Mobilecast, iPhone app by Kenda Software, provides a quick, professional, and nearly effortless way to transfer your Powerpoint files directly from the desktop suite to any number of mobile device users, including those with an iPhone or iPad. The native application for iOS makes receiving new slides a no-brainer, opening up plenty of doors (and Windows, to pardon the pun) as far as enhanced workflow and professional ease of use, go. My iPhone app review found that if you use Powerpoint often, and share your productions with colleagues on the iPhone, Mobilecast is a must-have.
Concept and Functionality
Mobilecast focuses on making it easy to do one thing, and one thing only: Getting your Powerpoint slides from the computer to various mobile platforms. With the included Powerpoint add-on—and subsequent mobile suites—it has never been easier to do so, too. The Office extension allows you to instantly share the slides you’re working on with any user who has the Mobilecast mobile application, all without leaving Powerpoint. It’s most similar to services like Evernote for Chrome, where any piece of information you fancy can instantly be saved to the Internet.
Within the iPhone app itself, users must sign up for a Mobilecast account, a process that takes approximately five minutes. Once finished, the application will receive notifications when a new slide has arrived. Slides can be viewed via the touch-oriented interface directly inside the app—a feature we found particularly useful. That being said, the included viewer is nothing special, offering only basic slideshow capabilities.
With that in mind, the app makes it easy to dump slides to Evernote (our beloved note taker) with the touch of a button. This is essential, as there’s no way to forward a slide to email from Mobilecast itself, which is a bit of a drag, but one that’s streamlined thanks to the Green Elephant.
Design and Layout
As mentioned, we weren’t the biggest fans of Mobilecast’s slide viewer, especially as the application is designed to view slides. We did like the fact that each portion can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode, but we found the scaling experience a bit un-organic. We also found the app’s load times when first loaded a bit grievous.
That being said, exporting slides to the app from Powerpoint worked like a charm, and we couldn’t be happier with it. Likewise, saving any bit of data we liked to Evernote was a cinch, and we can easily see how Mobilecast might simplify, or otherwise reduce, heavy workflow stress.
In our humble reviewing opinion, Mobilecast is priced a bit low at $1.99, making it an unbelievable snatch for the price of entry. If you use Powerpoint often, and would like to streamline exporting your productions to the iPhone or iPad, this is the train to catch. And with such a low price, you’ve got nothing to lose!
Mobilecast requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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