Despite many in agreement with the sentiment, that’s not likely to happen. What we need is an easier, faster way to create presentations. That brings me to the most unique Mac app I’ve seen in a few years and one that truly actually honestly does quick work of presentations.
It’s All In The Cards
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote apps. They’re the standards of the industry.
Which industry? The presentation industry. Both apps have every option under the sun except the kitchen sink and email.
That makes their finished productions either beautifully crafted or clutter cruft, depending upon the skill of the slide’s creator.
Then there’s Deckset, a Mac presentation app that dares to think different, that prefers elegance and simplicity to stacks and stacks of features which often detract from the message presented.
Deckset isn’t really a replacement for Keynote or PowerPoint as much as it is a much faster, easier way to create presentations that focuses on your content, not the delivery methods or the bells and whistles.
Deckset doesn’t even work the same way as traditional presentation apps.
The work starts with your notes, your ideas, entered and saved in whatever note taking app you prefer, even a lowly text editor (TextEdit comes to mind).
Deckset takes the notes and turns them into an attractive presentation using one of eight themes which range from serious and business-like, to playful and light. Drop in photos or videos and use the built-in ‘scale to fit’ tool to bring your notes to life.
A finished presentation is not completely devoid of bells and whistles, though. Speakers notes are easily displayed for rehearsals, and there’s a floating preview window. Aspect ratio of a deck is easily changed to match the screen or projector. And, if you dig Markdown, this is the presentation app to test your skills.
Deckset gets plenty of well deserved five star reviews, and now there’s a free trial version.