The company has already garnered the attention — and investment — of some notable people, including the founders of Instagram and Zoom, and the Slack Fund. Behind every compelling presentation should be a compelling design tool, and Pitch is no different, with an easy-to-use tool for almost any platform.
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Pitch: Plans and prices
If you just need to make presentations, whether it’s for an informal meeting or to wrap up a project, the startup plan should be adequate. It’s free and allows unlimited presentations with custom templates and fonts. On the teamwork front, recording and live video collaborations are also supported.
The Pro version benefits from things like analytics, a built-in media library, and exports to PDF and PPTX files. This costs $8/£8 per month. Pitch also offers Enterprise plans with support for SSO, though pricing is still to be discussed by any individual organization.
Free plans grant access to up to 10 GB per workspace, regardless of the number of users collaborating. The Pro plans allow 10GB per person in a workspace, so if you have three people collaborating, you’ll unlock up to 30GB.
First things first, regardless of plan or subscription type, Pitch users can create an unlimited number of presentations, with as many slides as they like. All account types also support custom font uploads to help maintain brand identity and templates that can be customized and then saved for easy access in the future.
The number of integrations available, even for free plans, is downright amazing and helps make Pitch a well-rounded offering that should be easy for most to use. Link to things like Google Sheets for tables, Google Analytics for metrics, Unsplash (who is also a Pitch user) and Giphy for media, and YouTube and Vimeo for embedding videos.
As for own media, users can add voice recordings to narrate their slides or upload images in the most common file types (up to 5MB for free plans or unlimited for paid plans). The Pro tier also supports video uploads if you prefer not to use a video hosting website like Vimeo.
Pitch: Interface and in use
Pitch is well versed when it comes to designing a product that is easy to use and easy on the eyes. After all, presentations need to be exactly those two things, so why can’t the tool used to create them be?
For the occasional project, many users will find them using the web portal. As far as we can tell, this is a full version of the presentation builder tool, accessible from any browser, anywhere.
More seasoned creators are likely to prefer the dedicated Pitch clients, which provide offline access and a tidy app that resides separately from the web browser (and all the other open tabs that come with such important research). Fortunately, Pitch has us covered, with Windows and macOS clients, as well as smartphone and tablet apps for iOS and Android.
Naturally, the mobile versions of Pitch are smaller, however they are still just as functional for editing on the go. Unfortunately, though, the iPad app is just an enlarged version of the iPhone version, so it doesn’t make good use of screen real estate.
Any user familiar with Apple’s Keynote will instantly know where to find things in Pitch. In fact, we think taskbars look a lot alike. A navigation panel on the left side is joined by a collaboration panel on the right side, which contains things like comments, notes, and edit history (although some of these features are reserved for paying customers). There’s also a Slack integration to make collaboration even more seamless.
The general idea with Pitch is that you design and present everything within its ecosystem, and while you can export to programs like PowerPoint, there can be some compatibility issues. PDF exports are useful for sending notes to meeting attendees, but unless you’re a paying customer, expect Pitch branding to appear on your document.
One of our favorite features has to be the live collaboration functionality. Similar to how you can see another user’s location on a file in other ecosystems like Google Docs, Pitch users can follow their colleagues around the screen as they make live edits. What sets it apart are the small, unobtrusive bubbles of live video streaming, so coworkers can communicate more effectively at the same time.
Pitch hopes to be able to handle most types of queries with its online database of self-help articles, neatly organized in its help center with step-by-step instructions and how-to screenshots. If this is not enough, users will need to click “Contact Us” on the pop-up banner in the web app or desktop client, which opens a chat-like window. The company currently promises to respond within a few hours, so don’t expect immediate response times.
Since Pitch presentations are stored in the cloud and not on your hard drive, it is reasonable to expect that the company will take all appropriate precautions to ensure user safety. Stored files are encrypted as standard, and the company is open about its use of AWS European cloud hosting for storage.
A lot of Pitch’s competition will come from existing big players in the game such as PowerPoint and Keynote, however with its focus on collaboration and seemingly endless supply of templates we think it can more than hold its own.
There are also other alternatives online, such as Prezi, but depending on your specific use case, we think Pitch is generally more comprehensive as a whole.
If you’re looking for a tool to create presentations, Pitch stands out above the rest in what’s shaping up to be a pretty busy part of the market. With many outstanding features and impressive real-time collaboration capabilities, it really is a tool worth getting behind. For us, the only thing holding it back is the storage limitation.