Sunday, 30 November 2008

Sliderocket: A PowerPoint killer?

About once a week I'll do some nternet searching for new cloud computing applications. This past week I discovered an excellent online Presentation app. called Sliderocket which is a rich internet application (RIA). In case your wondering, RIAs are apps. that are pretty close in features to desktop rivals. So, I decided to Sliderocket a try and signed up for a free account. Getting used to the layout took a while, but after ~15 mins I could locate most things. The layout of templates and presentations is done very well, the use of a black background took a while to get used to but I like it. Since there is so much in this application, I've decided to sum it up with a bulleted list:
  • Flash movies and videos can be uploaded.
  • Shape selection is limited, but they can be rotated and edited.
  • Various charts/tables can be added and edited, tables can be linked to Google Spreadsheets (super cool). 
  • Ability to adjust object opacity
  • Excellent selection of font editing options. 
  • Various effects such as reflection can be added to objects
  • Animations, referred to as builds, can be added. The selection is limited but the better ones are available. 
  • Custom bullets (excellent selection)
  • PowerPoint slides can be imported. They are working on the ability to export to .ppt
  • Editing is fast with minimal delays (done with Google Chrome).
  • Ability to see revision history (not available with free version)
  • Offline player (not available with free version)
  • Ability to share and collaborate with others.
  • Viewing/usage stats for each presentation.
  • Storage of 250 MB, paid versions increase to 1 GB
I think this can definitely take down Microsoft PowerPoint. It has everything and is done online, from any computer. All thats required is Adobe Flash Player 9, which is free. Sliderocket is definitely a hit, go give it a try and let me know what you think.