If you’re looking for an easier way to create multimedia slideshows on your iPad, SlideIdea may well be the perfect solution. It’s even cheaper than the iOS version of Apple’s Keynote — cheaper as in free!
SlideIdea allows users to create, share, and export slideshow presentations to other applications. This iPad-exclusive app also allows you to share slideshows online, as well as incorporating online polls for audience responses.
As the 85MB download suggest, SlideIdea is larger than similar iPad apps, and that’s without all the templates being pre-installed. These can be selectively downloaded, and just like the main app are also free.
SlideIdea provides over a dozen professionally designed templates, consisting of a mixture of photos, text, and chart slides that can be easily customized. You can selectively add these slides to the timeline to build up your presentation.
Your projects are automatically saved as you go, and can then be shared to your SlideIdea account or exported to other applications like Evernote.
SlideIdea provides similar slideshow editing tools found in Keynote and PowerPoint. You can add and resize photos, pie and bar charts, and various lines and shapes.
Tap on the various elements in a slide and many more tools will pop up in the toolbar, including over a dozen different font styles and sizes, template colors, and alignment and opacity tools.
Slide elements can be resized, animated (fade in, scale, and stretch), and layered below and above other elements. As part of the shapes toolbar under the More Widgets option, additional sets of custom shapes (social media icons, currency symbols, popular business logos, quote brackets, banners, dice and pens) can be downloaded and used in slides.
Select a Transformation
SlideIdea includes six different slide transition styles, including cover flow, stacked deck, page curl book style, and traditional scrolling.
Audio recordings and video clips can also be added to presentations, and users can create pre-narrated slideshows for posting on the web. The record button is located in the pop-up menu accessed by tapping on the three dots on the homepage.
SlideIdea features a unique interactive widget that allows presenters to create a poll that others can respond to online. This works by assigning each poll a unique URL, which you can then visit to check on.
As an example, while you’re giving your presentation you can post up a short URL so your audience can vote as you talk.
In addition to posting slideshows to your SlideIdea account, projects can be exported to Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive, Box, Google Drive, and Kingsoft Cloud. The latest version of Evernote also includes a slideshow feature, but this doesn’t include all the advanced features found in SlideIdea.
SlideIdea can handle imported PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, and of course SlideIdea projects created by other users. As is often the case with third party software, you may lose some applied formatting in imported PowerPoint presentations.
Very User Friendly
SlideIdea includes an overview tutorial to get you started. The multimedia app works really well on the iPad Air, and makes use of familiar finger gestures for navigating slideshows, opening and closing the editing space, and nice touches like pinching on a project to quickly return to the homepage.
Download: SlideIdea (Free)
If you need to give presentations, SlideIdea is well worth downloading and checking out. Let us know what your favourite iOS presentation tools are in the comments.