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Five new(ish) presentation and publishing alternatives

PowerPoint is robust and Google Presentations is very sweet for collaboration, but some of us simply crave beautiful new design options for our presentations and publications.

Here are four worthy options, and another one about to be born.

Canva allows its users to create beautiful slides, posters, Pinterest covers and headers for Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition beautiful font options and color choices and a library of free images, including images perfect for infographic building, and photo filters, and a HUGE searchable library of high quality images available for just a dollar each.  You’ll be tempted to use Canva for its images alone.

LucidPress is a full-featured suite of publishing options  Templates facilitate the creation of brochures, flyers, posters, brochures, newsletters, magazines, reports, and pamphlets to print or share digitally.  It works easily across platforms and devices and allows real-time collaboration via Google Drive, shared editing privileges, chat around documents and a variety of printing and digital publishing options. Users may choose to design documents from scratch, import existing documents, and work in four editing modes: Layout, Interactivity, Comment and Preview.  Videos or GIF images may be embedded.  LucidPress offers its users a wide variety of  tutorials, case studies and design tips. 

Currently  in Beta, emaze offers simple but beautiful templated design options, as well as the opportunity to import your PowerPoint slides and share slides  your  with the emaze community.  The cloud-based tool makes it easy for the nonprofessional presenter to impress using a relatively, limited but beautiful menu of tools.  It also provides a translation feature and multi-device access.


For the iPad,

Haiku Deck for iPad (and the Web) offers beautiful presentation designs, chat and font options and the philosophy that creating and sharing presentations should be three things: simple, beautiful, fun. Haiku Deck allows users to add images from their device’s camera rolls and will also search millions of Creative Commons-licensed images.

And, coming soon . . .

Powtoon Slides.  I am already a big fan of the cool, video animation tool PowToon with its cut-outs and hands and sounds and overall humor.  PowToons slides is due out soon (five days?) and there’s lots of buzz surrounding the release.  It is designed to make you look great and give you credibility as an AWESOME presenter.  The developers promise a huge image library, great templates, and the ability to embed and edit video.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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