The Top 10 PowerPoint Alternatives for 2019

PowerPoint was first rolled out by Microsoft in 1987. Since then, they’ve added a raft of features with subsequent versions. It’s been the undisputed presentation king over the past three decades and rightly so - it was one of the first mainstream presentation tools. It revolutionised events, education and training, and everything in between. However, there’s now a plethora of new and exciting alternatives that enable even novice users to create highly visual, engaging and customised presentations.

Tom Dally, January 17, 2019

We’re back with an updated top 10 PowerPoint alternatives for 2019!

Here are our recommendations:

#10 Renderforest

Renderforest offers a very interesting product - it enables you to create video presentations in three simple steps: edit your slides, customise the colours, and then select your music. The easy to use, intuitive features help you create professional looking videos that can be published directly to YouTube and Facebook, shared across social media via a link, or downloaded as an MP4 file. There are also useful video tutorials to help get novices off the ground.

Renderforest can be quite pricey though if you opt for their pay per export options. However, you can also subscribe with a monthly fee starting at $15. Pricing does change depending on factors such as video quality, data storage and the number of music tracks.

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#9 Focusky

Whilst not technically a PowerPoint alternative, Focusky is worth mentioning. With Focusky, you can create professional looking animated videos. You can also create presentations with a zoom feature similar to Prezi’s. With templates and themes, transitions, caption and voice narration, and even built-in animated characters, you can create works of art without the need for a whole production team.

However, with all these features the user interface can be confusing, especially for a novice. It will take a bit of time to get to grips with Focusky’s full potential. So if you’ve not used it before, and have a looming deadline - it's probably best to stick to PowerPoint, or an alternative you’re familiar with.

#8 Google Slides

 Google Slides is a PowerPoint alternative centred around accessibility. Whether you’re constantly on the go or work collaboratively with a team, Google Slides is an awesome alternative. It also has many integration options.

As a web-based solution, the drawback of accessibility and collaboration is you do require an internet connection to access content and make changes. It also does have a limited amount of features and fonts so it does at times feel like a stripped down version of PowerPoint.

#7 Apple Keynote

Apple’s Keynote is arguably just an updated and polished PowerPoint. It’s like a Microsoft product, which has been designed by Apple. True to all Apple products, it looks fantastic and creates streamlined, sleek decks. The design element is definitely at the forefront of both the software and your presentations. It’s a great PowerPoint alternative.

Apple recently released a cloud version which can be accessed by any browser which is handy for those last minute alterations just before presentations!

Keynote’s major issue is that if you’re used to using PowerPoint, whilst it does have a decluttered user interface compared to PowerPoint, it will still take you some time to get up to scratch with the features.

Files can be exported as either PDF and PPTX so you can build your presentation in Keynote, then present via Glisser

#6 Prezi

If you’re looking for a presenting tool, you can never really go wrong with Prezi. It’s pan and zoom function makes it instantly recognisable and helps you emphasize key points. If you’re looking for a PowerPoint alternative where you take your delegates on a journey, then Prezi is your tool. The final product looks professional and will create impactful and lasting impressions with your audiences.

However, as with most presenting tools, there are a couple drawbacks. Prezi’s attention to detail results in it taking a decent amount of time to master and you still might need a designer’s input to make an engaging presentation.

#5 SlideBean

Whether you're working for a startup with no designer, or are pushed for time and want to simply focus on the content, SlideBean is a great PowerPoint alternative.

All users have to do is upload their content and Visme will automatically convert formats into beautifully designed slides. The result is a professional looking presentation produced in a short space of time.

The final result can be exported as a PDF or PPTX file, so you can upload your professional looking slides to Glisser and take advantage of the audience participation features.

Whilst you can trial the product for free, 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.

#4  Glisser

Yes, we’re going to toot our own horn, but since our 2018 blog, we’ve released the next generation of audience engagement, become ISO 27001 certified and released our virtual and hybrid event tool, Glisser LIVE.

If you’re not familiar with Glisser, we’re award-winning audience engagement software that shares presentation slides to delegates’ devices in real-time. Presentations can be in either PPT/PPTX or PDF format. By blending audience interaction – Q&A, polling, social feeds, private notes – the attendee experience magnifies tremendously. Content is shared via a unique URL, we’ve removed the barrier of having to download an app. It also provides powerful and insightful analytics helping you to shape future content!

#3 Canva

Canva focuses on simplicity. It’s a fantastic PowerPoint alternative for those who are new to creating presentations. It’s as simple as signing up (for free) and picking a template. Then you’re ready to start customising the pre-built designs. This ease of use will be music to your ears if you’re constantly negotiating deadlines. You’ll be able to create a fantastic looking presentation, quickly and with minimal hassle.

There are a couple of drawbacks, however. If you’re a perfectionist and prefer a high degree of customisation in your presentations, Canva can be time-consuming and frustrating.

Canva does have a collaboration tool which is handy if you’re working as a team. Whilst you can't import PPT files into Canva, you can save slide decks in PDF or PPTX format. You can create beautiful slides quickly, then upload them into Glisser to create engaging and stunning presentations.

#2 Visme

Visme successfully manages to provide a simple to navigate user interface, whilst still providing over 6,000 icons and charts to customise your slide deck. If you’re looking for a PowerPoint alternative with an easy to use drag and drop functionality, helping you create fantastic customisable infographics into your slide deck, then it's a great option.

Visme is cloud-based, and auto-generates a URL - making it easier for teams to collaborate without the need to upload the content to the cloud.

The downside of Visme is the lack of storage. Users with a high level of files and images can be stretched for storage at times, having to store them locally instead.

#1  Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck has been described as the “Instagram for pitch decks” by Mashable. It’s perfect for those that don't have much experience in creating presentations or have access to a designer. It focuses on the best practices that presentation experts adhere too. Therefore it helps you to focus on a single idea at a time, it helps you decide on a powerful image from a vast library, and then applies consistent formatting across your presentation. The end result is a well designed, professional presentation without the need for a designer. This can be exported as a PPTX format and uploaded to your Glisser dashboard.

That being said, as with most software there are a couple drawbacks. By focusing on best practices, users can something find themselves frustrated by not being able to fully customise their presentations. There is also no free version, with prices starting at $7.99 per month.

 

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