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Choosing the best presentation software for your needs can mean the difference between closing an important deal and blowing the opportunity of a lifetime.
Think this is an exaggeration? Just remember how many times a badly designed presentation–with slides chock full of text and outdated animation effects–instantly made you think twice about the credibility of the person presenting their product or idea. Or how a glitch or holdup made you lose your patience.
We’ve all heard of death by PowerPoint. You don’t want to be one of those who blow it because they didn’t choose wisely. Luckily, in a post-PowerPoint world, there are a variety of options for every need imaginable.
To help you make sense of the dozens of options out there, we’ve summarized the most important features of the best presentation software:
A cloud-base, drag-and-drop presentation software, Visme offers users all the tools they need to create not just compelling presentations, but also infographics, data visualizations, reports, product demos and resumes.
Its ready-to-use templates, with HD backgrounds and professionally designed layouts, give users a breather from the all-too-familiar PowerPoint themes.
Packed with millions of free images, thousands of vector icons, graph tools in any style and hundreds of fonts, Visme allows users to create virtually any type of visual content in Its custom design area.
Price: Starting at $7 a month per user
Pros: Users can create virtually any visual content, not just presentations, in a single place; add animation, full interactivity and audio
Cons: Could use more presentation templates, which are coming soon.
Ideal for: Marketers, entrepreneurs, educators and individuals in general; corporate teams
This cloud-based presentation solution is often considered as a mobile alternative to Prezi and PowerPoint. It offers users 27 different templates and 35 million stock photos.
Users can quickly create presentations on the go and access and edit presentations from the iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac and Chromebook. The templates are characterized by big bold text and strong visuals.
Price: Paid plans starting at $5 a month per user
Pros: Strong visuals
Cons: Customization options are very limited.
Ideal for: Traveling salespeople
A simple-to-use presentation tool that uses HTML5, so it runs on any browser and device, including chromebooks and tablets.
Designed for those who want to easily create presentations within minutes, Emaze offers professionally designed 2D and 3D templates, as well as the ability to create video presentations that can be accessed from anywhere online.
Price: Paid plans starting at $9 a month per user
Pros: Make sophisticated visualizations with little effort
Cons: Will not work on older devices; very resource intensive; takes up a lot of memory
Ideal for: Users seeking easy-to-use 3D templates
This cloud-based software is popular for its nonlinear presentations, which pan and zoom from one page to the next without creating the impression of moving to a new slide.
Price: Paid plans starting at $4.92 a month per user
Pros: Create nonlinear presentations with ease
Cons: Not fully customizable; can only create non-linear presentations; can actually cause motion sickness in some viewers
Ideal for: Students, educators, speakers, companies
Apple’s alternative to PowerPoint, Keynote is everything you would expect in an Apple product: sleek, sophisticated and intuitive.
Packed with powerful features–such as the ability to create interactive charts, add reflections and picture frames–Keynote makes it easy to create presentations with cinematic-like transitions between slides.
Price: $19.99 or free with all new Macs
Pros: PowerPoint compatible
Cons: Desktop software, not online-based; no slide library
Ideal for: Mac owners
This alternative is good option for creatives and those who want to create a presentation driven by real-time storytelling.
You can pull in RSS feeds, live tweets, Flickr images, YouTube or Vimeo videos into your presentations. Projeqt also enables you to insert audio notes and interactive maps.
Pros: Price is right
Cons: Limited design and layout options
Ideal for: Students, educators and creatives
This cloud-based presentation software offers a solid and user-friendly alternative to PowerPoint. Its sleek editor workspace allows you to add background images, use a variety of designs and themes, collaborate easily with others and customize any of 10 default slides.
Price: Paid plans starting at $6 a month per user
Pros: User-friendly; includes beginner’s tutorial
Cons: Create only linear presentations; limited interactivity and design options such as templates and types
Ideal for: Students, teachers, individuals
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Have you ever experienced the hassle of having to switch between a slide deck, a website, a video player and a PDF file in the middle of a presentation? With Slidedog, your audience doesn’t have to look at your desktop screen as you fumble your way through many different file types.
This multimedia presentation tool allows you to create seamless presentations by giving you the power to combine PowerPoint slide decks, Prezi presentations, movie clips, PDF files and web pages into a single playlist.
Price: Paid plans start at $8.33 a month per user
Pros: Create seamless presentations with multiple media formats
Cons: Cannot be used to design slide content
Ideal for: Presenters who want to use various media formats
This recently launched PowerPoint alternative is a good option for all those who don’t have the time to design their own slides.
Slidebean’s website promises users that all they have to do is input content and the software does all the design and formatting work for them.
Price: Paid plans start at $10 a month per user
Pros: Allows you to focus solely on the content
Cons: No animation
Ideal for: Those who want to create presentations in as little time as possible
Part of a suite of online applications, Zoho Show provides users with a traditional presentation tool that is online-based. Like the other alternatives listed here, this online presentation software allows users to create and access presentations from any browser or device connected to the Internet.
Price: Paid plans start at $5 a month per user
Pros: Import multiple file types; conferencing option
Cons: Limited animations and transitions; only standard presentation functionality
Perfect for: Business users, students, educators
This is our take on the best presentation software out there right now. Which of these top-rated PowerPoint alternatives best suits your needs?
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