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Thumbstacks.com: Web-based presentation building and sharing software

If you’ve ever worked with PowerPoint, you’ve probably found that one of the most frustrating limitations of working with the program is the lack of good options for sharing your presentations via the web. Of course, PowerPoint does offer the ‘Save as Web Page‘ option, but as anyone who tries to use the feature will quickly discover, the ‘web page’ is actually a pointer file and an entire folder of ‘slides,’ a cumbersome solution at best. Furthermore, in order to truly experience the full feature-set of a PowerPoint presentation, you ultimately need PowerPoint, which costs money.
For those who create their presentations with the intention of sharing them, and want to circumvent PowerPoint’s limitations and the high cost of the Office suite, Thumbstacks.com is an exciting new option in the world of web-based applications. Users create an account, then can immediately begin to build their presentations. Admittedly, Thumbstacks does not offer the complete feature set that PowerPoint does, but it utilizes either Flash (if installed) or AJAX to produce some pretty impressive results. There are several different slide templates, and you can customize slides with different fonts and images, all while editing each element in real time. Best of all, Thumbstacks makes it incredibly easy to publish your presentation via their website, so that anyone can view your finished work, either in real time or at a time of their own choosing, depending on how you set the preferences.
For now, Thumbstacks.com is in the alpha testing phase, meaning that the user interface has some definite bugs, and that sometimes certain functionality will disappear of fail, presumably while the development team works on the site. However, even in the preliminary phase, it is easy to see that Thumbstacks’ web-based model for presentation creation is a useful idea with many positive benefits in both corporate and academic sectors. Let us only hope that the free accounts don’t disappear once the software leaves the testing stage.