After decades of PowerPoint being so popular that “PowerPoint presentation” is almost a generic term, presentations are suddenly a hot space. Apple’s Keynote has long been a more design-focused alternative, Google Slides has been around for years and is increasingly popular for collaborative presentations, and niche tools like Prezi, Deckset, and more give extra ways to make presentations.
Then this year, Pitch came along with as a new way to collaboratively make slides (with live video as you’re editing decks), and Projector brought a new spin to digital storytelling. And there’s more.
What do you think is the best way to make slides and presentations in 2020?
Pitch. Such a neat interface and brilliantly elegant designs - simply love it! It'd be so great as they start adding more templates.
If it's a simple 5-page slide deck, I've found Canva's template easy to use. I just download the PNG and paste them into Google Slides or a Coda doc.
My personal favourite to showcase work is still presenting Notion docs. I wish there were a PowerPoint x Notion alternative. Pitch comes close.
There is a clear shift happening away from PowerPoint and Keynote. Users often resort to hacks like using Notion, a documentation tool, to facilitate presentations. Similarly, companies resort to softwares like Quip or Word as alternatives to PowerPoint to fulfil their storytelling needs despite of these tools being designed for documentation. This shifting behavior away from PowerPoint is a clear indicator of an unmet need.
We need something that is fast, takes away the design burden and is also interactive (think Slido integrations).
Do you know any tools that solves for this?
For some reason, I keep coming back to Keynote. It's "free" and has a ton of advanced features that don't get in the way when you don't need them.
Pitch does look pretty neat for better collaboration though. Certainly seems like a huge improvement over Google Slides.
I'm a bit techy and like markdown, so I've had fun tinkering with marp. It is an extension for VSCode that turns your markdown into slides fairly easily. There are built in themes, but you can easily tweak the CSS yourself. Export out as HTML, PDF, or Powerpoint. It is free too!
If you are really into coding, there classic reveal js is the foundation of many online slides apps. Definitely takes some time to learn, but pretty powerful.
Of course, since I seem to bee singing the praises of Obsidian lately, I feel compelled to note that it has a built in markdown slides feature too.
Before they moved over to a paid plan structure, our team would use Beautiful.ai - it was always a simple, clean, and modern experience. We don't make too many presentations and couldn't justify the spend when the team restructured and began charging for most features.
Now, we've been using a combination of Canva and most recently, Pitch - although we've yet to really test the waters with all of their collaboration tools. There are a lot of exciting features though and while it's a crowded space, I think they've tapped in some tools which will help them stand out.
One presentation app I've liked for a while is Deckset, a Markdown presentation app. You basically outline your thoughts in a Markdown document, with headings separating each slide, then open it in Deckset and boom, you've got a presentation. You can add photos and GIF animations, use a few text-based options to set how the slides should look, but in general it's an app to keep you from tweaking. You just outline what you'll talk about and let Deckset turn it into a presentation.
If you needed to collaborate around a presentation, you'd just first collaborate around the content in Notion, Google Docs, or any other text collaboration app, and then have one person responsible to export the final Deckset deck.
You can present from the app itself, or you can export your deck as a PDF. If you then need to present it via Chromecast (as my team used to do in meetings, where we'd just use a TV with a Chromecast for presentations), you can open the PDF in Chrome and stream it just like you would any other Chrome tab.
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