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: