Dennis Cafiero, the chief visionary for Presente3D, realized in 2011 that many of his customers were turned off to 3D because of the high cost in development. It just wasn't simple to make 3D unless you were a trained 3D professional. Before starting Presente3D, Dennis was Technical Director at EON Reality which provides 3D solutions for business and educational needs based on 3D Virtual Reality technology. With over 16 years of experience in the 3D industry, he understands the challenges facing the industry and consumers in the 3D marketplace.
In this conversation, Dennis discusses Presente3D, a new 3D add-in for PowerPoint.
Geetesh: What motivated you to create Presente3D – and what are the types of presentations where your product can make a difference?
Dennis: For the last 16 years, I have been developing 3D Interactive simulations and stereoscopic presentations for 3D immersive environments. What I found was that the cost of creating these simulations and presentations was expensive and most of my customers were happy with simple text and images popping out at them. I knew that most of my customers wanted the ability to create their own 3D presentations but they did not have the skill set to learn 3D modeling, editing or graphics. I decided that I would then create a simple 3D presentation software that just contained simple 3D objects like text, shapes and images.
I then told a good friend my ideas and he said people don't want to have to learn a new program and everyone knows PowerPoint. Microsoft PowerPoint is what 95% of the people use for presentations. We did not want to have to win over users. Microsoft had spent so much time in creating an easy to use presentation tool, we had to incorporate 3D into Microsoft PowerPoint.
I knew that when we did this integration with PowerPoint we had to make it simple for a user by just adjusting a couple values to their existing presentation. We could not make our users take hours to create a slide in 3D. We had to give the ability for users to add 3D to their slide in minutes. Everyone knows that most people create presentations the day before or at the last minute. We had to make sure Presente3D still gave you this ability at a cost that was affordable too.
So, with these goals in mind we started to develop Presente3D which was just recently released out of beta.
Geetesh: How easy is it for a newbie to get started with using Presente3D – how much of a learning curve can one expect?
Dennis: We made it simple to use Presente3D by adding all functionality to Microsoft's Ribbon Bar.
Below you can see an image of the ribbon bar:
A user can easily learn Presente3D in under 15 minutes just by adjusting Z-Depth (Pop-Out and Pop-in) and thickness levels on their existing slide objects. We have simplified the process to assigning two values to each object; we even give you some presets to make the process easier. Once you have assigned your 3D attributes, all you have to do is select your output display properties for your 3DTV, or 3D enabled projector. We even allow you to run on non-3D displays through our support for Anaglyph 3D.
We really made this simple for the other 99% of the people that know nothing about 3D. Every time I do a demo for people to show how easy it is, they say it looks simple enough that they I can do it. I promise you, you can!
Below you will find a video that shows how simple Presente3D is to use:
Categories: 3D, add-in, graphics, interviews, powerpoint
April 2003 | May 2003 | December 2003 | January 2004 | February 2004 | March 2004 | April 2004 | May 2004 | June 2004 | July 2004 | August 2004 | September 2004 | October 2004 | November 2004 | December 2004 | January 2005 | February 2005 | March 2005 | April 2005 | May 2005 | June 2005 | July 2005 | August 2005 | September 2005 | October 2005 | November 2005 | December 2005 | January 2006 | February 2006 | March 2006 | April 2006 | May 2006 | June 2006 | July 2006 | August 2006 | September 2006 | October 2006 | November 2006 | December 2006 | January 2007 | February 2007 | March 2007 | April 2007 | May 2007 | June 2007 | July 2007 | August 2007 | September 2007 | October 2007 | November 2007 | December 2007 | January 2008 | February 2008 | March 2008 | April 2008 | May 2008 | June 2008 | July 2008 | August 2008 | September 2008 | October 2008 | November 2008 | December 2008 | January 2009 | February 2009 | March 2009 | April 2009 | May 2009 | June 2009 | July 2009 | August 2009 | September 2009 | October 2009 | November 2009 | December 2009 | January 2010 | February 2010 | March 2010 | April 2010 | May 2010 | June 2010 | July 2010 | August 2010 | September 2010 | October 2010 | November 2010 | December 2010 | January 2011 | February 2011 | March 2011 | April 2011 | May 2011 | June 2011 | July 2011 | August 2011 | September 2011 | October 2011 | November 2011 | December 2011 | January 2012 | February 2012 | March 2012 | April 2012 | May 2012 | June 2012 | July 2012 | August 2012 | September 2012 | October 2012 | November 2012 | December 2012 | January 2013 | February 2013 | March 2013 | April 2013 | May 2013 | June 2013 | July 2013 | August 2013 | September 2013 | October 2013 | November 2013 | December 2013 | January 2014 | February 2014 | March 2014 | April 2014 | May 2014 | June 2014 | July 2014 | August 2014 | September 2014 | October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015 | August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015 | November 2015 | December 2015 | January 2016 | February 2016 | March 2016 | April 2016 | May 2016 | June 2016 | July 2016 | August 2016 | September 2016 | October 2016 | November 2016 | December 2016 |
Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.