Presentations can make or break your company. A good one can close the sale . . . a bad one can cannibalize it. A good one can lure investors . . . a bad one can turn them off. When you're a small company, having the tools to create the best possible presentation is essential.
One interesting thing about presentation software is how gracefully it's evolved. For example, as multimedia functionality (i.e., audio and video) became commonplace on most desktop computers, the features were quickly integrated into presentation programs--and what better place to harness your computer's multimedia components than when broadcasting your company's message? Even more compelling, however, is the proliferation of programs that enable users to post their presentations on the Web, giving them the ability to do a presentation anywhere, any time.
This month, we take a look at what the Macintosh platform has to offer in terms of presentation programs. Currently, the two big players are Microsoft's PowerPoint and Astound Inc.'s Astound 3.0.
Cassandra Cavanah is a contributing editor of Portable Computing Direct Shopper magazine and has reported on the computer industry for nine years.