How to Make Presentations Pop: 6 Mobile Apps

PowerPoint has been around since the early 1990’s, and while it is sufficient for presentations, it’s popularity is waning. Myriad newer, cooler, and all around better applications (including one from Microsoft itself) exist making it easy to create, edit, and show your presentations using mobile devices.

  1. Keynote has been a mainstay presentation app for several years now. Designed specifically for mobile devices it has all the necessary features for making slick, professional presentations. Version 2.0 boasts a “stunning new design” that offers a  unified file format across all devices making presentations “consistently beautiful everywhere you open them.”
  2. Haiku Deck available for the iPad and the Web, is an easy to use app for creating beautiful slides. Offering multiple text screen layouts and a  variety of images, charts, and background colors from which to choose and many sharing options makes it a good tool if you want to create presentations with no training and little effort.
  3. SlideShark is for devotees of Microsoft PowerPoint, but who prefer the ability to present it using an iPad, iPhone or iTouch. Simply upload your presentation to SlideShark or utilize the option to directly integrate it with OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, or several other cloud storage providers.
  4. Prezi is a cloud-based tool that allows you to create, edit, and present on the go. It syncs across a variety of mobile devices so you always have the latest version of the presentation at your fingertips. Offering multiple templates from which to choose, a massive library of content that you can reuse, and a plethora of images, videos, and text to enhance your presentation make it worth the cost in your choice of three reasonably priced plan options.
  5. Google Slides a free app available for Apple and Droid devices, offers multiple presentation themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded videos, animations, and much  more. Changes are saved automatically and converting PowerPoint slides is easily accomplished and the real-time collaboration feature is a plus.
  6. Sway profiled in my Microsoft in the Cloud: 2 New Offerings post rounds out the list and if well received will likely replace PowerPoint in the future. Designed to be more than a basic presentation app, it offers the ability to quickly design and share professionally looking presentation ready documents.

About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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