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Announcing Live Presentations

We are delighted to announce the immediate general availability of Live Presentations – the first application in our Live Documents suite.

To take a look at our take on “Presentations upgraded for the Internet age”, see our product overview page here or better still, sign up for a free account and try it for yourself here.

Live Presentations is presentation authoring software that you can use on the desktop or in the browser, whether you are online or offline – our approach merges the richness and responsiveness of desktop software applications with the collaborative capabilities of browser-based services…

You will find Live Presentations has most of the features of the apps that you use currently such as Microsoft PowerPoint but gives you unprecedented choice and flexibility in terms of creating, editing and sharing your documents. But we are not trying to just bring PowerPoint to the web – we are also trying to diligently look at the current application landscape and try to fix niggling issues that users have been complaining about.

For instance, one major deviation from PowerPoint is that we don’t have bullets in Live Presentations – like many others, we believe that the default template of PowerPoint where a ton of content is just broken out into bullet points is a terrible paradigm in terms of what viewers can assimilate and comprehend. By leaving out bullets, we think users will be forced out of their inertia/stupor of believing that listing bullets is the only way to create a presentation and hopefully help them come up with ways to communicate, rather than just present!

If you feel that having bullets points is a critical aspect that you cannot live without, do let us know about it in our User Voice forum – http://livepresentations.uservoice.com

Cheers,

The Live Documents team

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3 thoughts on “Announcing Live Presentations

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  3. Adam says:

    Live Presentations has finally been launched now. As an innovation it is a huge contribution to the online Office. The features pose a big challenge to the similar products already available in the market. Having looked at the features, I must say they do distinguish Live Presentation from its competitors. Well done, Bravo!

    However, Live-Documents team took far too long to launch the product and this allowed its competitors to bring improved versions of their products into the market. Now it will be interesting to see how they try to allure consumers into using their products. Time will tell.

    I would like to see Live-Documents team making other Office products available as well, such as Word, spread sheets and email management. However, time is of essence here and I think any further delays in bringing out such packages will harm the competitive edge that Live-Documents team currently enjoys. The potential to win maximum popularity is still there for the time being.

    Last but not least, as all bloggers have already pointed out that hyphenated domains deter potential users. Hyphenated domains are usually for spammers and are never successful. I have not come across any successful business website with hyphenated domain name either. Maybe Live-Documents team is planning to sell the half baked package to some big corporations without biting the bullet in the shape of the hyphenated domain. Perhaps the Live-Documents team wishes to pretend and not see the problem.

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