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Shireen Qudosi

Electronic Presentation Programs for Your Small Business

Jul 15 2011, 09:41 PM by

PowerPoint presentations were great when they first came out. However, I’ve been force fed PowerPoint for so long that the mere mention of it makes me want to come up with a great excuse for not attending the next meeting. That’s why I was so excited when I learned about new methods for electronic presentations that rocket PowerPoint back to the last decade (where hopefully it stays).

Sadun’s Whiteboard – Designed for Apple, Sadun’s Whiteboard is a $2 app that turns your iPad into a presentation screen complete with whiteboard capabilities. Connect the whiteboard to TV or a projection system to get an external board. The app offers writing tools and the ability to add texts and images such as graphics and photos. I can see this being used by business owners across the board from small business to sales reps. Just about everyone has an iPad now, and this lets you turn your tablet into an interactive screen. Pretty awesome and very impressive to prospective clients.

Corkulous – Imagine how much fun it would be to take a corkboard and be able to brainstorm ideas with it for your client or with your team members – or you can use it for your own private needs such as to-do lists, contact info, etc. For the more creative-minded, Corkulous offers an electronic corkboard that you can stick photos and post-it notes to. You can also “lock” your board to prevent outside access. Brilliant and fun.

Office 2 HD – If you’re still a PC user (and many of us are) check out Microsoft-compatible Office 2 HD. It’s an app that allows you to create and edit Word and Excel files on your iPad. And if you’re still a fan of PowerPoint, you can use it in conjunction with this app – which is especially great for spreadsheet lovers.

A couple of more basic white boards can be found through iTunes links. Next time you’re fiddling with your tracks, take a moment to browse through SyncSpace and ZigZagBoard. SyncSpace, created by The Infinite Kind, has all the basic needs for whiteboard use, plus you can share it in real-time with other users over the internet, export it as a PDF file, and post to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

ZigZagBoard on the other hand, offers the same whiteboard technology, but it’s best used for collaborative team meetings – especially when held remotely. After a brief registration process and a tutorial, you can use the creative app to host meetings where attendees can log in from their desktop and view changes in real time.

Speaking of creative, there’s also LucidChart, the real-time collaborative drawing web app that’s great for creative flowcharts, site maps, network diagrams, mock ups, mind maps, charts, UML diagrams and wire frames. LucidChart also has HTML5, which makes the app work at “lightning speed.” As far as pricing, they have a “penny-pincher” package that gets you the app for free but limits its use and flexibility, all the way to $25/month for a team. I think the average business owner would probably be happy with the just-under-$5/month plan, which is a total steal for everything you’re offered. I can think of many graphic designers and tech wizards who’ll jump on this upon reading it – in fact it’s also pretty useful for anyone dealing with storyboard and visual processes.

If you’re intrigued by LucidChart, take a peak at Conceptboard. Offering much the same as LucidChart, Conceptboard lets you bypass confusing back and forth emails by allowing your team to look at a design or project set on a whiteboard and offer detailed feedback. You can communicate your ideas with text, graphics or simple delineations; upload a document, scribble a design or insert a comment. A free basic account lets you create up to 25 boards for free. This is definitely something I’ll be using next time I have to manage a web design project.

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