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4 responses to “VisualBee –Trying to Automate Creativity”

  1. Zoli Erdos

    Ouch, it’s worse than I thought at first reading. They just slam in colorful images, totally ignoring rules of readability, and actually hiding the message on some slides. Don’t have to go further than your Agenda – slide #2 for proof.

  2. Arie Livshin

    Dear Ben,
    My name is Arie Livshin and I am the CTO of VisualBee. Thank you for your article.

    I would like to address several topics which were raised in the review:

    First, regarding Zoli’s remark – you are absolutely correct! The “Electric” Style Ben chose had a bug which made the text appear directly on the colorful background. We have fixed this immediately after reading the article. Thanks Ben and Zoli 

    Ben, you are right – a robot cannot completely replace a graphic designer (or a composer, or a writer). What VisualBee does, is to considerably shorten the creative process while making it much more fun. Therefore, the “Preview” screen (which appears after the initial Enhancement process is complete) is one of our great features – it allows you to easily modify the automatic results, e.g., choose different pictures, backgrounds and layouts, to suit your taste as well as make corrections.

    While it is difficult for VisualBee to compete with a talented graphic-designer, we offer good results extremely cheaper. You can use VisualBee for free, or buy a yearly premium account (i.e., more designs and extra features) for the price of a single slide designed by a graphic-designer!

    VisualBee currently has over thirty thousand active users and receives good responses from many happy customers.

    Thanks again,
    Arie A. Livshin
    CTO, VisualBee

  3. Amelia @ IT Management

    I’m definitely not sold on VisualBee. If you strip it all down, it’s simply just an add-on. I don’t know if I can even call it a plug-in.

    Creating presentations is a pain in the butt but it’s one that a presenter makes with the audience in mind. The creation process is based on the target audience. I don’t know if a software can automate this.

  4. Arie Livshin

    Dear Amelia,
    My name is Arie Livshin and I am the CTO of VisualBee. Thank you for your feedback.

    You are correct that a presentation designer should have the target audience in mind. Therefore, we let the user select an appropriate Style from the style gallery before a presentation is being automatically Enhanced. You can select quiet and conservative themes as well as colorful and more “crazy” ones. After the enhancement process is complete, VisualBee lets you select among several relevant pictures for each slide to suit your taste and audience. You can also choose appropriate transitions or suppress animation effects.

    I am not sure what you meant by the difference between an “Add-On” and a “Plug-in”, but I would like to note that VisualBee is not “*just* an add-on” as you write. It is complex software, with several patent-pending algorithms. It has been in development for over 3 years and is still being constantly improved.
    For example, VisualBee analyzes the presentation text and structure and suggests relevant images to each slide according to its content. Being a researcher myself (I have a PhD summa cum-laude in Computer-Science), I can testify that this was not a simple thing for us to develop.

    Cheers,
    Arie A. Livshin,
    CTO, VisualBee