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5 Great Powerpoint Alternatives for Your Presentation Needs

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For a couple of decades now, Microsoft PowerPoint has been a staple tool in the hands of many professionals.

PowerPoint incorporates standard Office features and a familiar, user-friendly interface that allows you to create static and interactive presentations quickly.

However, PowerPoint is the not the only option for you out there.

There are some great PowerPoint alternatives out there that could perform as well as, if not better than Microsoft PowerPoint, and make your presentation enjoyable, interactive, and productive.

So if you are seeking to stray from the norm (and stand out), but you want something close to the feel of PowerPoint with some additional features and functions, I have carefully selected some great PowerPoint alternatives. 

These programs can help you craft beautiful slides and create engaging visuals that will not only give meaning to your presentations but will grab the attention of your audience as well.

Yes there are alternatives to PowerPoint:

So whether you are trying to make your idea known to a group of people in a visual form, or you are seeking to create an interactive presentation with a captivating interface, here are some great PowerPoint alternatives that can get the job done for you without compromising the quality of your presentation. 

TOP FIVE POWERPOINT ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL BREAK YOUR POWERPOINT HABIT

Google Slides

Google Slides as an alternative to PowerPoint

The first alternative to PowerPoint on my list is Google Slides. Google Slides is part of Google’s office software known as Google Docx.

With this app, it was love at first sight for me. It’s quickly become one of my go-to apps because of its intuitive collaboration feature.  It also gives me offline access to create and edit my presentations and slideshows. To get started, all I had to do was install the Google Slides app straight from the Chrome web store and synchronize it with my Google Drive for easy accessibility and offline access. It made it very easy for me to create, edit, view and run presentations through Google Slides without any Internet connection.

The most surprising aspect of this feature was the way everything automatically synced as soon as I connected to the Internet. Owing to its perfectly integrated online collaboration feature, I was also able to share and edit presentations concurrently with my team.

We were able to work together on the same version of slides, thereby making our job less cumbersome and enabling us to get the job done quickly. Based on my experience using Google Slides, no app among the current alternatives to PowerPoint comes close to the simplicity and functionality that Google slides offers in creating, editing, sharing, and most importantly, presenting your ideas to your audience.

PCWORLD reports that Google Slides, through the power of Google Drive and Google Chrome apps, makes collaborating on presentations with other Google Drive users fast and straightforward, allowing you to leave notes for them and download the final presentation file in a PowerPoint format.

SlideDog

SlideDog is a powerful presentation tool that can combine almost any media into one uniquely designed multimedia presentation. The app’s user-friendly interface allows you to combine PowerPoint, PDF documents, Word or Excel documents, video clips, images and much more into one seamless presentation.

CNET, while reviewing this app, states that SlideDog is fully optimized for use on dual displays, meaning it has a separate screen for your playlist, your timers, and your notes. All these are kept away from the view of your audience, so they only see your slides while you’re able to see everything else.

SlideDog has a live sharing feature which allows you to broadcast and share a live stream of your slides with a “buttery smooth” responsiveness and speed. Your audience can also contribute and participate in a poll, provide live feedback and chat with each other during your presentation on a web browser through your channel link.

Your audience can also contribute and participate in a poll, provide live feedback and chat with each other during your presentation on a web browser through your channel link.

Canva

With the right tools at your disposal, crafting great designs and presentations ought to be easy and straightforward. It’s easy to get bogged down with costly and complicated applications that may put the design out of your reach.

With Canva’s non-prohibitive price point and super friendly user interface, these issues have become a thing of the past.

Canva comes in handy as an easy-to-use and free app for design professionals as well as those not graphically inclined. TECHCRUNCH writes that Canva creates an avenue for people to overcome their phobia of design through its quick twenty-three second video guide that displays when you launch the app for the first time.

With state-of-the-art layout options, a well-integrated stock photo library, intuitive drag and drop design options, and an online collaboration feature, you can easily create eye-catching slides and presentations. 

This compelling alternative to PowerPoint is being adopted by many as the mainstream app for most design-related tasks and slideshows.

I have been experimenting with Canva a lot lately, especially when I am collaborating with a client on building a graphically heavy presentation.

Haiku Deck

Just like Canva and a couple of other PowerPoint alternatives, Haiku Deck takes a radically straightforward approach to creating beautiful slides and presentations.

Used as a web-based tool or an iOS app the program gives you the ability to create beautiful slides from a wide range of free, high-quality background themes and pictures. You can add text over the images to create visually appealing informative slides.

Haiku Deck is a highly customizable template-based platform that allows you to import pictures from your device’s local storage, cloud storage, and social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, etc., to give your presentation a more attractive and personalized look.

Haiku Deck can help you add more impact to your slides and create attractive graphics and charts that will impress your audience.

Prezi

Prezi is undoubtedly one of the most innovative PowerPoint alternatives out there. Through its easy-to-use, dynamic, single-canvas and nonlinear presentation format, it has opened up the world of presentation and graphic slides to new possibilities.

The base of a presentation is a main, canvas-like slide that you can then zoom in and out of as you take your audience on a journey through your big picture idea and the finer details. CNET described Prezi as a web-based map that has completely changed the way we navigate through map books online.

PCMAG also writes that Prezi is a collaborative brainstorming tool that can be used like an online whiteboard with different people adding text and graphics.

The unique zoom feature allows for a more engaging presentation that will bring your audience into the action. It’s a great tool for presenting informal information in a creative format.

Just Try One

So as you can see, there are numerous alternatives to PowerPoint that are worth checking out. Each one has compelling features that will help you create an original, attractive presentation that will engage your audience far more than another boring set of PowerPoint slides.

Peter Khoury

Peter Khoury: Founder @ MagneticSpeaking X-Pharmaceutical Engineer, turned author, national speaker and executive presentation coach.

In addition to Public Speaking training, Peter is a regular speaker on the topics of Negotiations, Conflict Management and Leadership. He is the author of the book “Self-Leadership Guide.