I’m in search of the best free Microsoft PowerPoint alternative, thank you for your suggestions.
I recently saw an article that had reviews of SlideRocket
It is also a web app.
This is what you are looking for http://prezi.com/the-basics/
There is also Softmaker Free Office which is a full featured freeware MS Office like suite: http://www.freeoffice.com/.
Also take a look at Sparkol Videoscribe which has a 7 day free trial. The output is even more dynamic and interesting than even Prezi in a lot of people's estimation. The downside is once the trial is over, it is very expensive to buy a license. I don't think you have to give them a credit card to run the trial: http://www.sparkol.com/.
It's a no-brainer. Kingsoft Office. Some people might not like it because it's not open source. I've used Open Office, Libre Office and they are fine products but from an average user who just want to get the job done, I'll have to choose Kingsoft Office. Minimal to no learning curve involved.
I am surprised that no one has mentioned Kingsoft Office Free 2012 besides Oron Joffe and me. It is simply the one that come closest to a MS Office alternative in compatibility, look and feel. I would suggest others to try it and I assure you, you would not repent and be surprised that such product exist. Beside it is only between 40 to 50 MB download, for the whole Suite package. Link is http://www.kingsoftstore.com/software/kingsoft-office-freeware .
Highest level of file compatibility and interoperability with Microsoft Office 2003/2007/2010
If you have files in formats common to other office software packages, you need not worry about compatibility issues, as Kingsoft Office is readily capable of opening and editing files in such formats. This is not just limited to .doc, .ppt and .xls formats like other open-source alternatives, but even includes the modern Open-XML .docx, .pptx and .xlsx formats.
Input file formats: Word (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) doc, dot, docx, .rtf, .wps and .wpt formats
Output file formats: Word (97/2000/2003) .doc, .dot, .wps and .wpt format.
Input file formats: Excel (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .xls, .xlsx, .xlt, .csv, .xml, .html, .et and .ett
Output file formats: Excel (97/2000/2003) .xls, xlt, .csv, .xml, .et, .ett and more.
Input file formats: PowerPoint (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot, .dps and .dpt formats
Output file formats: PowerPoint (97/2000/2003) .ppt, .pps, .pot, .dps and .dpt format.
System Requirements for Free Office Suite 2012
Required Operating System: Windows 2000 / Windows XP, Windows Vista (32bit, 64bit)
Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows 8
Basic Configurations: CPU: Pentium II 266 MHz or higher, Memory: at least 128 MB,
Hardware: at least 200 MB available space
Recommended Configurations: CPU: Pentium III 450 MHz or higher,Memory: 256 MB or larger, Hardware: 250 MB available
It is FREE and a small download. Try it at least!!! :D :)
The download size is 39.1MB to be exact. :D
Try Prezi! You will be amazed.
Of the three alternatives that I have tried, I prefer Libre Office. Kingsoft comes in a poor third based upon the type of activity that I am doing with Open Office second.. However, I should point out that none of the three accept well the macros that were written in MS Office and then saved in all of the three different programs.
I have not tried rewriting the macros so use MS Office when I have to.
You are a power user of Microsoft Office with lot of automated scripts via VB macros. In that case I agree that Kingsoft Office may fare poorly as also other alternative. In your case, probably only MS Office can deliver what you want. :D However, for a basic usage, I would rather rate Kingsoft Office no. 1 alternative for it's look and feel and compatibility with MS office. Going by the question, I think he is looking for a alternative to Powerpoint, which is free and do almost 95% of what Powerpoint can do, therefore I have suggested Kingsoft Office to him. :)
There is no question. Prezi is the best. You can even import your old Power Point presentations into it. I've been working with it for a while (3-4 months) and jsut love it.
I have come to love OpenOffice it comparable to Microsoft and best of all it`s free.
Prezi is awesome!
This might not be what you're looking for but for a very different approach to presentations take a look at prezi.com (free if your presentations are public, fee to make them private).
I agree with Dragonmouth that "best" is a subjective term. Specifically, it depends on what features YOU are looking for, which you haven't specified. That said:
In the "very similar to PowerPoint" category, the LibreOffice/OpenOffice/NeoOffice packages do fairly well, and in my opinion, Kingsoft Office Suite (free or Pro) does even better.
For an online solution which is similar to PowerPoint (and can import/export PowerPoint files), try Google Drive/Zoho Office.
For something quite different, with beautiful interactivity, try Prezi. Note that the free version of Prezi only works online and your presentations are always public. To make your presentations private and/or work offline you must subscribe to the service.
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I assume you know that for reading PowerPoint files, you can use PowerPoint Viewer - which is free.
There are many alternatives to Microsoft Powerpoint. You can try the following -
1. OpenOffice.Org Impress - This is the one I have used the most. It's quite good but the text and images are messed up sometimes when I open files created with Microsfot Office.
2. Libre Office - A fork of OpenOffice.org
Or you can try these web based alternatives -
3. Google Docs - This one is the best in the web based options, in my opinion.
6. Zoho Docs
*Typo - Microsoft
Open Office is one of the most popular alternatives. It is a free, open source suite of office products that match the look, feel and functionality of Microsoft Office products. The ability to read AND write Microsoft Office documents is an added advantage
If you want to install on your Desktop, I would highly recommend Free Kingsoft Office 2012. The whole Office Suite is only around 40 to 50 MB download and includes Word, excel and PowerPoint alternative and is 100% compatible with the latest Microsoft file format. Only at the last screen of installation, see to it that the options are ticked to support the MS formats. You can download the product from http://www.kingsoftstore.com/software/kingsoft-office-freeware .
If you wand a browser / web based solution, my choice is SlideRocket at http://www.sliderocket.com/
Kingsoft Office Free 2012 totally looks and feels like MS Office earlier version interface, however supports the latest MS file formats. It can read, edit and save as the latest MS file formats and also you can create document, spreadsheet and presentation and save as latest or earlier MS Office file formats. :D Cool product for free.
LibreOffice, the only alternative that can even be compared with powerpoint. Although you would not have ribbon BS, I very much doubt that it'll be a hindrance to your productivity.
"Best" is a very subjective designation. What one person thinks is "best" to other may be junk.
I am partial to Libre Office Impress.
Check these out:
LibreOffice and OpenOffice are pretty much the same thing, but are becoming different mostly in "under the hood" ways that the enduser won't detect
Have you heard of Moovly?
http://www.moovly.com is a tool that allows you to create your own animated presentation with objects that you can drag and drop.
they are now in betatesting, but you can register.