Presentation software: Anyone use anything other than PowerPoint or Keynote?

  • AdventureTime

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    Sep 12, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    Hey RJ,

    I am working on a important marketing presentation and was looking into using presentation software other than Powerpoint or Keynote.

    Does anyone have any recommendations or personal experience.

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    Sep 12, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    If you're looking for something basic, then you can also look into Google Presentation.
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/

    But if you need fancy transitions, multimedia, and charts from a spreadsheet, then maybe PowerPoint or Keynote is the better way to go.
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    Sep 12, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    I am on a Mac so I really hate Microsoft anything. I have to make powerpoints occasionally. At 72 dpi I find powerpoint very primitive. If you have the expense you can have a flash programmer produce a HIGH RES presentation in flash. Other than Powerpoint, I don't know any other program. Glad you asked cause I didn't know Google had one.
  • AdventureTime

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    Sep 12, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    Googles presentation is basically the same old boring thing...has anyone tried Prezi?
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    Sep 12, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    AdventureTime saidGoogles presentation is basically the same old boring thing...has anyone tried Prezi?
    LOL. Why didn't you just ask if anyone used Prezi?

    What sort of presentation are you wanting to do?
  • AdventureTime

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    Sep 12, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    AdventureTime saidGoogles presentation is basically the same old boring thing...has anyone tried Prezi?
    LOL. Why didn't you just ask if anyone used Prezi?

    What sort of presentation are you wanting to do?


    I was leaving room for people to add interesting comments...I'm giving a marketing presentation and would like something semi animated.
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    Sep 12, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    Google Apps Presentation. Online, cloud-based. I can work offline and the changes sync with the online. One version to control. Simple, light, effective and efficient.

    I can also publish to the web and make changes in real time.

    It even works as a kind of "online real-time collaborative white board". I've got a scrumban board going using this with one client.
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    Sep 12, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]xrichx said[/cite]
    AdventureTime saidGoogles presentation is basically the same old boring thing...has anyone tried Prezi?
    LOL. Why didn't you just ask if anyone used Prezi?

    What sort of presentation are you wanting to do?[/qquot

    I use Prezi. Its hard to get used to, but it is way cooler than than PowerPoint
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    Sep 13, 2013 12:27 AM GMT


    It's possible to embed and run the slide show. I've got this one set to repeat. People can download, or you can set it so that people can't download.

    Does Powerpoint do that?

    Also, Google Apps is FREE. How about Powerpoint?

    Using Google Apps shows that you're fresh and hip to what's hot and adapative. Not all burnt and common like MSFT.
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    Sep 13, 2013 8:22 PM GMT
    Apache Open Office has a full suite of office tools....FREE. They have OpenOffice IMPRESS.....

    http://www.openoffice.org/
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    Sep 13, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidApache Open Office has a full suite of office tools....FREE. They have OpenOffice IMPRESS.....

    http://www.openoffice.org/


    I use OpenOffice on my desktop, but only when Google Apps can't do what I want it to do.
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    Sep 13, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Prezi is fun. I have used it.

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    Sep 13, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    The big problem is: Where are you going to make the presentation? If it is under your control, great. But if not, beware.

    Many times, I've arrived at a meeting and learned that the projector will ONLY run PowerPoint version X.XX for Windows Y.Z and NOTHING ELSE is compatible with it, including any other version of PowerPoint. Your slides come out scrambled, if at all.

    (Similarly, I've lost literally months of work to powerpoint "upgrades" that no longer can open old powerpoint files.)

    Lately, when I send out a report, I've been including slide show summaries. Nothing fancy - made on a simple keynote template then exported to several other formats that the client may find more convenient. One that is fairly trouble-free is to export to a quicktime movie.

    Oh shit... I still have to make one of those tonight. I thought I was almost done for the day.
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    Sep 13, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    Irrelevant presentation-software story:

    Many years ago I was hanging out (OK, napping) in an empty room between sessions at the AAAS convention. Bill Gates and his entourage came in and started preparing for his talk in the next session. They were demonstrating some early web-cam/video chat software. Apparently it did not actually work on Windows yet, because he spent a long time fussing around with the projector to try to conceal the toolbar with the prominent Apple logo at the top of the screen. They ended up actually applying masking tape to the lens. icon_lol.gif

    Probably a product of some small company that they had recently swallowed up.
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    Sep 13, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe big problem is: Where are you going to make the presentation? If it is under your control, great. But if not, beware.

    Many times, I've arrived at a meeting and learned that the projector will ONLY run PowerPoint version X.XX for Windows Y.Z and NOTHING ELSE is compatible with it, including any other version of PowerPoint. Your slides come out scrambled, if at all.

    (Similarly, I've lost literally months of work to powerpoint "upgrades" that no longer can open old powerpoint files.)

    Lately, when I send out a report, I've been including slide show summaries. Nothing fancy - made on a simple keynote template then exported to several other formats that the client may find more convenient. One that is fairly trouble-free is to export to a quicktime movie.

    Oh shit... I still have to make one of those tonight. I thought I was almost done for the day.


    This is what I love about Google Apps Presentation. It runs on ANY browser and looks the same on ANY browser. I dislike how Powerpoint presentation look different even on different Windows machines, let alone Mac or in a virtual box running windows.

    If all else fails and I have no internet connection, I can run the presentation locally. My Linux laptop has NEVER had a problem with ANY projector.
  • tennsjock

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    Sep 14, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    I use the Beamer class that comes with LaTeX. But if you don't do scientific presentations with tons of equations or diagrams, it's not worth it. Microsoft's equation editor is getting better, but still paltry in comparison.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beamer_(LaTeX)
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    Sep 14, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    Prezi
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    Sep 14, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    I've embraced a different path. But, my information is definitely aimed at my direct coworkers.

    Everything I need to say is put on our Atlassian Confluence server. I expect them to study the material BEFORE the meeting and have questions. Best of all, they have something to go back and review and comment on in the future. The range of file display plugins is constantly expanding, including LaTeX mathematical formulas.

    It soundly beats spending an hour wishing I could be herding cats instead of keeping a bunch of engineers on topic.

    Project management:
    Why not use Atlassian JIRA and Greenhopper for Kanban boards? Your customers/stakeholders can update and review project status with a browser.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GoAtlassian

    On a side note, if you want to piss off a Microsoft employee...Office Software accounts for about a third of their revenue. "wanna learn Sharepoint?" Umm... What's the second choice? Being trapped in a raging car fire? icon_razz.gif
  • tckrguys

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    Sep 14, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    Try Kingsoft Presentation. You can get the whole suite (Presentation, Writer and Spreadsheet) or just the individual pieces.