Powerful Presentations in the Cloud with 280 Slides

If you deal with presentations on a regular basis, you’re likely familiar with PowerPoint or maybe even Google’s Presentation web app. There are advantages to both desktop and web-based presentation apps, but one web app that may close the gap even further is 280 Slides.

280 Slides is a free and simply beautiful presentation web application that may offer the features and interface presenters need in order to ditch the old desktop alternative. Read more about 280 Slides after the jump, with a quick video preview.


Overview

Overview

Quick App Preview


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Overview

280 Slides is a powerful yet simple web app that has to be one of the best designed web apps I’ve seen, feeling so much like a desktop app that it’s easy to forget you’re working from within your browser. The best part about 280 Slides is that it’s Free!

Features

Features

An important feature presentation web apps need is compatibility with desktop presentations and 280 Slides says you can upload (and download) existing PowerPoint presentations, though I haven’t tried it yet myself. Other features include autosave & recovery, built-in media search, online publishing and more.

User Interface and Usability

280 Slides’ user interface has to be one of the best designed web apps available right now. It’s a perfect cross between sexy and fresh web design, and traditional desktop app design. The design will likely remind you of a popular desktop presentation app on the Mac. The overall usability of the app is really great, being very straight forward and intuitive.

User Interface

User Interface

One thing you may notice is certain elements that need to load when opening for the first time. For example, clicking the font size element opens the menu which may need to load a few of the graphical elements. Once loaded, however, it’s as snappy as a desktop app. Overall, I’d say 280 Slides opens significantly faster than two popular desktop options on Mac and PC, though it’s likely quite dependent on your internet connection speed.

Saving and Sharing

At first glance it may seem as though you may not be able to save presentations directly within 280 Slides and would need to upload and download presentations as needed. You can actually register for an account, however, enabling you to save and access your presentations anytime, anywhere.

Register

Register

When you visit 280 Slides and have logged in, simply click Open to view all your available presentations. You can even flip through the slides in presentations before opening.

Open Presentations

Open Presentations

Several sharing options are available, such as publishing to SlideShare, emailing a PowerPoint version or simply obtaining a link to directly embed the presentation however you’d like.

Sharing

Sharing

Final Thoughts

280 Slides is simply an incredible example of what web applications should be. From the short amount of time I spent using the app, it worked flawlessly and I’m really pleased with the design and usability.

Themes are quite limited though, and it would be nice to see the ability to create your own themes and even save them for later use. I haven’t extensively tested the app as I’m not a presentation pro. but I’ll certainly be recommending this app to many regular presenters I know for additional feedback.

As 280 Slides is actually still in beta, I certainly expect to see great additions and improvements making an already great app even greater. With that said, I hope to see more fantastic web apps from 280 North, developers of 280 Slides.


Summary

280 Slides is a web application for managing, creating and sharing presentations with a well designed, desktop-like interface.

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  • I found this app a year or so ago, stellar! I’m surprised that there hasn’t been many (if any) updates in that time though. I hope it’s still in active development because it has tons of potential.

  • everyone using slideshare but it does not show animations. i came across powershow.com.. looks pretty good

  • Does this app support multiple users editing at once? Like Google Docs PPT style?

  • http://web.appstorm.net/reviews/office/visually-rich-presentations-with-280-slides/ Thats when I found out about it, I do believe there are more features now however.