March 5, 2012

Reel – Get Feedback On Your Ideas

Who doesn’t want a little constructive feedback on the presentation they’re about to give in front of a crowd? Reel is an application that people can use to poll their friends and solicit feedback on their presentations from virtually anyone who comes across their postings online.

If you’ve put hours into crafting the perfect presentation, then you don’t want to spend another hour uploading it and formatting it online before you can start gathering feedback from friends and colleagues. With Reel, you can post your presentation as individual image files – in .jpg, .gif, or .png formats – or upload the entire presentation as a .pdf, .ppt, or .doc file. If you’ve uploaded your presentation as multiple images, then you’ll want to add names and descriptions to each slide before clicking “Save Preso.” Reel will present you with a shortened link that you can post on Facebook and Twitter or email to friends. You’ll also get access to an embed code that you can use to post your presentation on a blog or website. Friends and colleagues who check out the presentation you’ve posted can give a thumbs up or a thumbs down on each slide, depending on their opinion of your work, and you can review those results by typing /report to the end of the URL that Reel provided at any time.

Reel offers a few different ways to sort and analyze the data it collects, which is helpful when people are trying to decide which slides to promote and which to ditch before their big presentations. For people who want feedback on the presentations they’re about to give, Reel is an excellent solution that could not be easier to use.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out what co-workers think of a presentation you’re about to give
  • Work together on a group presentation and see which slides each person has created
  • Get feedback from peers before hosting a lecture using new slides
  • Eliminate any slides that got too many “thumbs down” votes

Insider Tips:

  • Users can upload their presentations as individual slides or whole documents
  • Reel accepts slides in a number of different formats
  • Users can copy/paste the provided code to embed presentations on their blogs
  • The Reel app works on desktops, mobile phones and tablets

What we liked:

  • Reel users can quickly post their presentations online
  • Users should have no trouble deciphering the opinions of people who voted on their presentations
  • Voter responses can be viewed by adding /report to the end of the presentation URL
  • People have the choice to embed their presentations or email them to friends

What we didn’t like:

  • Voters are limited by only being able to vote up/down, rather than adding comments and critiques


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Campbell, California
  • Founded by: ZURB
  • Web site:


  • Free

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