I've been playing around with a new Office add-in for several months now, but it’s been behind closed doors. And now (ta-daaa!) it has been released onto the web. pptPlex introduces a completely different way for how Powerpoint can be used for presentations and teaching, by removing the very typical linear format from the way it has been used up until now. Now you can think of your content as being on a great big canvas that allows you to focus in on the relevant content at the appropriate time and re-visit it quickly and simply.
As the new term starts, if you our colleagues are looking at bringing a new style to presentations, lectures, briefings and/or tutorials then pptPlex could be for you. On the site there's access to the download, FAQ, Blog and discussions about pptPlex. My favourite things about pptPlex are:
- Zooming in and out of slides
- Organising presentations into sections for the "Tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you've told them"
- Navigating through the content the way I want to navigate - not just left to right
- Using live content (documents, spreadsheets etc)
Take a look at the video for a snapshot of what it does:
I've also seen that some one is using a Nintendo Wii controller to navigate.