Google appears to be working on an online application, called Presently, that will aim to compete with presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint. Ionut Alex. Chitu was the sneaky one this time who dug up the code (which as since been removed) on Google’s site that was referencing the online presentation application. Here is what the code looked like:





var MSG_DOC_TO_PRESENTATION=”Convert document to presentation“;
var MSG_DOC_TO_PRESENTATION_HINT=”Once your document is converted to a presentation, you can insert slide breaks using Insert > Slide from the main menu.”;
var MSG_PRESENTATION_TO_DOC=”Convert presentation to document”;
var MSG_POPUP_BLOCKER=”Presently is unable to launch your presentation in full-screen mode. Check your pop-up blocker settings.“;
var MSG_NEW_SLIDE_TITLE=”New Slide”;
var MSG_UNSUPPORTED_BROWSER=”Unsupported Browser Presently doesn’t support Opera and will not function properly. Would you like to continue anyway?“;
var MSG_SLIDE_INDEX=”Slide %1 of %2: %3″;
var MSG_NEXT=”Next”;
var MSG_NEXT_HINT=”Space, Enter, N”;
var MSG_PREV=”Previous”;
var MSG_PREV_HINT=”Backspace, Del, P”;
var MSG_ZOOM_IN=”Zoom in”;
var MSG_ZOOM_OUT=”Zoom out”;
var MSG_ZOOM_RESET=”Zoom reset”;
var MSG_TOGGLE_AUTOFIT=”Toggle AutoFit”;
var MSG_PICK_THEME=”Choose theme:”;
var MSG_THEME_BLANK=”Blank”;
var MSG_THEME_GOOGLE=”Google”;
var MSG_THEME_LIQUID=”Liquid”;
var MSG_THEME_MONOCHROME=”Monochrome”;

var MSG_TOGGLE_TOOLBAR=”Hide/show toolbar”;
var MSG_EXIT_PRESENTATION=”Exit presentation”;
var MSG_END_OF_PRESENTATION=”End of presentation. Are you sure you want to exit?”;

So do you see anything in the code that looks interesting? I would like to see how well it converts documents to presentations as defined by the first variable, and then also a few lines down is when the term “Presently” comes up which is why that is the expected name (or cold just be a codename). Looking a little further down you’ll see that Opera won’t be supported, and then towards the bottom there are some clues that 4 themes will be available with one of them being “Google”.

Zoho Show

I can’t wait to see what Google does to make Presently stand out from the crowd, but if you want a sneak peak at what the application might look like you should venture over and checkout Zoho Show (pictured above). It is also an online presentation application that is extremely simple to operate, but there is one thing missing from it that I could see Google coming up with…animations! Script.aculo.us is a prime example of how Google could get some halfway decent animations integrated into their PowerPoint clone, but whether they are able to get it to work seamlessly with Presently is another question.