Black Tonic; it's a remarkably simple, easy, fast and enjoyable way to share presentations remotely without Flash or browser plug-ins and while maintaining full control over the pace of the presentation to clients.If you're a creative design professional, you'll want to check out a just-launched service called
We've found very few shortcomings in our testing of the app so far and ReadWriteWeb's own designer Jared Smith enjoyed using it a lot. "It demonstrates an awesome use of standard technologies and real-time technologies," he says. Existing powerpoint decks will need to be exported as images and uploaded one at a time, but the company says it's working on changing that.
My favorite part of Black Tonic is the iPhone Safari view. Even when we switched from broadcast mode to review mode, where I was able to scroll through all the images in the presentation and click to zoom in a light-box - the whole experience worked very quickly on my iPhone. All I had to do was load a simple URL and we were rolling. (This is going to be a lot of fun to watch on an iPad.)
As we wrote in the profile of the then-unlaunched Black Tonic in our recent research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future:
The Black Tonic team believes that lightweight real-time technology is an opportunity to reconsider remote presentations, to add some structure to them and add the necessary control over presentation that they haven't had with the workaround of emailing PDFs.
A whole lot of options arise when a new computing paradigm emerges. Real-time doesn't have to only mean delivering a chaotic stream of social information to an individual at the center of the system. Black Tonic is a good example of looking outside the standard application of a new technology and instead taking advantage of the opportunity to reconsider standard practices [like emailing PDFs to design clients] that have been influenced by technological limitations that no longer exist.
Black Tonic is available today and includes a two-week free trial.