A top indie developer that previously won Apple's app of the year is taking on PowerPoint
- Paste is a new app from acclaimed iOS app developer FiftyThree.
- It's basically a PowerPoint replacement, but with added emphasis on beauty, collaboration, and on its iOS apps.
- It's worth a try if you want easy-to-use software to put together a presentation deck.
For the past couple of decades, there have been two heavy hitters in terms of presentation software: Microsoft's PowerPoint, and Apple's Keynote.
But presentation software is designed to produce a final slideshow presentation; it's not a working document for teams working on creative tasks like app design or marketing.Now, a popular indie developer is taking a new shot to make presentation software, with special emphasis on working with multiple people and working on the iPad. It's called Paste.
I got a short demo of Paste from Georg Petschingg, the CEO of FiftyThree. The goal for the software, he says, is to get out of the way and limit distractions so creative workers and teams can "just create."
"These are modern teams that work with mobile, work with messaging," Petschingg told Business Insider. "They're out doing customer research, they've got their brand studio, they have their analytics team trying to optimize the software. Is that all going to go into PowerPoint?"
"It's a really interesting flip on making your workplace much more transparent, in a good way," he continued. "It's not like that situation where people who are doing the work also have to spend time pitching the work. That part sucks - just do the work, and make sure people can discover it. That's what Paste does."
FiftyThree, the developers of Paste, know something about developing beautiful productivity apps - Apple named Paper, a FiftyThree sketching app, as its iPad app of the year in 2012, and is featuring Paste as its app of the day on Tuesday.
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