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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 Just remember how many times a badly designed presentation—with slides chock full of text and outdated animation effects—instantly made you think twice about the credibility of the person presenting their product or idea.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 PowerPoint alternatives:
A cloud-based, 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 $12 a month per user
Pros: Users can create virtually any visual content—including infographics, charts, reports and printables—in a single place; add animation, full interactivity and audio
Cons: Due to high level of flexibility and variety of options, might take some time to master all of its features
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.
Haiku Deck also offers an Artificial Intelligence helper called Zuru. Users can upload a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation on the platform and Zuru rebuilds it automatically.
Price: Paid plans starting at $9.99 a month per user
Pros: Strong visuals
Cons: Customization options are very limited
Ideal for: Traveling salespeople, students
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 in minutes, Emaze offers professionally designed parallax, 2D and 3D templates, as well as the ability to create video presentations with online accessibility.
Price: Paid plans start at $12.50 / month per user after a minimal free option
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. It’s a favorite with a lot of students and educators, especially for its ease of use.
Price: Paid plans starting at $5 / 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.
After the release of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Keynote is even more intuitive. Presentations are stored in the cloud and available on all devices.
Price: Free for all Mac computers
Pros: Compatible with PowerPoint
Cons: Desktop software, not online-based; no slide library
Ideal for: Mac owners
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 slide templates.
You can even other people’s presentations and use them as a template. Slides.com is not to be confused with Slides.ai.
Price: Paid plans starting at $5 / month per user
Pros: User-friendly; includes beginner’s tutorial; users can copy other people’s design and layout as templates for their own content (this preference can be turned off when creating presentations).
Cons: Create only linear presentations; limited design options such as professional templates and types of slides; no graphs or infographic widgets available.
Ideal for: Startups, students, teachers, individuals
This PowerPoint alternative is a good option for all those who don’t have the time to design their own slides.
Slidebean has recreated pitch decks from big-name startups and offers them as ready-to-use templates. There are more themed templates available for users to simply plug in their content.
Price: Paid plans start at $96 / year 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, startups
Part of a suite of online applications called the Workplace Bundle, Zoho Show provides users with a traditional presentation tool that's online-based.
Like the other alternatives listed here, this presentation software allows users to create and access presentations from any browser or device connected to the Internet.
Price: Paid plans of the Workplace Bundle start at $4 / month per user
Pros: Import multiple file types; conferencing option
Cons: Limited animations and transitions; only standard presentation functionality
Ideal for: Business users, students, educators
Google Slides is the most popular PowerPoint alternative because it’s completely free with a Google account. When logged into Google, Slides is available at any time, even from the email dashboard.
The design process on Google slides is simple and to the point. There are hundreds of templates in different color themes to choose from.
Price: Free for everybody, as long as they have a Google account
Pros: It’s free and easy to use
Cons: Design capabilities are limited to standard features
Ideal for: people who appreciate Google products and need to create presentations with remote teams
Canva is an easy-to-use alternative to PowerPoint. The presentation templates come ready with numerous slides. All you need to do is choose the slides you want to use and switch out the content.
Along with the basic presentation features, animated presentations are also possible if you purchase the Canva for Work plan.
Price: “Free” but assets cost $1 or more to use. Canva for Work is $12.95 / month per user
Pros: Easy to use and lets you create nice-looking presentations fast
Cons: The best features are in the Canva for Work plan; complete presentations can’t be colorized as a whole.
Ideal for: Pretty much anyone
Presentations created with Ludus tend to have an artsy and creative look to them. The program’s templates include blocks with photos and color overlays.
The best feature in Ludus is the smart alignment tool, which helps the user place objects in the best place along a grid.
Price: The Solo plan starts at $14.99 / month
Pros: The slides look nice out of the box
Cons: There are no images available inside the editor
Ideal for: Creative types that need to make a presentation fast
Other reviews: Havaian
Beautiful.ai is a PowerPoint alternative with a twist. The design of the slides is controlled by Artificial Intelligence. Their pitch is that presentations will look great every time without much work from the user. On the other hand, customization possibilities are limited.
Price: Free. Pricing tiers to be announced sometime in 2019
Pros: AI helps create better presentations fast
Cons: Very limited design capabilities
Ideal for: Students, educators, startups
This presentation software is all about creating HMTL5-powered slide decks that look like animated videos. Safe to say, Focusky presentations can include 3D animations and transition effects.
The program is a desktop app available for both Windows and Mac and must be downloaded to a computer to work.
Price: $9.90 / month
Pros: Interesting animations and 3D transitions
Cons: Program needs to be downloaded; animations can get overwhelming
Ideal for: Educators, office meetings
Other reviews: Techprevue
Sway is Microsoft’s own alternative to their PowerPoint software. It’s everything that PowerPoint isn’t. In fact, it is so different, you can’t really tell it’s made by the same company.
Sway is a cloud-based app, which can be accessed through any Microsoft account, such as Hotmail and Outlook.
Price: Free with a Microsoft Account
Pros: A presentation can look like a website, a newsletter or a classic slide presentation
Cons: No tools or options to present data
Ideal for: Students, NGOs
Powtoon used to be far from a professional presentation maker. As a PowerPoint alternative, it didn’t really fit the bill. It used to be all about animations and cute characters in explainer videos.
But things have changed. Users can now make professional-looking presentations as well as slide decks full of cute animated characters.
Price: Starting at $19 / month, billed annually
Pros: Lots of different templates and styles; customization options
Cons: All the choices can be overwhelming and lead to "Death by Powtoon"
Ideal for: Educators, creative entrepreneurs, students
Genially is a tool for creating different kinds of content, including presentations. This alternative to PowerPoint is equipped with branding capabilities for professional creators.
Users can create both fun and vibrant slide decks as well as professional pitches. Viewing can be in video form or as a slideshow.
Price: Starting at $8.50 / month with an annual plan
Pros: Very creative presentation maker with lots of interactive elements
Cons: Too much interactivity can be overwhelming
Ideal for: Educators, creative startups
Other reviews: AgoraPulse
Flowvella is a downloadable app for making presentations. It can be used on both desktop computers and mobile devices. It’s practical and fast but also very simple. Users will not find animation and interactivity with FlowVella.
Price: $10.00 / month billed annually
Pros: The app can be used on any desktop or mobile device
Cons: It’s a bit simple; only "gets the job done"
Ideal for: Students, personal projects
Other reviews: TechCrunch
Libre Office Impress is part of the Libre Office suite of open-source software for professionals. It doesn’t have a beautiful dashboard but it’s a favorite with people who appreciate open-source programs.
It is compatible with PowerPoint files and can do quite a bit even if it looks like it can't, such an animation and 3D design.
Pros: It’s compatible with all Microsoft programs and files
Cons: Might not be the right presentation tool for non-developers
Ideal for: Developers, people who love open-source software
Other reviews: PCWorld
Previously known as GoAnimate, Vyond is a program that lets you create video presentations for work, education, and training.
As a Powerpoint alternative, Vyond is different from a classic slide deck. The choices are mostly animated videos or whiteboard explainers.
Price: $49 / month per user
Pros: Finished videos are fun and entertaining
Cons: Videos cannot be viewed as slides one by one
Ideal for: Training and on-boarding
CustomShow is a cloud-based app for making professional presentations and is part of the Zoomifier suite of programs.
This PowerPoint alternative is a pretty versatile option, not only for presentations, but also for organizing meetings. Another cool feature is that CustomShow presentations can be easily tracked with analytics.
Price: $39 / month for a two-year plan
Pros: Branded Slide Library for everyone on a team to use
Cons: No free trial or free tier
Ideal for: Professionals, Marketing teams
Other reviews: Techradar
This is our take on the best PowerPoint alternatives out there right now. Which of these top-rated PowerPoint alternatives best suits your needs?
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