Best Alternatives to PowerPoint
April 20, 2015
Let’s face it: PowerPoint isn't the easiest to learn and use, especially if you're wanting to elevate your design beyond headers and bullet points. Thankfully there are other tools available today that allow you to easily create presentations -- and have them look good, too. Here's a look:
Keynote is Apple’s version of PowerPoint. If you enjoy the UI of your iPhone or iPad then you will probably enjoy the experience of creating and designing a presentation in Keynote rather than in PowerPoint.
Pros: Easy to use; not bloated; works well with video and audio; can export to PowerPoint; iPad and iPhone friendly
Cons: Mac only; not as robust and lacks a lot of the bells and whistles PowerPoint offers
Canva simplifies the design process. With Canva, designers of all skill levels can create beautiful designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, and so much more.
Pros: Sophisticated layouts and design elements; easy to use
Cons: Small collection of presentation templates
If you are like me, you have probably been wanting an excuse to switch your presentations to a mobile device since Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad back in 2010. Well, if you have limited access to custom design talent and love working off a tablet, Haiku Deck is a great option for you. It works on the web and iPad primarily and is essentially a plug and play model where great design is pre-packaged and available for free and in some cases a small fee. (Tip: You can build a deck using Haiku Deck right on SlideShare thanks to a partnership between the two sites)
Pros: Beautiful templates; inexpensive design options
Cons: Limited design; iPad and web only
The best way to look at FlowVella is by imagining a presentation that is an online app. You insert your content and you get an app-based-looking presentation. It’s interactive. It’s easy to use. It’s clearly innovative.
Pros: Great templates; interactive; analytics feature
Cons: Mac only
If you love working in the cloud or your browser then eMaze should be a great option. With eMaze you do everything online. Pick a template. Create a presentation. Share it with the world. It’s that simple.
Pros: Browser based; beautiful templates with video and 3D features
Cons: Limited mobile ability; limited design customization
The main lesson here: Don’t feel locked into PowerPoint. We live in the era of the cloud and mobile devices where a vast array of options now exist. Explore, experiment, and then choose your favorite.
Scott Schwertly is the author of How to Be a Presentation God and CEO of Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. If Scott is not working with his team building presentations, you will find him in the pool, on the bike, or on a long run. Scott lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and three dogs. He has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harding University.