I have been woefully allowing this blog to languish for quite some time now. I intend to change that. As I get closer to launching Presio I’m going to begin posting more about the product. Here’s a short list of topics I’ll be covering:
- How it works
- What it can be used for
- What problems it solves
- How it fits in with existing presentation and training tools
- What markets and types of users I envision for the product
- Design decisions that were made
- Some history as well - Why I decided to build it
I’d like to mention one other item. I’ve recently made the decision to simultaneously roll out Presio along with its “companion” product: iPresent Online. My initial plan was to launch Presio, get feedback, improve things, repeat. Then when the time was right (ie. there was identifiable market demand) - I would launch product #2 - iPresent Online. iPresent Online is a hosted service for storing Presio generated web presentations. Well, things change, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it makes sense to offer both products at the same time.
One of the things that swayed me was a discussion with my very first beta tester. He owns a small medical device company and has a sales team distributed throughout the country. After creating his first Presio presentation for training his sales team he said, “This is great, I’m looking forward to having my team view this. Could you host if for me?”. I have had similar discussions with others since, and thus the decision to release iPresent Online along with Presio.
That’s the thing, lots of folks (particularly in my target market) don’t have a shared network server, or web servers, or ISP accounts, or “IT guys”. These leading edge users understand the value of creating web-based multimedia presentations to get their message across, but they just want it to work, period. Well, a big part of “making it work” is distribution. iPresent Online solves the distribution problem.