Presentations are still a necessity for many of us, whether we’re creating them for clients or using them to pitch our work. And that process usually involves a lot of faffing with text boxes, arrows that sometimes stick to objects and sometimes don’t, fonts that don’t transfer from Mac to PC and animations that take a hundred thousand clicks to set up.
Beautiful.ai brings smart automated design to the presentation market, and it makes building a deck bewilderingly fast. For a start, there are layouts for almost every conceivable type of message that do 90% of the work for you. Venn diagrams, customer personas, graphs, comparisons, flow diagrams, product screenshots — they’re all ready drop straight into your presentation in your chosen combination of layout and colour.
But these aren’t just pre-built slides (you can buy those for PowerPoint, after all). These designs adapt themselves to the content you put in. Text resizes and moves, diagrams shift themselves so every data point is making an impact and there’s a massive library of free photos and graphics built right into the interface. Oh, and all of the build-in animations are handled automatically.
Whether or not this counts as artificial intelligence or not is obviously open for debate. Lots of companies use ‘AI’ these days, and honestly if it’s not capable of shrugging off its human overlords and travelling back in time to kill Sarah Connor, I tend to just class it as ‘machine learning’, but either way the results are extremely good.
I love Beautiful.ai most because of how close it comes to creating at the speed of thought, which long-time readers will know is my creative Nirvana. But it’s also very generous: the free tier is entirely capable of creating all but the largest presentations, and only has a small branding watermark in the corner, which seems a fair trade.
I highly recommend you take a look at it. Have a play for ten minutes and going back to PowerPoint will feel like a right old chore.
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