Ovation Puts Pep in PowerPoint Presentations
Opinion: Serious Magic's product transforms a dull slide show into a dynamic way to get a point across.At the spring DEMO@15 conference, I had the opportunity to see a number of cool new products ranging from security devices to mobile blogging platforms. However, nothing I covered at the Scottsdale, Ariz., conference generated more reader feedback or questions though than a product called Ovation from Serious Magic Inc. (Serious Magic is known for its Visual Communicator video creation tool, and for digital video programs like DV Rack.) Ovation is a software program that allows users to transform Microsoft PowerPoint slides into professional presentations. You wouldnt think that a tool for PowerPoint would generate so much interest, but Ive been beta testing Ovation during the past week, and the product really does deliver. Not only were my visually uninteresting PowerPoint presentations dramatically improved upon, but I was also able to use the product to practice my delivery of presentations. eWEEK Labs tests of the Microsoft Office 12 beta have shown that the PowerPoint application will have new features that will make it easier for end users to build flashy presentations and to practice their speeches. However, the office productivity suite wont be available until next year; even then, it may be as long as a year before enterprises begins deploying the suite to end users.
Ovation requires Windows 2000 or XP, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 or later. When the product is released at the end of this year, it is expected to cost $99.95 per seat. A beta can be downloaded here.