Maybe I’m a “techie” or a “heavy user” of presentation software (and hence a minority) but I’ve always felt the need to have a lot of more power at my hands when building presentations that tell stories.
SlideRocket seems like the most promising app I’ve seen for this purpose. It’s good to finally see an “online office tool” that doesn’t just say “We’re another power-point, but online” (which is pointless), but aims to become a full-blown presentation development and delivery tool for “hard-core” presenters.
This goes to show — if you build something actually incredibly useful, you should just be able to charge for it straight up; I would probably pay sliderocket to use it when it launches, although their actual target market seems to be the multi-billion dollar Webex / Online conferencing space. That is a good market because it is going to be become more and more pivotal for additional services business in the next two years.
As a side note, an online office product that is free can never charge because he’s for the most part marginally useless — dont try to spin the “but we’re the web2.0 competitior of “. No, you’re just a person who can’t charge for your product because you’re marginally useless. YES software prices diminishes to zero as competition increases, but that when you assume the same value-proposition will always exist. If your product in your space is commoditized, its time to really think about the next jump in that area, and make something which offers something premium in comparisons with others (hint: its not experience).
Now all I need from sliderocket is (1) a beta account so I can run through it and confirm whether or not the app lives up to its promise and (2) for them to give me the option to change the UI theme from black to another theme — my laptop’s screen doesnt show black very well.
(3) Bonus third wishlist item would be the ability to use my tablet pen on the presentation to add annotations.