Interactive presentation software


2018. Salesforce unveiled Microsoft PowerPoint competitor



Microsoft's  PowerPoint has some new competition from a familiar rival: Salesforce. Salesforce's Quip business, which already offers tools for word processing and working on spreadsheets, introduced Quip Slides. Quip was acquired by Salesforce in 2016. A lot of the features in Quip Slides will be familiar to anyone who has used Office 365 or G Suite to create presentations that can be viewed and edited by a team of colleagues, such as chat, commenting, and questions. But thanks to its corporate parent, Quip Slides can surface Salesforce data directly within a presentation that updates automatically as the underlying data changes. Besides, it allows to conduct interactive presentation when viewers can ask questions online. Slides will be available for $10 per-user per-month or $25 per-user per-month for Enterprise license.


2018. Zoho Meeting adds moderator controls



Online meetings software Zoho Meeting is introducing Moderator Controls. Now presenter can lock meetings to minimize interruptions when a useful discussion is underway. Once locked, no one can join. Also you can give anyone a chance to share their screen and illustrate their point using the Switch presenter feature. Participants can share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or any other application, via screen sharing. Mute individuals or all participants to cancel background noise that might be interfering with your session. If someone inadvertantly joins or is no longer connected to the topic of discussion, just remove them and move on.


2018. Zoho Show adds contextual interface and broadcasts



Zoho unveiled all new Zoho Show with contextual interface. It lets your ideas take the front seat and offers an intuitive formatting pane that responds to user actions. No more digging around to find the right tool. Users need a great set of tools to visualize ideas that match their imagination. That is why Show brings you custom text boxes, silhouettes, image filters, pre-defined layouts for charts and tables, more than a dozen animation options for every element within a slide, and more. With Show’s robust commenting system, teams can collaborate, brainstorm, and provide suggestions for improving any element on a slide. You can also add rich text comments to highlight key points, or attach an image when you are out of words. Finally, it allows to broadcast slides to a remote audience or use the Presenter View for a face-to-face session and deliver slides from anywhere.


2016. Google Slides adds Q&A feature to help presenters connect with their audiences


Google has launched a new feature for its presentation service Slides, that allows presenters can to get questions and general feedback from their audience — and audience members can vote for their favorite questions. Presenters who want to use it will see a button in the Slides presenter view to kick off a Q&A session; on mobile, this feature will be behind the “audience tools” button. After that, a link to the custom Q&A for this presentation will appear above the presentation. This feature can make more efficient the Q&A session after a presentation, especially at events where you can assume that everybody in the audience has access to a smartphone or laptop. Not everybody wants to walk up to a microphone and ask a question in front of a huge audience, after all (and the people who do are often a bit too happy to be in front of that audience…).


2015. Presentations tool Swipe launches Pro version



Swipe, the web-based PowerPoint alternative that brings features such as audience analytics, real-time polls and live syncing to the humble presentation, is flipping the monetization switch today with the roll out of a Pro plan aimed at businesses and marketers. It adds new features including a tie-in with third-party analytics platforms (namely Google Analytics at launch), the ability to create unlimited ‘secret links’ for your deck so that its performance can be tracked per recipient, and the option to password protect your presentation. Although Swipe plans to keep its core product free so that it can continue to be enjoyed by “professors, teachers, designers, churches, non-profits, artists, and students,” the new paid offering puts it squarely up against extremely well-funded ClearSide, with its focus on sales teams, and to a lesser extent Box.


2014. Online presentations service Prezi secures $57M



Cloud presentation platform Prezi that has been gradually eating away at Microsoft’s Powerpoint market share for the last few years, has secured a $57 million growth investment. Prezi is cloud-based, meaning you can present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips. Prezi’s software is unusual because the presentations it produces aren’t the usual lists of bullet points. They are based on images and require their creators to tell a story, which helps an audience absorb and remember the information. The service already has 50 million users. Underlying Prezi’s success to date has been its growing reputation amongst businesses which are using it to persuade clients, woo customers and train internally. Prezi has thus won fans at companies such as Salesforce, Lufthansa, Marriott and IBM.