The iPad is a fantastic device to run a presentation on. Electric Slide is a superb iPad (and iPhone) app that lets you share your presentation wirelessly to just about anywhere from the iPad – with no need for cables or AirPlay Mirroring.
If you’re presenting in a room full of people, Electric Slide should take your setup time from 5,10, or 15 minutes down to one minute or less. Here’s a little slice of the App Store intro for the app and some of its key features:
Electric Slide is the easiest way to wirelessly present PowerPoint slides, Office documents, PDFs and videos with your iPhone or iPad. Your device is a remote control that works anywhere with any screen. Since viewers just need your simple URL to follow along, setup is a cinch. You can also connect your device directly to a TV or projector via HDMI or VGA.
With Electric Slide:
• Type your simple URL into any browser and present wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad
• View PowerPoint, Office documents and videos on your iPad or iPhone. Unlike other apps, PowerPoint animations and formatting are preserved.
• Present to small groups or remote viewers – anyone with a web browser can join
• Optionally, connect your iPad or iPhone to a projector or TV using a VGA or HDMI adapter or AirPlay
• Content is auto-synced to your device and can be presented with no Internet connection
• Even with no Internet connection you can control your iPad with your iPhone via Bluetooth
• View slide notes, thumbnails and who’s viewing while your audience sees just your content
• No need to set up complicated web conference meetings
• Take photos and broadcast them live to share the whole meeting experience – with Electric Slide you can snap a quick photo of the whiteboard with your device and instantly share it with your web viewers
I’ve been trying the app out for several weeks now and I’m hugely impressed with it.
You need to sign up for a free account with Electric Slide to get going with it. The free account gives you 50MB of storage at Electric Slide, up to five simultaneous live viewers, videos up to 60 seconds in length, and a meeting length limited to 90 minutes. Details for this account also state that your documents are uploaded at fast speeds, but paid accounts get priority. I’ve found upload speeds to be more than good enough with my free account.
Once you’ve created an account, you create a ‘room name’ that will form part of your custom URL used when you present. Mine, for example, is just ipadinsight.
I think the Pro account prices seem quite reasonable too – with 3 months for $27, 6 months for $49, and a year for $80. You can see more info on these at the Electric Slide site.
The app uses the iOS ‘Open In’ feature to open a Powerpoint or PDF document in Electric Slide. Once the file uploads to and gets processed by Electric Slide you can broadcast it to your custom URL right away.
Here are a few other noteworthy points about the app:
— Right now, Keynote files are not supported – though support for them is planned for a future update. It would be very good to see this added, as Keynote is by far the best presentation app right now for the iPad.
— I found some pretty major formatting issues when exporting a Keynote presentation in Powerpoint format and then bringing it into Electric Slide. The easy workaround for this is to export as PDF from Keynote – this gave me perfect results every time.
— There’s no editing capability in the app. You need to do you editing and polishing in Keynote or Powerpoint on a desktop or whatever works for you – and then bring the presentation into Electric Slide.
I’ll try to do a quick screencast demo of using Electric Slide soon, but the short story is this app makes presenting from the iPad quick and easy – whether it’s in a conference room or to a remote audience or a mixture of both. I love the fact that you’re completely ‘unchained’ when using Electric Slide – it’s the best presentation tool I’ve seen for the iPad.
Here’s an App Store link for Electric Slide; it’s a free app with free and paid account options as mentioned above.