What are free alternatives to PowerPoint?

John July 8, 2013
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I need a free alternative to PowerPoint to create a visual presentation.

  1. Vinod Tiwary
    October 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Ya Presentation is First and Very Very useful alternatives !!!!!!!

    Thanks

  2. venn
    October 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Presentation is the first and best alternative of PP.

  3. Cinspeed6
    July 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I use LibreOffice

  4. Dimitri Angelov
    July 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    One free alternative to PowerPoint, and IMHO the best one, wasn't mentioned so far: FreeOffice.

    FreeOffice is a free office suite that includes inter alia a presentation program called FreeOffice Presentations. Why do I find it better than those of LibreOffice and others?
    The main reason is its interoperability. Whilst LibreOffice and all others don't display PowerPoint formats (ppt, pptx) properly, FreeOffice Presentations does. I never had any problems opening files, and they were displayed faithfully. When I created presentations with FreeOffice, and saved them as ppt, they looked exactly the same with PowerPoint.

    Second, it is small (less than 58MB, one third of LibreOffice).
    Third, it is blazingly fast.

    And more. Try it out, you can download it free for Windows and Linux at this website:

    freeoffice.com

  5. Winkyboy
    July 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Try ImpressJS... kinda for nerds but there's an online interface for building the data.

    https://github.com/bartaz/impress.js
    http://tantaman.com/Strut/dist/index.html

  6. Anne
    July 10, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I've used Open Office in place of MS programs for years, with no problems and great functionality. Their version of PowerPoint is called Impress. I can speak for the other programs mentioned here, but one thing I like about OO is that work can be saved in the MS format so it can be opened anywhere.

  7. Allan Mees
    July 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Neooffice for Mac is a suite of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation it can open and save MS Office files. http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

  8. Markus Klyver
    July 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Free as in beer or free as in free speech?

  9. Brian S
    July 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I use Open Office whenever possible - it is almost compatible with power Point although I have found that the macros from Power Point do not always transfer correctly.

  10. Jan M
    July 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Prezi is free and online, and great to do presentations. Other is VideoScribe. Google them, it's worth it.

  11. Rodney R
    July 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I think if you need full functionality, use Open Office or Libre Office. But if you need basic Powerpoint, use the Office Web apps.

  12. Gjergji K
    July 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I'll be repeating others here, so to give you my opinion:
    Altenatives (are free)
    1. KingSoft Office (Win)
    2. LibreOffice (Win/Linux/Mac)

    Latest version of Kingsoft Office 2013 is more look-like MsOffice 2010, so you will find it easy to move around, also small download size (50MB) http://www.ksosoft.com/product/office-free.html. As someone here recommended, try you presentation in a computer with Ms Powerpoint so you don't have any surprises.

    • Chris F
      July 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Kingsoft Office is also for Linux as well.

  13. Davin Peterson
    July 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Check out Prezi at http://www.prezi.com. It is a web based presentation tool hat helps you organize and share your ideas

  14. Tomasz J
    July 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Try Office Web Apps - it`s free cloud version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps. You can try this and use this for free on the website http://www.skydrive.live.com .

  15. Prashanth Singh R
    July 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-free-alternatives-microsoft-powerpoint/

    1. PreZentit

    With PreZentit, all you need is a Web browser to create a presentation with its own URL. You can download the presentation for display without an Internet connection. It has limited functions, but the ease of use makes it worth a try for on-the-spot pitches.

    2. Prezi

    Convert your PowerPoint for the Web or create a presentation right within your browser. Prezi sets itself apart with the ability to craft interactive visual mind maps, use 3-D zoom, and turn your slides into a cinematic experience.

    3. Google Docs Presentations

    Anyone with a Google account can create presentations right inside Google Docs. You won't find all the features available in PowerPoint, but it is free. It's your best bet for collaborative projects because, like any other Google Doc, you can share it with others for real-time editing on the cloud.

    4. Keynote

    Sorry PCs, but this one is limited to Mac users. It comes with the iWork software suite, or you can buy it a la carte. Keynote will satisfy designers with its many attractive features, and its compatibility with iPhone and iPad are making it the go-to choice for mobile professionals.

    5. Brainshark

    Brainshark—along with its mobile app, Slideshark—essentially converts your existing PowerPoint presentation to an online video. Your ideas become available to an unlimited audience at their demand. You'll have to pay if you want all the capabilities, but you can track your views for free.

  16. Danil Glickman
    July 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Try PowToon.com + here is an article about 10 powerpoint alternatives. http://www.powtoon.com/blog/tag/10-best-powerpoint-alternatives/

  17. Oron J
    July 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    There are three groups of alternatives:
    1. Similar products, such as Open Office/Libre Office or KingSoft Office. These are _very_ similar to PowerPoint, and are generally capable of opening PowerPoint documents and saving in that format (although none of them, in my experience, are 100% compatible, so always test before presenting!).
    2. Cloud based versions, such as Google Docs, Zoho Office or Docs.com. These tend to be less sophisticated than desktop presentation applications, but are much more portable (all you need is a web browser). On the downside, you are entirely reliant on a good internet connection for designing and particularly for the live presentation.
    3. Tools that approach the task differently. By enlarge, they aim to make the presentation much more interactive. The most interesting one in my view is Prezi, which is available both as a cloud app (free) and as a local/cloud tool (not free). There are some limitations on the free version, the most important of which is that your presentations must be public, but if this is not a problem for you then you should check it out. Some people also like to use mind-mapping tools presentations, but there are many of these available, so I won't list them here.

  18. Bruce E
    July 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    LibreOffice and OpenOffice both have Impress for presentations.

  19. Hovsep A
    July 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    The 4 Best Free Alternatives To Microsoft PowerPoint
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-free-alternatives-microsoft-powerpoint/

    Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/better-than-powerpoint-3-online-tools-for-creating-gorgeous-presentations/

    Kingsoft Office Suite Free
    http://www.kingsoftstore.com/software/kingsoft-office-freeware

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