I really don’t like Powerpoint…well, that’s not exactly true. There’s nothing wrong with Powerpoint—it’s just a tool—but it seems too many people use it in the same, bullet-ridden checklist sort of way…I bet we’ve all found ourselves in a “Death by Powerpoint” moment.
Leaving aside the content (which no software is going to fix) my current solution for the “sameness” problem is Apple’s Keynote. Of course, if Apple ever achieves the 90%+ market share enjoyed by Windows, I’ll have to try something else but at least I’ve bought some time.
The S5 site (Simple Standards-based Slide Show System):
If you ever used Opera Show (a feature built into the Opera Browser), then you will understand where Eric got the idea. He’s improved upon the work the Opera team did, added touches drawn from the work of Tantek Ã‡elik (of Microsoft and now Technorati) and extended it to work with any modern browser.
S5 is open source and a very useful product. Spend a few minutes at the S5 site (view the demo, for example) and I bet you’ll immediately begin to think of times when this is the perfect solution.