For high-flying and in-demand business consultants who frequently give PowerPoint presentations, the iPad is quickly becoming the tool of choice when presenting. The iPad is lighter and more portable than most laptops and notebooks, and a range of Apps has made the presenter’s job a whole lot easier. No more standing at the laptop hitting the touch pad, clicking the mouse or fidgeting with a remote.
Below is a list of other great iPad Apps that can help you deliver impressive PowerPoint presentations:
Quickoffice Pro HD App by Quickoffice, Inc.
The Quickoffice Pro HD App for iPad gets high marks for being one of the best available apps to create, edit and share MS Office presentations, documents and spreadsheets. You can create presentations from scratch, insert and edit graphics and so on:
The App’s Connected File Manager makes it a great tool for collaboration as well – you can share access to and manage files through not just your iPad but other file sharing services such as Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs, Box, Huddle, SugarSync, Egnyte, and Catch.
During the presentation itself, you can use the laser pointer feature that allows you to highlight elements on a slide – by just pointing to the required element on the iPad interface:
Keynote is Apple’s presentation software and a competitor to Microsoft’s PowerPoint. As a PowerPoint App is still not available for iPad, this is an ideal tool for those iPad users who want to open PowerPoint files on their device and create presentations as well.
The Keynote App for iPad comes with all the capabilities necessary to build a deck from scratch: presentation themes, layouts, the ability to insert charts, images and tables, create shapes and so on. You can also add visual effects like Magic Move, adding the necessary drama to your slides.
The Keynote App also saves your work as you create the slides. When it comes to the actual presentation, a simple swipe is all it takes to move forward or backward through your presentation.
An important advantage Keynote has over other presentation Apps for the iPad is the ability to store your work in Apple’s iCloud. This feature enables you to access the latest draft of your presentation from any device, and eliminates complicated filing systems and naming protocols for your presentation decks. If you are looking for specific Keynote templates and presentation ideas, click here.
Air Display App by Avatron
An iPad, as Rikk Flohr says in his blog, can act as a great supporting element when you wish to fully utilize the Presenter’s View option in PowerPoint. This view is a great utility only when you have more than one screen synced to the computer on which the presentation is running. The Presenter’s View option not only allows you to see the slide you’re currently viewing, but all the other slides in the deck, your notes and other features. Therefore, it is pretty handy when doing run-throughs and rehearsing your presentation.
Rikk recommends the use of the Air Display App by Avatron to sync up the two devices, which can be done through WiFi, eliminating the need for de-tangling cables. The App also works in both landscape and portrait configurations.
OmniGraphSketcher for iPad
The OmniGraphSketcher is a great App that will help dynamic speakers create graphs on the go as they give their presentation. Plugging in the VGA adaptor to your iPad allows you to project the graph you’re creating to a bigger screen.
You can draw curves, add data points and shade in important areas with the touch of your finger.
The result is beautiful, mathematically accurate and professional looking graphs:
Idea Flight by Condé Nast Digital
Broadcasting presentations to a large audience is often an enterprise riddled with problems. Groups viewing PowerPoint presentations across geographies and timelines have to be kept on the same page – else ideas will be lost and information corrupted. The Idea Flight App for iPad goes some way in ensuring that all team members are clued into the same information.
In the Idea Flight App environment, the presenter is known as the Pilot and the other viewers, the Passengers. The Pilot is the sole controller of the presentation, ensuring that everyone viewing the presentation is seeing the same page.
Additional features like LinkedIn connectivity helps both the Pilot and Passengers know who their fellow viewers are.
Power Presenter by Alterme Inc.
The Power Presenter is a great iPad App for presenting PDF files. You can use the App to project the files to a larger screen. Power Presenter is also an excellent tool for annotating presentations – you can write text on the slides, draw and highlight elements on the screen.
The Blackboard feature allows for smooth line drawing as well.
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