May 2, 2012

Product Review: Slidevana

Slidevana is a collection of 140+ ready-made slides which aims to make life easy for presenters. I received a free copy of Slidevana sometime back and was asked to review it. So here is my take on this rather new stuff.


My initial reaction to Slidevana was "will people pay for this"? Slidevana costs $69 (Rs. 3650). Not a very hefty amount. But that's not the point. You have some ready-made slides and you can copy paste them onto a new slide deck and start editing them. Kind of saves your time preparing and designing slides. Overall I am a bit sceptical. Unless you are poor at PowerPoint you should not be needing such a product. Just take out some time and design your own slides. But then I know of many people (mostly senior in age) who are not good at PowerPoint and might want to check this product out.


What does Slidevana contain?
Slidevana comes in two themes; Light background and Dark background. Both have the same set of slides but only the colour varies.


There are various kinds of ready-made slides which you can use. There are ready-made agenda slides, slides with bullet points, slides with bullet points and photos, slides which only have one photo. Take a look:


The slide on the left has four agenda items. All you need to do is to type in your text in place of the existing text on the slide. Same for the slide on the right. Delete the photo and replace with what you want there. Replace the text with what you want. All you have to do is type.


There are various slides which help you make lists, tables, diagrams, charts and other standard frameworks. Click here for a detailed tour.


Last week I was making a presentation and tried using Slidevana for it. The timeline diagram  (top left) was of help indeed. Did save some of my time.


Overall, this concept seems new to me. Ready-made slides for people who have less time. Will that help? You need to decide whether it works for you or not. Atleast you now know something like this exists.


How did you find this concept? I really want to have your feedback. By any chance, if anyone has ever used Slidevana, enlighten us with your feedback. Did you find it useful? Do you use it often?