This is just one of many use cases that point to the fact that we’re different. We’re enabling presentations in totally new contexts with new types of users. We’re a favorite of the creative community, a community that nominated us for App of the Year alongside Medium and Sketch. We’re building more than the typical presentation tool and we have some exciting new things to show the world.
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London, 25th of June, 2014
The magic in Swipe is not just what we do but how we do it. It’s always simple, better looking, and quicker than other services. Over 100,000 people in 184 countries agree with us, by using our service to create, share, and view presentations.
From today, Swipe isn’t just the best way to present anything to anyone, anywhere, live. It’s also the best way to interact with your audience, the best way to learn and become a better presenter, the best way to create beautiful slides in seconds in the browser on any device, the best way to publish rich media collections that are easy to browse, and the best way to protect your content and make sure it gets to who needs it when they need it. It’s also the simplest, which we’re very proud of. Here’s what’s new:
The reason why we think presentations suck is because they’re static and not interactive. Live polls are the first step in the two-way interactive presentation experience with Swipe. It takes seconds to make a poll and we think they’re by far the best looking polls on the web. Teachers can gauge what students know while they teach by creating quizzes or games. Salesmen can learn what their potential clients want and need. Presenters can learn what their audience thought of their pitch. I can know what my team wants to work on. Since it’s all anonymous, you get a much better and honest feedback mechanism than “please raise your hands if you know what Markdown is”. See some examples of Polls here
We launched Markdown slides seven months ago to illustrate a vision of super-simple, insanely beautiful HTML 5 slide format that puts PowerPoint to shame. You create slides as fast as you type, since it’s all text-based. Since then thousands of people have used Markdown slides in Swipe to save time, to teach better, to teach code, and to escape the what you see is what you get editors that take time and generally suck. See examples here: (http://beta.swipe.to/markdown/). Teams from Mozilla, Vimeo, Nclud, Ernest and Young amongst others use this framework within Swipe to update their teams. Teachers from Parsons to MIT use it to teach programming. Teachers from Denmark to USA use it to teach their students. Smashing Magazine called it “fantastic, and yet so useful.” It’s the first presentation format for the web generation and now we let you create and edit it all in a beautiful way right in Swipe. On your phone, on your tablet, on your computer. We took the best from tools like iA Writer and focused on the essentials to make it even quicker and easier to make beautiful responsive HTML 5 slides in seconds. You just write, we do the rest.
When we present, we always want to know when we are doing well and when we are doing poorly. When do we engage the audience and when do they go on Facebook and ignore your talking. And we want to know it right when we present, so we can adapt and get better. Since Swipe is a live presentation tool and everyone is connected in real-time, you now see exactly how many people are watching and how many fall off as you present. It’s just a number that changes, but it can make a presenter better as they present, instead of wondering where it went wrong after.
There are two types of presentations: live and shared. When you present live, you should have as little content as possible, so a slide-by-slide view makes sense. But when you share content online, you can speak more, add more context, tell a longer story. But all presentation tools give a horizontal format, which doesn’t work for more content or context. That’s why we built a vertical view in Swipe, the best way to publish content on the web, using the best browser-based media manager in Swipe. Teachers can present in class with a normal horizontal presentation and then add more videos, homework, or information and share with their students after the class. A vertical view is great for showing documents like Word files or PDFs and some use it with Markdown as an alternative to Google Docs or Word entirely. Others use it to publish photos or to create more interactive mockups to show user flows, the flow of a website, etc. It’s a great way to share longer content, and we’d dare you to compare it to the way you share and publish from Dropbox or Slideshare.
The majority of presentations are private in nature. They’re not meant to be publicly shared with the world. Slideshare doesn’t address this market, which is the biggest component of the presentation market. Whether it’s company updates, school presentations, investor pitches, people value keeping their stuff private. Most presentation tools online charge for privacy. We start with a privacy-first approach, because that’s the big part of the market. Imagine how tiny Dropbox would be if the default mode would have been public. With Swipe you can upload a deck, keep it private and share with people’s accounts. It’s a common sense approach to sharing private content and then presenting it live to only the people that should see it.
Thank you for reading, writing, and being part of our journey.
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