Best Presentation Software
Since even our parent’s generation knows PowerPoint, anyone asking for a “best presentation software” list isn’t looking for something that puts PowerPoint first. It’s a search for an alternate.
PowerPoint has been complemented by the likes of Prezi and SlideRocket (though sign-ups are on hold), both attempts to simplify and improve the PowerPoint model. They add incremental improvements useful for classic presentation environments like business meetings and class presentations.
Then there are products focused on making sales pitches - because no one likes presentations more than business - like Powtoon and GoAnimate who aim to jazz things through the use of animation.
However, as you may have read in my last post, the word ‘presentation’ just doesn’t cut it any more. Or maybe it’s better say that the current notion of 'presentation software’ doesn’t cut it any more. Hearing this expression conjures thoughts of bullet points and clip art when - come on! - there are a million different ways to share information, tell a story or make an argument.
A retail kiosk is a presentation. An interactive museum exhibition is a presentation. A multi-touch training manual is a presentation. A tradeshow installation is a presentation. But are you going to use the above tools to get there?
So rather than inevitably telling you how wonderful Intuiface is, here is a question you can ask yourself. Do I want to create a presentation or do I want to create an experience? If you want to create an experience then your software choice needs to:
- use cutting edge technology, not just mouse and keyboard
- incorporate a broad range of asset types, not just images and videos
- give you complete freedom to create any look for any storyline, not just conform to template restrictions
- natively support mass deployment across multiple form factors - from handheld devices to video walls - not just one device or configuration
- enable real-time integration with cloud-based media and information, not just present static data
- (BONUS!) and never require users to write one line of code because, let’s face it, most of us don’t have the time, skill or desire to code, test, refactor, code, test, refactor, and so on
The next generation of presentations is the experience. What tool do you want to use?