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The average laptop weighs about 3.5 pounds. That may not seem very heavy at first, but try lugging one around for 20 minutes everyday on your walk to work, and it won’t be long till you’re a regular presence at the chiropractor’s office.

Want to ditch that heavy laptop and just prepare your business presentation on the go using your smartphone or tablet? Here are 5 apps that will help you do that.

Industry giants such as PowerPoint and Keynote won’t be included here. They’re pretty much known to everyone, so talking about them won’t be of much use. Instead, this list will focus exclusively on lesser known alternatives that deserve wider recognition.

One last thing before you begin though: Be sure your device is updated with the latest software, so as not to have issues with the apps. Either register the premium device with the carrier or manually search and install updates. Check first as well if the app is compatible with your device or not.
Without further ado, check out these five excellent apps that can help you create or edit presentations efficiently and with high professional quality.
Haiku Deck (iOS phones, tablets)

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Haiku Deck lets you create beautifully designed presentations with simplified text in specially organized formats. Within the app, you can also search for both images with open licenses or premium photos. You may also pick templates for your presentation, each with corresponding fonts, layout, colour theme, and image filters.

The app is getting more and more popular, reaching 2 million users as of April this year. An update was released that same month, adding features such as a teleprompter which allows viewers to see your slides as you present but not your notes; and a Voice-to-Text option.
Price: Free, with Pro and Premium upgrades which are $10 and $30 per month, respectively.
FlowVella (iOS phones, tablets)

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FlowVella allows you to make stylish presentations either by normal touch operation, or with additional gesture commands. Multimedia content such as videos, audio, and images of various formats are supported and you can pull these from cloud sources like Dropbox and Adobe Creative Cloud.

A ‘flow’—the term the developers call the presentations—may also be shared via a URL link as an alternative to sending the file as an attachment. This way, you can edit the presentation and won’t have to resend the file, as the viewers can just re-open the link to get the refreshed content.
Price: Free, with Pro and Premium upgrades which are $20 and $5 per month, respectively, plus an Enterprise option for corporations.
SlideIdea (iOS/Windows 8 tablets)

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SlideIdea has an express slide creator that lets you set up presentations quickly. You just have to input the contents. It also has a ‘smart widget’ that allows users to add interactive elements to presentations for a more engaging session.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases
Google Slides (Android phones, tablets)

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Google Slides, a former component of Quickoffice, is now integrated into Google Docs. It leans more to a classic presentation creation, similar to PowerPoint, which means you can set a template and go from there. The app can be synced with other Google programs such as Drive for cloud saving.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases
SlideShark (iOS phones, tablets)

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Although SlideShark doesn’t let you make a presentation from scratch, what makes it special is that it allows users to broadcast their presentation online in real-time. This is perfect for overseas web meetings or if one member of the designated audience simply can’t make to the session.

It has other features such as meeting analytics, which gives you info on how many people watched your presentation. SlideShark is aimed more for marketing and sales pitches or presentations.
Price: Free trial, with Individual and Team Edition options for $8 per month and $12.50 per user each month, respectively.

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Did you know that the average person looks at their smartphone as much as 150 times a day? A few years ago, some businesses may have tried to prohibit the use of mobile devices in the workplace in order to keep employees focused and productive. Now, using mobile apps could be one of the keys to engaging employees and increasing productivity in the workplace. Some studies suggest that using enterprise apps can increase productivity by 34 percent.
More companies have or are considering implementing mobile enterprise apps. According to one report, over 128,000 enterprise apps were released in the iOS store last year. One consulting firm estimated that there will be close to 5 billion downloads of enterprise apps this year. In addition, 79 percent of organizations in a recent Gartner survey responded that they planned to increase their mobile spending by 36 percent in 2015.
As mobile apps become more prominent in the workplace, company leaders are trying to decide how to use these new tools and identify which ones will be most effective for their businesses. Below are some apps that could help you and your employees be more productive.

Focus Booster

Some experts believe that people are more productive when they break their work up into intervals. A study of one company even found that the top 10 percent of their high performers tended to work for around 50 minutes and take about a 15 minute break from their desks.
Focus Booster is an app that is designed based on this belief. The app is a sophisticated task tracker that separates tasks into time intervals and breaks to optimize productivity. However, it doesn’t just track time. It also collects data and compiles reports about how individuals work, giving them insights on how to improve their overall efficiency.


When prepping for a meeting, there are dozens of variables that presenters often need to consider. For instance, creating the agenda, reserving the appropriate meeting space, or using wireless presentation software may all be on their to-do lists with dozens of other tasks.
The mobile app Charlie aims to cut down the time people spend preparing for meetings by syncing with their calendar, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other sites. The app pulls information about meeting participants and creates a profile of highlights for users to view beforehand, minimizing the time they devote to researching.


Trello mixes productivity and collaboration tools into one place. The interface looks similar to Pinterest but for business operations.
Individuals can use the app as a personal goal tracker or to-do list. Companies can use it as an internal system to organize and keep track of goals and tasks. Members or employees can be assigned cards or boards to collaborate and share documents and notes with other team members. Once a task has been completed, they can move it to the completed pile, so that the rest of the organization is notified. Also, the mobile and desktop versions sync together to allow users to view their boards from anywhere, on any device.
There are millions of mobile apps on the market today and thousands that claim they can increase productivity. The wave of available enterprise apps can make finding the right one for your needs difficult. When it comes to productivity, these three apps are some of the best. But, like all apps, their level of effectiveness depends on how you use them.