Waiting for Google’s presentation app, I tried some of the other suggestions contained here:
Google prepping presentation product | Webware : Cool web apps for everyone
I had already prepared my presentation in “the application that should remain nameless but has a name rhyming in ‘Showerpoint’,” so I didn’t want to rebuild it from scratch.
Thumstacks looked perfect for my needs (I specifically do clean, simple presentations for my classes). Unfortunately, I couldn’t see a way to import content directly (maybe it’s there but I didn’t have a lot of time) and, in Firefox, I couldn’t paste content from my presentation. Too bad. It would have been most excellent, I think.
Then tried Zoho Show. It imported my PPT presentation just fine (though the dialog box was confusing) and it’s exactly the kind of “web-based Show-her-point” thingie I was looking for. Except for one thing. Switching from one slide to the next was just way too slow for my needs. Maybe there’s something I did wrong but it would take several seconds to show the next slide and my students were getting anxious. So I switched back to “Flowerpoint” during the break.
Spresent looks like a neat way to prepare Flash presentations, but that’s really my thing.
ThinkFree is probably the obvious choice and I’ll try it next time.
Why use a Web app for presentations? Well, there’s the possibility of collaborating, of course. But there’s also the issue of bringing the presentation from one computer to the next. Using the classroom presentation computer, you have to get the presentation on the computer (Zoolander flashback: “The files are in the computer?”). It’d be with a USB thumbdrive but, for some reason, the computer in my classroom doesn’t have a readily accessible USB slot (and I don’t have a thumbdrive but my media player works as one).
Besides, it’s easier for me to keep a file in a central place and keep adding material to it.
To me, the killer app is the outliner. A web-based outliner that could do presentations would be a wonderful tool, for me. It would fit sooooo well with my workflow, I would swoon.
So… Erm… Is there such a thing already? Pleeeeez?
7 thoughts on “Web-Based Presentations”
Funny timing, there’s a list on Techcrunch.
No coincidence here as my post was indirectly based on their Google Presently rumour.
For my purposes, the simpler web apps (less sexy) are more useful.
Thanks for the link!
Thanks for trying out Zoho Show and writing about it here.
About the transformation of slides being slow, we are working on it. You should be able to see a marked difference in the coming weeks.
Also, please try importing the presentation in ‘Read/Write’ mode (uncheck the ‘Read Only’ checkbox while importing) as well. The delay should be less in this case.
Thanks for the feedback. I might try that. I do like the overall functioning of the app.
I use my own little web based tool. I enter restructuredText (a bit like wiki markup but closer to plain text) and it spits out an S5 document.
It looks like http://newton.waglo.com/~millette/le-libre-au-quebec/
And the source / markup is
Wow! Very elegant!
One thing I quite like is the repurposing in both presentation and page formats.
One thing that would be quite useful is if Moodle were to support something like this. We may not all do slides but we all need ways to transform material for our students/users.