Slideshow presentations can be notoriously snooze-worthy. Nearly all of us can remember sitting patiently while someone flipped through a seemingly endless stream of slides. Most people have realized that when it comes to presentations, less-is-more and being visual is better than putting all of our bullet points in each slide.
Our tools for creating presentations have also taken a big leap forward, and we can even create top notch slideshows directly from iOS devices, including the use of effects, transitions, video clips, background music, narration and captions.
Here are nine presentation apps for iOS that can get the job done.
1. Microsoft PowerPoint
The Microsoft PowerPoint (iOS) presentation app is a great tool for photo slideshows. Create a new presentation, then add a title and as many slides as you need. Then import your images to PowerPoint and add them to their respective slides. You can then edit and arrange them, add transitions, backgrounds, and music. Then play from your device, broadcast to your TV, or share via the cloud.
2. Google Slides
The Google Slides (iOS) app lets you make, tweak, collaborate with colleagues on, and finally share or present slideshows directly from your mobile device. Make beautiful slides instantly or customize them to your heart's content. You can also work with PowerPoint slides in Google Slides.
Apple's Keynote (iOS) app helps you create beautiful slideshow presentations. Start by choosing one of 30 Apple-designed themes and then replace the dummy text and graphics with your own. Add pictures, videos, interactive charts, cinematic animations, and elegant transitions. Collaborate with colleagues in real time over iCloud and when you're ready, present in person or remotely using Keynote Live.
4. Haiku Deck
Haiku Deck (iOS) allows you to easily create wow-worthy presentations on your iPhone or iPad. Get access to 40-million-plus free-to-use photos; cool fonts, text templates, and layouts; and the ability to create professional-looking charts with basic touch controls.
Work on your presentations across your devices or the Web or collaborate with others using real-time synching. Then present on your iPhone or on the big screen using your iPhone as a clicker.
5. Adobe Spark Video
Adobe Spark Video (iOS) lets anyone -- from novices to experts -- create video presentations. Easily splice together video clips, photos, text overlays, music, and even your own narration, and the app will handle the rest. Then present your video or share it on your blog or social media account.
6. WPS Office
WPS Presentation, a component of WPS Office (iOS), enables you to create, open, and save Microsoft PowerPoint-compatible presentations.
Choose a template, upload your images, video, and audio, and add cool font styles, shapes, text effects, columns and tables, advanced animation, and slide transitions. After saving, you'll be ready to present to a monitor or a projector.
Make cool videos with Animoto (iOS) using clips and pictures from your gallery. Choose from 50 video styles; add music from the built-in music library, photo captions, and intro and outro cards; and then share.
RealTimes (iOS) takes the guesswork out of presentation-making by locating the best parts from your pictures and videos, arranging them, adding transitions and music, and making them easily shareable with the touch of a button. You can also customize your collages, montages, and movies with filters, captions, and your own music.
9. Prezi Viewer
Prezi Viewer (download on iOS), the companion to the Prezi web app, lets you practice and present your presentation from wherever you are. Share via emailed or messaged link, or present on your Mac's monitor using Bluetooth. While you won't create the presentation in the iOS app itself in this case, Prezi is such a powerful and unique tool for creating presentations that it still deserved a place on this list.
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