Build presentation software that makes sense
March 6, 2012
I'm tired of PowerPoint, and I find Prezi's spinning and zooming hard to follow. I'm tired of having to use third parties tools to embed websites with limited functionality so that I can embed my gizmos in my presentation. The web has been around for more than 30 years; why does today's presentation software consider it an after-thought? Why is it so difficult to use hyperlinks to link within a presentation itself?
I want presentation software that will:
- Allow me to embed live versions of websites using whatever browser rendering software I choose.
- Allow me to edit the presentation on the fly, so that I can take notes during a workshop in my presentation.
- Allow my presentation to be streamed online (with audio and a webcam stream) using the same tool that I'm presenting with.
- Allow me to save the state of 3rd party software and include it in my presentation. Think of what you could accomplish with your presentation if you didn't have to flip between programs all the time.
- Suppress notifications from other programs. No, I don't want to know about that email I just got, and yes, I'm aware that I should have shut down my email in advance of my presentation, but I forgot, okay?
- Can I ask for any webcam stream to be included in my presentation? I'd love to be able to embed a webcam stream from a person on the other side of the planet, while I take notes or share images on their behalf on my end of the conversation.
- Allow me poll the audience (or embed a live chat) within my presentation itself. The audience is part of the presentation, not just a passive recipient of information, they should be included as much as possible where feasible.
- Make the presentation software easy to use. We need to write more software remembering that the people on the other end may not be experts in a wide variety of software. Every time I have to teach somehow how to use software it makes me frustrated because I know it is possible to build software that is more intuitive than what currently exists.
I'm sure I'll come up with some more features, but this is good enough for now.