What’s the best free Microsoft PowerPoint alternative?

Kulvir Rick May 29, 2013
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I’m in search of the best free Microsoft PowerPoint alternative, thank you for your suggestions.

  1. Scott Kupferman
    June 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I recently saw an article that had reviews of SlideRocket

    http://www.sliderocket.com/

    It is also a web app.

  2. Sampath Karunarathne
    June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This is what you are looking for http://prezi.com/the-basics/

  3. Paul Pruitt
    June 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    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/.

  4. On Wong
    May 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    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.

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 31, 2013 at 12:23 am

    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.
    Writer:
    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.
    Spreadsheets:
    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.
    Presentation:
    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 :)

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 31, 2013 at 12:25 am

      The download size is 39.1MB to be exact. :D

  6. David Moreira
    May 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Try Prezi! You will be amazed.

  7. Brian Smith1
    May 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    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.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 31, 2013 at 3:18 am

      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. :)

  8. Chris Marcoe
    May 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    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.

    • Mike D
      May 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I have come to love OpenOffice it comparable to Microsoft and best of all it`s free.

    • John Richardson
      May 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Prezi is awesome!

  9. Rob H
    May 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    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).

  10. Oron Joffe
    May 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

    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.

  11. ha14
    May 30, 2013 at 8:27 am

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

    4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-excellent-browser-based-alternatives-to-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/

  12. Manide
    May 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Hi,

    LibreOffice.
    I assume you know that for reading PowerPoint files, you can use PowerPoint Viewer - which is free.

  13. Danny K
    May 30, 2013 at 4:47 am

    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.

    4. SlideRocket

    5. Prezi

    6. Zoho Docs

    • Danny K
      May 30, 2013 at 4:48 am

      *Typo - Microsoft

  14. null
    May 30, 2013 at 4:46 am

    OpenOffice
    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

  15. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 30, 2013 at 2:36 am

    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/

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 30, 2013 at 2:45 am

      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.

  16. Muthu Raj
    May 30, 2013 at 2:26 am

    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.

  17. dragonmouth
    May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    "Best" is a very subjective designation. What one person thinks is "best" to other may be junk.

    I am partial to Libre Office Impress.

  18. Adam Campbell
    May 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm
    • Thierry
      June 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Kulvir,
      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.
      Good luck
      Thierry

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