Everyone once in a while I need to make a screencast, webinar or live presentation directly to a client. Having these great tools on hand really helps moves things along smoothly and for the most part without a hitch. Today I’ll tell you about how the tools I use to create presentations and to present them.
I had the idea for this post from Michael Hyatt’s post on his best tools for presentations, so I thought I’d share mine as well.
- Evernote Evernote is the ‘store anything you think of in terms of notes’ type application. I use it to store all my article, business and motivation ideas. For fun I also keep a notebook in there for my favorite beers, wines and foods.
- Skitch Skitch is a screenshot program. It’s very simple, it works, and it’s gorgoes. I doesn’t have as many features as my favorite Linux screenshot tool Shutter, but it does the job well enough. Michael recommends SnapZ, though when I tried it is just seemed to be a too much of an annoying not-so-well thought-out interface that I stuck with Skitch. Plus, Skitch automatically saves screenshots to my Evernote account, so it keeps things nice and organized for me. All I need is the ability to take screenshots of particular parts of the screen and sometimes add a pointy arrow, and Skitch does this well enough for me.
- SublimeText 2 Being a programmer at heart I needed something that gives me the best of the command-line world and the ease of use of Mac Software. Thus, Sublime Text. It IS a text editor, though it is also highly extensible. I currently have it setup (using several plugins and theme options) that it automagically formats and styles my text (.txt and .md) documents using the Markdown language. I use this for all my outlining and thought organization. I also use it to write in and save my articles in as a backup. For presentations, I use it to outline and to help me write the opening and closing lines.
- ScreenFlow Screenflow is a screen video capturing program, for recording screencasts and webinars. It’s a lot like Camtasia, though I found this to be better on the Mac than it’s competitors. It’s a bit on the expensive side, though if you make a lot of screencasts it’s worth it.
- Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone The mic on a mac is good, but it’s not production quality good. So, for podcasting and recording (as well as for my business VIOP line) I got this microphone. It records very high quality audio for a very affordable price. I have this mic attached to a boom arm and a shock-mount. I also have a cheap pop filter in-front of it.
The only things I had to help me present that I currently don’t have would be:
- Either an app on my Android phone that connects to my Mac(s) or a new iPad (I have an old one that keeps crashing) with a presentation app. OR a presentation remote.
- A macbook air, since it’s super light, well priced and speedy and I have no need for a macbook pro. That would be great for on-the-go presentation.
What have you fellow professionals used for presentations?