I still default to Microsoft PowerPoint when it comes to presentations, but I found two new entries in the presentation field that may be worth a look. The two primary reasons why I still use PowerPoint is that people understand PowerPoint files and there is no need to explain how to view/print them. Ever since LinkedIn/SlideShare integrated uploading the PowerPoint files into the service and now the users are able to display them in their LinkedIn profiles, I have not tried any other presentation software.
Enter Sway. It is interesting that Microsoft would introduce a competing product to its own PowerPoint. It makes sense though, because PowerPoint is not really designed for the online-centric world. Looking at Sway, I see the a different design philosophy. People have heard of “death by powerpoint.” It is all too easy to cram all types of information into individual slides. Sway is surprisingly simplistic. Once you start with a blank Sway, you can add photos and text to telling your story. Another feature worth mentioning is that it is easy to share the Sways on the tablet or a smartphone. Share a link, and boom it’s viewable. You don’t even have to know how to publish the Sway or convert in any way.
Sway is available at Sway.com.
Haiku Deck is interesting. If you are familiar with Prezi, it is similar. The main difference is that Haiku Deck is editable mostly from within an Ipad. I feel that the development is still in the early stage, so you cannot create an elaborate presentation (yet), but it is simple and quick to use. One advantage is that it is very easy to add photos and images from anywhere, from the same menu. I saw Haiku Deck and I was intrigued, but I didn’t get hooked right away. However, you can now create a Haiku Deck from within LinkedIn/Shareslide, so it is viable to share and maintain your Haiku Decks along with other slides in Slideshare. I have to explore this option more thoroughly.
Haiku Deck is available at HaikuDeck.com.