Updated October 15, 2020. See this twitter thread for details.
What is a “Presentation” in the post-PowerPoint era?
There’s a subtle shift in the Presentation tools landscape that’s been emerging lately. Products like Google Slides, Zoho Show, and Apple Keynote came on the scene to liberate us from the monopolistic shackles of the ubiquitous Microsoft “.PPT”. Now, these tools have also matured into front-runners vulnerable to disruption.
There appears to be a new wave of tools that are moving beyond competing with other “Slide Deck” software, and are instead looking to shift our perspectives on how we craft and present our stories.
The approach varies among these contenders. However, there appear to be some notable themes among them.
- Collaboration – making it even more seamless to simultaneously work together on content
- Assistance – clever ways that a tool can help you craft the right content or visuals (yes, we’re talking the #Ai buzzword here)
- Design Magic – upping the game in offering out of the box modern charts, graphs and infographics ‘templates’ to help non-designers quickly create great data visualizations
- In Your Browser – many are SaaS web apps delivered via your web browser, so no clunky downloads or files to save
Here’s a roundup of compelling products to try out or keep an eye on.
Beautiful.ai “Add content and watch your slides adapt. No more tweaking text boxes or lining up arrows at 2am. Our Ai applies the rules of great design in real time, so it’s finally easy to tell your story”
— Beautiful.ai (@BeautifulAI_) September 27, 2019
Canva “Design a presentation that blows your audience away with our stunning collection of high-quality presentation templates. Free to personalize and completely online so you can easily edit and collaborate with your colleagues.”
— Canva (@canva) February 20, 2019
Deckset “Turn your Markdown notes into beautiful presentations. Write down your thoughts in your favourite text editor, and Deckset will turn them into beautiful presentations.”
— Deckset (@decksetapp) August 1, 2019
Ludus “We believe that static presentations are a thing of the past. Ludus is a powerful web application that lets you integrate all the power of the Internet into your slides. This means you can embed 3D models, videos, VR experiments, Dropbox files, designs from Figma, prototypes from Framer, InVision or Marvel. It’s as easy as copy and paste.”
We’ve improved many things in the last few months. Here’s what’s new. https://t.co/4yrfkYTYfv
— Ludus (@ludushq) May 16, 2019
Piktochart “Easy-to-Use presentation maker. No complex design software. No heavy designer fees. Just a simple, intuitive tool that helps you and your team tell stories with the visual impact they deserve.”
Exciting announcement to start the month of October as we’ve just released #socialmedia templates on Piktochart! With more than 200 templates, you can now create beautiful visuals for your project and share them across your favorite social media channels. https://t.co/xowJ4WvRM3
— Piktochart (@piktochart) October 1, 2019
Pitch.com “All hands on deck. Pitch helps teams build better presentations: collaboratively, effectively, and beautifully.”
Today is a big day for us at Pitch. We’re unveiling a new look, and with it, new ways to collaborate and create presentations faster than ever before.
— Pitch (@Pitch) August 4, 2020
PRESENTA “enables the content-first principle. Instead of starting positioning elements on the canvas, it’s better writing great contents first. This seems obvious but the current status-quo of the presentation tools forces people the other way around.”
Love the design philosophy behind this new slide/presentation tool called #Presenta.
The two things I like most:
1. Content-first mindset.
2. Purposefully limits what you can design https://t.co/zJHMJzYJvJ
— Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) September 23, 2019
Projector “When you have a story to tell, Projector is the platform that helps you craft it. From live presentations to Instagram stories, Projector gives you the creative power to captivate an audience — no design skills required.”
A little sneak peek of what we’ve been working on. Whether you’re a marketer, a designer, an educator, or a student, Projector gives creators of any kind a space to bring your ideas to life. 💫
— Projector (@projector) May 12, 2020
Slideas “Slideas is the easiest way to create a beautiful Markdown Presentation, with all the features you need. Designed for people who want productivity.”
— Slideas – Markdown Presentations (@SlideasP) February 10, 2020
Slidebean “AI-powered presentation design. Design professional presentations in seconds using the world’s first slide design platform powered by Artificial Intelligence.”
Speed up your design process with out latest feature: Create a custom theme based on your website in just one click. Try it out in the app! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/vnPh7krgO2
— Slidebean (@slidebean) October 9, 2019
Slides “AI-powered presentation design. Design professional presentations in seconds using the world’s first slide design platform powered by Artificial Intelligence.”
🚀 Now you can change the color of your SVG images right from the Slides editor! pic.twitter.com/6Kav5dD9Fd
— Slides (@slides) September 2, 2020
Visme “The only design tool you’ll need to present stories and translate boring data into stunning presentations for infographics right in your browser.”
A hex map is a data representation of a map but the regions are turned into hexagon shapes.
Find out more about hex maps and other 19 Innovative Ways to Use Information Visualization Across a Variety of Fields https://t.co/czaojniQpc#hexmaps #dataviz #visualization pic.twitter.com/09xW5omNvt
— Visme (@VismeApp) October 7, 2019
Wunderpresentation “enables you to instantly run stunning presentations that bear in mind of your audience. Automatically compiled from your structured text.”
Starting a new business or documenting an existing one?
— Wunderpresentation (Slides for Notion & Co) (@wunderpresi) August 27, 2020
Here’s a copy of this list in an Airtable database that you can bookmark, follow or copy.
P.S. Here’s a bonus list via Larry Kim that’s just about “Infographics” tools
— Larry Kim (@larrykim) October 13, 2019