5 Online Alternatives Tools To PowerPoint

by derek on April 4, 2011 · 19 comments

Microsoft PowerPoint has long been the number one tool used by professionals around the world when they gear up for a presentation. Even though this tool is liked and used by thousands of people, many have switched to cheaper alternatives.

In the revolutionary technological age we are in, cloud-based presentation tools have become available in large numbers. Today you can choose from dozens of applications. This article will look at the five we at iAdvize found best.

Benefit of Cloud-Based Applications

I don’t think you can grumble with the fact that online applications are simple and fuss free. If you want access to your presentations wherever you are in the world, then the following tools will be right down your alley. Forget traveling with your laptop and then remembering you forgot your presentation; forget losing your presentation to a PC crash.

With the cloud you have an always-on solution that will serve you wherever you have access to an Internet connection – which is just about everywhere you would need it.

1. 280 Slides

280 Slides

280 Slides caught my eye the moment I loaded the site. I love their clean interface. Being a Mac user myself I like the native app look of this service and best of all, it’s free. You can’t beat free and you can’t look past the impressive features of 280 Slides either.

The makers of this app have integrated it with SlideShare, allowing you to embed and publish directly to your website if that’s what you want. You can create your own slides, add videos (YouTube videos) or your own videos saved on your PC/Mac, text and images, shapes and specific backgrounds and layouts.

When you’re happy with your creation you can download it to your PC/Mac and view in PowerPoint. You can also email to third parties if need be.

2. ZOHO Show

ZOHO Show

Zoho is a popular free online productivity suite. Used by thousands of professionals worldwide, Zoho has a big following because their tools are often compared to Google Docs (another free alternative), yet are the preferred choice. Their ZOHO Show presentation application allows you to create slideshows for free.

While the app is OK, it wouldn’t suit everyone. For me it is missing some of the gloss aspect 280 Slides has out of the box. Don’t get me wrong. The app works well for basic presentations, but that’s about it for now.

3. Prezi

Prezi

Not a presentation app per se, Prezi is a free online tool that lets you create animated presentations on a large canvas – similar to using a whiteboard. Make no mistake, this tool is uber-sexy.

Don’t let the introduction to Prezi fool you into believing that you can’t have cool presentations. You can. You can use plenty of animations and tools to give your presentation that extra edge. The result will be a stunning demonstration of your creative abilities you can share with others.

4. Acrobat

Acrobat

What would an alternative option be without Acrobat? While not free (after your initial free trial) this tool allows you to collaborate with your co-workers using Adobe Buzzword. It costs $149/year. This is great for a group of people looking to create presentations while not residing in the same place. To keep controls where they belong you can set your permission levels, giving access to only those who need it.

What I really like about this tool is that you can share your screen with others not present in the room. Great for meetings. This will also allow you to work on a shared whiteboard at the same time – assuming permissions have been granted.

5. SlideRocket

SlideRocket

SlideRocket is the most useful of all the tools mentioned in this article as it is very similar to PowerPoint. Plenty of features allow you to add visual appeal to your slides, giving your presentation that special quality and look.

You can further collaborate with your co-workers by setting privacy levels according to your needs. The integrated SlideRocket Marketplace allows you to purchase stock photos for your presentations, order print on demand services and even buy audio clips. The basic account is free, but you can unlock additional options for a $24/month or $240/year fee.

This was a guest article buy Lior who works for iAdvize and also advises to an applicant tracking software company called TheApplicants.

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