The most useful presentation design apps, software, and tools

Here are some useful tools for the presentation designer besides the classics (PowerPoint, Keynote, Photoshop). Some of these tools are free, others not. Obviously we could not resist putting SlideMagic among them.

 
Adobe Color CC (formerly Adobe Kuler) is a great tool to create colour schemes. 

Adobe Color CC (formerly Adobe Kuler) is a great tool to create colour schemes. 

Filter Forge lets you distort images. I really like the perspective and replicator filters

Filter Forge lets you distort images. I really like the perspective and replicator filters

Diagrammer by Duarte is a big database full of downloadable PowerPoint diagrams

Diagrammer by Duarte is a big database full of downloadable PowerPoint diagrams

Wordle makes beautiful tag clouds. Simply upload some text and adjust fonts and colours.

Wordle makes beautiful tag clouds. Simply upload some text and adjust fonts and colours.

The Logitech presenter remote, don't leave home without it

The Logitech presenter remote, don't leave home without it

Try out SlideMagic as an alternative to existing presentation design software

Try out SlideMagic as an alternative to existing presentation design software

iThoughts is a mind mapping tool that is useful for planning your story away from slideware.

iThoughts is a mind mapping tool that is useful for planning your story away from slideware.

Vector Magic turns low-res JPGs into scalable vector illustrations

Vector Magic turns low-res JPGs into scalable vector illustrations

Paper by 53 is a neat sketching app for iPad, use exported images in your presentation

Paper by 53 is a neat sketching app for iPad, use exported images in your presentation