The 4 Best Free Alternatives To Microsoft PowerPoint

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free powerpointDo you create a lot of presentations? If you do, you’re probably a master at PowerPoint, or Keynote if you own a Mac. Microsoft PowerPoint is the standard for slide presentation software and lays the blueprint from which all other applications are created. But what if you’re looking for something new or different?

In this article, I’m going to show you the 4 best, free Powerpoint alternatives to PowerPoint. If you’re looking for a new way to present your material without getting too far away from PowerPoint’s concept, you’ll find these apps useful. If you want to escape PowerPoint’s grasp once and for all, we can help you with that as well.

1. Google Docs Presentation

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My favorite alternative when it comes to replacing Microsoft applications is usually Google. You may already be familiar with Google Docs, but did you know you can create presentations with the web-based app? Just click on the Create new drop down menu and select Presentation to get started.

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As you might imagine, this online free PowerPoint alternative is very simple to use. You can change the theme and background of your presentation, insert text boxes, images, and videos, import slides, and all that good stuff. And since you’re using Google Docs, you can share your presentation with others and work on it collaboratively.

2. SlideRocket

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SlideRocket is a higher end model of a collaborative, web-based presentation application. While this is a premium app, they do offer a nice free option, which gives you 250 MB of storage (15 MB file size), up to 5 multi-seat accounts, shared folders, items, and libraries, and the ability to import from Powerpoint and export to PDF.

We covered SlideRocket in an article 2 years ago and it has only got better since then. It has a beautiful user interface and a lot of great features, including the ability to add themes, layouts, shapes, charts, tables, pictures, audio, video, and Flash animations. You can also integrate content from sites like Flickr and YouTube, as well as utilize plug-ins.

To get a glimpse of SlideRocket, check out this short video:

3. 280 Slides

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280 Slides is another very easy to use presentation creation app. Last covered back in March of ’09, 280 Slides offers a host of great features, like the ability to upload your existing PowerPoint presentations and import them into 280 Slides, preventing you from having to start over.

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Other great features include autosave and recovery, storing presentations online, downloading them in the PowerPoint 2007 format, adding photos and movies from Flickr and YouTube, posting to SlideShare and embedding, and running them straight from your browser.

4. Prezi

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Prezi, if you haven’t heard of it by now, is one of those really cool free Powerpoint alternative presentation applications that is very different from how PowerPoint and the rest function. What makes it significantly different is the fact that it doesn’t invoke the traditional slide-by-slide rules of a normal presentation. Rather, each presentation you create is a flowing, motion-based depiction filled with your creativity.

I’m not going to spend much time going over Prezi’s features because Simon did a fantastic job of that already in his article on Prezi back in February of this year. If you would like to view the official Prezi introduction video, however, have at it:

Conclusion

Are you over PowerPoint yet? I wasn’t lying when I said there were some good free PowerPoint alternative apps out there. Explore these and you will find a bunch of great features and ways of presenting your material to others. The sharing abilities and integration with other services and file types give you a diverse set of options when deciding which tool would be best for the job.

Another cool app that might be worth investigating from our directory is Spresent.

What do you think of these presentation apps? What apps are you using?

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Comments (47)
  • Gabrielle Dolan

    I am having a case of de je vu with all these new software packages. It reminds me when PowerPoint first came out and replaced transperencies and the overhead projector (anyone remember them?). It is not the software that created boring presentations it is the content. What we say, what we DON’T say and how we say it. If anyone is interested we have just made available a FREE eBook called ‘Eliminate Death by PowerPoint’ that is getting some pretty good reviews. You can download it for free from our website http://www.onethousandandone.com.au/
    Hope you find it valuable…if you do we would love your feedback. Gabrielle Dolan

  • Gabrielle Dolan

    I am having a case of de je vu with all these new software packages. It reminds me when PowerPoint first came out and replaced transperencies and the overhead projector (anyone remember them?). It is not the software that created boring presentations it is the content. What we say, what we DON’T say and how we say it. If anyone is interested we have just made available a FREE eBook called ‘Eliminate Death by PowerPoint’ that is getting some pretty good reviews. You can download it for free from our website http://www.onethousandandone.c
    Hope you find it valuable…if you do we would love your feedback. Gabrielle Dolan

  • Jl

    Has Steve use Google Presentation extensively and regularly to recommend it at the top of his list? Two times, I am stuck with Presentation files, that I am not able to export offline due to the software error. Google can’t solve the problem. Google Presentation also has other issues such as font size reverting to earlier setting after it is changed and GooleApps has flashed the message that the document is saved.

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