The Best PowerPoint Alternatives in 2018

A recent poll indicated that Microsoft PowerPoint is as popular with younger tech-savvy individuals as it is with Baby Boomers. With hundreds of millions of users worldwide, it has been the dominant player in the market for the past two decades. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of PowerPoint, but having a couple presentation substitutes up your professional sleeve is never a bad thing.

Tom Dally, January 12, 2018

Here are our 10 PowerPoint alternatives to bolster your presenting arsenal for 2018.

Check out our Infographic as well: The PowerPoint Alternatives Universe

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#1 SlideShare

Whilst not specifically a PowerPoint replacement as you are unable to create and edit slides from scratch, SlideShare is a great way to get your existing content online. Users can upload their presentations on PowerPoint, PDF or OpenDocument format. With an estimated 60 million monthly visitors to their website, it’s a fantastic medium for getting your slide decks out there, in addition to sharing it with your LinkedIn audience.

#2 Prezi

Describing Prezi as a PowerPoint substitute is possibly not doing it justice in the sense that it offers something totally distinctive. Prezi’s dynamic pan and zoom functionality enable presenters to marry higher lever analysis with the finer details painting an intricate canvas. Prezi enables audiences to go on a fluid journey through content akin to the transition from photography to motion pictures. If you’re looking for an alternative whilst still being able to create and edit slide decks, and create memorable and lasting impressions on your audiences, Prezi is your presentation tool!

Yet as the case with most things in life, Prezi does have some limitations and downsides. The most prominent of which is the time it takes to master. If you've got a tight deadline and you're not too familiar with it, it's probably safer to go with presentation software that you can create and edit slide decks with ease.

#3 Haiku Deck

Hailed as the “Instagram for pitch decks” by Mashable, Haiku Deck is a PowerPoint alternate that focuses on simple, visual image based presentations. Haiku Deck focuses on the best practices that presentation expert adhere to avoid death by PowerPoint. If you’re in looking to produce largely visual slides with limited text, quickly and efficiently, then Haiku Deck is a fantastic option for you. It is near impossible to create ugly slides. Plus, you can save your deck as a PPT file meaning it works with Glisser!

However, there are some drawbacks when it comes to Haiku Deck. Potentially the greatest is there is no free option. Prices start at $7.99 per month. Another disadvantage is a knock on effect from its main advantage. It's extremely difficult to customise presentations exactly to your specific requirements. As a result, you are unable to add more than a few bullet points. A point to note for the business traveller, if you're unable to save it to the server, you risk losing all your work.

#4 Visme

Visme enables professionals and novices alike to create striking impressive presentations with set templates and customisable features. You can add third-party content and presentations can be published online, embedded to a website, shared on social media or downloaded as a PDF to then drop straight into Glisser!

As mentioned above, Visme as a cloud-based solution is great for both professionals and novices alike. But as a professional, the benefits of Visme compared to other design orientated software (such as Photoshop), is negligible.

#5 Glisser

Naturally, when discussing presentation alternatives for 2018 we’d include ourselves. Glisser is an interactive, web-based presentation software removing the need to download an app. By removing this barrier to entry for audiences, Glisser boosts audience engagement and participation levels leading to more impactful presentations. Complementing many surrogate solutions – from PowerPoint and beyond - users can integrate live pollsaudience Q&A and Twitter feeds whilst viewing the content from their smartphones.

#6 Pickit

Most people go to their browser and search for images or stock photos, but if you’re looking to spruce up your deck with unique images quickly and effortlessly, Pickit is a handy tool. As a PowerPoint plug-in, you can use PickIt to create meaningful and memorable presentations without ever having to leave Microsoft Office. Kiss goodbye those dull and predictable images that you’ve seen a thousand times!

#7 Slidebean

Slidebean’s ease of use and availability of professional, ready-made templates makes it a valuable PowerPoint substitute. By taking care of the design element, even users with no design skills can create striking and impressive presentations. Once created, decks can be accessed via a link enabling audiences to view at their convenience.

Unfortunately, Slidebean does not have a free option. Prices start at $8 or $12 per month depending on the billing cycle. It also has a limited level of customisation which can be challenging if you're looking to create striking slide decks.

#8 Google Slides

If you’re constantly on the go and always using different devices to create or tweak presentations, Google Slides is a formidable option. As a cloud-based solution, Google Slides requires no software installation and can be easily shared with colleagues, so if accessibility and collaboration are important factors for you, Google Slides is a useful option.

The drawback for Google Slides is the level of customisation when creating slides. With a limited amount of templates and design options, it's challenging to create slide decks that look original and unique.

#9 Canva

Canva’s focus is on visuals. Much like Haiku Deck, Canva’s advantage as a PowerPoint replacement is in its simplicity. This great news if you have to produce a presentation at the last minute but still value aesthetics. Powerful features such as a user-friendly drag-and-drop design tool and a bursting library of photos, graphics and fonts, Canva everyone covered, from conception to execution.

As you can download your content as a PDF, you drop it into Glisser to make your presentation interactive and engaging for your audience.

Canva is such a visual alternative, the degree to which you can create and edit slides is impressive, but it comes at a cost. If you're a perfectionist, Canva can be frustrating to ensure your design is formatted correctly as the group and align features are only available for elements not yet aligned.  

#10 Keynote

True to Apple’s principles, Keynote is a PowerPoint alternative that creates sleek, polished and powerful decks. With an array of templates and a simple user interface, Keynote put design at the forefront of your presentation. The ability to export to PDF format means… well, you know what to do!

If you're a Mac user then you'll have no trouble getting acquainted with Keynote. However, if you're a PC and Microsoft Office user, it might take a bit of time to feel comfortable with it. In addition, as mentioned in the paragraph above, you can export to PDF or PPT format, but you run the risk of formatting and some graphics/animations changing.

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