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The new Pitch presentation app is looking nice. Anyone using it yet?

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itsjackcohen's avatar
2 years ago

Would love to try it—been keeping an eye on Pitch for sometime and it looks great. My biggest gripe/request for any new deck creation platforms these days is their interoperability with other presentation file types. Keynote is notorious for losing meaningful formatting (especially fonts) when converted into different end-file types like PPT or PDF. Wondering if Pitch has considered this at all.

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@maguay (replying to @itsjackcohen )
2 years ago

That's a good point—though it's a problem across office suites in general (at least with spreadsheets, CSV files cary the data across perfectly if not the formatting). With presentations especially though, feels like newer products tend to want to wipe the slate clean and start over instead of building backwards compatibility.

What's your favorite presentation tool so far?

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@itsjackcohen (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Yeah agreed - onboarding Pitch tomorrow so I'll report back. As part of my role, I put on about 100 live events a year (public & private) so my main issues with presentation platforms tends to be related to their presenter modes/features, etc. To date, I've prefered Google Slides just because of how seamless the realtime collaboration is and it's in a ecosystem that plays nice with my Google Sheets/Forms/Docs etc. That said, excited to see the InVision/Figma-ing of collab feature sets in Pitch. What's your favorite?

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@maguay (replying to @itsjackcohen )
2 years ago

Oh that's awesome, would love to see screenshots if you can share any!

That's impressive; your schedule must be vastly changed with everything going on right now. Switching to online events?

Google has nailed collaboration. I use Google Sheets and Docs all the time not because their core editing features are so great, but solely because they're so good at collaboration.

My favorite presentation app (as someone who might need to make a slide deck a few times a year) is Deckset, a Markdown-powered presentation app. You can essentially write a plain text outline and turn it into a presentation in seconds. Not as customizable, not great if you need graphs or tables, and no slide/element animation available. But as someone who already basically lives in markdown text editors, it's perfect for my needs.

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@itsjackcohen (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Love Deckset - use that more for personal presentations that I give vs. team-wide since we have template formats that are pretty locked in. All events have been moved to virtual for now. 🤷🏽‍♂️

One last note I'd add on presentation software is it's surprising how offer 'storytelling' templates or tutorials. That's the whole point of a deck anyways vs. a doc or a spreadsheet, yet so many are stuck in the 'look at our new fonts and color palettes' land.

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@maguay (replying to @itsjackcohen )
2 years ago

The newest version does let you add custom HTML templates if I’m remembering right.

You have a good point there. Prezi comes to mind as focusing on storytelling though in an almost distracting animated way.

Perhaps there’s a market opportunity for storytelling software ;)

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jjeremycai's avatar
2 years ago

Would also love to try it! Have been on their waitlist for >1 yr now and excited to see invites roll out. I've been on Google Slides now for as long as I can remember and the improvements to usability has just paled in comparison to improvements in modern cloud software.

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@maguay (replying to @jjeremycai )
2 years ago

It's really odd how Google had such early leadership in web apps with G Suite and Hangouts and then ... hasn't done all that much to push them forward since.

They're still the best at commenting and tracking changes, which is what I rely on docs/sheets for.

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@maguay (replying to @jjeremycai )
2 years ago

Did you ever get a Pitch invite?

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@jjeremycai (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Yes! I'm on it. It's been quite nice.

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@maguay (replying to @jjeremycai )
2 years ago

Nice! What's your favorite thing about Pitch so far?

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brendanciccone's avatar
2 years ago

I'm definitely interested, but as @itsjackcohen said, I'm very concerned about how this application exports into other formats since that almost always ends up an issue at some point.

Someone made a presentation in Google Slides? Great, but I'm sure it doesn't have our brand's font.

Someone made a pitch deck in Keynote? Well, prepare to lose all formatting.

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@maguay (replying to @brendanciccone )
2 years ago

There's honestly a broader thing here, where in the past everything was standalone files and the expectation that alternative products would have to at least try to support all the popular filetypes, even if their importing quality was mediocre at best. But so many newer SaaS products in trying to "reinvent" a category act like they're in a bubble and either aren't compatible with older files or support only the minimum of imports. And in some ways, sometimes you do need a break with the past, and since you can share things in web apps often it's ok if others don't use the same programs as you can just "share" your program but ... it does feel like something is lost along the way.

Also you know how you can open old files from decades ago today, even if the formatting is messed up? That's going to be rare in the future where our work dies with orphaned accounts and sunset SaaS products.

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