Innovative software is helping to make dull PowerPoint presentations a thing of the past.
Three tools to keep handy when you’re creating slides:
1. PowerPoint Twitter Tools. Use this suite of tools by SAP to incorporate Twitter into a presentation.
Cool way to use it: Create a Twitter “feedback” slide for your presentation. The slide contains a number of quote bubbles, which automatically fill with the latest tweets for whatever search term you enter.
Cost: Free; www.sapweb20.com. Click on PowerPoint Twitter tools.
2. Poll Everywhere. Survey your audience in real time with a slide from the Poll Everywhere site.
Cool way to use it: Ask the audience a question, then see results appear as audience members text or tweet responses.
Cost: Free for audiences up to 30; www.polleverywhere.com.
3. Fotolia. Tired of overused clip art? This site gives you easy access to more than 12 million stock images.
Cool way to use it: Install Fotolia software so you can search for photos, preview, then buy them—all while you’re still in PowerPoint.
Cost: $1.20 to $20 per image; http://us.fotolia.com.