5 best iPad presentation apps

by Derek Walter

January 2 2014

The iPad is an excellent companion for slide show presentations, freeing you from the need to carry around a computer to that next meeting. These choices offer excellent options for any kind of presentation that you may need to offer.

(You can also find many other categories and apps in the TabTimes best 100 iPad apps: From creativity to productivity guide)

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  • 1 Haiku Deck
    Slide 1

    Haiku Deck offers the fastest way to make a great-looking presentation. It does this by taking the text of each slide and using it to find relevant images that fill the screen for an eye-popping performance. The app continues to evolve, with a new, beta web tool for creating Haiku Decks which then sync to your iPad.

  • 2 Prezi
    Slide 2

    A 2013 Tabby Awards nominee, Prezi is an excellent presentation tool for its break from the traditional PowerPoint mold of vertical bullet lists. Instead Prezi zooms in and out of content, giving the author a more powerful template for sharing ideas.

  • 3 Keynote
    Slide 3
    $9.99 (free for new devices)

    The biggest news for Keynote this year was that Apple made the app (and its fellow productivity suite members Pages and Numbers) free for new iOS devices. It was a bold move to stay competitive in an increasingly crowded productivity space, which was transformed by Apple itself in creating the iPad. Whether you are getting it free or need to pay the current $9.99 cost, Keynote can still dazzle audiences with an impressive suite of tools.

  • 4 SlideShark
    Slide 4

    SlideShark is one of the best choices for those needing a more business-focused solution, specifically when it comes to viewing or presenting PowerPoint presentations on your iPad. A Tabby Awards winner, it handles PowerPoint presentations created on your Mac or PC with a high level of fidelity. While the app is free, there are other business solutions like the Team Edition that for a fee provide additional collaboration and file management features.

  • 5 Showpad
    Slide 5

    Showpad goes beyond the traditional slide show by enabling several sales-focused and metrics-gathering capabilities. With Showpad you can enable instant feedback from users and quickly share a presentation through email or as a download link. Also open web apps from inside the application for additional expandability.


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