My First Keynote Presentation

After long consideration, I’ve dived into Apple’s iWork Keynote full bore and have compiled this amazing presentation for Keynote to YouTube testing. Enjoy.

The presentation was awe-inspiring, I know. But what I was really doing was testing Keynote’s ease of recording a presentation and sending that data to YouTube. My summary: it’s so freaking easy your dog’s owner could do it? All you do is build your presentation, go to the beginning and click Record Slide Show. Simply talk into the mic, then click stop recording when you are done! All you need to do from there is use Keynote’s SendTo menu to send to YouTube. Authorize Keynote when it asks and BAM…done.

The Zach that I was referring to is my pal from NoSheep and the other voice is Dan from Tall Birch.

Sharing Presentations with SlideShare

slideshare SlideShare, a new site for viewing, posting, and commenting on presentations (found via Ajaxian) gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside! I’ve seen many presentations posted on blogs (heck, I do it) that point at either Microsoft .PPTs or PDFs. And good lord, how I hate pdf slides.

Its the YouTube for presentations, providing an easy way to browse and post presentations in a community-centric interface. In fact, the SlideShare interface is extremely similar to YouTube in its page structure and its sharable content features (embedding and linking). I dare-say its a copycat. But…a copy-cat that makes me happy. :)

I’ll be posting some example slides as soon as I can upload them!…Things seem a bit buggy at SlideShare right now. I’m hoping that they solve that stuff soon…a lot of broken pages/script timeouts. Chances are they weren’t prepared for the load that Ajaxian has given them.

UPDATE: Here’s the slides I posted a little while back from my database guest lecture.

Thumbstack – A Web-Based Presentation Application

thumbstackA while back, my pal Zach posted about S5, “A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System.” Now, its important to note that S5 is trying to set up a standard and not develop a full blown application. S5 seems to be a solid foundation…all it really needs is a slick editor and I’m sold.

Well, as I’ve been waiting for and S5 editor to come along, Thumbstack has come along instead and I’ll be content goofing around with that for a while. While Thumbstack isn’t built off of the S5 standard, it is a sold web implementation of presentation software complete with a decent draggable presentation builder…themable to boot! (although the available themes are dumb right now, that’s sure to improve). The editor is a div based-DHTML pumped-Ajax integrated layout; the presentation itself seems to be Flash. Interesting stuff.

It shows promise, but there are a few things it lacks that I hope to see:

  • More themes
  • Slide transitions and animations (nothing too crazy, basic will do fine)
  • Export to Powerpoint
  • Ctrl+S to save
  • While viewing a presentation, right clicking should give a contextual menu.

I’ll be keeping an eye on Thumbstack. Google recently bought Writely, which means they are interested in web-based Office software. They’ve got Gmail, an upcoming Calendar, a Word Processor, and a Webpage Builder. All they need now are solid presentation and spreadsheet applications. The race is on.