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In Case You Think Powerpoint Is The Only Presentation Tool, These Alternatives Are What You Should Know

In Case You Think Powerpoint Is The Only Presentation Tool, These Alternatives Are What You Should Know

There’s no doubt about it…living in the information age is exciting. Not only because of the wealth of information that is at our fingertips via the internet, but the ever-growing choices we have to pick from when we are called upon to present information we’ve been asked to share, whether it’s with our friends, family, co-workers, or whoever! With that being said though, sometimes it’s difficult to pick just the right method that will best represent what we have to share. Allow me to enlighten you on some innovative ways to get information across that is new, different, and gives PowerPoint a run for its money!

1. Haiku Deck

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    Haiku Deck, which came out in October 2013, is probably the newest kid on the block. It has a very user friendly interface and is based off the concept that everyone has a story to tell. If presented in a fun and creative way, that story can connect with an audience. How to achieve that is to keep it simple! They propose building “decks” around one great idea and sticking with three points. No more than one idea should be presented per slide, and pictures should be vivid and engaging with formatting that stays consistent throughout the “deck.” Haiku Deck boasts a blog for their members to comment and get suggestions, a gallery to view previously submitted decks, tutorials, and the capability to embed created decks within websites and blogs!

    2. Prezi

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      If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the same old boring PowerPoint presentation, then I invite you to take a look at Prezi! The visual possibilities are endless with this site. Select one of their many templates and add your own information. What makes it visually unique is Prezi’s capability to zoom in to a particular area on an individual slide. So even though you may have multiple points noted, you can direct your audience’s attention to a selected area. It’s fun, slick and draws attention quickly. Not only that, but once you zoom in to a designated spot, you can further add video, audio or a mini-slide presentation in that area alone. Once you’ve covered your point thoroughly, you can then zoom back out and resume with your other points on the same slide. The variety of templates Prezi offers is staggering and seems to be growing every day. Be prepared to spend some time though, because the sheer number of choices you have can be overwhelming.

      3. Slideshare

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        Slideshare originated in 2006 and is widely used by all segments of the information sharing society. There are a number of perks to Slideshare. You can embed slideshares within websites and blogs. You can use almost any document you can think of within a slideshare (for example, PDFs, Microsoft Office and Open Office documents, etc.) Videos can be embedded in the slideshares, and you can easily blast them to your various social media accounts. You can download slideshares and use them to market your business You can also create a branding hub that houses all your content: videos, PDFs and documents.

        4. Tiki-Toki

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          If you have a presentation where you’re wanting to convey the passage of time, then hands down the most beautiful site to get this done is Tiki-Toki. It has a strange name, but the look you can achieve is gorgeous. The only downside to this site is if you want to embed your timeline creation within your website or blog -that feature will cost you a monthly fee of at least $7.50 per month. They have a free version, but that doesn’t allow embedding capabilities…just so you know. Depending on how often your information is time-related, it could be worth your time. Tiki-Toki is the only site I’m aware of that gives you a 2D or 3D view of your finished timeline. It can be useful for companies to show progress throughout the course of time, by students for school projects and a unique way to display a personal diary.

          PowerPoint (although it’s served us well in the past) is not the be all and end all any more when it comes to creative ways to present information. What I’ve listed above is really just the tip of the iceberg. You just have to know beforehand how willing you are to learn a new user interface and determine how creative or simplistic you want for the overall look of your presentation.

          Featured photo credit: Audience listening/Jesper Ronn Jensen via justaddwater.dk

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          Published on September 20, 2018

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

          Minimizing Tabs

          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

          Incognito Mode

          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

          Save Webpages as PDF Files

          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

          Open Recently-closed Tabs

          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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          Solve Mathematical Problems

          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

          Play Media Files

          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

          Stay Focus(e)d

          Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

          Grammarly for Editing

          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

          Loom

          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

          Chrome Calendar Extension

          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

          Final Thoughts

          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

          Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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