Presenter: New presentation tool makes big promises to users

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) --- When creating your next presentation, a local businessman says he has a better tool for you.

Payman Taei says his Presenter rivals popular programs like Microsoft's PowerPoint, Apple's Keynote, or cloud-based tools: Google Drive's Slide and Prezi.

Presenter combines all of the main features found within other programs: icons, charts, text and animation features. Plus, the free, cloud-based tool includes templates for infographics, web banners and license-free images.

"It is a Swiss knife for visual content,"

said Taei, founder of HindSite Interactive, a small web consulting company. Taei, 37, launched the business as a start-up in 2001 during his last college semester at the University of Maryland, College Park. Nine people work for the Maryland-based company.

Presenter is in beta after two years of development within Easy WebContent, a division of Taei's company. Users sign up for free. Taei says Presenter will also offer a paid plan.

Michelle Perry uses Presenter to create business development presentations. Perry is co-founder of Carter International Concierge, a boutique concierge firm based in Baltimore.

"There are a lot of presentation tools, but I like something that is very creative."

As a small business owner, Perry says her company looks for innovative tools with user-friendly features. Presenter allows her to create and design "on the fly." She saves time and money, she added.

Taei says Presenter was born after clients asked for a simple text editing tool. His team created a do-it-yourself experience with no required downloads or plug-ins.

The development team built Presenter on HTML5, so users may access their work on both Android and iOS platforms. There are no incompatibility issues related to Adobe Flash technology.

Presenter vs. PowerPoint

Taei says his product has the potential to be a "gamechanger" that challenges the ubiquitous PowerPoint.

Thi-Lai Simpson works with PowerPoint daily within the sales department at WUSA 9. The Creative Digital Producer relies on PowerPoint to design visual business pitches.

When asked what would make her choose an alternative to PowerPoint, she said she would want a program to be "in a cloud."

As a project manager for Gannett, Marsheila Hayes uses PowerPoint three to four times a week. She knows PowerPoint has free downloadable templates. But downloading takes more time before getting started.

Simpson and Hayes have not heard of Presenter. That may change.

Taei plans for an official launch of Presenter this year.


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