Drop.io is taking on the likes of WebEx, GoToMeeting and all the other webinar/web conference/meeting apps out there with presentation.io, a service that lets you upload, describe, and manipulate files for anyone with a browser.
Drop.io's initial purpose was to give you a spot to quickly drop up to 100MB in files, then send anyone who wants them to drop.io/myawesomehoneymoonphotos (or something similar). The service has expanded from there on out, adding a free phone conference line to each "drop," Campfire-styled group chat, and other features. Presentation.io combines all these elements and brings them to their logical conclusion: Upload files, send a bunch of friends to the link, and then show them off with either phone conference audio or real-time chat.
Any drop.io "drop" should have the "Start Presentation" link enabled in the right-hand column by now. We created a goofy test presentation, consisting of this morning's screenshots and Replacements songs, and took a few screenshots of the process:
After creating a drop and setting an administrator password, you can start a presentation at any time, whether or not anyone's in the "room" with you.
If someone was already chatting around your drop, this screen asks them if they want to take part in the presentation you started.
Everything the administrator does inside the drop is broadcast in pretty much real time to everyone else. Click a picture or document to show it, show off the link/download/embed codes, and comment on items in the drop.
Music and videos are also played, paused, and commented on in real time. One neat feature we'd ask for would be background playing of videos and music while you're showing a document or picture.
For a clearer look at how the presentations look for both admin and viewer, Drop.io founder Sam Lessin shows it off with two browsers open. You'll definitely want to hit the full-screen toggle on this one:
Present.io is, like drop.io in general, a free service, with restrictions on file storage, sizes, and other features removed with premium accounts/drops.