Review: Present Perfect – Post-PC Era Presentations

Review: Present Perfect – Post-PC Era Presentations

How many times have you walked into a room, and seen a projected setup, throwing a computer screen up on to a screen 30+ feet away.  We’ve all been there before, and the experience is always the same; text is hard to read, there is never a good way to provide quality feedback, and there is inevitably that awkward moment when the presenter tries to share a video and something goes wrong.  Present Perfect is a new, Post-PC era take on improving and personalizing presentations.

Overview:

Present Perfect for iOS (free in the App Store) is a simple, yet unique presentation App.  Designed with both sides of a presentation in mind, it’s unique presentation sharing function makes sharing a presentation a more intimate, Post-PC experience.

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The first thing you’ll notice about Present Perfect is the lack of presentation creation in the app.  Present Perfect is all about the presenting your presentation – not creating.  Using the traditional iTunes file transfer, or linking up with your DropBox account, you can import files to your Present Perfect library to share.  Once you have all your documents imported, you can build your Presentation, comprised of any variety of files.

Unlike many other presentation apps, Present Perfect doesn’t support traditional PowerPoint or Keynote files, but instead encourages you to use PDFs of the presentation, eliminating those lengthy and typically unnecessary “fancy” animations.  The focus in Present Perfect is making the presentation simple, elegant, and intimate – and it does that well.

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With your iDevice connected to WiFi, any other person on the network can download the free Present Perfect app and view your presentation.  Imagine, everyone in the room watching your presentation from the iPad in front of them – no more bad viewing angles, fuzzy text, or shutting out the lights.

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Present Perfect also understand the need to keep some presentations more private, allowing you to assign a passcode lock to your presentation.  Now, only those with the 4 digit pin can access and follow along.  Even better, when you’re presenting, it’s simple to get real-time yes/no feed back with the built-in voting option.  Just tap the thumbs up/thumbs down icon on the screen, and your viewers can quickly provide anonymous feedback to whatever you ask.

Verdict: [rating: 4]

Present Perfect offers a unique, intimate take on giving presentations.  Eliminating the need for a PC at the front of the room or the excess of current presentation options, Present Perfect simplifies the process into something far more elegant and user friendly.  The lack of support for traditional presentation file formats is disappointing, but the perk of losing those 30 second animations makes up for the nuisance.  Present Perfect is superb for a free app, and definitely worth giving a chance if you find yourself frequently presenting in front of a room of iPad users (App Store Link).

Pros:

  • Simple user interface
  • Dropbox integration
  • Passcode security for presentations
  • Real-time feedback

Cons:

  • Lack of support for PowerPoint or Keynote files

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