There are few things more stressful than public speaking. But there are also few opportunities to make an impact with your ideas or message. Just think of Steve Jobs, and what comes to mind? Probably a mental image of him speaking on stage.
Whether for presentations or driving your cat up the wall, laser pointers are as fun as they are useful. Given everything else an iPhone can do, it only makes sense that it also be able to shine a focused beam of light when and where you need one. The iPin Laser Pointer fits neatly inside your iPhone’s headphone jack, turning it into a red laser pointer. Batteries aren’t an issue, since the iPin sips power straight from the phone, and a built-in switch that means you can leave it in the jack when not in use. iPin also comes with a slideshow-controlling app, which together with the laser make this a great option for anyone who gives regular presentations.
We’ve gone onand on about the merits of Flowboard, a web-based platform that lets users easily create media-rich stories or presentations and publish them onto its servers. Until now, the service has only been available as an iOS app — but that’s about to change, as a Flowboard authoring app hits the Mac this spring.
Great presentations are about the ideas, not the slides. Yet most people spend more than half their time making slides rather than honing their message. This is where Slidevana comes in.
Slidevana takes the tedium out of creating clear, elegant slides so you can concentrate on getting your message across. You shouldn’t have to be a snazzy designer to provide a quality presentation and this is the software to ensure anyone trying to present a point can inform in style. And now you can get Slidevana through Cult of Mac Deals for only $69 – a savings of 50%!
When it comes to the art of the pitch, presentation is everything.
With The Ultimate Keynote Presentation Bundle you’ll get 5 fully customizable decks from Pitchstock, which will help you take your pitch to new heights. These modern, beautifully crafted presentation templates will enable you to create cracking presentations in minutes. And you can get the bundle for only $15 during this limited time offer.
I’ve done my share of presentations over the years, and nothing really beats Keynote when it comes to assembling a quality slidedeck. When done right, the look and feel of a presentation done in Keynote can really elevate the overall impact of what you’re saying. Sure, using tactics that are explored by professionals such as Nancy Duarte and Gar Reynolds are also great resources to have in your pocket, but if your slides don’t stand out when applying such tactics (and yet don’t overshadow your words), then you’re already working from a disadvantage.
Keynote has plenty of stock templates, but if you want to get something will stand out from the crowd then Slidevana may just be what you’ve been looking for. And Cult of Mac Deals has it for just $69 during this limited time offer.
A “confidential presentation” that outlines the upcoming product plans for a manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China, suggests the iPhone 5S could launch in June this year. Most rumors have suggested the device wouldn’t arrive until this fall, around 12 months after the iPhone 5, but an accessory manufacturer with direct links to Foxconn is confident it’ll be here much earlier.
One of the first thoughts I had when Apple announced AirPlay Mirroring as a feature in Mountain Lion was that it would make an excellent mobile presentation tool and one that would be far easier to bring to business meetings, trade shows, or client-site training events than hauling a projector. With just a MacBook Air and Apple TV, you can plug into any HDTV, display, or projector that supports HDMI and be ready to go. That’s a great combination for any business traveler.
If Apple does announce AirPlay Direct, a new version of AirPlay that doesn’t require a Wi-Fi network, the company will have made the lives of business travelers, trainers, and educators even easier. It will probably also make network administrators in both business and education a bit happier as well.
AirPlay also turns that Apple TV into powerful and extremely portable presentation system that’s a great fit for the classroom or the board room. The only challenge is that the Apple TV’s only output option is an HDMI port, which can be a big problem for connecting to older display technologies including many projectors and computer displays – a problem solved by cable and adapter maker Kanex.