Bored of using Microsoft PowerPoint for creating presentations for your company ? Have you ever thought that there are other alternatives that you can try for free instead of buying Microsoft’s expensive office suite? Then, this is the right article for you. Today, lets take a look at 5 cool alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint.
1> OpenOffice.org Impress
OpenOffice.org Impress, a part of the OpenOffice.org office suite and developed by Sun Microsystems, is a presentation program compatible with Microsoft Powerpoint.
In addition to being able to create PDF files from presentations, it is also able to export presentations to SWF files allowing them to be played on any computer with a Flash player installed.
- It can open Microsoft PowerPoint projects.
- You can start from scratch, use a template or open an existing presentation.
- Impress has a full range of features so that you can edit each slide and control how it appears.
- A variety of first-class transitions are available.
- You can view a slideshow and see how your presentation looks.
- Edit your presentation in a variety of ways.
- Change the look of your presentation by switching templates.
SlideRocket is a web app that allows you to do pretty much everything you can hope to do with a presentation and much more. With SlideRocket you can create, manage, securely share and publish your presentations.
There is a free plan that you can sign up and use to create your presentations. It supports PowrPoint 2007 files, so if you have been already working on PowerPoint, you can import your old files to SlideRocket to start from where you left.
If you don’t choose to start from your old presentations and want to create a presentation from scratch, SlideRocket will allow you to choose from a collection of elegant themes.
You can add charts, graphs, images, animations, special effects, lighting effects and more to the slides. You can also play around with the text, and it offers a downloadable desktop application for viewing the slides offline.
That’s not all, when you are done creating your slideshow, you can share it or embed it on blog or website. That’s pretty cool of SlideRocket.
3> 280 Slides
280 Slides is another completely online option for creating a presentation. This free web app resembles the Keynote presentation software created by Apple, and allows users to create a presentation online, then download it in either PowerPoint, Open Office, or PDF file formats.
You can add photos and movies to your presentation directly from popular Web services like Flickr and YouTube.
You can import your existing PowerPoint 2007 files to start working on your previously saved file as well as start from scratch. It can even open old Powerpoint documents as well as Openoffice presentations.
You can store documents directly on the 280 Slides server if you create an account. The only information you have to provide is an email address and a password.
280 Slides runs right in the browser, with no download and no installation, and it works just like the desktop applications you’re used to.
Run it in full screen and your friends will surely think you’ve got OS X installed on your PC.
Unlike traditional slide-based presentation tools, Prezi lets users zoom in and out to examine the big picture and focus on details, which is great for creating and showing compelling messages.
Prezi generates one giant slide containing the entire presentation, and each important element is zoomed in and out of in sequential order. It takes the often boring experience of a slideshow and turns it into a more dynamic, 3D-feeling one.
If you are having a hard time figuring out how Prezi works, take a look at the one below:
Also, you can download the presentation as a portable Windows or Mac application.
You get 100MB Storage when you sign up for a free account. But for private presentations and access to Prezi Desktop, users have to pay a monthly fee.
5> Google Docs
My favorite alternative when it comes to replacing Microsoft applications is usually Google. You may already be familiar with Google Docs, but did you know you can create presentations with this web-based app? Just click on the Create new drop down menu and select Presentation to get started.
The presentation file format allows users to collaborate on the same presentation file, making this option suitable for teams and long distance work.
Google Docs shows which user is currently editing or viewing an individual slide in the presentation.
This tool creates simpler presentations than Microsoft PowerPoint, as it does not offer options for templates, themes or slide transitions.
Google Docs’ main strength lies in the ability to edit the presentation anywhere and collaborate with others.