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Need to make a PowerPoint for your class? Yup, that’s right: a PowerPoint, not a presentation. The staple of Microsoft’s Office Suite, PowerPoint is synonymous with presentations these days. But it’s far from the only way to create presentations and share them with your audience.

In the past, we’ve covered 280 Slides and SlideRocket, not to mention Google Docs Presentations, that lets you create presentations online. Today, we present to you yet another very handy online utility, Easy Web Content Presenter, that lets you create feature rich presentations online with a bit more control over them than you’ve ever had before.

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Of all the files we need to share, it seems that presentations often are the most frustrating. PowerPoint 2007 can open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation, but it’ll lose many of the graphics effects and transitions. Keynote presentations look beautiful, but they can only be opened in Keynote on a Mac or iOS device. And online presentation sharing tools, such as Slideshare, are often ugly, slow, and require legacy plugins that won’t work (or work poorly at best) on modern smartphones and tablets.

That’s why I was excited to hear about Reel, a new way to share presentations simply and elegantly. Reel is a new web app from the awesome team at Zurb that’s so great at making unique and useful simple apps. Let’s dive in (perhaps literally) and see if this is the solution to the pain of sharing presentations.

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While it’s not trendy or cool to be fans of products from stable of Microsoft, they do make some awesome apps both for home and enterprise use. They deserve a pat on the back for taking computers to the masses and making them more user friendly. Windows operating system and the Office productivity suites are two path breaking software products that every living soul knows about.

Of late, Google is chewing into Microsoft Office’s market share with its free and ultra cheap versions of Google Docs. While still not a billion dollar business, online Office suites are gaining traction and Zoho and Google Apps are two clear leaders in this space. Forced into a corner, Microsoft has launched it’s own version of online Office apps. Is it as awesome and powerful as the desktop counterpart?

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It’s true; a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s the reason there are so many screenshots in AppStorm articles AppStorm and across the Tuts+ network. To keep your audience engaged, your presentation has to be visually appealing. Once you grab the audience with a striking visual, you can connect with them on an emotional level.

These days I get questions from people who want to move from Microsoft PowerPoint just because it doesn’t do justice to the content on their slides. One of my recommendations to them is SlideRocket. Today SlideRocket has introduced a few new tools to its already well stacked visual arsenal.

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PowerPoint isn’t an awful tool. The only problem is that it hasn’t come out of the Office 1.0 era, even after so many years. Lack of interactivity and eye candy make even interesting presentations look stale. It’s not like there aren’t any worthy alternatives either; there are so many of them out there. Office dwellers are creatures of habit and therein lies their problem.

It’s true that there are a few web apps that help break away from the clutches of PowerPoint, SlideRocket is the only presentation app that not only allows you to create stunning presentations but also to manage them intelligently, share them securely and then measure the results. Join me for a review of the recently revamped presentation app after the jump.

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Although cloud-based apps are becoming increasingly powerful and feature rich, presentation and other document apps just don’t quite compare yet. Today we’ll take a look at SlideRocket and see what it brings to the online presentation market and how well it compares to presentation desktop counterparts.

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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.

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I recently wrote about 280 Slides in a round up of resources focused on presentations. It’s a newer tool, having been around for just over one year, and it’s a great alternative to desktop presentation applications. There are other tools, such as Google Docs, that give you this functionality, but none that have the same flair as 280 Slides.

Actually, you’re hard pressed to find another web application of any type that offers the same polished experience.

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When going through all the effort to get in front of a crowd, you need to ensure that you communicate effectively. In the past decade, the majority of us have most likely had to sit through a bullet point infested presentation that completely failed to keep us engaged. Or worse, awake.

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