Slidebean is a new cloud-based platform that lets you create amazing presentations in seconds. No cutting or pasting, no font changing. Just worry about the content.…
Robin Good's insight:
Slidebean is a new presentation web app which simplifies to the max the difficulty required to create a visual presentation.
Creating content is as simple as typing. The design part is kept completely separate, and you don't have to worry about it as you input your text content.
When you decide to go to format your presentation you are offered a set of pre-designed options, just like you get image filters on Instagram. You test and try the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation and you are set to go.
Slidebean presentations can contain text, lists, images and video clips and can be viewed on any device or operating system.
Finalized presentations can be published online, shared, embedded or downloaded as HTML5 presentations in a .zip file.
Free plan available. (up to 5 presentations with up to 10 slides)
Prijector is a new hardware device that eliminates issues arising when different people, who have different computers and setups need to connect to a projector.
You know how the story goes. One guy forgets his VGA adapter cable. One another doesn't have a HDMI out plug. And so on.
Prijector solves the issue by acting as an intermediary between any computer wanting to present and the projector itself. You connect via WiFi to this device and that's it, you don't have to worry anymore about cables and plugs.
Therefore even if you have a conference with multiple presenters, each one of them only needs to connect to the Prijector WiFi access point to be connected to the projector.
Key advantages I see:
you don't have to worry about people having the proper cable or adapater to connect to the projector
you are not locked to be within cable length distance from the projector
you can easily switch from one presenter to another easily without flipping cables
you can provide local wifi access to the people attending
The Edynco Micro Lecture Editor is a web app which allows you to import your existing PowerPoint presentation file or any set of image files and to add video, voice over and graphical annotations to each slide separately.
The final video pressentation is published to a dedicated URL and can be embedded on any web site.
It is also possible to add a pre-recorded audio or music track to each slide instead of recording it in real-time.
Free to use for up to 100MB of storage.
N.B.: The Micro Lecture Editor is part of a suite of educational content building tools that also include a Learning Map Builder, a Quiz Creator and a Course Manager (Pro versions).
SlideSpeech is a free web app which allows you to upload .ppt or .odp presentations and to automatically add a voice over, digitally generated, that will automatically read all of the speaker notes associated to each slide.
Alternatively you can record your own voice via SlideSpeech, one slide at a time or upload pre-made audio files to go with each slide.
Under the hood there is also a little interaction facility that makes it easy to add a question and a set of possible answers at the end of the presentation.
The final presentation is posted online at its own URL, can be embedded in any web site or blog and can also be downloaded as a video or .zip file. A simple stat facility keeps also track of how many view your presentation gets.
It is also possible to set whether other people will be allowed to edit and remix your presentation and whther or not you want search engines to index it.
Available on the web and on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
My comment: Excellent free tool with lots of good features under the hood. Unfortunately you only have three digital voices to choose from: two males (English, German) and one female. Great download options but .zip is not enabled yet and the video option requires some additional Quicktime plugin to work but it doesn't say which one. Overall promising but with a few rough corners still.
If you are looking for a way to publish your preferred photos that you have on your Mac or PC straight to Instagram, without having to first transfer or copy them to your iOS or Android smartphone, here is a free tool that does exactly this.
Gramblr is available for both Mac and PC and it allows you to upload any picture you have sitting on your hard disk to your Instagram account. You can add your comment and hashtags, but you cannot take advantage of the filters you normally available in Instagram.
PublishME is a free iOS presentation app designed for iPads that allows you to create multimedia presentations easily. It is possible to integrate text, images and video, true/false questions, and to add your voice or audio soundtrack.
You can elect other individuals to collaborate with you in editing a presentation and the final work can be easily shared via email or on social media.
PublishME integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive and other services and it allows you to create presentations whether you are online or not.
StartMeeting, a cost-effective multi-feature web conferencing and collaboration service has introduced StartMeeting Studio, a free tool which allows you to record your own presentations, tutorials or screencasts, archive them online or download them and share with your readers across key social media channels.
StartMeeting Studio is effectively a free but effective screencasting tool which allows you to record both your computer screen activities as well as your own voice.
During recording you can pause and restart the recording at any point. The final recording is immediately available after you press the Stop button, can be viewed right away or downloaded as an .flv file.
Works across Macs and PCs.
You don't need to have any previous account with StartMeeting to use this. Just sign-up and go.
My comment: Very easy to use. Effective, reliable out of the box. Good extra bonus the ability to download the recording.
ClippingMagic is a great free web app which allows you to easily remove background information from any image by simply highlighting the "type" of areas that need to be preserved from those that need to be "cut out".
The tool allows you to import your selected image and to utilize two variable size brushes to identify with red and green colors the areas of the image that need to be cut out rather than preserved. Once done the basic stroking of the image you also have more advanced automatic tools, inside the Refine menu, to further improve the outline smoothness, aliasing and offset. You can also determine whether to leave the background transparent or to apply a specific color before saving your silhouette.
TotSplash is a web-based presentation app which allows anyone to easily create visual presentations without needing to install or download any software, by simply working on a mindmap into whose nodes simple texts, images and video clips can be added.
This allows authors to focus more on the key content essence ideas of their presentation first, and to let the delivery and visual aspects to be taken care of by the TotSplash app.
A completed TotSplash presentation can be displayed in one of three possible modes:
a) Smooth - converts your ideas into a Prezi-like presentation, with zooming and rotating effects, complete with an overview
b) Popup Deck - presents each node as a Popup Slide and allows your audience to follow through your presentation with meaningful breadcrumbs, like a deck of cards
c) Pan and Zoom - presents directly from the Tot canvas view, by slowly zooming in to focus from one node to the next
TotSplash presentations can also be shared on social media and can be fully embedded on any web site.
A paid account costs $5.75/mo (billed annually) and it provides 100MB of storage space and unlimited presentations.
Free basic plan available.
My comment: Interesting tool, it is indeed very easy to use and to get started. Not intuitive how to bring in images and video unless you read the help. Too tight a free version to get traction, too expensive the paid one given the number of free alternatives.
The mindmap approach to outline and deliver the presentation and the option to choose among different delivery style are key new trends that will be increasingly adopted and improved by other web presentation tools.
Check out these cool apps to create and edit outstanding images and videos for Instagram.
Robin Good's insight:
Here's a great selection of 20 apps for Instagram that allow you to add special visual effects, shoot in the dark, add text and graphic elements to your images or create video clips with your best shots.
Metta helps turning stories into short movies out of pictures, videos, text and sounds that are already published on the web. Polls and quizzes can also be embedded anywhere inside a video presentation to get controlled responses from viewers.
Swipe is a new web app which allows you to easily create multimedia web presentations by simply uploading images and PDF files or linking to specific video clips.
Once uploaded, slides can be easily re-titled and can be sorted intuitively in any order you want.
Your final Swipe presentation can be shared with anyone and you can show slides in-sync to anyone viewing. You can even stop or pause video clips that are part of your Swipe presentation as they are being viewed and re-start them when you like.
Swipe-based presentations can be created, edited, delivered and viewed across all kind of screen sizes and devices from desktop computers to smartphones.
Cool features include the ability to preview the next upcoming slide without viewers seeing, private and public settings, and a custom timer that measures your presentation time.
My comment: Excellent presentation tool for delivering in-sync slideshows. For delivering presentations to an audience you need to factor in a teleconference or audio conferencing tool for the audio part. As it is Swipe it's great for one-to-one or small group conferencing via Skype in which you want to show a presentation in sync with everyone (screen-sharing for groups on Skype is a pro option, it's paid, requires lots of bandwidth and it isn't that great if you don't a lot bandwidth).
The approach used by Swipe to show slides in sync with everyone is very bandwidth effective and makes it possible to use this tool effectively in situations where participants have little bandwidth and use smartphones and tablets, in place of using screen-sharing apps which are bandwidth-hungry solutions.
Picadilo is free web-based image editor that includes all of the features and options you would expect from a commercial app. The only thing that a pro would miss are selection tools and image layers, but for anything simpler, this is absolutely a super tool.
Picadilo offers in fact all of the basic tools, from cropping to resizing and to all of the typical image controls. The it adds a mountain of customizable filters and effects, retouching tools of all kinds, the ability to add text easily in a variety of fonts and more (textures, frames).
Multiple editing windows supported.
The final work can be saved in .jpg or .png format or immediately shared to all major social media.
Good free screenshot grabber available on Windows, Mac and iOS. It captures whatever you need on your screen and it immediately uploads it to its own servers, while providing you with a URL you can instantly share with your contacts.
After a month of no-use of any image you have captured, the image gets deleted. You have unlimited upload space and you can also upload your own files.
From the official site: "Puush is a super-quick way to share screenshots and files. Quickly capture any portion of your screen, upload any file, and share them with a short URL automatically placed in your clipboard."
My comment: Extremely useful tool on paper. Good features. Haven't been able to make it run on my Mac.
If you need to put together a professional-looking visual portfolio of your photos, drawings or visual layouts, here is a collection I have put together for my own use, pointing to the very best tools and services available online to do this.
While most of these image portfolio builders are free, many have Pro paid options that allow to further improve the presentation, the number of images shown and their quality, as well as the ability to share, export or import images from other sources.
Fotor is a great web-based image editor that is particularly talented at creating photo-montages, image strips and boards, photo cards and other similar image compositions.
The beauty of it is that Fotor connects directly to your Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram photo accounts, giving you the opportunity to easily find, drag and position your ideal images on the canvas. You can also upload images from your computer and easily crop, rotate or resize it.
Fotor also allows to overlay and position any text messages on your final composition allowin you to create those effective "social flags" for your online fans.
Fotor saves in JPG or PNG format and can post or upload directly your compositions to anyone of your connected social media accounts.
My comment: Excellent image editor for creating image compositions and photo montages. Lots of features and options. Easy to use.
Polychart is a web-based app which allows you to connect to your database data (MySQL, SalesForce, PostgreSQL, InfoBright) and to generate professional-looking charts and graphs that can be edited interactively and that can be extensively customized.
As far as source data is concerned, you can connect to any online MySQL, Salesforce, InfoBright or PostgreSQL database repository and connect directly to the existing data.
Once you have connected your database you can select which fields you want to be visualized and you can customize the type of chart (bar, line, scatter, area, tile and spline) and the individual elements that make it up.
Your final chart visualization can be easily exported to a PDF, PowerPoint, vector (.SVG) or image (.PNG) file.
Emaze is a new web-based HTML5 presentation builder, that makes it extremely easy for anyone to create effective presentations that can be viewed across different types of screens and devices. Emaze presentations can also be downloaded and played offline as well be embedded on any web site or blog.
Emaze provides a set of ready-made templates that include sample text and images as to make easiest for the user to edit and replace these with its own custom text and images. Emaze supports also the integration of video clips, the creation of different sections within a presentation and the option to make a slideset private or public depending on needs.
My comment: In the same family as Slid.es and several others, emaze is a great and very promising web-based HTML5 presentation tool.
Easy to use, it sports a clean and simple interface. All operations are intuitive and commands easy to find, though in general many icons-buttons are a bit to small for my taste.
The basic templates are good, above average, but here it is where I would expect additional improvements as these can really make a difference in the usefulness of the whole tool.