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No more boring Presentations! The 10 best powerPoint Alternatives!

No one can dispute that PowerPoint is the most popular presentation tool out there.  In the Business world, Powrpoint is the absolute standard.    Ever since Microsoft released PowerPoint businesses have used PowerPoint for sales presentations, idea pitches and even for webinars.   Until recently there has been no real alternative to PowerPoint and a “Top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives” list was not even possible. But slides, slideshow, presentation have become synonymous with BORING and the Term “PowerPoint alternative” has been rising in google trends.
So, if you are looking for PowerPoint alternatives, want some cool new presentation templates or just interested to see what new presentation options are out there.  Here is our list of 10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives:

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1 – 10 Best PowerPoint alternatives: PowToon

Our number one in our top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives is PowToon (no surprise here). PowToon is the undisputed king of “interesting” .  If you really want to inspire your audience with a great pitch, story and emotional hooks. Powtoon allows you to present using animated characters and introduce “story telling” rather than “fact telling” that PowerPoint presentations are so good at.  Most importantly, with just a few modifications you can create short animated video clips from your presentations to put on your website.

 

The Pros: Free, super cool, easy to use, unique, great for linear story telling
The cons: still in Beta mode, styles are still limited (new styles coming out in March 2013)

 

2 – 10 Best PowerPoint alternatives: Prezi

This up and coming presentation software made it to our top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives because it’s a great tool for non-linear presentations.  Sometimes known as the zooming presentation tool, some have complained that Prezi gave them some motion sickness.
Prezi is a bit much with the motion but it’s the best tool for those who need to constantly jump from one part of their presentation to another.

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10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives: Prezi

10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives: Prezi is great for non-linear presentations

 

The pros: Non -linear slide management, beautiful user interface,  strong brand name
The cons: Too much motion, getting a good looking presentation is very hard

3 – 10 Best PowerPoint alternatives: Keynote

Keynote made the third place in our “Top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives” list because of its easy to use user interface (in comparison with PowerPoint).  Keynote is only available as a software download for Mac users who won’t touch Microsoft PowerPoint if their life depended on it.  It allows everything PowerPoint does but is just much easier to use. We love the potential that iCloud brings to Keynote but hate the iPad application.

 

 

The pros: short learning curve, easy to use
The cons: Only available on mac, PowerPoint clone

 

4 – 10 Best PowerPoint alternatives: Prezentit

Preszentit is another PowerPoint look alike.  Unlike Prezi, there is nothing groundbreaking here but it does allow you to create impressive presentations without downloading a presentation software.  This beta version is really still in Alpha mode and is not even close to usable but we chose it to 4th place in our “top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives” because the user interface has such potential.  It’s simplicity is brilliant.  Prezentit is all about transitions so if you want the bullet points that transition really well – you should really check it out.

 

Top 10 best Powerpoint alternatives: Presentit

Top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives: Presentit is really simple

 

The pros: Free, simple, easy
The cons: Does not work well, limited functionality.

 

5 – 10 Best PowerPoint alternatives: SlideRocket

As much as we hate to admit it – Slide rocket is really cool.  They have invested heavily in user interface design and it definitely paid off.  Microsoft PowerPoint team – this is what your presentation software should have looked like!   Goof quality comes with a price and Sliderocket is not cheap but if you have to chose between this and PowerPoint, well PowerPoint looses.  SlideRocket is number 5 on our “top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives” list because Creating amazing slides is what this presentation software does well.

 

 

10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives: SlideRocket

Top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives: SlideRocket has an impressive user Interface

 

The pros: well invested interface, some great features.
The cons: Expensive

Want to read about 5 more of our ”top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives” picks?  Check out Part 2 of this blog post: 5 Best Prezi Alternatives 

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Jordana Pepper

Social Media/Community Manager at PowToon Ltd.
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