Sunday, August 14, 2011

Are You Impressed With Empressr? #edtech

I am always on the lookout for new and exciting presentation tools in the cloud.  I can't believe how many people are still using PowerPoint.  And nothing against Prezi, but I'm shocked by how many people are still enthralled by it.  Prezi is an important cloud based presentation tool because it was among the first to break the PPT mold.  However, for a product that many tout it's ease of use, I personally have always found it a bit "klunky".  I much prefer the sleek design capabilities of SlideRocket, but that's a post for another day (way to much to share about that one tonight).  Instead, I wanted to share Empressr with you.  After signing up for a free account you are able to Create your first presentation and you are given three options right off the bat: Start with a blank slide, import an existing PowerPoint (not sure how well this works), or use Empressr Express to upload a number of photos as your base presentation.  Once you start building your presentations, Empressr  works a lot like a  basic PPT.  You can add images, flash, audio and video.  You can iport assests from resources such as Flickr, Photobucket, Google, and Yahoo or even record your own.  There are some nice features like transitions, charts and tables.  You can even set the duration of your transitions or set them to be automatic.  Once you have completed your presentation, you can publish it easily to the web (not something you can do with PPT.    Empressr  gives you all the code you need to embed your presentation into many different kinds of social networks and blogs.  I've provided a sample below.  Empressr doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Sliderocket.  But, it's a great place to start.
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