While PowerPoint remains our favourite suite for presentation technology, there are a host of other programs and apps that can work alongside (or in lieu) of our favourite presentation-design software. Let’s take a look at some examples of useful presentation technology that can streamline your way of working, simplify your design process, or extend the capabilities of PowerPoint.
Presentation Technology 1: Animoto
Animoto makes it easy to create impactful video slideshows with easy-to-use features. Animoto allows you to build short videos with templates and a drag-and-drop interface, which is quite simple and intuitive. The program comes with a library of images and video, offering a significant amount of customisation options to make video creation easier and more dynamic.
Animoto syncs with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and SmugMug so you aren’t wasting time sourcing or importing images. Users can also add text and music to further customise their video creations. Animoto also makes it easy to watch, post, and share HD videos to Facebook, YouTube, blog pages, and websites
Presentation Technology 2: Haiku Deck
If you’re tired of PowerPoint’s image library and need more inspiring picture choices, Haiku Deck is a useful alternative. The program has a wide assortment of images that are accessible and free to use. Unfortunately, Haiku Deck’s free version won’t allow you to embed videos without paying for the upgrade, but Animoto is probably a better option for video creation anyway.
Haiku Deck offers designers simplicity as presentations as easy to create with high-quality images and an extensive collection of fonts. This program’s interface may seem sparse, so it’s better suited to presentation designers with a good grasp of basic design techniques.
Presentation Technology 3: VideoScribe
We appreciate a good videoscribe animation here, but Videoscribe platform is a whiteboard video presentation program that helps users create said animations and videos effortlessly. Using Videoscribe’s hand and whiteboard to draw on slides can be a quick and compelling way to create videos that require a more ‘hands-on’ approach to explaining details. Users can easily place objects, insert text, and even draw their own objects or text with VideoScribe’s intuitive platform.
Presentation Technology 4: Powtoon
We’ve spoken before about Powtoon’s value as a stock image site, but this program is especially useful for creating short, engaging animated videos and presentations. You can easily edit presentations and videos, add voiceover, include music, add images and motion — all with a drag-and-drop interface designed for beginners.
Powtoon also makes it easy to convert your presentation into a cartoon (hence the name, huh). While you may have to create a tool and pay for added functionality, even Powtoon basic offers some create presentation design resource to simplify the animation process.
Presentation Technology 5: Poll Everywhere
As presentation becomes more digitalised and many audiences opt for the online webinar experience, it has become increasingly difficult for presenters to connect directly with audiences. Poll Everywhere eliminates this problem by allowing audiences to participate in presentations.
Through this app, presenters can ask questions that audience members can answer through their phones. Poll Everywhere will then display the results onscreen. No more asking audiences for a ‘show of hands’; they can now cast their votes digitally and anonymously to improve the flow of the presentation while making attendees feel more engaged with the content. It’s encouraging to see presentation technology bridge the digital gap between audiences and presenters.
Presentation Technology 6: Glisser
This virtual and hybrid event hosting platform with integrated audience response system is a valuable resource for presenters – particularly those operating remotely. Use Glisser to live stream video content or instantly presents slides to all attendees’ devices. Glisser allows attendees to comment, like, and share your slides. The program adds interactivity, eliminates the need for handouts, and delivers useful event analytics to presenters.
Presentation Technology 7: Emaze
Emaze simplifies presentation design as it can import PowerPoint and PDF files easily, using an AI engine (like PowerPoint Designer) to generate professional-looking slides instantly. Emaze is also useful for quickly whipping up websites and photo albums, particularly with its deep library of templates. One drawback of Emaze is that online collaboration requires the most expensive subscription to the program, but the software’s easy of use still makes it a valuable piece of presentation technology.
Presentation Technology 8: Piktochart
In terms of creating infographics, it’s difficult to go past Piktochart. The program can be used for slide design, posters, and reports, but its real strength lies in data visualisation. The program makes it easy to convert text and data into visual stories. It’s a simple-to-use program with various templates and customisation options that make design easy, especially when dealing with unexciting data and figures.