I can’t claim to be the first one to think that maybe PowerPoint is far too heavyweight of a tool for making presentations. In fact, Edward Tufte has said this before and in fact argues that PowerPoint makes people dumber. Having been at the receiving end of many sleep-inducing PowerPoint-driven presentations, I can heartily agree.
The other interesting presentation-related product I saw recently was TeamSlide. This is a YAW2 AJAX-fronted application (a PHP program) simulating the parts of Microsoft Live Communication Server or WebEx that allow you to share a presentation with other participants. Advantage of TeamSlide: it’s only USD $99, and you don’t need any fancy browser plugins or a thick client. The disadvantage is that it’s basically a distributed slideshow application; you can’t share your desktop or other windows with the other participants, or do anything fancy that you wouldn’t be able to do outside of a PowerPoint framework.