I’m struggling to determine the used case for a mark down presentation application when I have the free Keynote. I don’t think Apple is going anywhere, so I’m not concerned about “future proofing“ my Keynote presentations. My question is not rhetorical, it is genuine. What is the use case and value proposition for this?
I was just about to post this yersterday. I registered for their beta, so I hope I have a chance to play with it. Looks fine, however, sometimes I like to “fine tune” and deeply customize a slide which this iA Presenter doesn’t let you do.
I would also consider it at that price, depending on functionality, maturity and polish (it’s about the same as iA Writer today, though that used to be much cheaper). As long as it’s not a subscription…
I haven’t had a chance to explore this at length but it looks and sounds similar in concept to the app Deckset that I used for a while. In the end however I found it too restrictive (built primarily for slides that are long lists of bullets although it can handle image embedding) resulting in “samey” slides that didn’t allow as much flexibility as Keynote?
I’ve not used it, but I can think of use cases for a basic, markdown-based presentation tool. For example in church we display Bible verses and song lyrics. We do not need anything fancy for that*, just clean, readable text that is very quick to assemble.
The point here seems to be to allow information to be prepared in an attractive format with very little effort, say just before a team meeting, not necessarily as a company’s main sales deck. I like the idea of separation of content and style.
*we use specialist software, but the point remains
I wouldn’t expect anything else from iA Presenter (and their trailer video fits the idea too):
A text (Markdown) based app that allows you to create sleek-looking slides with minimal effort.
With meticulously crafted design and templates - but limited (in-app) customisation options.
That’s what iA Writer and similar apps have been called (rather fancily).
And I wouldn’t be surprised to read the same in reviews of iA Presenter.
Restrictive is the perfect definition. Markdown is restrictive in a sense, you’ll never use that markup language for polishing something you are going to give to an editor, a boss or even your teacher. Markdown is great to focus in the content AND LATER polish everything with another app.
I think the same applies to this app or Deckset. Something fast? Yeah no problem. You need to create a professional slideshow? Then you’ll have to use PowerPoint or Keynote.