Many of you have heard of SlideShark, a mobile application from developer Brainshark that lets presenters run PowerPoint slide shows and presentations off their tablet computer. (There's still no solution directly from Microsoft that lets you do the same thing, although the developer released Office for iPhone in June.) At last count, there had been more than 1.5 million downloads of the software.
For those of you wondering about other options for using your mobile device to drive or present visual content during in-person or multi-site meetings, here's the lowdown on three other mobile applications and services you might also want to evaluate (presented in alphabetical order):
Electric Slide (Apple iOS, but optimized for iPhone 5; $4.99 per month for up to 1 gigabyte of presentation storage) — Created by elucidate, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based mobile design and development house, Electric Slide enables presenters to wirelessly broadcast and display PowerPoint slides, Office documents, PDFs and videos using a smartphone, tablet or iPod touch. The mobile device is actually the remote control. Alternatively, you can connect it to a television or projector via HDMI or VGA. The audience participates by accessing the content at a URL and the flow is auto-synched with your device. "Electric Slide was born out of the idea that presenting is an inherently mobile activity trapped in the PC-based presenting model, largely due to a lack of appropriate tools," the company notes on its Web site.
Haiku Deck (Apple iPad; basic app is free, it costs $1.99 each for different theme templates and related content) — Updated in early June, this is actually both a design and a presentation application that allows you to use your iPad to pull together slide shows that contain charts and graphs. You can import images from Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa and other cloud service sources. You can export to PowerPoint, Keynote or PDF files. One cool feature is a mode that lets you embed private notes into the presentations, so you can display your presentation to others while using your iPad as a "personal teleprompter." This gallery offers a sample of presentations that have been created using the software. The startup behind the software is based in Seattle.
Presefy (currently free) — This isn't technically a mobile application; rather, the focus (as with Electric Slide) is on a cloud service that lets presenters upload presentation files and then broadcast them to remote audiences, who can view them with the browser on a smartphone or tablet. The presenter's own mobile device essentially acts as the remote control that dictates the flow of content. The company touts its ability to share content securely. The four founders of the company, which is based in Finland, have been working together since 2011.