Anyone who has ever had to give a presentation in their life has at some point used PowerPoint.
Although speakers and presenters around the world have rebelled against its ubiquitous presence across boardrooms and classrooms (just read here, here and here), the fact that it has been around for so long makes it difficult to break the old habit of creating a PowerPoint slide deck every time we have to give a pitch or talk.
To help you break free from the reluctance to try something new, we’ve created a series of short videos that will allow you to compare certain Visme features and functions with those found in PowerPoint.
These visual comparisons will give you the information you need to select the presentation tool that best fits your needs.
(To watch each video in full-screen mode, just click on the maximize button to the bottom right.)
Team members in organizations of all types frequently see the need to not only create stunning presentations, but also share them with their colleagues and collaborate with them during the editing process.
Many presentation tools responded to this need and enhanced their functionality accordingly. PowerPoint, for example, now allows users to upload their presentation to OneDrive and then share the URL with others to allow them either to view or edit the file.
Since Visme is an online-based presentation tool, it allows you to simply share the URL with others without having to upload content first to a file-hosting service such as OneDrive.
To see this for yourself, just take a look at how it’s done on PowerPoint:
In Visme, this is done by typing in the name of the team member and selecting the appropriate permission.
In some instances, you might simply want to share a presentation with another person but not allow them to edit any of the content. To do this in PowerPoint, you would follow almost the exact same process outlined in the previous point:
To do this in Visme, you would simply click on the Publish option at the top of your screen to generate a viewing-only link.
Another important feature of presentation software with integrated collaboration tools is the ability to share projects and folders, as well as track user activity.
While PowerPoint allows you to collaborate on individual projects, it doesn’t allow you to share folders with others and view detailed information on user activity.
Visme, on the other hand, allows you to share folders with one or more people and set permissions, as seen below:
In comparison with PowerPoint, Visme also allows you to view users’ roles, the number of projects they created, their access permissions and their most recent action, as seen below.
It also offers you the ability to view granular data on each project, such as its type, the number of times it was viewed, when it was created, last edited and by whom.
Interactivity is particularly useful for engaging viewers and maintaining their interest throughout a presentation.
For example, using call-to-action buttons with hyperlinks is ideal for motivating viewers to take a specific action, while links between slides allows you to weave a compelling interactive piece, such as a map with hotspots as seen here.
The process for making content interactive, however, is different for each type of software. With PowerPoint, one must click on the object, go to the Insert menu and then select the Hyperlink icon to make a button interactive, as seen below.
With Visme, the process is a bit more intuitive, as it only requires you to click on any object and select the Link option from the menu that appears automatically to the right of the object, as seen below.
Animation is another feature that is useful for grabbing your audience’s attention and keeping it throughout a presentation, if done right.
In PowerPoint, the user must first click on the object and then go to the Animation menu to select the desired effect. Finally, the user has the option to either set each effect to start right after the previous effect–so that they appear perfectly synchronized–or manually set their appearance by clicking on the Animation Pane.
In Visme, the user can control each object’s appearance on the stage using a single animation timeline, as seen below.
One of the big differences between PowerPoint and Visme is the graphic asset library available within each software. While PowerPoint provides basic outlines of shapes and diagrams, Visme offers more than 6,000 high quality icons right within the tool–no need to use add-ins, as is the case with PowerPoint.
Visme also makes it easier to find what you need by allowing you to search for icons using keywords or browsing through the different categories, as seen below.
Chart and graphs are essential to making information easy to understand for your audience. Both PowerPoint and Visme provide you with a built-in chart maker.
There is one main difference, however: PowerPoint allows you to choose from a variety of pre-established chart styles but does not allow you to animate each individual bar or segment. Meanwhile, all charts in Visme are automatically animated, although the effects can be turned off if desired.
In addition, Visme allows you to quickly and easily create mini data visualizations using its infograph widgets, as seen below in the second half of the video (start at second :32). These are simply drag-and-drop charts and graphs that can be customized with your own information in literally just a few seconds.
After all the hard work put into your slide deck or presentation, wouldn’t you like to have a contact list with the names and emails of all those who viewed it? Visme offers you this very useful feature, which generates a detailed list similar to this one:
All you have to do is activate the Requires Registration option and every visitor will be asked to fill in the three fields shown above in order to view your slide deck. As of yet, PowerPoint does not offer this capability.
Another important distinction between the two tools is the ability to view detailed analytics related to your project. With Visme, it is possible to know the following:
Finally, if you’re still not sure which of the two is right for you, we’ve created this simple side-by-side infographic to help you compare and contrast their relative strengths and weaknesses.
What are your impressions of our Visme versus PowerPoint comparison? We would love to hear your feedback. Or, if you have any questions about how Visme compares with other online presentation tools, don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you.
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