Two former Apple guys, one from the iPhone team and one from the iTunes team have created an online slideshow creator. that opened in public beta today. You can try it out and see if you like it better than PowerPoint, Keynote, Slideshare, Google Presentations, Sliderocket, or Zoho. I took one for the team and tried out this 280slides.com. First problem, 280. Why would they choose that number, especially in this age of Pecha Kucha? When you try to view a slideshow that you haven’t viewed before, it says, “Loading 280 slides.” I couldn’t help but think that I had to wait for 280 slides to load!
The good thing about this slideshow program is that it looks very much like Keynote, and is very easy to use. Everything they have done with the design helps you feel like you are using a desktop application. I found myself going to the menu bar to change settings more than once. It also looks very much like Leopard.
Perhaps 280 slides’ best addition to the online offering is the ability to search and add video and images from popular websites like flickr, and YouTube.
I think it is a pretty good platform for slideshows, but then again, I don’t make slideshows that often. It is definitely better for me than Zoho and Google.
Give it a whirl (it is still in beta) and let us all know how it goes.