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April 4, 2013 / carlispina

Create Horizontally Scrolling Presentations on an iPad with Scrollshow

Scrollshow LogoAs iPads continue to increase in popularity, productivity apps for them continue to proliferate. Among these are presentation apps such as Haiku Deck, Prezi, and now Scrollshow, which sets itself apart by providing a unique horizontal background that content then scrolls across. Animations for elements on the page can be set to different speeds to create elaborate effects with text and images that really set these presentations apart from the average slideshow.

Users create complete presentations directly on their iPad rather than merely presenting from the iPad, which allows the app to take full advantage of all the touchscreen has to offer. Items in the presentation can be resized, moved and rotated with simple movements such as pinching, dragging and rotating your fingers. Scrollshow provides lines that make it easy to line items up with each other or with various parts of the screen. Users can import images from their iPad’s camera or insert one of the many shapes that Scrollshow includes to add additional elements to their presentations. The app also includes a variety of fonts and font sizes that allow you to customize the look and feel of your text. However, certain more advanced text options, such as the ability to include bullet points or underlines, are not included. The app also offers many different backgrounds ranging from plain, professional ones to more whimsical ones. Once presentations are complete, they can be shared via email (though they can only be opened by others with the Scrollshow app) and the app seems to suggest that Scrollshow will be offering online hosting at Scrollshow.net at some point in the future, but right now that feature appears to be in a limited beta version.

I found Scrollshow to have an easy learning curve. It is a fun twist on normal presentations for those that want to use their iPad to both create and deliver presentations. If you want to see how it works, you can check out the examples available on Scrollshow.net or watch the video below. Looking for more presentation tools? Check out my guide to other alternatives.

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