You can now share Powerpoint presentations online with Google Presently

This Monday Google officially announced Presently, their web-based application for presentations, a.k.a. Microsoft Powerpoint clone.

Although it is possible to create presentations from scratch using Presently, most users will probably use it to upload their finished (or almost finished) Microsoft Powerpoint presentations (there is a 10 MB size limit). The presentations can then be shared either globally or to a restricted list of colleagues.

There are other online tools that can do similar things, most notably Zoho Show and Slideshare. Zoho Show is similar to Google Presently, but Slideshare doesn't allow online editing of your presentation and currently can't limit access to your presentation to just the people you want to.

Google Presently (and Zoho Show) are a great way to share your presentations for a lab meeting or conference. Email is just not the best tool for this, especially since presentations are usually large files. Did I mention that using either Google Presently and Zoho Show is free?

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2 Responses to You can now share Powerpoint presentations online with Google Presently

  1. Marylka Yoe Uusisaari says:

    Where Google Presently seems to surpass Zoho is the ease of presenting the presentation online, using GTalk for communication (perhaps voice as well?). I’m not sure but it seems that attenging a Zoho presentation requires installing something on your computer, whereas the Google Presently live presentation runs directly in the web browser.
    At the moment the editing possibilities on GPresently are rather limited compared to pretty much any presentation software (arrows, anyone?), but they’ll catch up.
    Anyway, if an online presentation system such as this gets good enough, I could imagine presentations in front of a live audience getting simulcasted into the net easier and more often than they are now.

  2. Slava Uskov says:

    Google Presently has a limited functionality so I think that people will continue to use PowerPoint to create presentations. Google Docs also is not an ideal place for sharing presentations for now because Presently converts PowerPoint presentations in a Google Docs format that has less features than PowerPoint. It’s better to use free services like SlideBoom.com that correctly convert your PowerPoint presentation into Flash.