some of your intent! Also let us know if you can think of any specific improvements to this structure. :)

                              • Improve UX

                                Using it the first time is a bit of a challenge.
                                - Adding a new element, I see this huge slide in the storyline overview, however it looks totally different in the actual view - how do they relate, I have no idea
                                - sections? Adding new content, new sections(?) were created, what the hell does that even mean, all of this should be easy and clear to understand from the UX when using it
                                - positioning: I was confused that I could not drag and drop things into place. So I only add content and through predefined layouts everything…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Sorry that you found our UX difficult, and thanks for specifically pointing out what you think can be improved. We hope that as we better understand yours and other customers’ perspectives, we’ll be able to solve some of these usability problems. The reason that the storyline looks different than the canvas is because the storyline is the authoring model we use, and the canvas is where you can see what your Sway will look like. Sections are an organizational tool in your Sway, and yes, adding new content organizes them into sections. And yes, we don’t have a “What you see is what you get” authoring paradigm. You can read more about our authoring philosophy there: http://blogs.office.com/2014/12/10/sway-philosophy/. We’ll continue working on adding to our Microsoft support page, community forums, and knowledge base, so hopefully these resources will become more helpful in the future! Let us know if you come…

                                • Remix only specific elements in the Sway

                                  I'm really excited about the remix concept, but it would be great if you could select where you want to wonder around.
                                  Let me explain; if you could select what you want to alter, maybe just the font, or maybe the layout, or maybe the background color scheme, so you could "freeze" what you already like and keep trying new things where you are not completely sure, then you could quickly find something you like by trial and error... and you may end with something otherwise you wouldn't imagine.
                                  Personally, I try to make my presentations feel familiar in the…

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                                  • Search articles or webpages within Sway

                                    I would like to do a Bing search on topics (researching)
                                    Eg: I'm trying to write about "Daft Punk"
                                    With other products I would hit a new tab and read an article about them and then continue writing,

                                    I want that experience in Sway. Where Not just pictures, but text and articles can be read and continued.

                                    You have a fantastic web experience and this will make me not move away and help you retain people.
                                    Great job!

                                    4 votes
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                                    • I'd like to know if Sways are encrypted at rest when stored in Azure.

                                      I'd like to know if Sways are encrypted at rest when stored in Azure.

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                                      • Ability to add webcontent via URL (e.g. Images, Videos, etc)

                                        It would be nice if we could go out to the web a pull an image from Bing Images or if we found a YouTube video that we would want to incorporate and we can just simply paste in the URL into the element to embed it in our sway then having to search or upload a local file.

                                        For the image from URL it could put a reference on the image somewhere as to what website it was from to not infringe on any copy rights.

                                        23 votes
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                                        • Add a web site screenshot that links to the website

                                          I'd like to be able to easily add a visual link to be able to visit a website - either a screenshot of the site itself, or a live version of the website embedded into the Sway - kind of like you can do with a YouTube video only visiting a website instead.

                                          6 votes
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