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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free Presentation Tools

SlideShare

SlideShare logo
SlideShare has recently gained attention as one of the best business presentation sites around. To use it, you import a source file from PowerPoint, Word, PDF or other formats (and you can also import video with the paid pro version).
With SlideShare, you can gussy up your plain PowerPoint with an embedded YouTube video or audio file to make it a more media-rich experience for viewers. And once it’s done, you can embed or share it widely and share automatically to your LinkedIn account.
Analytics rounds out the reason why SlideShare is worth including here. For more on using SlideShare, read our recent roundup of SlideShare resources.

Google Presentations

Part of Google Drive, Google Presentations gives you a tool that mimic PowerPoint, but it has the advantage of being online.
You can import an existing PowerPoint presentation for editing, or start from scratch with Google’s own templates. And there are 450+ fonts you can use too. You can embed images and YouTube videos, but unfortunately not sound, which may limit its utility for some users.
Once your presentation is done, you can publish to the web, embed or share. The killer feature: multiple people can work on a presentation at once.

Prezi

Prezi onlline presentation tool
Prezi is one of the most exciting presentation tools in this roundup. Although you can import PowerPoint, the best way to experience it is to create a Prezi from scratch.
You start with a canvas, some transformation tools and some whizzy templates with exciting transitions. Group ideas in frames and add symbols, shapes and diagrams.
A screenshot does not do justice to a finished presentation so it’s a good idea to check out some of the examples on the site. Though using the tools can be challenging, if you stick with it, the result will be like no presentation you have ever seen.

SlideRocket

SlideRocket has just been acquired by ClearSlide, so it remains to be seen how long it will stick around.
One of the early contenders in improving online presentations, one of the killer features is the ability to embed interactive content, such as from your Twitter feed. You can also add effects to almost any element of your presentation. A pro feature is the use of interactive forms within the presentation.
Interesting transitions include flipping, rotating and reflecting images and the animations are stunning. Killer feature: the ability to show your presentation online to up to 50 people too.

Zoho Show

Zoho Show screenshot
Zoho Show is easy to use for anyone familiar with PowerPoint. It includes master slides, templates, customization, the ability to insert video and images, transitions and animations.
Interesting features include inline image editing, shape effects and easy flowchart building. The app allows simultaneous presentation editing by more than one person, broadcasting over the web and the usual sharing and embedding features. Zoho Show also has automatic version tracking.
NOTE: At first glance, formatting choices seem limited in comparison with some of the other tools in this roundup.

AuthorSTREAM

authorSTREAM
AuthorSTREAM has both a web and a desktop app and allows you to upload PowerPoint slides so you can do more with them..
The tool includes public, private and social media sharing and the ability to password-protect presentations so that only those people you choose can see them. It includes live broadcast, analytics, the creation of multiple customized channels, multiple video formats and uploads to YouTube, Vimeo and others.

Other Online Presentation Tools

Still not satisfied? In addition to the options listed above, the tools below may also prove useful alternatives:
  • Empressr has the standard presentation features and allows the use of video and audio. Collaboration and sharing are included, as are analytics. It’s hard to tell whether the tool is supported, because the blog hasn’t been updated since 2010, but it remains a popular choice for those looking to improve their PowerPoint presentations.
  • HelloSlide creates automatic audio for your presentation from your typed text and can translate it with the click of a button, giving your content even greater reach.
  • Jux is an image based storytelling tool that looks great on a tablet or large screen. It could be useful for companies with great visuals. Update: Jux has announced that it will close from August 31, 2013.
  • myBrainShark enables the addition of URLs, polls, surveys and more to an existing PowerPoint presentation as well as some editing of slides, transitions and effects. These are limited in the free edition.
  • Knovio allows users to upload static PowerPoint presentations and add video and audio online. It’s the baby brother of an enterprise tool, KV Studio.
  • myPlick has a three-step process for uploading slides and audio, syncing and publishing/sharing. It does not appear to have any additional customization options.
  • PresentMe lets users import a presentation file and deliver and record the presentation using their webcam. The tool then combines them so that you can share to social media or view on a mobile device. It provides analytics too.
  • PreZentit is a browser-based tool which allows easy presentation creation, collaboration and sharing. Each presentation exists as HTML, allowing for manual editing if you need it. The current tool is unsupported as a new version is supposed to be on the way, but it is still online and usable.
  • SlideBoom is available in two versions. The ad-supported free version includes audio, video, animations and the ability to make graphical annotations on your slides. Analytics, private group sharing and additional security are Pro features.
  • TimeGlider is not a presentation tool but a timeline creator with a free version so it could be the right web tool for time-based presentations. It works best for short timelines; those with a lot of content can end up looking crowded.
  • Vcasmo allows you to upload slides and audio or video narration and combine them in a single presentation. It does not appear to include collaboration features, though you can stream your video from its content delivery network. Exporting your video, embed protection and customized branding are paid features.
  • Vuvox allows you to create dynamic media-rich interactive presentations by collating images, audio and video via its Collage tool.
  • Zentation syncs slides and video to provide a presentation video you can upload to YouTube.

LaTeX Templates Presentations

Presentations

Presentations, otherwise known as seminars, talks or lectures, are given to an audience with the purpose of sharing information with a group of people. LaTeX is capable of producing presentation slides using the Beamer class in a simple and easy-to-use way. The resulting PDF’s can be opened in full-screen mode in most PDF viewers to give the presentation.

How can I make a slide presentation with LaTeX?

PCTeX Tip: Making a slide presentation
(Also see the beamer video)
Download the pdf and source of this slide presentation.
Although there are several methods for making slide presentations in LaTeX, the beamer system is most widely used. With this system it's possible to make a presentation in just a few minutes.
[Note: beamer works best with PCTeX6.]
Here's how to get started:
  • In PCTeX 6 do File..New. Choose a file name, and for a template choose beamerSlide.
  • Choose PDF mode in the combo box on the toolbar
  • Choose the LaTeX format
  • Typeset
The sample presentation provided by the template shows a title slide, an outline slide, and some commonly used slide styles: bullet points, bullet points revealed in succession, and bullet points with a graphic.
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Edit the file to your liking. Some customizations and changes you can make:
  • Change the theme. The theme defines the layout, color, and other appearances of the slides. The template uses \usepackage{beamerthemesplit}. Others to try are beamerthemebars, beamerthemelined, beamerthemetree, beamerthemetreebars. For more themes see the complete documentation (see below for how to access this).
  • Add new frames. A frame is single slide. To add a new frame, copy and paste the text between \begin{frame} and \end{frame}.
  • When giving your presentation, set your pdf viewer to full screen. Use the next page and previous page keys (usually left-arrow and right-arrow) to move between slides and to reveal bullet points. There are also navigation icons on each slide.
beamer has many more capabilities than the ones shown in the template example. For more examples see the PracTeX Journal article by Andrew Mertz and William Slough, Beamer by Example. For the complete documentation, in PCTeX 6 choose Help..LaTeX Packages..Document Styles..beamer and then click View Documentation; the main document is beameruserguide.pdf.
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Keywords: tip, slide, presentation, beamer, PowerPoint

Enable Auto Kiosk Presentation Mode in PowerPoint 2013 & 2010

Before a meeting, you may want to have an automatic presentation run to give your participants something to look at before the actual meeting. Or perhaps you just want to setup a presentation at a product display and run it automatically. You can accomplish this in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or 2010 with the following steps.
  1. Open the presentation in you wish to automate in PowerPoint.
  2. Click the “Slide Show” tab.
  3. Click “Set Up Slide Show“.
  4. Select the “Browsed at a Kiosk (Full Screen)” option.

  5. Set Up Slideshow


Google Chrome in Presentation Mode

Google Chrome gives you the ability to view Web pages in full screen mode, hiding all elements other than the main browser window itself. This includes tabs, toolbars, bookmarks bars, and the download/status bar. Full screen mode can be toggled on and off in just a few easy steps.
First, open your Google Chrome browser.

Click on the Chrome "wrench" icon, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labeled Full Screen.
Please note that you can use the following keyboard shortcut in lieu of clicking the aforementioned menu item: F11

Your browser should now be in full screen mode, as shown in the example above. To disable full screen mode and return to your standard Chrome window, simply press the F11 key.

Full screen mode and compact controls

If you've ever wanted more room to work in one of your documents, you can now free up some space by viewing them in full screen or compact controls mode. Here's how:
  • For compact controls, click the Hide the menus button on the right side of the toolbar. You can also go to the Viewmenu and select Compact controls or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F.
  • For full screen mode, go to the View menu and select Full screen.
If you're in full screen mode, you can return to regular viewing mode by hitting the Esc or Escape key.
Google Docs will remember the view settings you've selected for your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. For example, if you change your view setting to "Full screen" while working on a document and to "Compact controls" while working on a presentation, the next time you open or create a document or presentation, it will open in that app's most recent view mode ("Full screen" and "Compact controls," respectively).
Spreadsheets will remain in compact controls mode between sessions, but not in full screen mode.

How do I configure Presentation mode on client workstations? (5.x)

Manage default Presentation mode settings for client workstations using ESET Remote Administrator

To configure client workstations to activate Presentation mode any time that an application is run in full-screen mode, follow the instructions below:
  1. Open the ESET Remote Administrator Console (ERAC) by clicking Start  All Programs  ESET  ESET Remote Administrator Console  ESET Remote Administrator Console.
     
  2. Click Tools   Policy Manager
     
  3. Select your default policy and then click Edit Policy
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  4. Expand Windows desktop v5  Kernel  Settings  Presentation mode and then click Automatically turn onPresentation mode when running full-screen applications. Select the check box next to Yes/No to have Presentation mode activate by default when client machines run full-screen applications.
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  5. Click Console, and then click Yes when asked to save changes. 
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  6. Click OK to close Policy Manager. These settings will be applied to client workstations assigned to this policy the next time they check in to ESET Remote Administrator. 


Configure Presentation mode on individual client workstations

To configure individual client workstations to enter Presentation mode automatically when an application is run in full-screen mode (for example, your screensaver or Internet browser), follow the steps below:
  1. Open ESET Endpoint Security or ESET Endpoint Antivirus. How do I open my ESET product?
  2. Press F5 to access the Advanced setup tree.
     
  3. Expand User Interface, click Presentation mode, and then select the check box next to Enable Presentation mode automatically, when running applications in full-screen mode. When you are finished, click OK to save your changes.
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To enable/disable Presentation mode manually

If you need to manually enable Presentation mode, follow the steps below:
  1. Open the main program window by double-clicking the ESET icon   next to the system clock, or by clicking Start  All Programs  ESET  ESET Endpoint Security or ESET Endpoint Antivirus
     
  2. Click Setup  Disabled next to Presentation mode.
Figure 2-2
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If you need to manually disable Presentation mode, follow the steps below:
  1. Click the ESET icon   next to the system clock and click Disable Presentation mode (see Figure 2-3), or click Disable Presentation mode in the main program window.
Figure 2-3

Enable presentation settings on a desktop

Ever wondered if you could change presentation mode settings also on a desktop? In vista you can! a litte tweak in the registry will get you going in no time
first, to activate the mobility center, create the key MobilityCenter under MobilePC, if it does not exist yet. then create a DWord(32 bit) value called RunOnDesktop and enter 1 for it's value
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\MobilityCenter] "RunOnDesktop"=dword:00000001




Then you are able to open up the mobility center on a desktop machine running vista using the exe called mblctr.exe

To change the Presentation Settings another tweak is required...
under MobilePC check that the key AdaptableSettings exists. It will have no values yet. Create a new DWord(32-Bit) called SkipBatteryCheck and set it's value to 1

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\AdaptableSettings] "SkipBatteryCheck"=dword:00000001


Voilla, now you can set presentation settings and start using the features also on a desktop by calling PresentationSettings.exe

Then you can run C:\Windows\System32\mblctr.exe



Or, you can run C:\Windows\System32\PresentationSettings.exe