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Tired of PowerPoint? Here's another option

You could spend hours and hours learning Prezi or you can now utilize a new service called Slide Bureau.

Mar 17, 2014 @ 9:02 am

By Sheryl Rowling

From time to time, we all have to do presentations. Wouldn't it be nice to use something other than the same boring PowerPoint templates? You could spend hours and hours learning Prezi or you can now utilize a new service called Slide Bureau.

According to McKenna Phillabaum, the marketing manager at Jackson Fish Market, "Slide Bureau is a presentation creation and sharing tool. It's unique because we create custom user-requested templates to serve any situation. We've got templates with live data and the ability to talk directly to services like Google Maps and YouTube."

Per the website, the service offers:

• Slide templates made for your job.

• Slide templates with live data from Internet services you rely on.

• A template boutique with tons of stunning designs to choose from.

• Ability to present to audiences anywhere, in any web browser, on any device.

• Ability to create presentations right on your iPad.

This sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so myself until I saw the demo and spoke to Ms. Phillabaum. It is the company's vision to be the "go to" presentation solution in the industry. To jumpstart their efforts, the first 10,000 who register can get a one-year subscription for free.

Ms. Phillabaum said that Slide Bureau "can help enterprise customers put their best foot (or slide) forward. For instance, we could partner with you, take all of the slides you make in-house, and have them redesigned by a professional designer (us). These slides would be uniquely yours, for your business and no one else."

If you'd like to check out Slide Bureau, go to the website or download the Slide Bureau app from the App Store. And, be sure to share your experience in the comments below.

Sheryl Rowling is chief executive of Total Rebalance Expert and principal at Rowling & Associates. She considers herself a non-techie user of technology.


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