The best presentation software in 2022

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The latest presentation apps have made it easier than ever to format slides and create professional-looking slideshows without giving off a "this is a template" vibe. Even standard PowerPoint alternatives have updated key features to make it easier than ever to collaborate and create presentations quickly, so you can spend more time prepping for your actual presentation.

If, like me, you've been using Google Slides unquestioningly for years, it's a whole new world out there. The newest crop of online presentation tools go way beyond the classic slideshow experience, with new features to keep your audience's attention, streamline the creation process with AI, and turn slide decks into videos and interactive conversations.

I spent a lot of time testing the top presentation software solutions out there to bring you the best of the best. for AI-powered presentations

Prezi for non-linear, conversational presentations

Powtoon for video presentations

Genially for interactive, presenter-less presentations

Pitch for collaborating with your team on presentations

Zoho Show for a simple presentation app

What makes a great presentation app?

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When looking for the best presentation apps, I wanted utility players since slideshows are used for just about everything, from pitch decks and product launches to class lectures and church sermons. With that in mind, here's what I was looking for:

Pre-built templates. The best presentation tools should have attractive, professional-looking templates to build presentations in a hurry.

Sharing and collaboration options. More people are working remotely. Whether you plan to share your webinar slides later, or you just want to collaborate with a coworker on a presentation, it should be easy to share files and collaborate in real-time.

Flexibility and customization options. Templates are great, but top presentation apps should enable you to customize just about everything—giving you the flexibility to build exactly what you need.

Affordability. Creating compelling presentations is important, but you shouldn't have to bust your budget to make it happen. With capable free tools on the market, affordability is a top consideration.

Beyond that, we also looked for presentation apps that brought something unique to the table, like video presentations or AI design—features above and beyond what you can get for free from a legacy solution like PowerPoint or Google Slides.

Here's what my testing workflow looked like:

I went through any onboarding or guided tutorials.

I created a new deck, scanning through all available templates, noting how well-designed they are (and which were free versus paid).

I added new slides, deleted slides, edited text and images, and played around with other content types.

I changed presentation design settings like color schemes and background images.

I reviewed and tested the sharing and collaboration options.

I tested out presenter view (when available).

After my first round of testing, I went back into the top performers to test any unique or niche features like AI, brand settings, interactive content, and more. With that, these are the best presentation apps I found—each one really brings something different or radically easy to the table.

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The best free presentation software

Canva (Web, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS)

Canva, our pick for the best free presentation app

Canva offers one of the most robust free plans of all the presentation apps I tested. The app delays account creation until after you've created your first design, so you can get started building your presentation in seconds. Choose from an almost overwhelming number of beautiful templates (nearly all available for free), including those designed specifically for education or business use cases.

Anyone who's accidentally scrolled too far and been bumped to the next slide will appreciate Canva's editor interface, which eliminates that problem altogether with a smooth scroll that doesn't jump around. Choose from a handful of preset animations to add life to your presentations, or browse the library of audio and video files available to add.

Canva recently added a number of new options for sharing your presentation, including adding collaborators to your team, sharing directly to social media, and even via QR code.

Present directly from Canva and let audience members submit their questions via Canva Live. Once you share a link to invite audience members to your presentation, they can send questions for you to answer. As the presenter, you'll see them pop up in your presenter view window, so you can keep the audience engaged and your presentation clear.

Canva pricing: Free plan available; paid plans start at $119.99/year for up to 5 users and include additional features like Brand Kit and premium templates and stock assets.

The best presentation app for AI-powered presentations (Web, Mac, Windows)

If you're like me, editing granular spacing issues is the absolute worst part of building a presentation. uses artificial intelligence to take a lot of the hassle and granular design requirements out of the presentation process, so you can focus on the content of a presentation without sacrificing professional design. Look at the GIF above as an example: when you drag an element toward a specific area of the slide, it'll automatically drop it into place for you.

The editor is a little different from most presentation apps, but it's still intuitive—and you'll start off with a quick two-minute tutorial. When creating a new slide, scroll through "inspiration slides" to find a layout you like; once you choose, the app will pull the layout and automatically adapt it to match the design of the rest of your presentation.

With 10 themes, several templated slides, over 40 fully-designed templates, and 23 different color palettes to choose from, strikes a perfect balance between automation and customization.

While traditional collaboration features are limited on the free plan, paid plans are reasonably priced and offer sharing and collaboration options that rival collab-focused apps like Google Slides. And speaking of Google, you can connect with Google Drive to save all your presentations there. pricing: Plans start at $12/month for unlimited slides, revision history, viewer analytics, and more. Upgrade to a Team plan for $40/user/month to get extra collaboration and workspace features and custom brand controls.

If you're looking for an AI presentation tool, Slidebean is another great option for startups. The app offers a number of templates; a unique, content-first outline editor; and AI design help that you can toggle on or off for each slide. I didn't include it on the list mainly because of the price: the free plan is quite limited, and the paid all-access plan starts at $29/month.

The best presentation app for conversational presentations

Prezi (Web, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)

Prezi interface

Struggling to squeeze information into a basic, linear presentation? Give Prezi a try. Unlike nearly all other presentation apps on the market, Prezi Present doesn't restrict the structure of your presentation to a straight line. The editor focuses on topics and subtopics and allows you to arrange them any way you want, so you can create a more conversational flow of information.

With the structural flexibility, you still get all the same customization features you expect from top presentation software, including fully-editable templates.

Plus, Prezi comes with two other apps: Prezi Design and Prezi Video. Prezi Video helps you take remote presentations to a new level. You can record a video where the presentation elements are displayed right over your webcam feed. Record and save the video to share later, or connect with your video conferencing tool of choice (including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and more) to present live.

Prezi pricing: Free 14-day trial and a free plan that includes up to 5 visual projects; paid plans start at $15/month.

The best presentation app for video presentations

Powtoon (Web, iOS, Android)

Powtoon makes it easy to create engaging videos by orienting the editor around a slide deck. Editing a Powtoon feels just like editing a presentation, but by the time you finish, you have a professional video. 

You can edit your slides at any time, and when you hit play, a video plays through your deck—the feel is almost like an animated explainer video. Each slide includes the animations you choose and takes up as much time as is needed based on the content on the slide. Powtoon figures the timing automatically, and you can see in the bottom-right of the editor how much time is used on your current slide versus the total presentation. If you ever want to present as a slide deck, just toggle between Slideshow and Movie.

You'll likely need to subscribe to a paid plan to get the most out of Powtoon—like creating videos longer than three minutes, downloading them as MP4 files, and white-labeling your presentations—but doing so won't break the bank. Plus, you'll unlock tons of templates complete with animations and soundtracks.

One of my favorite Powtoon features is the ability to orient your video: you can choose horizontal orientation (like a normal presentation) or opt for vertical (for mobile) or square (for social media). When your presentation is ready, you can publish straight to YouTube, Wistia, Facebook Ads, and any number of other locations.

Powtoon pricing: Limited free plan available; paid plans start at $20/month and include white-labeling, priority support, additional storage, and more.

The best presentation app for interactive presentations

Genially (Web)

Genially, our pick for the best presentation app for interactive presentations

While many presentation apps are built for presenter-led decks, Genially 's interactive features and animated templates make it easy to build a self-led presentation. A variety of interactive buttons allow you to show viewers additional context on hover, have them skip to any page of your deck, and let them navigate to external links.

This presentation program offers a bunch of searchable templates, including some for business proposals, reports, social media presentations, and more (though most of those are available on premium plans only). Genially also includes Smart blocks —templated blocks of content for elements like data visualizations, image galleries, and more.

My favorite feature is the brand settings. Premium users can set universal branding guidelines that include your logo, color scheme, fonts, images, backgrounds, and more. Think of them like a custom template, created and customized by you, that the whole team can use. Once set, your team can easily create on-brand presentations that automatically apply your brand settings, without even thinking about it.

Plus, Genially supports additional content like training materials, infographics, interactive images, and more—all subject to your brand presets.

Genially pricing: Free plan available with unlimited creations and views and access to templates; paid plans start at $7.49/month and include additional download options, privacy controls, offline viewing, premium templates, and more.

The best presentation app for collaborating with your team

Pitch (Web, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)

Pitch, our pick for the best presentation software for collaborating with your team

Need to collaborate on presentations with your team? Pitch is a Google Slides alternative that gets the job done. As far as decks go, Pitch includes all the beautifully-designed templates, customizability, and ease of use you expect from a top-notch presentation tool. But the app really shines when you add your team.

The right-hand sidebar is all about project management and collaboration: you can set and update the status of your deck, assign entire presentations or individual slides to team members, plus comment, react, or add notes. Save custom templates to make future presentations even easier and faster.

You can also invite collaborators from outside your company to work with you on individual decks. And if you opt for a paid plan, Pitch introduces workspace roles, shared private folders, and version history.

The "Go live" feature is a personal favorite—with just a click on the headphones icon in the top right, you can start a live video call. Any team members who open the presentation can hop in and collaborate in real-time. 

Pitch pricing: Free plan offers unlimited presentations, custom templates, and live video collaboration; paid plans start at $8/user/month for additional workspace features, presentation analytics, and more.

The best simple presentation app

Zoho Show (Web, iOS, Android, Chrome)

Zoho Show, our pick for the best simple presentation app

If you're looking for a simple, yet capable presentation app that's a step up from Google Slides, Zoho Show is a great option. It's completely free to use, offers a clean, intuitive editor, and includes a number of templates.

Templates are on the basic side, but they boast a more modern and professional design than much of what Google Slides or PowerPoint offer. And I love that you can set the font and color scheme for the whole template, right from the start.

The app doesn't skimp on collaboration or shareability either. You can invite collaborators via email or shareable link, and comments and version history make it easy to work together on presentations. Once you're ready to share, you can even broadcast your presentation to a remote audience right from within Zoho.

Plus, you can one-click lock slides to prevent any more editing or hide individual slides to customize your presentation for different audiences.

Zoho Show price: Free

What about the old standbys?

You might notice a few major presentation players aren't on our list, including OGs Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, and Google Slides. These apps are perfectly adequate for creating basic presentations, and they're free if you have a Windows or Mac device or a Google account.

I didn't include them on the list because the presentation space has really developed in the last several years, and after testing them out, I found these behemoths haven't kept pace. If they weren't made by Microsoft/Apple/Google, I might not even be mentioning them. They're pretty basic tools, they're behind the curve when it comes to templates (both quantity and design), and they don't offer any uniquely valuable features like AI, robust team collaboration, branding controls, video, and so on.

If you're reading this, you're probably looking for an alternative that allows you to move away from one of the big 3, and as the presentation platforms featured above show, there's a ton to gain—in terms of features, usability, and more—when you do.

This post was originally published in October 2014 and has since been updated with contributions from Danny Schreiber, Matthew Guay, Andrew Kunesh, and Krystina Martinez.

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Kiera’s a content writer who helps SaaS and eCommerce companies connect with customers and reach new audiences. Located in Boston, MA, she loves cinnamon coffee and a good baseball game. Catch up with her on Twitter @Kieraabbamonte.

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The 8 Best Free PowerPoint Alternatives

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Microsoft PowerPoint is a great tool for creating professional-looking slideshows and presentations. However, the home version requires a Microsoft 365 subscription, and the free mobile app locks some features behind the sub as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of free PowerPoint software alternatives out there. Here's a look at some of the best options and how they compare to PowerPoint. 

Best Direct PowerPoint Replacement: Google Slides

Very similar to PowerPoint.

Free to use. 

Compatible with PowerPoint.

An internet connection is strongly recommended. 

Where there's a need for an app, Google seems to have it covered. Google Slides is its PowerPoint equivalent and it's a lot like Microsoft's app. Very simple to use and offering full compatible with the alternative, you can access Google Slides via your browser and easily create custom presentations with audio and your own images, all entirely for free. It also offers great live collaboration features for teamwork purposes.

The only minor downside is you need an internet connection to at least get started but the service does also work offline with presentations syncing once you're back online.

Best for Designers: Prezi

Video editing included.

Can easily make data visualizations. 

Stylish user interface.

Free option is pretty basic.

No support.

Presentations viewable by all.

Prezi is a great option for designers who have a vision but aren't technically proficient at achieving it. Its simple drag and drop interface makes it a breeze to organize your presentation just how you want it. Backed up with other Prezi apps that mean you can create videos or more stylish data visualizations than simple graphs, it's ideal for industries that are more visual than others. A series of pre-made templates makes it all the more attractive. 

Prezi isn't as free as it seems though. To get the full wealth of features like advanced image editing, offline access, and narration, you'll need to pay a subscription fee.

Best for Quick Results: Zoho Show

A theme for every occasion.

Quick to create something.

Intuitive interface.

Need to be online to use it.

Simple to use yet highly effective is the sweet spot for quick results, and that's certainly the case with Zoho Show. You might need to be online to use it, but it's worth the connection with an intuitive user interface that adapts to what you need to do. You can easily embed videos, tweets, and images into your presentations with some neat transition effects making things more interesting. 

Collaboration tools further sweeten the deal with annotation features meaning you can work together well as a team and fast.

Best for Animations: Powtoon

Great animation tools.

Easy to use.

Can export to social media platforms.

Branding applied on free presentations.

More about animations than slideshows. 

PowToon tackles PowerPoint presentations from a slightly different angle than a lot of its competitors. It's primarily great for creating full animations and videos rather than presentations that you would click through and present yourself. That lends itself perfectly to the internet which is why it's so useful that you can export your presentations to various forms of social media. 

With a drag and drop template, you can create something within about 20 minutes from your browser. The free version bundles in branding logos so viewers will always know you've used PowToon to create them but that's a small price to pay for an otherwise very accessible and simple to use piece of software. 

Best for Mass Branding: Renderforest

Plenty of options for expanding branding.

300MB cloud storage for free.

Unlimited exports.

Exports can be low in quality.

Content is watermarked.

RenderForest thinks of itself as more than just a PowerPoint alternative. It tackles everything you might need from creating logos to designing promo videos, music visualizations, landing pages, and websites. That's on top of its extensive animations and intro creation. That might sound intimidating but the service keeps things simple, so it won't take you long to mock something up and develop it.

Stick to the free version and there are some restrictions such as branding on your videos, lower quality logos, and so forth, but it's a solid start for an otherwise entirely free service. In particular, if you just need to concoct a quick 3-minute video for a presentation, RenderForest has you covered.

Best for Non-Designers: Visme

Plenty of templates to choose from.

Can set up five projects at once.

Charts and widgets support.

Limited cloud storage.

Visme branding on free plan.

Been asked to make a presentation and you don't know where to start? Visme is perfect for those that aren't well versed with graphics as it offers an extensive template library. The free plan limits your options a little but there are still some decent choices here. In addition, the service provides cool ways to make stats and data look exciting thanks to chart and widget support. It's all done through a simple drag and drop interface too that makes it super simple to add video and embed other content. 

Just bear in mind that storage options are a little limited and everything on the free plan will contain Visme branding. 

Best for Office Replacement: LibreOffice Impress

Full program rather than browser-based.

Extensive support. 

Similar experience to Microsoft Office.

Requires installation. 

Not quite as intuitive as alternatives.

LibreOffice is a popular free alternative to Microsoft Office, so it makes sense to use LibreOffice Impress if you want the closest experience to Microsoft's package. Unlike most of the others here, you need to install LibreOffice on your PC or Mac which means it's no good for Chromebooks or moving between different systems. However, in exchange, you get an intuitive experience that makes it simple to create slideshows, whether you're handing them out to a class or conference afterwards, or simply projecting them on screen. 

Bear in mind you have to seek out templates yourself though which may be off-putting for the least technically minded user out there. 

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Best for Apple Users: Keynote

Simple to use. 

Apple Pencil support. 

Cloud based as well as app based.

App is only on Apple devices.

Keynote is Apple's direct competitor to Microsoft PowerPoint and it's a great alternative, especially if you're a Mac user. With app support for iOS and Mac, it takes seconds to get started. Alternatively, PC users can use Keynote via the iCloud website and easily work across multiple devices. 

One of the best features is the ability to use the Apple Pencil on an iPad to create diagrams or illustrations making it great for skilled artists. As well as that, Apple provides plenty of convenient templates for personal and professional projects. 

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14 Best Presentation Software Alternatives to PowerPoint

PowerPoint was one of the first tools to offer easy-to-use, customizable templates—a major plus for non-designers. But design-wise, PowerPoint isn’t the most engaging platform or presentation software. Your business presentations will lack the impact you desire, leading to monotonous presentations few enjoy seeing. No one wishes to see your next slide—they already know it has three bullet points.

To create a powerful, dynamic presentation, you need software with rich media capabilities. And when you use presentation software with features other than just adding images and text, you increase your chances of holding your audience’s attention throughout your entire speech. The challenge is that higher-quality presentations don’t equal more ROI unless you know how to use the software.

The following are 14 presentation software alternatives to PowerPoint. All but one are easy to learn and provide distinct features to solve various needs, making each the best presentation tool for a specific purpose.

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1. prezi present: best for non-linear presentations.

Screenshot of Prezi UI, a software alternative to PowerPoint

Prezi lets you create a non-linear story, meaning you don’t have to go from slide A to B to C. Instead, you can jump straight into the section that interests your audience the most and avoid boring them with other data.

Prezi’s interactive presentations continuously prompt viewers to keep watching. For example, you can first share a bird’s-eye view of what the presentation will cover as an introduction. Then, you can zoom in to specific topics to further teach your audience about a problem, new product, or idea.

2. Vyond: Best for engaging animation-based presentations

According to Kaltura , 98% of enterprise professionals think videos are better and faster at training employees. You can use Vyond to create engaging animated video presentations in a format proven to increase learning retention . Its animated elements will help persuade viewers to watch what you present instead of the latest celebrity news.

3. Zoho Show: Best for teams that don’t care about fancy design

Zoho presentation software UI, an alternative to powerpoint

Zoho Show is presentation software that uses an uncluttered interface so you can focus on organizing your ideas. There are animation tools too, which help you make portions of your presentation stand out. While it doesn’t offer interactive options, it’s perfect for teams that need to create a simple presentation in the least amount of time.

4. Best for teams conscious about time and design

Screenshot of User Interface, an alternative to powerpoint is presentation software for teams that need to deliver high-quality presentations fast. Its artificial intelligence rearranges your slide’s elements so they’re clear, appealing, and sized correctly based on their importance. The active AI lets you create presentations in less time without worrying about design principles.

5. Soapbox: Best for teams creating content in bulk

Screenshot of Soapbox UI, a powerpoint alternative

Soapbox is a presentation software you can access from your browser. You can use it to record yourself, your computer screen, or both.

It takes just two clicks to record, making Soapbox ideal to create product or content videos in bulk. For example, you can organize your background, write a list of topics on a piece of paper, and then record videos for many departments, such as sales, HR, and marketing.

Unlike other tools, you won’t have to create slides or charts. You can hit record and cover the topic from your seat.

6. Canva: Best for teams looking for designer features

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Canva is the leading all-in-one design tool for non-designers. You can create eye-grabbing infographics, include engaging images, and position your elements exactly how you want without ever leaving the platform. Their templates are professional and carefully crafted, letting you stand out from competitors without using external design tools.

7. Google Slides: Best for teams migrating from PowerPoint

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Google Slides is a presentation software anyone can use because of its intuitive interface. Since it’s free and available on all devices, it takes teams just a few clicks to start collaborating, no matter the device they use. The browser-based app is the ideal presentation software for teams ready to leave PowerPoint but not ready to learn more complex features.

8. Keynotes: Best for native presentations on Mac and iOS

screenshot of Keynote UI, a powerpoint alternative

Keynote is a great option for Mac users who want access to templates—and not themes—for visually appealing presentations. It integrates with iOS apps and devices to create presentations faster. For example, you can add colors and comments to presentations using your iPad’s Apple Pencil.

The ability to turn Keynote files into PowerPoint presentations allows Mac lovers to cooperate with teammates on the platform each one likes the most. Its similarity with PowerPoint and Google Slides also allows for a simple transition between presentation apps.

9. SlideDog: Best for those indecisive about which software to use

Screenshot of slidedog UI

SlideDog’s value proposition is the ability to combine multimedia assets with presentations from Prezi and PowerPoint. While you won’t create a presentation with SlideDog alone, this feature lets you use each platform’s most engaging attributes. Integrating assets enables you to show a unique presentation without distracting your audience by switching tabs.

10. Ludus: Best for creative teams

Screenshot of Ludus presentation software

Ludus is a presentation software geared for designers who want complete control over how everything looks. Ludus has a learning curve for non-designers, but it’s straightforward for those used to design tools like Sketch and Figma. Like other software, you’ll be able to include images, videos, and text. You’ll also be able to create reusable assets, edit elements’ corner radii, and access other features designers give up when using other presentation tools.

Type and font lovers can set a specific cap line, line height, and spacing for their text elements. Those who work with shapes can give them borders and shadows and turn them into overlays.

11. FlowVella: Best for interactive presentations

Image of FlowVella presentation software

FlowVella lets you create presentations that operate like websites. You can include videos, PDFs, and a navigation bar to show your audience various media without leaving your presentation. The interactive features also give viewers the option to learn more about the topics that interest them the most once the presentation is over.

During events, it’s common for booth hosts to talk to multiple people at once. Multitasking can cause hosts to unknowingly ignore a lead. FlowVella’s Kiosk mode lets you show presentations event visitors can interact with but not alter, answering their questions and keeping their interest in buying from you.

12. Visme: Best for managing all design operations from one software

Visme is a suite of design assets for non-designers. It’s perfect for teams that want to centralize their design operations, as it offers a wide range of valuable tools for many departments.

Visme has customizable animated icons, images, charts, and characters you can use to create presentations that look and sound like your brand. While the presentation maker has more functionality than PowerPoint, it’s intuitive enough for anyone to learn Visme’s basics in just a few minutes.

13. Vidyard: Best for sales teams finding leads

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Vidyard is a browser extension and app to record sales-oriented video presentations. These videos will help you stand out from canned cold emails, building trust with prospects and getting them to watch what you offer.

You can also use Vidyard to present precise answers to a prospect’s objections or follow up with the steps they should follow after becoming a customer. Thanks to its engagement analysis features, you can track the number of viewers who act after watching your video. You can then export this data directly to your CRM to see the ROI from video prospecting.

14. Loom: Best for internal communications

Image of Loom presentation software

Loom offers video editing features like filler word removal to make your presentation unambiguous and concise. The drawing tool and mouse emphasis feature also help you bring attention to your presentation’s most essential data. These tools make Loom ideal to create a database of clear internal use videos, like presentations about job expectations or your company culture.

These videos give managers time to focus on more critical tasks and employees the ability to re-watch internal information as many times as it takes to assimilate it.

Create a Powerful Presentation by Trying New Tools

When most of your colleagues are using PowerPoint, it’s easy to feel like you should hop on the bandwagon and use the software, too. But your presentation is far more likely to have an impact on your audience if you explore other software that offers unique visual features and compelling animations that engage people beyond the typical bullet-point slides everyone is used to watching.

Understand the software pros and cons in this guide so you can try a new program for creating presentations—one that fits your organization’s need and delights your audience with novel, engaging features.

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Viewers are more likely to recall presentations with video than with static text and elements, as video engages more senses . You can use Vyond to turn boring presentations into captivating video-based ones that grab and keep your viewer’s attention. Those in a rush or new to animation can use one of our templates to animate their ideas in less time.

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Best presentation software of 2023

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The best presentation software makes it simple and easy to create, manage, and share slideshow presentations.

This is important because presentation software is at the heart of business sales, management, and development. The need to share ideas, concepts, working practices, and workflows can be an essential part of a department, and the ability to present these in a simple and understandable way is essential.

However, while presentation software has been traditionally limited to text and images, it has widened its ability to work with different media such as video and audio . 

Therefore it's important for the best presentation software to not simply be easy and simple to use, but also be able to support these additional media so that presentations can be more engaging, lively, and ultimately serve their purpose in educating and updating their intended audience.

There are a lot of different presentation software platforms around, but the range can be confusing. Here we've therefore listed the best presentation software currently on the market, from paid-for, subscription, and even free platforms.

We’ve also rounded up the best project management solutions .

The best office software in the world is: Microsoft 365

The best office software in the world is: Microsoft 365 (opens in new tab) There are many different office software suites out there, but Microsoft Office remains the original and best, offering an unsurpassed range of features and functionality that rivals just can't match.

Even better, Microsoft 365 (opens in new tab) - previously branded as Office 365 - is a cloud-based solution which means you can use it on any computer, mobile device, or smartphone, without having to worry about compatibility. All your files are saved in the cloud and synced between devices, so you can begin work on a document at home or in the office, then continue working on it on the go.

You can sign up to Microsoft 365 here (opens in new tab) .

1. PowerPoint

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Reasons to buy

For most people, Microsoft's PowerPoint remains the original and best of all the presentation software platforms out there. While other companies have managed to catch up and offer rival products worthy of consideration, the fact is that PowerPoint's familiar interface and ubiquitous availability means it remains a favorite for the majority of people.

On the one hand, it's long been a staple of the hugely popular Microsoft Office suite, meaning that for most users this is going to be the first - and last - presentation software they are going to need to use.

Additionally, Microsoft has made PowerPoint, along with their other office products, available as free apps (with limited functionality) on both iOS and Android for mobile use, meaning it's even harder to avoid them. And this is before we even consider the inclusion of PowerPoint in Microsoft's cloud-based Microsoft 365.

It does everything necessary that you'd expect of presentation software, allowing you to add text and media to a series of slides, to accompany a talk and other presentations. There are easy-to-use templates included to help spice things up a little, but even a general user with little experience of it is likely to find themselves able to use PowerPoint without much trouble at all.

Overall, it's hard to go wrong with PowerPoint, and although Microsoft 365 has a nominal cost, the apps are free to use even if they do have more limited functionality.

Read our full Microsoft PowerPoint review .

2. CustomShow

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Branding says a lot about a business, and it’s something firms need to get right from day one – from a good logo to a suitable font. CustomShow is business presentation software that puts all these elements of branding first.

Using the system, you can design and present customized, branded presentations that reflect your company and the products you offer, featuring the aforementioned logo and custom fonts. As well as this, you get a slide library and analytics to ensure your presentations are a success.

What’s more, you can import presentations into the software, and use it to tweak them further. There’s also integration with SalesForce, and because the platform is cloud-based, you can access your presentations on computers, tablets, and smartphones. 

Considering the focus on branding, this offering could be good for marketing and sales teams, and it's used by major companies such as HBO and CBS Interactive.

3. ClearSlide

Just like CustomShow, ClearSlide has a niche focus for companies. The platform is targeted at firms looking to generate successful marketing campaigns, pushing sales via presentations (and more), not least through a range of analytics and metrics to work for sales and marketing.

With the product, you can upload a range of files, including PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, and Excel. ClearSlide is integrated with other platforms, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Salesforce.

This system is pretty complex and may offer too many irrelevant features for some businesses, but you can create customized content that reflects your company and the message you’re trying to get out to customers. There are also some good metrics and analysis features, and you can sign up for a free trial before making any decisions.

The real strength of ClearSlide comes from its focus on sales and marketing data, not least being able to track user engagement alongside other metrics.

4. Haiku Deck

Any presentation app will allow you to personalize your slides to at least some extent, but Haiku Deck goes one step further than the competition. It comes with a wide range of themes suited to different needs, and you also get access to 40 million free images from the Creative Commons collection.

When it comes to creating a presentation, you have the option to do so on the web, which means your presentation is accessible across a range of mobile devices as well as desktops. Regardless of the device used, you’re able to select from a variety of different fonts, layouts, and filters to make the perfect presentation.

The great thing about these various customization options is that they’re categorized into different industries and use cases. For instance, you’ll find themes for teaching, cooking, real estate, and startups. Most of the features require you to be online, but hopefully, you’ll have a sturdy net connection wherever you go.

5. SlideDog

It’s all too easy to end up creating a presentation that’s unappealing, and the last thing you want to do is make the audience fall asleep. SlideDog lets you combine almost any type of media to create a rich presentation that’s sure to keep the viewers’ peepers open, avoiding the ‘cookie cutter’ look that makes presentations seem dull.

Marketed as a web-based multimedia presentation tool, it gives you the ability to combine PowerPoint presentations, graphics, PDF files, Prezi presentations, web pages, pictures, videos, and movie clips. You can drag these into custom playlists and display them to your audience with ease.

You’re able to remotely control your presentations and playlists from your smartphone, the web, or a secondary computer, and there’s also the option to share slides in real-time. Audience members can even view your slide from their own devices by clicking a link. That’s a handy feature if you’re looking to create an immersive presentation experience.

SlideDog is probably the cheapest of the presentation software featured, with a free account that will cover the essential features. However, for live sharing and premium support, you need to upgrade.

Read our full SlideDog review .

Prezi is one of the more unique presentation tools. Instead of presenting your graphics and text in a slide-to-slide format, you can create highly visual and interactive presentation canvases with the goal of “emphasizing the relationship between the ideas”.

Presentations can also be tailored to the specific audience, as this is a flexible platform that’s capable of skipping ahead, or veering off into a side topic, without having to flip through all the slides to get to a particular bit.

For business users, there are a variety of handy tools available. By downloading Prezi , you can build and edit presentations with your colleagues in real-time, which is perfect for companies with teams based around the globe.

When you have created a presentation you’re happy with, you can present it live (in HD) and send a direct link to viewers. There are some analysis tools here, too – you can see who’s accessed your presentation, which parts of it, and for how long. The app is available for Mac and Windows devices.

Read our full Prezi review .

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Google Slides (opens in new tab)  is part of the Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) office platform intended as an online alternative to Microsoft Office. It may seem a little limited by comparison to PowerPoint, but as it's browser-based that means cross-platform compatibility. Additionally, it allows for collaborative work, and Google Slides really works well here. On top of the fact that it integrates with the rest of the Google Workspace apps, not least Google Drive, and you have a contender. 

Zoho Show (opens in new tab)  is another of the many, many tools and apps that Zoho has made available for business use. It also operates in the cloud so it's accessible to any device with a browser, and it also allows for collaborative work. You can also easily share the link for users to download, or provide a live presentation online. The updated version has a simpler and easier to use interface and comes with a free version and a paid-for one with expanded features.

Evernote (opens in new tab)  is normally thought of as just note-taking software, but it does provide the option to create a presentation you can share online or with an audience. In that regard, it's a little more limited than the other options in not being dedicated presentation software. However, as an easy and handy way to pull together a presentation quickly, it could serve as a backup or last-minute option, especially if Evernote is already being commonly used by you.

LibreOffice Impress (opens in new tab)  is part of the open-source suite offered as a free alternative to Microsoft Office, and comes with a powerful array of tools and editing options for your presentation, not least working with 3D images. It's supported by a large community, so it's easy to find an array of additional templates. If there is a limitation it's that it's software you download and install rather than web-based, but any presentations created should be easily portable to the web if needed.

Adobe Spark (opens in new tab)  does things a bit differently, as rather than just use images it's geared toward video as well. This makes for potentially more powerful multimedia presentations, especially as Adobe also has a big selection of photos and images available for its users. There is a free tier for core features but requires a subscription for custom branding, personalized themes, and support.

Slides (opens in new tab)  comes with a lot of features in an easy-to-use interface, and involves setting up presentations using drag and drop into an existing grid. It's also internet-based so there's no software to download, and it only requires a browser to use and access. 

How we tested the best presentation software

To test for the best presentation software we first set up an account with the relevant software platform, whether as a download or as an online service. We then tested the service to see how the software could be used for different purposes and in different situations. The aim was to push each software platform to see how useful its basic tools were and also how easy it was to get to grips with any more advanced tools.

Read how we test, rate, and review products on TechRadar (opens in new tab) .

Which presentation software is best for you?

When deciding which presentation software to download and use, first consider what your actual needs are, as sometimes free platforms may only provide basic options, so if you need to use advanced tools you may find a paid platform is much more worthwhile. Additionally, free and budget software options can sometimes prove limited when it comes to the variety of tools available, while higher-end software can really cater for every need, so do ensure you have a good idea of which features you think you may require for your presentation needs.

We've also featured the best alternatives to Microsoft Office .

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PowerPoint pioneered the presentation landscape, helping to shape business presentations into what they are today. However, since its inception in 1990, presentation-making has evolved—but unfortunately, PowerPoint has not.

Now, people want to see presentations that entertain. Interactivity , animation, bold designs and more should be core pieces of each presentation.

And while PowerPoint struggles to do that, there are a number of PowerPoint alternatives—Visme included—that can easily take your presentations from boring to eye-catching .

Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Beautiful Presentations

What Makes a Great PowerPoint Alternative?

We've all heard of PowerPoint, and in many schools and workplaces, it's a go-to presentation software . But does that mean it's the end all, be all of presentation making?

Absolutely not.

Because PowerPoint has basic capabilities (and can be clunky to download and use for Mac users), we've put together this list of PowerPoint alternatives to help you find a way to spruce up your presentations, keeping your audiences interested and engaged.

But not every PowerPoint alternative is built the same. To find the best one for your business, keep an eye out for features like:

Keep these features in mind as you go through our list below to try and find the best PowerPoint alternative for your business.

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Top 10 PowerPoint Alternatives

To help you make sense of the dozens of options out there, we’ve summarized the most important features of the best PowerPoint alternatives.

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A cloud-based, drag-and-drop presentation software, Visme offers users all the tools they need to create not just compelling  presentations , but also  infographics , data visualizations, reports, product demos and resumes.

Its ready-to-use templates, with HD backgrounds and professionally designed layouts, give users a breather from the all-too-familiar PowerPoint themes.

Packed with millions of free images, thousands of vector icons, graph tools in any style and hundreds of fonts, Visme allows users to create virtually any type of visual content in Its custom design area.

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Price: Free forever. Access premium features with plans starting at $12.25/month, billed annually.

Pros: Users can create virtually any visual content—including infographics, charts, reports and printables—in a single place; add animation, full interactivity and audio.

Cons: Due to the high level of flexibility and variety of options, it may take some time to master all of its features—but it's well worth it when you do.

Ideal for: Marketers, entrepreneurs, educators and individuals in general; corporate teams.

Other reviews:   Huffington Post,   ClearVoice,   Crazy Egg

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This cloud-based software is popular for its nonlinear presentations, which pan and zoom from one page to the next without creating the impression of moving to a new slide. It’s a favorite among students and educators due to its ease of use.

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Price: There is a completely free plan with limited features. Paid plans start at $12/month per user, billed annually.

Pros: Create nonlinear presentations with ease.

Cons: Not fully customizable; users can only create non-linear presentations which can actually cause motion sickness in some viewers.

Ideal for: Students, educators, speakers, companies.

Other reviews:   SmallBizTrends, , PC World

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Apple’s alternative to PowerPoint, Keynote is everything you would expect in an Apple product: sleek, sophisticated and intuitive.

Packed with powerful features—such as the ability to create interactive charts, add reflections and picture frames—Keynote makes it easy to create presentations with cinematic-like transitions between slides.

After the release of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Keynote is even more intuitive. Presentations are stored in the cloud and available on all devices.

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A screenshot of Keynote templates.

Price: Free for all Mac computers.

Pros: Compatible with PowerPoint.

Cons: Desktop software, not online-based; no slide library.

Ideal for: Mac owners.

Other reviews: , Macworld

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This cloud-based presentation software offers a solid and user-friendly alternative to PowerPoint. Its sleek editor workspace allows you to add background images, use a variety of designs and themes, collaborate easily with others and customize any of 10 default slide templates.

You can even take other people’s presentations and use them as a template. is not to be confused with

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Price: Paid plans start at $5/month per user, billed annually.

Pros: User-friendly; includes beginner’s tutorial; users can copy other people’s designs and layouts as templates for their own content (this preference can be turned off when creating presentations).

Cons: Create only linear presentations; limited design options such as professional templates and types of slides; no graphs or infographic widgets available.

Ideal for: Startups, students, teachers and individuals.

Other reviews: TechCrunch, SitePoint

5. Slidebean

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This PowerPoint alternative is a good option for all those who don’t have the time to design their own slides.

Slidebean has recreated pitch decks from big-name startups and offers them as ready-to-use templates. There are more themed templates available for users to simply plug in their content.

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Price: Slidebean offers a completely free plan. Their paid, all-access plan starts at $171/year.

Pros: Allows you to focus solely on the content.

Cons: No animation.

Ideal for: Those who want to create presentations in as little time as possible, startups.

Other reviews:   PresentationPanda , TechCrunch , The Next Web

6. Zoho Show

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Part of a suite of online applications called the Workplace Bundle, Zoho Show provides users with a traditional presentation tool that's online-based.

Like the other PowerPoint alternatives listed here, this presentation software allows users to create and access presentations from any browser or device connected to the Internet.

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A graphic of Zoho's presentation software

Price: Paid plans of the Workplace Bundle start at $2.50/month per user, billed annually.

Pros: Import multiple file types; conferencing option.

Cons: Limited animations and transitions; only standard presentation functionality.

Ideal for: Business users, students, educators.

Other reviews: ZDNet , Blinklist

7. Google Slides

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Google Slides is the most popular PowerPoint alternative because it’s completely free with a Google account. When logged into Google, Slides is available at any time, even from the email dashboard.

The design process on Google slides is simple and to the point. There are hundreds of templates in different color themes to choose from.

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A screenshot of a dark blue presentation slide open in the Google Slides presentation editor

Price: Free for everybody, as long as they have a Google account.

Pros: It’s free and easy to use.

Cons: Design capabilities are limited to standard features.

Ideal for: People who appreciate Google products and need to create presentations with remote teams.

Other reviews: ConsumersAdvocate , EnvatoTuts

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Canva is an easy-to-use PowerPoint alternative. The presentation templates come ready with numerous slides. All you need to do is choose the slides you want to use and switch out the content.

Along with the basic presentation features, animated presentations are also possible if you purchase the Canva for Work plan.

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Price: “Free” but premium assets cost $1 or more to use. Canva Pro is $12.99/month or $119.99/year.

Pros: Easy to use and lets you create nice-looking presentations fast.

Cons: The best features are in the Canva for Work plan; complete presentations can’t be colorized as a whole.

Ideal for: Those looking for a simple presentation that's easy to put together.

Other reviews:   CMSCritic , Capterra


The Beautiful AI logo against a white background is a PowerPoint alternative with a twist. The design of the slides is controlled by Artificial Intelligence. Their pitch is that presentations will look great every time without much work from the user. On the other hand, customization possibilities are limited.

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Price: Plans start at $12/month, billed annually. Or users can pay $45 for a single, ad hoc project.

Pros: AI helps create better presentations fast.

Cons: Very limited design capabilities.

Ideal for: Students, educators, startups.

Other reviews: Techradar , ThePowerpointBlog

10. Microsoft Sway

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Sway is Microsoft’s own PowerPoint alternative. It’s everything that PowerPoint isn’t. In fact, it is so different, you can’t really tell it’s made by the same company.

Sway is a cloud-based app, which can be accessed through any Microsoft account, such as Hotmail and Outlook.

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Price: Free with a Microsoft Account.

Pros: A presentation can look like a website, a newsletter or a classic slide presentation.

Cons: No tools or options to present data.

Ideal for: Students, NGOs.

Other reviews: AvePoint , Laptop Mag

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Ready to start creating your own presentation? These 10 PowerPoint alternatives are great options for getting started. But if you want our opinion, we think you should go ahead and create a free Visme account and get started with our presentation software today.

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Whether you're a student, a business professional, or a member of an organization—the odds are good that at some point you'll be asked to make digital presentations. You may even need to create a presentation for online viewing. 

Whatever the need...when the time comes for you to make a presentation, you'll want to use the best presentation software that fits your needs and your budget. 

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Microsoft's PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation software packages available. And it does do a very good job.

However,  PowerPoint isn't the only professional presentation tool out there in 2021. There are many PowerPoint alternatives available if you need to make a presentation. 

 If you do use PowerPoint to create your presentation, our Envato Tuts+  presentation tutorials  can help. Study the following quick video series,  How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds . Also, don't miss our  ga-analytics#sendMarketClickEvent">professional PowerPoint templates .

Most people who create presentations aren't aware of the other options. It's worth taking a careful look at various presentation programs available. Some are even free.

Here's a carefully curated collection of the best PowerPoint alternatives to help you decide what you need. Let's start by looking at some of the features to look for in a good presentation software package in 2021.

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Presentation software allows you to share information visually, usually through a slideshow. Presentations used to be shared primarily in person. Today they're often published online and shared through the Internet. The scope of presentation software has expanded.

Individual needs vary when it comes to choosing the right presentation software package. Choose between a wide variety of options to find the package that's right for you. Here are some features that to look for when deciding the best presentation software program to use in 2021, including:

1. Real-Time Collaboration

In today's teamwork-oriented environment, real-time coordination is an important consideration for presentation software. Real-time collaboration allows team members to work together on the same document at the same time.

The best presentation software packages incorporate tools for online sharing and collaboration.

2. Creative Design Tools

Make sure your presentation software has a set of creative design tools. Use those tools to design a visually attractive creative presentation that'll stand out and capture your audience’s attention and interest.

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This includes the ability to add shapes as well as control the colors used in your presentation. Illustrate your point and present your information in a more visual way, which will help your audience have a better understanding of your presentation.

3. Mobile Editing

According to recent figures from Pew Research Center , over 80% of Americans own a smartphone. Likewise, figures from We Are Social put the usage of mobile devices worldwide at 67%.

Clearly, mobile devices are important in today's culture. To be most useful to today's user, a presentation software package should include mobile editing and sharing capabilities.

Sound makes a difference. A good audio track can help users retain information and make your presentation more professional.

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The top presentation software packages allow users to incorporate sound into their presentation. Some packages even include a library of sound effects to add to your presentation.

5. Mac vs PC

Presentation software users want options. Teams today may not all be working on the same equipment. Yet, they need to be able to work together on the same presentation using the same presentation software package with flexibility.

If you frequently work on your presentations with a team, y ou need presentation software that accommodates a Mac or PC.

6. Animation

Animation effects are a good way to spice up your presentation.  Use animation presentation software to add interest to the transitions between slides or to add details to a slide as you discuss it.

Effective use of animation during a presentation can:

7. Import/Export Abilities

There are a wide variety of presentation software program packages available. If you work with presentations, chances are that you'll need to import a presentation from another package. Also, you may need to export a presentation for another user.

The ability to import or export your presentation is an important consideration for choosing the best tool to create your software presentation with.

8. Online Sharing

The ability to share a presentation online is important in two regards:

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If you'll be collaborating online or publishing your presentation to the Internet, choose a presentation software program that allows online sharing.

9. Technical Support

Strong technical support is important for nearly all software packages. Presentation software packages are no different. If you're new to creating presentations or if you work with a team that's got varying levels of expertise, be sure to select a presentation software option that offers strong technical support.

10. Template Availability

Using a professional template for your presentation can save you hours of time. It can also help to create a more effective presentation.

Fortunately, many presentation software tools include templates and many templates are available through third parties. At Envato, we offer professional templates for these presentation software packages. Here are the best-selling presentation templates that are trending in 2021:

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20+ Best Presentation Software Alternatives to PowerPoint (2021)

When it comes to choosing presentation software in 2021, you've got many options besides PowerPoint. Here's a list of some of the best PowerPoint alternatives with a few highlights of each package:

Note: Some of these presentation software packages offer a free version and a premium version. Features that are found in the premium version may not be available in the free version.

1. Google Slides

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Google Slides is one of the most popular presentation software alternatives to PowerPoint in 2021. 

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Currently, it's available when you sign up for a Google Account as part of Google Drive. The sheer number of potential Google Slides users is enormous—anyone with a Google account can access basic Google Slides features at no cost.

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Online sharing is one of the strengths of Google Slides since it's a cloud-based tool. You can easily use it for real-time collaboration or to publish a slideshow on the Internet. It also works on a PC, a Mac, or even a mobile device as long as an Internet connection is available.

Google Slides also offers a wide variety of formatting tools and special effects. To get started with Google Slides, study this quick start guide, and consider working with a professional, time-saving template that's made with a modern style for 2021:

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Crystal Agency is a stylish, stunning Google Slides presentation deck. With over 30 custom slides, it’s easy to find layouts that work well for your needs. This one is versatile enough to fit almost any topic. Drag and drop content onto the slides, and you’re all set.

2. ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">Nevasca: Google Slides Template

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Presentation-making software like Google Slides helps you make beautiful photo slides. The Nevasca template is the ideal template choice. Placeholders make it easy to add your own photos, along with other content. When you use the best PowerPoint alternatives, you don’t give up any creative control. Put this template to work today.

3. ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">Markethink - Google Slides

Markethink PowerPoint alternatives

Collaborate with your global team and create infographic presentations fast, thanks to Markethink. With sleek graphics and bright colors, this one is sure to wow any audience. It includes 20 slides. You’re able to choose between widescreen and standard layouts to fit any screen.

2.  Keynote

Professional Presentation Software - Keynote

Apple's Keynote is another very popular presentation package designed to work with a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. It's part of Apple's iWork productivity suite. It can also be used on a PC through iWork for iCloud. It includes real-time collaboration capabilities to make teamwork easier.

One interesting feature is Magic Move transitions. The Magic Move transitions feature lets you visually move featured images. This is just one of the many Keynote effects you can apply:

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To learn even more about Keynote, review these beginner tutorials, and find great presentation templates that'll save you time and give you a great design to work with:

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As you can see, Keynote is a compelling choice of presentation software. If you start using Keynote, why not revisit Envato Elements? That’s right: Elements has thousands of stunning Apple Keynote templates too. Once again, you’ll have unlimited downloads as an Elements subscriber.

1.  ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">Guava Keynote

Guava best presentation software

Guava has a cool and modern look throughout. You’ll have plenty of options for style, thanks to over four dozen included slides. All graphics are easy to resize. The master slide layouts assist with consistent, fast bulk edits.

2.  ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">Toetiec Keynote Template

Toetiec alternatives to PowerPoint

Toetiec is a bright and colorful Keynote design for 2021. With 90 slides, you definitely have all the options you could imagine. There are unique layouts included, like maps and vector icons. All parts of the slides are editable, keeping creative control in your hands.

3.  ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">Muli™ Minimalist Keynote Template

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HD graphics help this template look great on any display. It also comes pre-animated, which saves you valuable time. The free custom fonts help even the text contribute to your stylish slides. Be sure to consult the handy documentation file if you need any help.

3. OnlyOffice Online Presentation Editor  

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Another brand-new alternative to PowerPoint is OnlyOffice Online Presentation Editor. This presentation tool is part of the OnlyOffice productivity suite from Ascensio System. It's a full-featured office suite comparable to Microsoft's productivity suite that includes tools for writing and editing documents, creating spreadsheets, and making presentations.

The cloud-based tool is recommended for small and medium companies that may be looking for a less expensive alternative to the pricier office productivity suites. Because your presentations exist in the cloud, it's easy to collaborate. Sharing presentations is also easy.

One nice feature of OnlyOffice Presentation Editor is that Office 365 templates are compatible. This means that you can benefit from the ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">vast libraries of proven Envato Elements and GraphicRiver ga-analytics#sendMarketClickEvent">PowerPoint templates —a definite plus that'll help your business presentation stand out from competitors.

In fact, we've got a comprehensive course that'll teach you everything you need to know about using templates in OnlyOffice. Here's a free lesson to show you what to expect from the course ( Note : this course is included with an ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent"> Envato Elements subscription ):

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Prezi, a popular PowerPoint alternative for 2021, views themselves as a presentation resource. Instead of using slides, you use a canvas to create your presentation. It helps speed up the process of building decks.

It's non-linear, so you can see the entire presentation at once or zoom into specific parts. The non-linear approach makes it ideal for less formal, conversational presentations.

Like many other presentation software packages, you can use Prezi on any platform. You can also collaborate online and publish to the web.

5. Zoho Show

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Zoho Show is part of the Zoho Workplace. That suite also includes: Mail, Chat, Spreadsheet, Online Meeting, and other apps.

Use Zoho Show online for creating, editing, or sharing a professional presentation. Zoho Show supports real-time collaboration. You can also publish to the web. It also has mobile capabilities built in. These work when you're offline, and sync to your Zoho cloud when you go online again.

Get started with Zoho show using this Envato Tuts+ tutorial: 

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PowToon specializes in creating animated presentations and short videos. Collaborate with others to create your own animated presentation. You can also use the tool to create animated charts and graphs.

Take advantage of their library of royalty free music and royalty free styles. Their templates are "drag and drop" for ease of use. Special pricing is available for students and for classroom use.

7.  CustomShow

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CustomShow is designed for B2B sales and marketing presentations. It's a cloud-based app that lets you create and deliver presentations online using a wide variety of platforms using real-time collaboration. It allows you to build a slide library that your sales team can customize as needed. A feature that marketing professionals will appreciate is the integration with Salesforce.

8. Slidebean

Professional Presentation Software - Slidebean

Slidebean is another marketing presentation tool. One extra that this presentation software offers in 2021 is the opportunity to work with expert slide designers. Premium users can create their own decks, or lean on Slidebean consultants for help. Slidebean also has tools to let you track who is viewing your presentations and determine how engaged they are.

9. Haiku Deck

Professional Presentation Software - Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck was created to make it easy to create an online presentation in 2021. They've got thousands of templates. It makes use of images licensed under Creative Commons and automatically provides attribution. Use it with an iPad or iPad mini. 

The web app is compatible with current versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Users can also upload PowerPoint or Keynote presentation files. Currently, a discount is available for educators and students.

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Not only can you use Visme to create presentations, but you can also use it to create other types of visual content as well—including infographics, reports, wireframes, and more.

Share your presentations online or download to present offline. The tool includes the ability to animate objects, add links, pop-ups, and transitions. Discounts are available for students and teachers as well as for non-profits.

11. SlideDog

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This presentation tool allows you to combine a variety of media types into a presentation. SlideDog supports a wide variety of file types, including PowerPoint, PDF files, Prezi, Video (including YouTube), image files, web pages, Microsoft Word files, and Excel files.

SlideDog is a good option if your presentations draw upon materials from many sources. This tool supports live sharing and interactive audience polls.

12. Genially

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Genially is a helpful tool for creating visual media, such as presentations, infographics, mind maps, and more. The focus with Genially is interactivity, and nearly everything created with this tool can include interactivity. It also includes real-time collaboration and animation. In addition, statistics help you measure whether your presentation is effective.

13. FlowVella

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Another good cloud-based presentation software app for the mobile world is FlowVella. It works for the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can also use it offline. It includes analytic tools that let you know the details about how your presentation was seen. Use it in Kiosk mode for secure digital displays. There are also special teacher rates.

14. LibreOffice Impress

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LibreOffice Impress is part of the LibreOffice software suite. It's open-source software, developed and maintained by users as a project of the not-for-profit group, The Document Foundation . 

Impress features feel familiar to users who work with popular presentation software tools. It’s a more basic option for 2021, but is useful for creating simple slides. There are also templates to help you get started.

Emaze best PowerPoint alternatives

PowerPoint alternative Emaze is easy to learn to use. It's an online browser-based presentation building app that lets you use a variety of tools to create professional presentations. It runs on a wide variety of browsers on a Mac or PC.

It can also operate with smartphones. Special effects include 3D Zoom and video backgrounds. Discount rates are available for students, educators, and non-profits.

16. WPS Presentation

Professional Presentation Software - WPS Presentation

WPS Presentation is part of the WPS office suite, which also includes Writer and Spreadsheets. It's compatible with PowerPoint and has similar tools. It does include some good animation presentation software features as well as font resources. When collaborating, leave comments for other users to review later. Current 2021 versions are available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux.

17.  Beautiful.AI

Beautiful AI presentation software is a presentation software that relies on artificial intelligence to help you achieve beautiful designs for your slide decks. The way this presentation software works is by suggesting ways to visualize your ideas and then automatically update your slide design as you add new content.

Beautiful.AI offers a number of premade templates that you can use as a starting point as well as an image library with millions of photos that you can use in your presentations at no extra charge. Beautiful.AI is available for Mac and Windows and as an online app.

Ludus digital presentations

Ludus is web application that allows you to create presentations without having to download and install any software on your computer. The app sets itself apart by letting you integrate and embed various types of content into your presentation to make it more engaging. This includes 3D models, videos, VR experiments, Dropbox files, designs from Figma, prototypes from Framer, InVision or Marvel. You can also insert GIFs, icons, custom fonts, and more.

Slides software

Another browser-based tool, Slides is a suite of modern presentation tools with features such as drag and drop editor, media library, integration with online services like Unsplash and Giphy, Vimeo, and more. Embed your presentations on your own custom domain or subdomain as well as export them as PDF. On top of that, each presentation you create will automatically sync to your linked Dropbox account.

20. Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign PowerPoint alternatives

If you’re already using Adobe programs, why not use Adobe InDesign instead of PowerPoint to create your presentation? Because InDesign is the industry-leading software in page layout design, it makes sense to use it for presentations.

Since it's got plenty of tools for adding text and shapes, as well as interactive tools, you'll be able to create stunning presentations for your business or brand.

21. Focusky

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Focusky is a desktop app for creating HTML5 presentations and animated videos. It's available for Windows and Mac and includes tons of built-in templates as well as custom animations and transition effects. Export your presentations as HTML5 and embed them onto your website or as animated videos.

What Are the Important Types of Presentation Skills to Learn?

Once you know which presentation software you want to use, you're almost ready to start working on your presentation. Before you dive headfirst into the design, there are five key types of presentation skills you need to learn.

1. Create Variety

One of the most important skills you need to master is the ability to create variety in your presentation so you can ensure your audience remains engaged throughout the presentation. Variety can be achieved through the use of different mediums such as text, images, charts, infographics, and similar.

2. Practice Maintaining Eye Contact

You’ll also want to make sure you maintain eye contact with your audience. This will help you establish a personal connection with them and keep them engaged with the presentation.

Here's a tip to consider: it helps to ask a test audience if they felt connected. Specifically ask if they felt you engaged them through eye contact, then incorporate the feedback. Use our tutorial to take constructive criticism into account:

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3. Maintain an Audible Tone

Another important skill to master is maintaining an audible tone throughout the presentation. This helps ensure that all members of your audience will be able to hear you clearly no matter how far they are from the stage.

4. Work on Your Confidence

It’s not unusual to get nervous right before your presentation. Working on your confidence will help eliminate stress and allow you to be more persuasive while on stage. Knowing your topic like the back of your hand and practicing your speech goes a long way towards helping you believe in yourself and your abilities.

Learn more about how to come across confident while presenting with the help of this tutorial:

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5. Communicate Complex Information in a Simple Way

Lastly, you need to be able to communicate complex information in such a way that'll keep your audience interested. A good way to do this is to simplify information and use everyday language to explain various concepts from your presentation. Adding accompanying visuals such as charts and images can also help simplify the topic for your audience.

Here are a few tutorials that'll help you master presentation skills:

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If you're searching for the best creative presentation apps, here's what you might be thinking: how do you create slideshows with the best presentation software?

Our recommendation is simple: subscribe to Envato Elements . With the help of this all-you-can-download subscription service, you've got all the best templates to help you create designs in the ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">best presentation software apps .

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Templates are magic. They help you create a professional presentation without learning an app from the ground up. Elements includes unlimited downloads for all of the top presentation apps.

On Envato Elements, you've got the best of both worlds: at a single flat rate cost, you get everything. At a low cost, you've got starter designs with all the placeholders that simply require a few customizations. Start with designs, add your details, and you're done!

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Templates are the key to making the most of your presentation software. It helps you create digital presentations without learning an app from the ground up. Make sure to choose one of the templates from Envato Elements so that you build confidence while working with creative presentation apps.

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Choose the Best Presentation Software for Your Needs (In 2021)

At one point or another, most of us will wind up using professional presentation software. For many, that means relying on PowerPoint. While PowerPoint may be a good choice, if you need a program for making presentations you should be aware that there are other good options available in 2021.

To learn even more about PowerPoint alternatives you could use to create presentations, review:

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The best presentation software for your needs varies, depending on how you intend to use it. We've just identified 10 key features to consider when you choose your professional presentation software. We've also explored over 20 of the best presentation programs, two of them being Google Slides and Apple Keynote. If you’ve decided to use one of these two presentation software pages, check out our  ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">premade Google Slide templates  and  ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">Keynote presentation templates  over on Envato Elements.

We also have plenty of other  ga-analytics#sendMarketClickEvent">presentation templates on GraphicRiver , which you can purchase and use immediately. If you ga-analytics#sendElementsClickEvent">create presentations regularly , consider signing up for Envato Elements. The low monthly plan gives you access to thousands of presentation templates for Google Slides, Keynote, and PowerPoint as well as other design assets that'll complement your presentation design.

Do you think there's a better alternative than PowerPoint? What professional presentation software do you use? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.

Editorial Note :  This post was originally published in April of 2017. It's been comprehensively revised to make current, accurate, and up to date by our staff—with special assistance from  Brenda Barron and Andrew Childress .  

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So, you need to give a presentation. No problem: Microsoft PowerPoint has you covered, right?

Not necessarily.

While it has dominated the market for more than two decades and still fulfills the needs of many, there are those who claim it's difficult to work with, cumbersome, limited in customization options, and just too expensive. There are also strong contenders out there that are very highly regarded. So, why not give something else a try? In fact, creating killer presentations that will wow your clients or secure that investment you need is simpler and easier than you might think. We compiled a list of some of the best presentation platforms in a recent blog post , but here's an updated list for summer 2022.

1. Slidebean

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Like PowerPoint software, Slidebean lets you build creative, powerful presentations with a few clicks of a mouse. It's super easy to use — never created a presentation before? Don't worry! You'll find using Slidebean a doddle — and it comes jam-packed with features. It's no wonder, then, that's it's one of the best PowerPoint alternatives available.

Whether you're creating a pitch deck or sales pitch, you'll find loads of templates for your presentation at Slidebean. You can customize backgrounds, fonts, and graphics and make quick changes to your presentations without breaking a sweat. Plus, once you're done, you can share all your hard work with clients via email.

You also get access to in-depth reporting tools and analytics which provide you with valuable intelligence about your presentations. Find out who viewed your slides, for example, or how long people spent reading your pitch deck. Tracking all this information in one place lets you fine-tune your presentation and will improve your chances of success in the boardroom.

Costwise, you ask? The good news is that most of the features on Slidebean are completely free. There is a Premium version of the software, though, where you get access to a wider selection of tools that will add even more power your presentations.

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2. Prezi Next

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In 2017, Prezi launched Next — a new platform that lets you create awesome presentations for work or school. There are loads of new features to check out, including templates that will catch the attention of prospective investors. Better still, this program is really easy to use, even if you have little experience when it comes to giving presentations. Prezi Next has a simple but modern interface and, if you get stuck, you can always ask a question on Prezi's community pages.

Why not track your presentation engagement with Prezi's impressive suite of reporting tools? These metrics tell you how viewers interact with your content before and after your presentation. You can also discover who shared your presentation and find out how many views it received.

You can tailor your presentations to different audiences, too: customize your pitch decks based on the requirements of your clients or investors. Plus, you can share your presentations via email or display them on a mobile device.

3. Google Slides

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Google Slides is part of Google's suite of office editing tools and is one of the most popular presentation platforms on the market at the moment. Why? It's easy to use, completely free and integrates with Google Drive, making it a must-have for both students and businesspeople. There is a downside: Google Slides doesn't have the features of some of the other programs on our list. Still, it's a great choice if you're looking for basic presentation software. Plus, it lets you edit your presentations even if you don't have an internet connection.

Google Slides saves your data to the cloud so you can access your presentations anywhere in the world. What's more, you can edit your content on a mobile device. Sharing your documents is easy, too. Just send your clients or colleagues a link to your presentation, and they can make quick changes.

Another great feature of Google Slides is that you can access the platform from your internet browser. This means you don't need to download any software onto your computer. Also, you can edit PowerPoint files on the program and add images and photos to your content.

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Canva has become another popular PowerPoint software alternative in recent years, and it's not hard to see why. This platform boasts a wide range of features that will transform your presentations, including professional templates. You can also add visuals to your presentations — there are more than 1 million stock images to choose from — and apply filters to your content. Canva is easy to use, and you can create a compelling presentation that tells the world about your school project, business proposal or new venture.

Once you have finished editing your presentation, you can share it with other people or add it to your social media pages. The platform is free to use (although you will need to pay to use some images, illustrations, and graphics).

There are a number of different ways you can access Canva. You can create and edit presentations from your internet browser or download the free app and get creative on your smartphone or tablet. The Canva app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

5. Zoho Office Suite

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Zoho Office Suite lets you create beautiful presentations from the comfort of your home or office and share them with anyone you like. You can import multiple file types and get to work straight away or choose from one of the many template designs and start a new presentation from scratch. Other features include animations and transitions, which will make your presentations even more attractive.

Using Zoho Office Suite is easy, too. You can embed images from Flickr and videos from YouTube into your presentation, as well as live tweets. Then, you can publish your content on your website, blog or social media pages.

You won't need to download software onto your computer, either. Zoho Office Suite is available for Android and iOS devices, so you can create and view content when you are out and about. Finally, you can cast your mobile device and display your presentation on a compatible television screen.

6. Evernote

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Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking apps, but you can use its presentation mode to create pitch decks and share them with your business colleagues. Although Evernote lacks some of the features of the other presentation platforms on our list, you can still customize your content. The presentation layout editor will let you change the size of your font, for example, and there are two display options: day mode and night mode.

Once you've made edits, you can share your content as a PDF file or display your presentation on a secondary monitor. This lets multiple people read your presentation, even if they are in another room or different office. You'll find Evernote easy to use, too. The company has a help center on its website, with loads of useful tips that will transform the way you edit and share your content.

Evernote's presentation mode is currently only available to premium and business users, but there's a 30-day free trial for new users. You can download Evernote onto your laptop or get the free iOS or Android app.

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The best presentation software makes it easy to make slideshow presentations, keep track of them, and share them. This is important because business sales, management, and development all depend on presentation software. A department may need to share ideas, concepts, working methods, and workflows, and it is important to be able to explain these things in a way that is clear and easy to understand. But while presentation software used to only work with text and images, it can now also work with video and audio.

So, it’s important that the best presentation software not only be easy and simple to use, but also be able to support these extra media so that presentations can be more interesting, lively, and ultimately serve their purpose of educating and informing their intended audience. There are a lot of different platforms for presentation software, which can be hard to keep track of. So, here is a list of the best presentation software on the market right now, including paid, subscription-based, and even free platforms. Below we have mentioned some of the best presentation software.

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Even after trying out more than a dozen best presentation software, most people still use Microsoft PowerPoint. It is the standard in the industry and has great templates , an easy-to-use interface, a large library of ready-made art assets, and many tools for making a cool slideshow.

It also lets people work together in real time, edit documents offline, and add content from other sources. PowerPoint costs $70 a year, which is much less than most of its competitors. It’s also part of Microsoft Office, which most companies pay for and workers can’t live without. If you like this app you can get it from official website .

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PowerPoint should have been Keynote all along. In the last few years, Apple’s version of the best presentation software has improved a lot. It now has a cloud version that works on any browser on any computer . Keynote is basically an improved version of PowerPoint. It has the same way to make slides, but it has nicer templates, an easier interface, and nice touches like smart guides .

The biggest problem with Keynote is that it takes a long time to learn . Similar to Microsoft’s tool, you’ll need to sit down for a few hours to learn how to use the platform and a longer set of hours to make a professional presentation.

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Branding says a lot about a business, and it’s something that companies need to get right from the start, from a good logo to the right font. CustomShow is a business presentation programme that puts all of these branding elements first. Using the system, you can make and give presentations with your company’s logo and custom fonts that show off your company and the products you sell. This is one of the best presentation software.

You also get a slide library and analytics to help you make sure your presentations go well. You can also bring presentations into the software and use it to make more changes to them. There is also integration with SalesForce, and because the platform is in the cloud, you can access your presentations on computers , tablets , and smartphones .

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Google Slides is a slideshow program that works a lot like PowerPoint. But there are three main differences: it’s all online, it’s free, and you can work with other people on it. Google Slides is great because you can sign in through your browser or its official app . Google Slides presentations can be viewed on any device, and they can be shared with other people so that you can work together in real time.

Google Drive lets you store all of your best presentation software in the cloud, where they are easy for all of your marketing and sales teams to find and use. And you don’t have to worry about interruptions because all of your changes are saved as you make them, as long as you are connected to the internet.

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Like CustomShow, ClearSlide is aimed at a specific type of business. The best presentation software that want to run successful marketing campaigns, push sales through presentations, and use a variety of analytics and metrics to help with both marketing and sales. You can upload different types of files, such as PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF , and Excel, with the product. ClearSlide works with Google Drive , Dropbox, and Salesforce, among other platforms.

This system is pretty complicated and may have too many features that don’t apply to some businesses. However, you can make custom content that fits your business and the message you want to send to customers. There are also good metrics and analysis tools, and you can sign up for a free trial before making any decisions.

Any salesperson who has been around for a while knows that words can only get you so far. You can say exactly what your product or service does and how it helps people. But the prospect will eventually want to see it for themselves. In the world of software, this is especially true. Where people spend hours a day navigating apps, websites, and program as part of their jobs.

Presentations can really make or break the experience a prospect has with your brand. A good presentation keeps people interested and shows how valuable the information is. And it helps prospects imagine how your product or service would help them.

From what we’ve learned, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote are the three most-used programmes, roughly in that order. PowerPoint, on the other hand, is used by far more people than the other two. Depending on what you want, any of the three is a good choice. Still, if everything else is the same, we recommend PowerPoint.

Visme, Haiku Deck, Prezi, Microsoft Powerpoint, Canva, and Google Slides are a few of the best presentation programmes. In this comparison guide, we’ll look at all of these tools and many more to see how they differ so you can choose the best presentation maker for your business.

PowerPoint was one of the first tools to offer templates that were easy to use and could be changed. This was a big plus for people who aren’t designers. But PowerPoint isn’t the most interesting platform or presentation software in terms of design. Your business presentations won’t have the impact you want, which will make them boring and no one will want to see them.

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Microsoft PowerPoint has a free version and offers a free trial. Microsoft PowerPoint paid version starts at USD 6.00/month.

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I've created innumerable presentations for clients big and small. In my many years of using the product and sending presentations to people all around the globe, I have never once had someone tell me they could not open a file or report any problems with their presentation. It takes some practice to truly master, but once you've spent quality time working with the software you can do some good stuff.

PowerPoint is a straightforward tool for making and showing presentations with an interface that is very much "what-you-see-is-what-you-get." It is also the dominant presentation software, meaning that you will probably never find a client or venue that will have problems with any presentation you created in PowerPoint. It is also rather versatile, allowing users to do far more that slide-based presentations. Users can create online slideshows, clickable infographics, and embed original graphics and videos.

Like all Microsoft products, PowerPoint has it's eccentricities. It could be more user-friendly, which is where some of the competing presentation apps excel. It is absolutely not good for creating original art or illustrations, even though many users seem to think so. If you want original graphics then you should be creating them in some other app (like Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and then importing them into PowerPoint.

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I use Microsoft PowerPoint in a variety of businesses for various purposes, including:Presentations: Marketing: by creating marketing materials, such as brochures, flyers, and infographics.Training: creating training materials, such as tutorials, step-by-step guides, and course materials.Project Management: PowerPoint can be used for project management, such as creating project plans, tracking progress, and presenting project updates.Data Visualization: PowerPoint can be used for data visualization, such as creating charts, graphs, and diagrams to help communicate data and insights.Prototyping: PowerPoint can be used for prototyping, such as creating wireframes, mockups, and prototypes of websites, apps, and other digital products.Event Planning: PowerPoint can be used for event planning, such as creating event agendas, schedules, and presentations for conferences and other events.Proposals: PowerPoint can be used for creating proposals, such as business proposals, grant proposals, and funding proposals.These are just a few of the many business uses for Microsoft PowerPoint. The versatility and flexibility of the software make it a valuable tool for businesses of all sizes and in all industries.

Microsoft PowerPoint is widely used for creating and delivering presentations due to its versatility and powerful features. Some of its most popular features include the ability to create slides with text, images, charts, and other visual elements; the ability to add animations and transitions to enhance presentations; and the ability to collaborate in real-time with other users. Additionally, PowerPoint is highly customizable, allowing users to create presentations that reflect their personal style and brand. Overall, Microsoft PowerPoint is a versatile and user-friendly tool that can help users create impactful and professional presentations.

While Microsoft PowerPoint is a user-friendly tool, some features can be challenging to use, especially for those who are new to the software or who have limited experience with presentation tools. Some of the features that may be difficult to use include:Animations and Transitions: Creating complex animations and transitions can be challenging, especially for those who are new to the software or who have limited experience with these features.Design Templates: Designing and customizing templates can be difficult for users who lack design skills or who are unfamiliar with the software's design tools.Charts and Graphs: Creating charts and graphs can be challenging for users who lack experience with data visualization or who are unfamiliar with the software's charting tools.Advanced Formatting: Advanced formatting options, such as creating custom shapes or using advanced layout options, can be difficult for users who are new to the software or who have limited experience with presentation tools.These challenges can often be overcome with practice and by learning more about the software's features and tools. Additionally, there are many online resources available, including tutorials and forums, that can help users improve their skills and become more proficient with Microsoft PowerPoint

It’s good for presentations

It’s user friendly. The presentation view works great. Content is very editable.

Sometimes trying to align content is restrictive. The lines are very helpful to guide positioning, but when you don’t want to be inline it’s set up to almost force it. It can take unnecessary extra time trying to adjust content. There are probably ways to turn that feature off that I haven’t looked into. It’s not a big enough issue to not want to use the product.

Sooo much more than presentations

I have used this for years now and probably least for presentations. It is my Go-To program for anything that involves imagery or design, I will try it in here first as it is so user friendly & intuitive. Even print ready artwork(full page magazine), Logo Design, Decisions on Fonts, colours & layouts, Welcome TV Screen Corporate slideshows, the possibilities are endless. There are probably other products which do very specific things better I'm sure, however I wouldn't swap this for any of them.

Is that I can use it in lots of ways that it probably wasnt designed for but works so well at.Creating print adverts (yes, I dont use InDesign or Adobe software) I use this & save as a print ready PDF, I also use it to edit my logos, photography, social media assets, I even created a Calendar on it to send to our customers. Its just much easier to use than some of the other software out there.

Really struggling here as i use it in so many ways. Possibly a simpler way to format selected images within to the same size & aspect ratio, at the moment I have to do this individually but really its not that difficult

Microsoft Power Point from a Person who is not techie

-Creating professional and visually appealing presentations -Organizing large amounts of data in an understandable way -Improving communication within a team -Sharing information with clients and stakeholders -Making data easier to understand and interpretBenefits-Creating engaging presentations that can help to capture and maintain the attention of an audience -The ability to quickly and easily create slides, add visuals, and incorporate animations to enhance the presentation -The ability to make changes to an existing presentation quickly and easily -Ability to save presentations in multiple formats for easy sharing -Accessibility to a variety of templates and designs that can be used to create professional presentations quickly and easily.

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a well-known and widely used presentation software.• It is an effective tool to create detailed and attractive presentations.• It offers a wide range of formatting options and effects, making presentations more visually appealing.• It is easy to use and has a straightforward user interface.• PowerPoint allows for collaboration and sharing of presentations with others.

• The text formatting options are limited and can be difficult to work with.• The software can be slow and unresponsive at times.• It can be difficult to collaborate on presentations with multiple users.• PowerPoint is not compatible with some other software applications.

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Beyond PowerPoint, our top-rated presentation apps make slideshows (animated videos, Q&As, and collaborative brainstorming sessions) easy to create and a pleasure to consume.

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PowerPoint is a powerhouse among presentation apps. With real-time co-authoring, new design suggestions, and other tools for supporting slideshow creators, it remains the best in its class.

Nontraditional Presentations

Prezi frees your presentations from the sequential slide-deck format. It allows non-artistic people to easily make interactive presentations, talking head videos, and standalone graphics.

Google Slides is a reliable and free presentation app. It has strong collaboration capabilities, including the option to take audience questions as you present, but is missing a few features found in PowerPoint.

With PowToon, anyone can make video animations instead of drab slide decks to use for presentations, training, and more. You don't have to be an expert in video editing, but you do need deep pockets.

Let's say you have a whole bunch of information, and you need to convey it to a group of people. Maybe those people are in your office or classroom, in the boardroom of a company you're going to visit, or scattered throughout the world, connected by the internet. Presentation apps can handle the whole process. First, they let you put your material into a format that's right for sharing with others, usually—but not always—a slideshow. Then, they enable you to present the material, whether that's using a projector and screen onsite; or offsite with a portable projector ; or online in real time; or even online but asynchronously, at the leisure of each audience member. A few of the very best apps even have tools for taking questions from the audience and tracking how many people online watched your presentation.

The term "presentation app" used to be synonymous with Microsoft PowerPoint, a part of the Microsoft Office suite. While PowerPoint is still one of the strongest players in the field, many other apps have entered the space, bringing with them innovative ways for changing how we format and present information. This subclass of productivity apps , which used to be best known for inducing snoring during meetings, has grown tremendously to give presentation creators new ways of making their information more palatable, easily digestible, and sometimes downright entertaining.

The Best Slideshow Creation Apps

The slideshow format is the classic presentation option, and the best two apps in this category are Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote, which is a part of the former Apple iWork suite (the apps are now only available separately). Both are Editors' Choice apps.

PowerPoint has by far the most, well, everything. It has the most effects, transitions, supported formats, and so forth. You can use it as a desktop app or in a web browser. It supports real-time collaboration, though with some limitations, as I'll explain later. PowerPoint has a lot of features, even a few that help people who are bad at laying out slides do it better.

PowerPoint, for all its glory, has a few weaknesses, and price is a big one. Apple Keynote is an excellent alternative for Mac users, and one that costs a lot less. In fact, it comes preinstalled on new Macs purchased on or after October 1, 2013, meaning most users pay nothing extra for it. If you have an older Mac and do need to buy it, the price is a low one-time fee of $19.99—less than a fifth of the cost of PowerPoint's $109.99.

The Most Innovative Presentation App

PowerPoint and Keynote are slideshow apps, and some people find that format inherently limiting. They pigeonhole you, the argument goes, into thinking about the information you have to present in a linear way. In fact, many people can't imagine a presentation that isn't a linear slideshow. But that's not your only choice.

The best alternative for getting you thinking differently is Prezi, another Editors' Choice among presentation apps. It's by far the most innovative presentation tool. Prezi is a cloud-based service that completely ditches the idea of sequential slides. Instead, what you create with Prezi is a giant canvas of ideas and information. You present your work by zooming in and out on different areas of the canvas, as if directing a camera. The effect is surprisingly dynamic and engaging, and its price is reasonable, at $10 per month.

Prezi also doubles as a collaborative brainstorming space. One alternative use for this app is to have multiple people share their ideas in real time on the canvas. Whether the final results ever have to be shown to anyone else is entirely up to you.

Another app that throws slide decks to the wind is PowToon. Instead of slides, you create animated scenes so that the final product looks more like a video than a standard presentation. You don't have to have any high-tech animation skills to use it, though you do need deep pockets, as it is expensive, at $89 per month. There's a free version, but it's very limited.

The Best Free Presentation App

While PowerPoint has a limited free version and Keynote is often free for Mac owners, there's a free presentation app that I like perhaps even more: Google Slides. Google Slides, a third of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides suite of office apps (which is in turn part of Google Drive (Try it Free at Google Store) (Opens in a new window) ), is free for anyone with a Google account. It's only available as a Web app, but it's stable and quick, nonetheless. One feature I especially like in Google Slides is the ability to generate a link where audience members can submit questions to a presenter in real-time. It adds a wonderful interactive component to your pitches.

Best Collaborative Presentation App

The aforementioned Google Slides is only available as a Web app, and, partly for that reason, it handles collaboration better than other presentation apps. Because your Google Slides presentations are always saved to Google Drive by default, they're always available to share. That's not the case with PowerPoint and Keynote, two apps that also support collaboration (Keynote's collaborative features are in beta as of this writing). With those apps, you have to make sure you take the extra step to save your presentation to a cloud storage space, such as Microsoft OneDrive ($5.00 Per User Per Month at Microsoft 365 for Business) (Opens in a new window) or Apple iCloud Drive ($0.00 at (Opens in a new window) , for the collaborative features to work. It can get confusing if you've been saving the file locally with the desktop app and now have to make a copy to share.

Collaboration in Google Slides works the same as it does in other G Suite apps. The familiar interface is there. When two or more people simultaneously edit a file, you'll see your collaborators' cursors on screen, color-coded to their name and picture (or initials) in the upper right corner. Prezi is also one of the best presentation apps for collaboration, largely because it mimics the G Suite implementation and design.

PowerPoint and Beyond

Presentation apps are a critical piece of any office suite , and there's a good chance that most anyone who needs to convey information to a group of people—whether it's other employees, potential customers or clients, a university class, or any other group of people—will need to give the occasional presentation. Whether you love standing up and giving a live talk, or you'd prefer to let people consume your prerecorded wisdom via the internet, there's a tool for you. There's no denying that PowerPoint is the king of the hill, but that doesn't mean it's your only choice.

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Best Presentation Software: Ultimate List 2022

It’s no secret that presentations are at the heart of every business, work, and educational process. Sharing our knowledge and ideas is often an essential part of what we do. In this situation, knowing how to craft a presentation that won’t put your audience to sleep is critical for success.

And plain slides filled with text and bullet points will no longer do the job! To grab the attention of your audience, you need to shake things up a little.  

Luckily, there are plenty of presentation tools available online. We’ve collected a list of the best presentation software available online in one place to help you make creative and captivating presentations.

Depending on your needs, each of these 40 presentation tools has its advantages and disadvantages. You can use them to connect with your audience in a more effective and visually appealing way. They can serve as a great PowerPoint alternative and spice up the creation process. 

Let’s take a look at each tool separately and find the best presentation software for your project.  

Renderforest Presentation Maker


Free and Paid from $9.9/month, billed annually

Renderforest is an all-in-one branding platform where you can create professional graphic designs directly in your browser. You can go with a variety of presentation templates ranging from personal to business packs. You only need to select a design and modify it with the beginner-friendly editing kit.

Renderforest also offers templates for video presentations — from 3D and whiteboard animations to corporate and educational presentations.

Keynote software by Apple

Keynote by Apple

Free, available only for MacOS

Apple Keynote is the most successful competitor of PowerPoint among MacOS users. This interactive business presentation software allows you to create engaging and dynamic slides, add charts and graphs to them, edit photos, and add effects to sharpen your project. Access your presentations either online with iCloud, with a mobile app, or download a desktop version for Mac.

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Microsoft PowerPoint

Paid from $5.99/month, billed annually

Starting from the 90s, Microsoft PowerPoint was the most commonly used and one of the best presentation software and remains popular among many users up to this day. The presentation software offers creative presentation tools such as 3D icons and models, complex animations, cinematic motions, and more. Create from scratch or use the built-in templates.

You can also access the free online version of the tool right from the browser and create presentations with images, videos, transitions, and animations. Save your slides online, and access them from a computer, phone, or tablet.

Sway Presentation Maker

Free to download, paid version details not provided by the vendor

Sway helps to create presentations and other documentation in minutes by adding your photos, videos, and other multimedia. This presentation tool dynamically adapts to any screen and can be shared or co-edited with a URL. It’s connected to the Microsoft account so the users can easily add files from OneDrive, or turn their Word or OneNote documents into a dynamic Sway.

Focusky presentation software

Free and Paid from $9.9/month

Focusky is an easy and intuitive HTML5 presentation software with a user-friendly interface. You can create stunning presentations and animated videos by using the built-in templates available on the platform, character library, and 5000+ royalty-free vector files. Add pre-designed video backgrounds, charts, special text effects, your voiceover, and many other interactive elements to create an unforgettable presentation.

Express Points by NCH software

Express Points by NCH software

Express Points is a free alternative to Microsoft Office . Choose from multiple templates, edit and customize the slides, add music or other audio files, upload images, easily edit the template elements. The presentation software has an easy-to-use and user-friendly interface, streamlining the creation process.

LibreOffice Impress drawing and diagramming tool

LibreOffice Impress

LibreOffice Impress offers drawing and diagramming tools that will let you easily create a comprehensive presentation. The animations and different effects will help you make it more impressive and memorable. The software also offers an application that gives you access to your Impress presentation from a smartphone or smartwatch.

Prezi customizable presentations

Free and Paid from $5/month

Prezi offers a vast library of interactive presentation templates available for customization. Designed both for individuals and teams, it provides features and tools to maximize the effectiveness of the presentation process. Mind maps, unlimited zooms, interactive and dynamic features, simplicity, and convenience are what make Prezi one of the most popular and successful online presentation tools.

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Canva presentation maker tool

Free and Paid from $9.95/month, billed annually

Canva is a popular design platform, used by many who seek an online solution for their creative needs. It provides everything to make presentations, social media visuals, infographics, resumes, flyers, business cards, invitations, and many more. You can start the creation process from scratch or choose from a massive number of professionally designed templates, designed for every need. Make presentations using the free version of the platform, choosing from a huge library of images, fonts, icons, charts, and grids, or go with the premium templates. The platform offers a real-time collaboration function, allowing team members to work on the editing process together.

Slidebean presentation templates

Paid from $96/year

SlideBean is an easy-to-use and simple platform that provides professional templates to present your ideas with simple styling features. The platform offers everything you need for a successful creation process – images, icons, fonts, to name a few. Streamline the process with the help of integrated automation features. Choose the templates depending on your field, to simplify the creation even more. You can see insights into how users interact with the slides.

Zoho online presentation maker

Free and Paid from $4/month, billed annually

Zoho Show is a dedicated online presentation tool , simplistic, and easily customizable. From creating and collaborating to broadcasting and publishing, you are sure to find solutions to your every need. Choose from a variety of integrated themes designed to fit all kinds of needs. Make your slides more interactive by adding transitions and animation, using charts, tables, images, videos, and more. The tool is also available on mobile devices . To access your presentations remotely on your smartphone, simply download the app and log in.

Apache OpenOffice Impress multimedia presentations

Apache OpenOffice Impress

Apache OpenOffice Impress is an easy-to-use tool for creating multimedia presentations. Use 2D and 3D elements, drawing tools, effects, and animations to create appealing presentations. The tool supports different view options, including outlines and notes. You can download a template from their Template repository and customize it according to your needs.

Design App by Slidemagic in browser

Design App by Slidemagic

Free and Paid $99/year

With Slidemagic, you can create and share presentations both in your browser and by downloading the desktop app. The presentation software offers ready-made slides for business presentations created by a professional designer. The software also has a shop where you can find paid presentation slides. Once your slides are ready, present them in the browser, or download them in PDF or PPT.

Adobe Spark graphic design tool

Adobe Spark

Free and Paid from $11.99/month

Adobe Spark is a graphic design and presentation tool that will help you design creative and unique presentation slides. Add your images, discover a wide range of layouts, icons, and fonts. Choose between Spark Post, Spark Page, or Spark Video, depending on your project.

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myShowcase by Spintouch

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myShowcase helps to create multi-touch presentations which are perfect for different touch screen displays and tables. The best part is that it doesn’t require any coding skills. It’s an easy-to-use tool for repurposing old content and bringing it to life through engaging presentations. Simply upload your media files and customize your presentations.

create presentations

Free and Paid from $16/month

With Venngage online presentation maker , you can create dynamic presentations by using their ready-made templates. Pick a template created by professional designers, customize it by adding your texts, images, videos, charts, icons, and illustrations. Once you finish the customization, present it directly from the site or download it as a PDF or PNG. Some features are limited in the free version.

Google Slides free online presentation maker

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free online presentation tool, and one of the most popular alternatives to Microsoft Word if you want to create PowerPoint presentations. You can create your presentation from scratch or choose one of the ready-made Google Slides templates .

CustomShow presentation builder

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CustomShow is design-focused presentation software . Show your presentation online or offline as a PDF, PPT on different devices, or in print. The platform also allows presenting it through Web Meetings. It provides animation tools like charts, graphs, shapes, 3D effects, and others. Collaborate with colleagues and track the performance of your slides.

Visme presentation maker tool

Paid from $14/month, billed annually

Visme is an all-in-one online presentation maker which offers custom, high-quality templates. Pick a template and customize it according to your needs, or create a presentation from scratch. The tool offers 50+ charts and other data visualization tools, 120+ custom fonts, stock images, and vector icons. You can add website links, emails, and pop-ups. When your presentation is ready, share it online, embed on your website, or download it.

MediaShout church presentation software

Paid from $17/month

MediaShout is a church presentation software used in more than 80,000 churches. The features of this tool include auto-creation of song lyrics, 69 versions of the Bible, bilingual slides, different media type support, announcement loops, PowerPoint Playback, design tools, remote control options. The platform offers easy-to-use and accessible tools to simplify the creation process.

EasyWorship software solution for churches


Paid from $15/month, billed annually

EasyWorship is a presentation software solution for churches. They bring everything you need for your church service in one place. Add your announcements, notes, videos, song lyrics to your presentation and easily customize it. It also supports multiple local users for effective and easy collaboration.

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Viewlet Builder

Paid from $19/month

Viewlet Builder is a video presentation software for creating interactive online demos. The screen-recording tool automatically captures only the critical part of the screen and automatically reacts to any cursor change. The software allows you to replicate exactly how your application or website works, making the demonstration hassle-free and more effective. You can use the software in real-time, showing how your product works, or pre-record your video presentation with live commentary and edit it beforehand.

Proclaim church service presentations

Paid from $24.99/month

Proclaim has specialized features for creating church service presentations. Choose from pre-made service layouts and create your presentation faster with the reusable slides. Collaborate with your team on the cloud in real-time. The features of the presentation software include easy lyric loading, Bible verse animation, different integrations, a collection of free media, and online sharing.

SlideDog Presentation Software

Free and Paid from $99/year

SlideDog is presentation software that lets its users create playlists from presentation files and easily switch between them. You can combine files with different formats, including PDF files, PowerPoint, web pages, etc. The features include real-time sharing, interactive elements, and remote control with various devices to streamline the presentation process.

FlowVella interactive presentations

Free and Paid from $10/month

FlowVella is an app for building interactive presentations on mobile. It provides an easy and intuitive solution for designing professional presentations in minutes. Choose a ready-made template and customize it by adding your texts, images, videos, links. It’s perfect for events, conferences, museums, etc.

Deckset online presentation maker

Paid from $35, one-time

Deckset is presentation software that creates presentations from a text document. Write your presentation text in a document, upload it, edit or add slides, and present. This tool is great for creating presentations on the go if you have your ideas ready but are short of time to design a compelling presentation. Besides, it has an image and video integration, which will make your presentation more engaging and fun.

Camtasia presentation maker

Paid from $249, one-time purchase

Camtasia is a tool for video presentation creation. Use it to record screen movements, customize or edit your videos, import videos from outside sources. Once you finish the editing process, export the video in the format that fits you best. The software is available for both Windows and Mac.

Slides best presentation software

Free and Paid from $5/month, billed annually

Create, share, present with Slides. Designed for both simple and more complex needs, this easy-to-use presentation tool offers advanced editing capabilities. With these advanced customization features, you can view the source code of your presentation, which is HTML, CSS, Javascript, customize the code, download a copy, and present it offline or online. You can easily integrate Google Sheets, Docs, and Drive to the platform and even access your notes directly on mobile devices . The tool also includes valuable analytics for more professional presentations.

Piktochart Presentation Maker

Free and Paid from $24.17/month, billed annually

Piktochart offers over 600 professionally designed templates for creating presentations and other visuals. There’s a wide variety of interactive charts, animated icons, images, videos, and more. Easily edit your presentations, change the fonts and colors, drag and drop the necessary items. Share your creation on different social media platforms, or password-protect it for private use. Some of the features, however, are not available with the free version. 

Haiku Deck Presentation Maker

Paid from $9.9/month, billed annually

Haiku Deck is an easy way to create presentations online that offers creative and unique fonts, layouts, and image filters. The online tool helps to create simple, beautiful, and creative presentations based on expert tips, and comes with a large selection of stock visuals and pre-designed templates. Created presentations can be easily viewed, shared on social media , and embedded on any website.

Joomag Digital Publishing

Free and Paid from $39/month, billed annually

Joomag is an all-in-one digital publishing platform for interactive content creation. Create your presentations with a simple drag-and-drop editor, customize the ready-made template, and add interactive elements. The presentations are optimized for mobile. The platform offers enhanced privacy options, and you have extensive control over who to share your presentation with.

Emaze presentation templates

Paid from $13/month, billed annually

Emaze is a presentation tool that offers templates designed by professionals. Choose one of the 2D or 3D templates, edit to customize the slides by adding your texts and visuals, then share it via email or on social platforms. The platform also offers audience insight analytics. Download your presentation in PDF, MP4, and HTML to present it offline. presentation maker

Free and Paid from $12/month, billed annually is an AI presentation maker you can use to visualize your ideas easily. It offers 50+ beautifully designed customizable templates that are enhanced with presentation design best practices to keep your projects professional and clean. Besides, you can find and add stock images and icons from the image library. saves you time and provides everything necessary for making great presentations.

pitcherific online presentation maker


Pitcherific is an intuitive online presentation tool aimed to help you hone your pitches to perfection. The tool not only provides a large variety of templates for creating effective presentations but also offers guidance on what type of information to add, depending on the type of your presentation or pitch. On each slide, there is also a character count and a timer, showing how much time you will need to present the slide.

Paid from $99/month

SlideCamp helps companies to manage their PowerPoint slides. You can keep all your presentations in one place so that the whole team has access to them. Choose slides from the library, or use the existing slides in your new presentations. The slides are fully customizable and easy to edit. This tool will help you keep the consistency of your company presentations.

genially online presentation maker

Free and Paid from $7.49/month, billed annually

Genially is an online presentation, graphics, and infographics maker tool that allows you to add interactive elements to your presentation. A very interesting feature of Genially is that it allows you to import a variety of content from outer sources – Spotify, YouTube, Google Maps, Amazon – and add them to your presentation. The service also offers a variety of premium templates you can choose from to create presentations that stand out.

Swipe online presentation maker

Free and Paid from $15/month, billed annually

Swipe is an online presentation maker and sharing tool. Upload your presentation or create one on the platform, then share it online with anyone. Make your real-time presentations and let your audience leave feedback. It’s flexible and responsive, works on any device, and you can access it anywhere. After the presentation, ask questions with the help of the in-built polls and share the results with your audience.

Vizzlo presentation tool

Free and Paid from $11/month, billed annually

Vizzlo is an online presentation tool that helps to create charts, graphics, and presentations in minutes. What you need to do is simply pick a chart or graphic, add your data and use it in your presentation. You can share it on social channels, download, or integrate with other tools.

Knovio presentation maker

Paid from $30/month, billed annually

Knovio is a presentation maker and live streaming tool. It can be used for employee onboarding, corporate presentations, events, and educational presentations. Record and share your webinars; make your presentation more engaging with animations, surveys, quizzes, and other tools. The tool helps to catch the attention of your audience by creating an interactive learning experience.

Intuiface interactive content creation platform

Free and Paid from $273/year

Intuiface is an interactive content creation platform and touch presentation maker. Create your project from scratch or use the ready-made templates. Bring your content to life by making it interactive with a wide range of properties and configuration options. Use the in-built assets such as 3D models, maps, YouTube videos, sound effects, etc. After creating your project, present it with a simple URL with different sharing options.

There is no one answer to the question of which presentation tool or software is the best, as it very much depends on what you want to achieve. Whether you’re looking for cloud-based presentation software or a free presentation app, you’ll find it here. Use this list of the best presentation software to explore and find the features you’re looking for.   

Take your time to try out these tools and experiment a little to choose the presentation maker that fits your needs best. Compare the features of different presentation apps and tools. All these tools aim to simplify and improve the presentation creation process and help you get the results you look for.

There are many options available for every need, and you are sure to end up with an engaging and interactive presentation in no time. So, find the best presentation software suitable for your project and start creating!

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Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives

At CustomShow , we like to think that everyone can use our presentation software to create better-looking presentations, thus serving as a great PowerPoint alternative for large corporate enterprises, educational institutions, design agencies, small-to-mid-sized businesses, and highly creative individuals.  But that won’t always be the case.  We cater to business organizations and individuals that need to deliver engaging and impactful sales pitches filled with videos, animations and other rich media as well as need real time collaboration between presentation designers and presenters.  We don’t usually promote our competitors. But at the end of the day, we want you to have a pick from the full list of presentation tools that are on the market and that could fit your needs.

I f you want to build a business case for a Powerpoint alternative in your company then here is a great resource .

Selection Criteria for Powerpoint Alternatives

To be objective in our analysis of Powerpoint alternatives, we use the following criteria:

If you are truly serious about purchasing new presentation software and need some guidance, you should check out our buying guide to presentation software .

Powerpoint alternatives give you plenty of options to choose from.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages and we hope you will find your perfect fit.  We’ll examine the presentation maker programs we believe would be great and even the ones that may not be but could still be another viable solution.

NOTE: This is a list of 40 different presentation software tools.  If you’re looking for only Free Presentation Programs, check our post on 9 Free Presentation Tools you can start using today .  Great for educators and students.

Presentation Software – CustomShow

Presentation Software

Summary – presentation software program used mainly for businesses and companies with more than 25 employees that need a robust presentation software solution.  With over 40 years of rich presentation history, the presentation software was created out of close collaboration with design agencies and sales users who needed to deliver Wow!  The software allows companies and organizations to build better custom branded presentations that look light years better than your typical PowerPoint presentation.  We would consider ourselves a great sales enablement tool because sales professionals benefit a great deal from the software.

Perfect For – Marketing Teams, Sales Teams, Sales Professionals, Digital Marketing and Creative Design Agencies, Professionals, CEOs and entrepreneurs

Other Review Sources – Smart Selling Tools,   Techradar ,   TrustRadius, G2 Crowd , Finances Online

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Prezi (personal).

Prezi - Powerpoint Alternative

Summary – The mothership of PowerPoint alternatives, they’ve been around for many years.  Leveraging the concept of ZOOM and transitions to new spaces on a slide, they give the effect that the presentation has not moved to a new slide.  Prezi provides people with creating better style and effect in their presentations.  Prezi uses the concept of Pathway Points instead of slides to give the visual cinematic appeal of their presentations.  These guys just raised another $50 million in November in order to compete with Microsoft.

Advantages – Present on multiple devices; can share with coworkers; can be used by practically anyone; easy to learn how to use; cost-effective; can work on the presentation offline; 

Disadvantages – Very template-driven – always looks like Prezi; cannot easily customize slides or repurpose presentations; can cause motion sickness. 

Perfect For – Educators; Keynote Speakers; Organizations; Students

Other Review Sources – Erez Zukerman From PCWorld ; Edward Mendelson of PCMag

Prezi For Business

prezi business

Summary – The mothership of PowerPoint alternatives, they’ve been around for many years. They decided to make a stronger push for the business market.  Thus, they came out with Prezi for Business.  Lots of companies already use Prezi for one-off presentations like conference keynotes, town halls and investor pitches, but this version is trying to target the managed and repeatable presentations of sales and marketing teams.

Advantages – Better for teams; good for collaborating.

Disadvantages – Very template driven – always looks like Prezi; hard to edit by non-designers; not easy to repurpose content.

Perfect For – Medium-sized companies that require limited customization by the sales team.

Other Review Sources –  G2Crowd , Medium

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Summary – This is a template-based platform that allows people to create elegant looking presentations.  The software comes with 35 many templates and over 35 million stock photos that can be used within the slide templates.  This platform is a step between a company like CustomShow and Powerpoint.  

Advantages – easy to use; fast onboarding process

Disadvantages – cannot do offline work with the App; cannot truly Customize presentations in anyway you want

Perfect For – students; educators; presenters in general

Other Review Sources –  Joel Mathis of MacWorld ; JR Bookwalter of MacLife , PCWorld

Slide Dog

Summary – Known as a presentation launch pad, SlideDog mainly takes all of your documents, presentations, pictures, or video and places them into a play list that can be moved around and presented in a seamless way.  You can upload just about any type of file from videos down to other presentation software devices such as Prezi.

Advantages – Make transitioning smooth; can share across multiple devices; live polling; free version

Disadvantages – Not used for creating presentations

Perfect For – People who want to present more seamlessly across multiple documents; individual presenters

Other Review Sources –  FP PT Overview , The Balance

Powtoon – Animation Presentation Software


Summary – Probably one of the leaders in the DIY presentation animation space, Powtoon allows consumers to create presentations and videos that are animated, interesting, and engaging.  It is not difficult to learn how to use and the software is a breath of fresh air to those looking to create presentations that are different and engaging.

Advantages – Ease Of Use; Truly Customizable Animated Presentations

Disadvantages – Not suitable to live presentations (but that’s OK)

Perfect For – Educators (Check out their new app for educators); businesses that want to create a service/product video; small business professionals; trainers

Other Sources –   Sarah Perez of TechCrunch ; Cathy Moore’s Blog , Brightcarbon Review

Keynote – Powerpoint Alternative

Apple Keynote

Summary – One of the standard bearers in the presentation software space, Keynote is meant to allow presenters to create customizable presentations.  It comes with 30 themes that you can start with and pre stock photos.

Advantages – Present on multiple devices (Apple owned); easy to share; PowerPoint friendly; inexpensive; allows for animations.

Disadvantages – Can only be used for MAC (ios systems); fairly template driven; no slide library

Perfect For – Business owners and individuals

Other Sources –  Joe Kissell of MacWorld ; John Martellaro of The Mac Observer

Media Shout

Summary – To switch things up a bit MediaShout is a presentation software tool for religious institutions and churches.  It is a powerful platform that can be utilized by churches of all sizes and combines.  The software works well with the team that is managing the media and productions during any religious service but particularly during the sermon.

Advantages – Stage mirroring; announcement deck; great with video; add scripture from 65 different bibles; include sermon points; sound and music enabled

Disadvantages – Hmmm…we’re not going there.

Perfect For – Religious institutions and churches

Other Sources: Gavin Courtney From Church App , Church Tech Today

Knowledge Vision

Knowledge Vision

Summary – Knowledge Vision now merged with Open Exchange enables you to and then embed them within your presentation.  The company has a collection of software tools that are combined into 1 that companies can use.  You can also create videos within the software package.

Advantages – Complete Package of Production Tools; Cloud-Based; Analytics; Live Webcasting

Disadvantages – Maybe too many tools; Could be challenging to learn

Perfect For – Businesses; Producers; Digital Agencies

Reviews –   G2Crowd , CrowdReviews , Finances Online


Visme is a web based tool suitable for students and individuals who want a free tool mainly for one-off presentations or infographics design for social media.  The tool is actually relatively easy to use and comes with thousands of templates & graphics.  It’s relatively new software and is geared more toward infographics rather than presentations, but nonetheless, it’s a great tool and It’s have more features like whiteboard creator , video maker, flowchart maker Etc.

Advantages – Easy to use and get started with built-in templates and stock photos

Disadvantages – No strong library management or brand control features. Not designed for rich media heavy presentations.

Reviews – CMSCritic , SelfMadeSuccess

Vyond – Video Presentation Software


Summary – Previously known as GoAnimate, Vyond is one of Powtoon’s biggest competitors, Vyond is all about animated video presentations.  You can create DIY professional animated videos without having to hire a video producer.  It is integrated with other software sales apps and is a solution that can be interesting for budget-busting video animation companies.  Of course, there are other whiteboard animation companies, but GoAnimate does showcase another alternative.

Advantages – Great For Video; Cost Effective; Think Product Videos

Disadvantages – Only Animation Centered (Not a real disadvantage though)

Perfect For – Business; Producers; Digital Agencies

Other Sources – Joe Ganci of Learning Solutions Mag, Editing Insider

Wink – Powerpoint Alternative

Wink Presentation Software

Summary –  Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS Word/Excel, etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.

Advantages – Free; multilingual; good support 

Disadvantages – No ‘undo’ feature, audio compatibility issues

Perfect For – Individuals and small businesses who just need to create simple animated tutorials and software demonstrations.


Summary –  Owned by TechSmith, it is useful for creating Windows based presentation for software training. Offers advanced features and extra tools for organizing, simplifying, and editing screen captures. If you produce Windows screen shots on a regular basis, SnagIt is a great tool for that.

Advantages – Easy-to-use screen capture program, 

Disadvantages –  Windows only

Perfect For – Window’s screen shot-ers

Other Sources – Tom Negrino of MacWorld


Summary –  Also owned by TechSmith, Camtasia Studio is an integrated suite of applications for producing professional videos of on-screen activity. A good PowerPoint alternative for customer training and onboarding.

Advantages – 5 applications provide solutions for end to end video production, multiple output options 

Disadvantages – Costly for the value

Perfect For –  Creating Video demonstrations for customer support , employee training, and product presentations.

Other Sources –   Daniel And Sally Grotta of PCWorld

Camstudio – Open Source Video Presentation Software


Summary –  Free and simple, straightforward program to record screen activity to AVI or SWF format. 

Advantages – Free. Video annotation capabilities

Disadvantages – no movie editing, hard to use annotation tools

Perfect For – Students and individuals who want to record and present basic activities for webinars and basic presentations

Other Sources – Michael Muchmore of PCMag

Flipsnack – Evolved from Slidesnack


Summary –  Started as a presentation sharing tool and has evolved into making flip books for online sharing and embedding from any PDF.

Advantages – Simple and complete solution for turning presentations and print publications into flip books. 

Disadvantages – not great for building presentations.

Perfect For – Publishers who wish to transform their printed publications into digital ones.

Reviews – Ed Tech Reviews , Presentation Guru

Articulate Presenter

Articulate Presenter

Summary – Articulate Presenter is a program that acts as an add-on to Microsoft PowerPoint. It capitalizes on what PowerPoint can do already, and provides several added features, such as  quizzing, narration, and other interactive features

Advantages – Supercharges the existing functionality in PowerPoint; narration syncs easily to screen animation; functionality is super intuitive

Disadvantages – Content positioning is imprecise, takes ages to publish the content, and Published files are BIG

Perfect For – Educators; Individuals

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker

Summary – freeware video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of the Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

Advantages – Free, simple to use for beginners, great for photo slideshows

Disadvantages – Only one video track, freezes and crashes randomly, lots of versions that aren’t compatible with each other

Perfect For – Essentially Anyone; Video Production


Summary –  Allows easy sharing of presentations between businesses and consumers

Advantages  – Easy embedding in websites, great for sharing audio and video, custom privacy settings

Disadvantages  – Must use other programs to create and edit material, atypical transitions, cannot track views

Perfect For – Students, teachers, and small and large businesses that want public-facing content to reach consumers

Other Sources – Tanya Lewis of PR Week US

R eviews – GetApp , BestCompany

Visual Bee

Summary – Automatic graphic designer for PowerPoint presentations that designs a Showcase automatically with just some clicks

Advantages – Easy to Use, Fast, User-Friendly UI, Attractive Templates 

Disadvantages – Getting appropriate images requires some selection by hand. Some features redundant to PowerPoint’s own.

Perfect For – Individuals

Other Sources – Jill Duffy of PCMag , Indezine


Summary – The Emaze user can easily build sophisticated presentations with little effort. The company’s vision was to free up users from having to spend time studying and preparing the presentation tool so that they can better spend their time concentrating on the actual content of the presentation

Advantages – Cheap, designed for ordinary users,

Disadvantages – More of web page designer and not fully focused on presentation.

Perfect For – Basic user base, current PowerPoint users wanting better visualization

Other Sources – Avishay Bassa of Geektime

Libre Office

libre office

Impress is the presentation component of Libre Office. It is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Creating and editing slides is very versatile thanks to different editing and view modes: Normal (for general editing), Outline (for organizing and outlining your text content), Notes (for viewing and editing the notes attached to a slide), Handout (for producing paper-based material), and Slide Sorter (for a thumbnail sheet view that lets you quickly locate and order your slides).


Summary – Now we’re in the world of conferences.  Preseria is all about presenters uploading their presentations and organizing your conferences.  This can be a nifty tool if you’re managing large conferences where you have several presenters.

Advantages – Great for Sharing; can Organize and gather content seamlessly

Disadvantages – Can’t create custom presentations.

Perfect For – Event Coordinators; Conference Leaders

Proclaim – Church Presentation Software

church presentation software

Summary – We’re back in the world of churches.  Proclaim is all about pastors and assistants uploading their presentations and having the functionality to make any changes to them in order to provide an experience to people listening and watching the sermon.

Advantages – Incredible software for sharing and collaborating with teams of people who are working on the presentation; Organize and gather content seamlessly; Comes with a remote app that can be controlled by your iPad.

Disadvantages – Can’t create super customized presentations, but they can be fairly unique.

Perfect For – Churches; religious institutions

Reviews – Church Tech Today

reallusion - animation presentation software

Summary – Moving back into animation, this software is pretty nifty.  You can create animated figures for your presentation in a shorter period of time.  Great for presenters to quickly add animated avatars and comic effects into PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Doc and other presentation software

Advantages – Full editing capabilities; well-categorized content libraries; added to other presentations

Disadvantages – Can’t create presentations within the software, however, Reallusion does have other software in its suite that can do this.

Perfect For – Individuals; Business; Keynote Speakers; Designers

Other Sources – NYC Post Production Reviews

focusky presentation software

Summary – Focusky helps mainly with creating animation presentations as well as presentations in HTML5 format.  

Advantages – Full editing capabilities; can present from anywhere; animation capabilities; import PowerPoint slides

Disadvantages – It May not have as much functionality as CustomShow but is great for individuals; mainly for animation, not traditional presentations. 

Perfect For – Individuals; students; teachers

Reviews – G2Crowd , Tech

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Summary – is a cloud based simple presentation software.

Advantages – Full editing capabilities; can present from anywhere; cloud based; comes with analytics; incorporate HTML and CSS in the presentations

Disadvantages – It May not have as much functionality as CustomShow but is great for individuals

slidebean presentation

Summary – Slidebean focuses on presentations for pitching startup ideas , consulting and design projects.

Advantages – Ease of use; quick to develop presentations; focused templates for the target audience.

Disadvantages – May not have as much functionality as CustomShow but is great for individuals; not best for teams; not entirely customizable

Reviews – Finances Online, Ethos3


Summary – Another graphics design tool that also allows creation of presentation. Mostly used by students, educational professionals and small businesses.

Advantages – Lots of templates to get started.

Disadvantages – Not a serious presentation software solution. Consider it for making infographics, etc. for social media posting.

Reviews –  PCWord , 3hundrd

zoho presentation software

Part of Zoho OfficeSuite,  Zoho Show offers a great interface for people who want to design eye popping presentations.  Zoho is pretty broad in its software and service offerings ranging from document management tools to collaboration and sharing.  Their pricing on the document management side can be as low as $5/month/user.  Doesn’t really compete in the B2B space, but nonetheless is a great player with many benefits including transferring to PowerPoint, analytics, bulk file uploads, and much more.

Advantages – Minimalist design, lots of templates, collaboration

Disadvantages – Not suited for rich media presentations, does not provide great analytics

Perfect For – Users who subscribe to Zoho solutions

Reviews – FitSm allBusiness , PCMag

Instant Magazine

Summary – Foleon, previously known as Instant Magazine allows you to create interactive publications which make your content come alive. It is one tool, for all platforms, for all devices. Get the best reading experience on smartphones, tablets and desktops. Personalized and fully measurable.

Advantages – Rich-media support, analytics, easy web based publishing of content

Disadvantages – Not powerful or flexible enough for sales teams to build presentations

Perfect For – Digital marketers who want to create web based content

Reviews – Crunchbase

panapto presentation software

Summary – At Panopto, the company believes that video can have a transformative effect on learning. So they built a video platform that helps businesses and universities improve the way that they train, teach, and share knowledge.  Panapto acts as a video presentation software package that allows consumers to manage, live stream, record screen , and share videos across your organization.

Advantages – Powerful video capture and sharing tools

Disadvantages – Not very useful if your presentations require text and support for other media.

Perfect For – Corporate training and education

Reviews – SteamingMedia , FinancesOnline

Summary – Genially is a helpful tool for creating visual media, such as presentations, infographics, mind maps, and more. The focus with Genially is interactivity, and nearly everything created with this tool can include interactivity. It also includes real-time collaboration and animation. In addition, statistics help you measure whether your presentation is effective.

Advantages – Easy to use and interactivity

Disadvantages – Not a serious corporate contender, lacks its own analytics, not designed for rich media presentation

Perfect For – Individuals, teachers

Reviews – Tutsplus


Summary – FlowVella is another presentation app with several benefits and features including its being mobile first, offering privacy and security, analytics, autoplay videos, and a vast array of collaboration tools.  FlowVella has native apps for Mac, iPhone & iPad, yet presentations can be viewed via any web browser.  FlowVella is great for sales presentations, training, kiosks , digital brochures, portfolios, product guides, formal and informal education, and much more.

Advantages – Inexpensive, free version

Disadvantages – Not designed with rich media support, collaboration or brand and compliance control in mind.

Reviews – TechCrunch , Engadget

Discontinued Presentation Software

We list the presentation programs that we had previously listed as Powerpoint alternatives but are no available.

SlideRocket Marketing Software


Summary –  Sliderocket was purchased by Clearside, which in turn was purchased by BigTinCan.  If volume sales is important to you, Clearslide could be a good tool for you.  There is more emphasis on sales and tracking than the presentation creation side of the software.  After going through a series C $50 million round of funding, the company is focusing more on sales enablement and less on presentations specifically.  Nonetheless, the tool is worth reviewing.  

Advantages – Can upload files from Keynote, Powerpoint, PDF, Excel and other formats; good metrics; online delivery; slide sharing 

Disadvantages – Interface is complex and limited in the ability to create a “better-looking presentation”; video isn’t seamlessly integrated into presentations.

Perfect For – High Volume Sales & Marketing Organizations

Other Review Sources – Edward Mendelson from PC Mag ; Jessica Still at Gigaom

presentation programs

Summary – Another discontinued product.  SlideShark was a mobile app used by sales professionals and other presenters worldwide to present and share PowerPoints via their chosen devices.  Its features include cloud storage integration, sharing and tracking views, broadcasting or presenting over the web, creating annotations on the slides, and of course presenter mode.

Advantages – Can present PowerPoint slides anywhere; cloud-based; free but paid version is known as a Business pro; can be utilized for webinars

Disadvantages – unable to customize presentations; primarily a delivery system (good and bad thing).

Perfect For – sales and marketing professionals; individual business owners.

Other Review Sources –  Dylan Herx of AppStorm ;  Phillip Michaels of ComputerWorld , EdShelf , Engadget


Summary – This is another presentation software company that went out of business. Built mainly for B2B salespeople, Kineticast is a cool presentation tool that enables salespeople to be more effective in their sales and geofencing marketing advertising.  Their process includes creating the presentation (uploading files), emailing your list of contacts , and then tracking the results.  The purpose of this tool is to create customized messages with slides that are meant for specific prospects.

Advantages – Enables sales professionals to improve the effectiveness

Disadvantages – Cannot create customized presentations (wasn’t built for that anyway though).  

Perfect For – B2B Sales Professionals; Possibly Marketers

Other Sources – Rich Bohn of SellMoreNow


Summary – A Prezi-like solution that has closed down. Project gives creatives the ability to weave together stories dripping with style and personality from Flickr photos, RSS feeds, tweets, YouTube or Vimeo videos, and any media stored on your own computer.

Advantages – freemium model, create professional-looking, branded, shareable, and embeddable presentations without much fuss

Disadvantages – very few layout options

Perfect For –  students, creative industry

Other Sources – Jennifer Van Grove of Mashable


Another discontinued presentation software. Docketzoom helps you bring to life highly interactive presentations that enhance buyer perception. With DocketZoom you can easily create an appealing presentation that delights and engages your audience. Its inbuilt analytics helps you understand critical user insights to formulate better content strategies.

Totus Marketing

Totus Marketing

Another software business that has ceased operations and now absorbed by an experience design company. Instead of building presentations from scratch, users can compile pre-approved slides (individual or multiple) into a customized PowerPoint presentation that suits their needs. Users can construct presentations from a selection of approved slides and even add personalization and customization where allowed by site administrators.

Reviews – SoftwareInsider

NCH Software

presentation software like powerpoint

Another discontinued tool. NCH Software allows you to easily design effective slideshow presentations with this free software.

Enhance any presentation with visuals and multimedia examples of the information, ideas and arguments you are presenting.

Slide Bureau

Slide Bureau

Summary – Shut down. Slide Bureau is an interesting software device.  It is mainly used for iPads, but it does allow people to create presentations that are more customized than your traditional PowerPoint slide .  The interface is centered on pre-made templates but they are categorized to fit the profession and overall need of the slide.  

Advantages – Easy to use this presentation platform

Disadvantages – Limited to only iPads; cannot truly brand and create presentations more customized than the templates that are given

Perfect For – Educators; Individual Professionals

Other Sources –  Benjamin Romano of XConomy ; Taylor Soper of Geekwire


Summary – An easy-to-use graphic design tool made for nondesigners, thanks to its simple UI and Drag and drop feature to make fast and precise editing. Features like background remover, Image Animator, PDF Editor, and many more is free to use. with thousands of free templates, not only. It also has access to 125 million Shutterstock images. 

Advantages – You can do it All in One Tool 

Disadvantages – Some stock images are not accessible for free

Perfect For – Students, Teachers, Non Designers, Everyone 


Summary – Scribe is a Chrome extension that captures your screen, instantly turning a process into a step-by-step guide with screenshots. A good PowerPoint alternative for customer or employee training and onboarding .  

Advantages – Free tool, simple to learn. Consistent and aesthetically pleasing guides for training.  

Disadvantages – Not intended to replace large presentations, rather intended for sharing instructions or tutorials.

Perfect For – Creating step-by-step instructions in business – onboarding, training, standard operating procedures, technical manuals, and more. 

There are probably an additional 50 – 80 presentation software tools we missed on this list.  We know there are others we likely left out, so we look forward to your comments and other PowerPoint alternatives that can be useful for presenting or organizing/delivering presentations.

And if you believe you are a good match and should be added to this list, feel free to email us and we’ll consider adding you.

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7 Great PowerPoint Alternatives

Here’s a quick question for you:

Did you really pay attention to the last presentation you sat through?

Sure, you remember some slides, graphs with financial forecasts, and bullet points. But at some point, you probably zoned out.

What makes presentations dull is that they’re made using the same tried and trusted Microsoft PowerPoint templates and presentation software that everyone has been using for years. So what happens? Every presentation looks the same. 

Don’t get us wrong. Microsoft PowerPoint is a fantastic tool, and a pioneer in presentation software for a good reason.

But if users don’t know how to use this presentation software to its full potential and employ their own styles and customizations, they’ll likely end up with a cookie-cutter slide deck that’s been used millions of times before. 

Why you should look for the best PowerPoint alternative

Creating presentations is more than just piecing together text, data visualizations, and images echoed by speaker notes.

Every slide should have an impact on the audience or reader, make a key point, and catch the eyes of your audience. All your presentations need to be mindful of visual design. Color, for example, influences up to 90% of a person’s snap judgment about a product.

There are many paid and even free PowerPoint alternatives and presentation software available with better, newer, and fresher templates that can punch up your next presentation.

To make things easier for you, we’ve listed seven great PowerPoint alternatives utilizing some of the best presentation software, complete with an overview of their features and individual pros and cons.

You can also click on the links below to go straight to each PowerPoint alternative presentation software on this list. 

Alternative presentation software

1. piktochart.

Piktochart is a web-based design application that lets you create professional-looking infographics , posters , reports , flyers , social media graphics , and presentations using a simple drag-and-drop interface. 

create presentations with Piktocharts cloud based presentation software

Piktochart pros

Like PowerPoint, Piktochart offers a wide range of templates for themes and topics to suit needs for marketing and sales, financial forecasts and performance, investor pitches, and more from creating dynamic presentations.

For new users or those who want to design and share presentations from scratch, check out the platform’s Help Center, Video Tutorials, and Blog, all of which offer a wealth of resources on Piktochart and general design topics. 

Free business users will have access to plenty of design key features on a completely free basis, but more can be unlocked if you get a paid plan .

Annual fees start at $290/year ($24.17/month) for Pro and $990/year ($82.50/month) for Pro Teams with five members.

The Pro Team plan allows teams to work on shared presentations and consolidate projects.

Piktochart download powerpoint

Finally, you can download a presentation in high-resolution pdf files to present offline, PowerPoint files, or present straight from the platform user interface as a PowerPoint alternative.

You can also design an infographic and download it as blocks to convert into presentation slides or other graphic formats. Safe to say, Piktochart is one of the best free PowerPoint alternatives available today.

Piktochart cons

Unfortunately, Piktochart does not support native video playback on presentations, which rules out interactive video presentations.

You can, however, embed videos from Vimeo and YouTube into your presentation, share to publish it, and copy and paste the URL on a browser to view the visual. 

You could get started right away with Piktochart by signing up for free .

2. Google Slides

presentation software like powerpoint

Google Slides is a presentation platform that’s part of Google’s web-based office suite within Google Drive.

This PowerPoint alternative lets you create and present pitch decks, training modules, animated presentations, business presentations, and project presentations among others right in your browser, with no need to install any software. 

Google Slides pros

Google Slides is great if you’re already invested in other Google tools like Docs, Forms, and Sheets.

This alternative to PowerPoint is also arguably the most accessible to create, share, and download presentations in different file types. Not only is it free to use for all personal users (enterprises can unlock more features through G Suite), but it’s also available on both browsers and mobile devices. 

Slides’ integration with Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets means that importing audio and video files, managing presentations, and collaborating on projects with teams is a breeze. 

Google Slides cons

One of the downsides of Google Slides being widely accessible to users of all skill levels is that you don’t get more advanced features and design tools found on other platforms.

For example, Google Slides has a decent selection of templates for common types of projects and presentations, but it’s nowhere near the variety you’ll find on the other platforms on this list. 

google slide library of beautiful templates and unlimited slides

Bottom line? Google Slides is one of the best PowerPoint alternatives for creating basic presentations with professionally designed templates. 

But if you want more advanced key features like slide transitions and effects, it’s best to look for another PowerPoint alternative for interactive presentations.


As its name suggests, is a presentation platform that leverages artificial intelligence to suggest ways to visualize your ideas and customize your designs. powerpoint alternative using bold background images pros ’s technology is the driving force behind its Smart Slides feature. 

Smart Slides ‘understand’ the content on your slide to make the best presentation possible. From there, it intuitively makes recommendations on what elements you may want to add later and how you may want your slide layout to appear.

beautiful ai presentation app

For novice users with little to no design experience, this process happens automatically, with organizing ideas and visualizing content quickly — all while providing guidance every step of the way. 

Free users have more than 60 presentations to choose from, with the option of unlocking more on the Pro plan for $12/month and $15/month, billed annually and monthly, respectively. cons is exclusively a presentation tool, and possibly the most popular PowerPoint alternative for technically savvy marketers, which can be disappointing if you want to use it to create other visual projects like posters and infographics as it lacks these key features.

Its Smart Slides also have set parameters that leave little for customization, meaning it works best when creating a simple presentation. 

Users can only move elements to specific spots on each slide which automatically adapt, which means you can’t make the overall design of your presentation your own. 

4. Apple Keynote

Keynote is Apple’s presentation application software that comes included with any purchase of an Apple laptop and desktop computer. 

It’s part of the Apple iWork productivity suite, alongside Pages and Numbers. 

presentation software like powerpoint

Keynote pros

Keynote’s tight integration with other Apple apps also makes it a natural choice for Mac users. 

If you’re already familiar with Pages and Numbers, you’ll feel right at home with Keynote’s three-panel interface, composed of a formatting panel on the right side, a large editing section in the middle, and thumbnails on the left side. 

keynote download presentation

But what makes Keynote one of the popular PowerPoint alternatives are its transitions and effects. 

In particular, the software’s impressive Magic Move transition allows visual objects to smoothly move positions from one slide to another when playing your presentation.

keynote files to collaborate with your team and beyond

Keynote users can also collaborate on presentations in real-time. Additionally, you can place restrictions on who can edit and only view your presentation. 

Keynote cons

PowerPoint and Keynote are generally compatible , provided Keynote presentations are exported in .ppt or .pptx format. 

However, elements like transitions, layouts, and fonts may look off if you’re exporting from Keynote to PowerPoint.

5. LibreOffice Impress

LibreOffice gets a lot of love for being a free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice Impress is the productivity suite’s alternative to PowerPoint, offering many of the same features found in its Microsoft counterpart. 

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LibreOffice Impress pros

LibreOffice Impress supports all PowerPoint formats: .pps, .ppt, and .pptx. 

With it, you can create all kinds of slide-based presentations using five different editing and viewing modes:

Impress’s UI is far from the prettiest, but it gets the job done in a no-frills way with features like animations, effects, support for audio and video files, and timed presentations. 

LibreOffice Impress cons

Impress requires installation but is available on Microsoft, Mac, and Linux. The platform is also exclusive to desktops. 

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Impress has only 23 default templates to choose from, so we recommend looking for templates on third-party platforms like GitHub . 

However, you’ll need to do some digging if you want templates that are just as good-looking as the ones found on software like Piktochart.

It’s also worth noting that even if Impress supports other presentation software, you can expect to see some formatting issues when importing and exporting presentations between platforms. 

6. Zoho Show

Zoho Show is a web-based presentation platform that’s part of the Zoho Office productivity suite. 

If you’re already using any of the Zoho office suite apps, it makes sense to create your presentations.  

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Zoho Show pros

Zoho Show’s feature set is comparable to other platforms’ capabilities. 

It offers perks like real-time collaboration and editing, transitions and effects, animations, slide review and commenting, deck downloads, and online publishing, as well as online broadcasting and discussions.

Zoho supports file types on PowerPoint and open-source platforms like OpenOffice. 

Furthermore, Zoho promises that any presentation viewed on PowerPoint will be free of issues like missing fonts, layout errors, and broken objects. 

Zoho has more than 20 presentation themes to choose from, along with 100 fonts, animations, and charts to visualize data.

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Zoho is free for personal users and small teams of up to five people. 

You can also unlock enhanced security, more collaboration features, storage, and admin controls by moving from the free plan to the Standard and Premium plans for $4/month and US6.4/month (billed annually), respectively. 

Zoho does not have an offline mode; you’ll need Internet access to edit or present slide decks. 

Videos and tweets on Zoho presentations can only be viewed online. At present, there’s no support for offline content.

7. Adobe Creative Cloud Express

Adobe Creative Cloud Express is a relatively new web-based design service that lets users create presentations as well as creative portfolios, landing pages, product pages and catalogs, newsletters, and photo galleries. 

Adobe Creative Cloud Express pros

Using Adobe Creative Cloud Express built-in Presentation Maker will come naturally to you if you or your business is already familiar with other Adobe products. 

But even new users with little to no graphic design experience will pick up the click-based platform in no time.

You can also use the other tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud Express suite, like Adobe Creative Cloud Express and Adobe Creative Cloud Express, to make specialized content to make your slides more interactive. 

For example, Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video supports audio and video content. You can also upload content straight from third-party sources like your library, Dropbox, Google Drive, and even social channels.

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It also offers free users a small but diverse selection of presentation templates for different projects and occasions. 

Naturally, you unlock more templates and features like branding and team collaboration if you upgrade to the paid plans instead of a free plan.

Pricing starts at $9.99/month or $99.99/year for individual users and $19.99/month or $239.88/year for teams and enterprises. 

Adobe Creative Cloud Express cons

Free users are limited to a small selection of templates, limited ability to edit presentations, and no interactive features; which can get old when you need to make multiple engaging presentations in a year. 

Presentations made using the free version will also include the Adobe watermark. Finally, Adobe Creative Cloud Express does not support offline editing once you download a presentation.

What to look for in PowerPoint alternatives

Just as there are many ways to make a presentation, there are also several PowerPoint alternatives to consider. Some are better than others or have more features and presentation tools designed for your needs. 

To make choosing between presentation software alternatives easier, consider these criteria:

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20 Best PowerPoint Alternatives & Presentation Software in 2023

PowerPoint is a presentation software managed by Microsoft. This software helps you to creates a slide show of important information. However, PowerPoint has some limitations, like the inability to represent the complexity of some topics and limited built-in infographics.

Following is a handpicked list of Top Presentation Software Alternatives To PowerPoint, with their popular features and website links. This presentation software list contains both open source (free) and commercial (paid) software.

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Visme is a tool that helps you to share powerful visual stories in the form of infographics, presentations, and other visual content.


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2) Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a typesetting and desktop publishing software tool developed by Adobe. It allows you to create flyers, posters, brochures, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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3) DesignCap

DesignCap is a web-based tools to create online presentations. It allows anyone to create professional-looking presentations in a fairly simple way, without technical skills needed.


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Canva is a free presentation application that enables you to engage your audience. It contains a design that helps you to express your ideas effectively; thus, you can improve your ability to become a communicator.


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Vyond is an online program that helps marketing professionals to make engaging presentations by adding a video to PowerPoint.


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6) Zoho Show

The tool allows you to create, collaborate, broadcast, as well as publish presentations. You can give your performance a stable URL and share your slide deck with the world by maintaining its quality.

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Ludus is a presentation application for creative professionals. It allows you to build presentations in a truly collaborative way. It is one of the best free PowerPoint alternatives that allows you to export a PDF/HTML file.


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8) is a tool for building better presentations in minutes. You just need to think of an idea, select a template, and work efficiently and beautifully.


9) Slidebean

Slidebean is a software that helps you to create professional-looking slides. The software allows you to design presentation in seconds using Artificial Intelligence.



Prezi is a tool having designer templates, millions of reusable presentations, and a PowerPoint to Prezi converter.



11) Google Slides

Google Slides is a presentation application developed by Google. It is one of the best PowerPoint alternative that enables real time collaboration between editors and provides many options for sharing the presentations.

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12) Apple Keynote

Apple Keynote is easy to create memorable presentations. You can use Apple pencil on any iPad to create diagrams or illustrations.

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Emaze is a free online application to create and share presentations via social media or email. It is one of the best programs like PowerPoint that allows you to turn your presentation into a story.



14) Powtoon

Powtoon is an animated presentation application that allows users to create stories for explainer videos or presentations.



15) FlowVella

FlowVella is an app made for mobile that makes your presentation interactive. You can combine words, images, video, galleries, links, and PDF files to transform the story into an interactive conversation.



16) Glisser:

Glisser shares slide from presentations to your devices instantly, and then it uses audience interaction for a delegate experience and offers powerful event analytics.



17) Haikudeck

Haiku Deck provides a simple and easy way to make a presentation on the iPad, web, or iPhone. It is one of the best apps like PowerPoint that encourages the best presentation practices by helping students to simplify their message and present data clearly.



18) Genially

Genially is a tool for creating presentations, infographics, CVS, video presentations, Quizzes, ePosters, dossiers, etc. With this tool, anyone can create incredible visual stories to generate a better communication experience.



19) Libre Office Impress:

LibreOffice Impress allows you to create professional slide shows which include drawing objects, charts, multimedia, text, and a variety of other items.

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Presentation software is an app or program, which is used to display information in the form of a slide show. It includes an editor that allows text to be inserted and formatted, a method for inserting and manipulating graphic images, and a slide-show system to display that content. Also check best Office Suite Software: Click here

Below are the best alternatives to PowerPoint and Online Presentation Software:

A Presentation Software allows you to represent information and data about a specific topic. It also allows you to include images, tables, charts, graphs, etc., along with textual information. All this information combined is represented in the form of a slide show, making it easy for the viewers to easily understand the topic.

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The Best Alternatives to PowerPoint (2022 Comparison Revealed!)

The Best Alternatives to PowerPoint (2022 Comparison Revealed!)


Lawrence Haywood • 28 Nov 2022 • 9 min read

Looking for Best Alternatives to Powerpoint ? Some revolutions happen in an instant, others take their time.

The PowerPoint revolution most definitely belongs to the latter. Despite being the world’s most-used presentation software ( 89% of presenters still use it! ), the forum for dreary speeches, meetings, lessons and training seminars, is dying an incredibly slow death.

In the modern day, its formula of one-way, static, inflexible and ultimately unengaging presentations is being overshadowed by an expanding wealth of alternatives to PowerPoint. Death by PowerPoint is becoming the death of PowerPoint; audiences simply won’t stand for it any longer.

Of course, there are presentation software other than powerpoint. Here, we lay out 3 of the best alternatives to PowerPoint that money (and no money) can buy. These three are the best in 3 distinct fields of presentations : fun + interactive, visual + non-linear and simple + quick

Why Try Alternatives to PowerPoint?

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If you’re here of your own accord, you’re probably well-versed in the problems of PowerPoint.

Well, you’re not alone. Actual researchers and academics have been working for years to prove that PowerPoint. Whether that’s just because they’re sick of sitting through 50 PowerPoints in every 3-day conference they attend, we’re not sure.

1. AhaSlides

👊 Best for : Fun + interactive presentations

If you’ve ever had a presentation fall on deaf ears, you’ll know it’s a complete confidence destroyer. Seeing rows of people clearly more engaged with their phone than they are with your presentation is a horrible feeling.

Engaged audiences are audiences who have something to do , which is where AhaSlides comes in.

AhaSlides is an alternative to PowerPoint that allows users to create interactive, immersive, presentations . It encourages your audience to respond to questions, contribute ideas and play super fun quiz games using nothing but their phones.

A multiple choice slide on AhaSlides, one of the best alternatives to PowerPoint

A PowerPoint presentation in a lesson, team meeting or training seminar might be met with a groan and visible distress on the younger faces, but an AhaSlides presentation is more like an event. Chuck a few polls, word clouds , scale ratings, brainstorm sessions, Q&As or quiz questions directly into your presentation and you’ll be amazed at how much of your audience is completely tuned in .

Like most great alternatives to PowerPoint, AhaSlides works 100% offline, online or in a hybrid situation. Unlike most, however, AhaSlides has a super generous free plan and the market’s most affordable paid plans for audiences of more than 7!

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Best Feature

AhaSlides’ top feature helps long-term PowerPoint users break ties with the software like powerpoint, in a seamless, harmless, “it’s not me, it’s definitely you” kind of way.

Users of AhaSlides, even on the free plan, can import their PowerPoint presentation directly . From here, they can trail some interactive slides throughout their presentation, so that when audiences stay engaged with the content by submitting responses to live polls, brainstorms, word clouds, full quiz games and beyond.

Making an interactive PowerPoint by using the word cloud feature on AhaSlides

PowerPoint presentations of up to 100 slides can be imported for totally free, although honestly, if you’re making presentations anywhere near 100 slides then you’re certainly in dire need of interactive presentation software.

Unlike other alternatives to PowerPoint, there’s no limit on the amount of interactive slides you can integrate into your presentation. So, if you want 4 interactive slides to every 1 PowerPoint slide you make, no one’s going to stop you (not least your interaction-craving audience!)

💡 Want to make your PowerPoint interactive? Check out our guide on how to do that in under 5 minutes!

👊 Best for : Visual + non-linear presentations

A presentation from Prezi, offering one of many alternatives to PowerPoint

If you’ve never used Prezi before, you might be confused as to why the picture above seems to be a mockup image of a disorganised room. Be assured, this is a screenshot of a presentation.

Much has been written about Prezi when it comes to alternatives to PowerPoint. In fact, Prezi is one of the longest-running advocates of the new way of presenting, which focuses on clear, attractive visuals rather than a tedious torrent of text.

And it’s something that Prezi does very well. Prezi puts visuals at the very centre of its presentations and helps users shape their content around things that are nice to look at, which probably goes without saying, is a big step up from walls of words in 6-point font.

Prezi is an example of non-linear presenting , meaning that it does away with the traditional practice of moving from slide to slide in a predictable one-dimension fashion. Instead, it gives users a wide open canvas, helps them build topics and subtopics, then connects them so that every slide can be viewed by clicking from the central page:

In terms of visuals and navigation, you can already see why presentation software like Prezi is one of the top PowerPoint alternatives. The fact that it looks and feels practically nothing like PowerPoint is one of its greatest strengths, which reinforces the fact that PowerPoint looks and feels like PowerPoint is one of its most significant weaknesses.

For intermittent presenters who just need a good alternative to PowerPoint for a few presentations, the 5 allowed on Prezi’s free plan is enough. However, those who are looking to engage audiences on the regular, with access to features like PowerPoint import, offline-friendly desktop app and privacy controls will have to shell out at least $14 per month ($3 per month for educators and students) – not a princely sum by any means, but higher than some other software similar to PowerPoint. Therefore, AhaSlides is the best free alternatives to Prezi

A big plus point for Prezi is that a subscription to its presentation services also gets you two more services – Prezi Video and Prezi Design. Both are good tools, but the star of the show is Prezi Video .

Prezi Video has a very keen eye on the future. Both virtual presentations and video media are on the rise, and Prezi Video matches both intents with a simple-to-use tool that helps you illustrate your spoken presentation with slick visual effects and images before you record it.

What it lacks is the ability to easily add graphs, infographics, or anything else that might help you visualise a point. Still, that particular slack is picked up by Prezi Design , which focuses on simple graphic design to create the kind of colourful data visualisation you might want to add into your presentation.

One con to all of this is that it’s easy to spend so much time flitting between the 3 bits of software that at the end of 5 hours, you might have only created one very visually indulgent slide. The learning curve is steep, but it’s fun if you’ve got time to invest.

3. Haiku Deck

👊 Best for : Simple + quick presentations

Sometimes, you don’t need the Prezi-level complexity of 3 full suites to create one presentation. When you’ve got the confidence to present with your voice, all you need for support is a background and a bit of text.

That’s Haiku Deck . It’s a stripped-back alternative to PowerPoint that doesn’t overbear its users with features. It works on as simple a principle as picking an image, picking a font and combining both into a slide.

The vast majority of presenters simply don’t have time to spend creating a full deck of slides that look beautiful and transition more beautifully still. Haiku Deck fits the huge group of professionals who want nothing more than a library of templates, backgrounds and images, as well as the means to embed YouTube and audio clips and see analytics once a presentation is done.

The editor on Haiku Deck, one of the best alternatives to PowerPoint

For such no-frills software, you’d be forgiven for expecting a no-frills price tag. Well, Haiku Deck might cost you more than that – it’s a minimum of $9.99 a month. Not too bad in itself, but you’ll also be locked into an annual plan and can’t even register for the free trial without entering your card details.

Another downside to Haiku Deck is that you might also find the features to be as inflexible as the pricing structure. There’s not a lot of room for customisation, meaning that if you don’t like one element of a background (say, the shading or the opacity), you’ll have to ditch the whole thing and go with another background entirely.

A final gripe we have is that Haiku Deck seems really intent on making you sign up to a paid account. The option to sign up for free is buried right down in the depths of the pricing page, and the free plan is limited to just a single presentation.

Haiku Deck’s “best feature” is actually a combination of 2 features that make up one great idea: takeaway presentations .

As the presenter, you can first use the audio feature to either record your presentation or to upload a prior recording of it. You can attach these to each individual slide to make a fully narrated presentation without the need for you to present it live.

After you’ve recorded it all, you can use the save video feature to export your narrated presentation as a video.

How to add audio and save video on Haiku Deck

This may seem quite a bit less engaging for an audience, but it’s highly convenient for simple webinars and explainer videos. The drawback is that this is only available on the pro account, which costs a minimum of $19.99 per month. For that money and the time you’ll spend earning it, you’re maybe better off using Prezi .

Key Takeaway: The Best Alternatives to PowerPoint

Like we said at the start, the PowerPoint revolution is going to take a few years.

Amongst increasingly impressive alternatives to PowerPoint like AhaSlides, Prezi and Haiku Deck, each offers its own unique take on the ultimate presentation software. They each see the chink in the armour of PowerPoint and offer their users a simple, affordable way out.

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The Best PowerPoint Alternatives in 2022

PowerPoint is the most universal presentation program. Whether used by businessmen or teachers, it’s used by over 500 million people worldwide. Unfortunately, PowerPoint has become uninspiring to its users because of its limitations with design assets and animation.

That being said, users want to be able to produce a quick, easy, and enticing presentation that deviates from basic PowerPoint decks. In this article, we’ll explore the best PowerPoint alternatives in 2022 that will allow you to impress your audience and stand out from the crowd!

What makes a good presentation software?

When choosing the perfect presentation platform to use, here are some key elements that you should be looking for:

Leading PowerPoint Alternatives

Are you ready to get to work with these incredible PowerPoint alternatives? These presentation makers will change the way you create and deliver your presentations. 

01 | Powtoon 

Used by over 30M people worldwide, Powtoon is the leading PowerPoint alternative presentation platform because of its ability to create engaging and interactive video presentations. Creating video presentations empowers individuals, teams, and enterprises to transform information into powerful presentations with a professional look & feel. Powtoon’s online presentation software makes presentations easy to create, simple to manage, and quick to distribute. With 100s of templates, characters, stock footage & images, easily create in every style – animation, whiteboard, infographics, screen recordings, and beyond!

Powtoon Highlights:

Pricing Options:

Powtoon offers free memberships for personal use, plus premium subscriptions with monthly and annual plans. 

Ready to start creating? Sign up for free to start producing amazing presentations without any prior experience or skills needed. 

Are you tired of the plain linear presentation? With Prezi’s PowerPoint alternative, the unconventional presentation software allows you to create moving, zooming presentations that won’t leave you bored or restricted. This allows the user to focus on topics and subtopics that can be arranged in a way they want. Thus, making presentations flow in a natural, conversational way. 

Prezi’s Highlights:

Prezi offers a free 14-day trial and a free plan which includes up to 5 visual projects. The paid plan starts at $5/month.

Canva offers a highly functioning presentation maker with a collection of creative templates to choose from. The majority of templates are free to every user and are tailor designed for education or business purposes. 

Canva’s Highlights:

Canva offers a free plan, while the Pro version starts at $9/month and includes additional features like Brand Kit and custom design templates. 

04 | uses artificial intelligence to create unique presentations and allows it to lead the way. When using this PowerPoint alternative, there is no stress or fiddling with slide layouts or transitions – the platform’s technology takes care of that. offers the perfect balance between automation and customization. Highlights:’s free plan provides unlimited slides, 60+ “smart slide” templates, and collaboration features. The paid plan starts at $12/month and includes secure sharing and revision history. 

05 | Google Slides

Google Slides is the perfect PowerPoint alternative for anyone looking for a simple space to create traditional presentations. This presentation software boasts efficiency as one of its biggest benefits with their great collaboration features. All users need to do is share the link to their presentation and they can receive feedback and comments in no time. 

Google Slides Highlights:

Google Slides is free to all users for personal use, or can be accessed with a Google Workspace account for business use.

06 | Slidebean 

Slidebean is a PowerPoint alternative software known for its ready-to-use templates that have been recreated from big name start-up companies. This is a great presentation platform to use if you do not have time to design your own slides. 

Slidebean Highlights:

Slidebean’s paid plan is $96/year per user.

07 | Zoho Show 

Zoho is a PowerPoint alternative that provides users with conventional presentation tools similar to PowerPoint’s. However, Zoho differentiates itself with eye-catching animation and slide transitions. The features are more standard than the other companies listed above, but it’s worthy to note that the software makes it very easy to create your own presentation.

Zoho Show Highlights:

Zoho Show’s paid plan from the Workplace Bundle starts at $4/month per user. 

Make your next presentation shine with an expert PowerPoint alternative!

If you are ready to transform your presentations from uninspired to impressive, get started with one of these PowerPoint alternative presentation makers today!


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8 Best Free Microsoft PowerPoint Alternatives 2023

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Much of the blame for organisations and individuals looking for PPT alternatives rests with Powerpoint itself.

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For starters, the interface of Powerpoint is too groggy and weak, which sometimes makes it difficult for the users to present their complex ideas through it.

Powerpoint provides numerous feature templates, animations and sound effects, which makes it too difficult to choose the best among them at times. This also contributes to the main message of the presentation getting lost.

Criteria For Selecting Free Microsoft Powerpoint Alternatives

We have listed a few characteristics to look for while choosing the best among PowerPoint alternatives.

List of 8 Best Free Microsoft PowerPoint Alternatives

We have compiled a list of eight alternative software that are similar to MS Powerpoint. These free Microsoft Powerpoint alternatives can take care of all your professional and personal needs.

Google Slides

Platform Supported: Web

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Slidebean as an alternative to MS Powerpoint is available for free. Powered by AI algorithms, it tries out different orientations and then selects the best one out of them. The software provides readymade templates which can be utilized by startups, businesses, academicians and more.

Features of Slidebean Presentation Tool

Slidebean Pricing: Slidebean offers a free version. The price of the paid plan starts from ₹885.25 per month.

Platforms Support: iOS and macOS

FlowVella is a cloud-based online Powerpoint alternative. It offers an advanced video attaching functionality which makes it easy to embed YouTube videos and even play them offline.

FlowVella also offers a Kiosk mode which is useful for showcasing your presentations at trade events and meets. When your presentation is running in Kiosk mode, viewers can’t make changes in it or close it.

Features of FlowVella Presentation Software

FlowVella Pricing: FlowVella powerpoint alternative also comes in a free version. The price of the paid plan starts from ₹737.71 per month.

Platform Support: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Web

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Prezi Software is one of the popular creative free alternatives to MS Powerpoint presentations, as it allows you to go live to present your slides or record them for sharing with others later on. Prezi also comes in a free downloadable version that can be used by businesses, students, teachers etc.

Features of Prezi Software

Prezi Pricing: Prezi is a Microsoft powerpoint alternative free software offers the limited number of features. The price of the paid version starts from ₹221.31 per month.

Platforms Supported: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows

mac powerpoint alternative - zoho show

Zoho Show presentation program lets you collaborate with your team members and create powerful, intuitive slides. The software helps you keep your slides as clutter free as possible. This free Microsoft PowerPoint alternative also offers a wide range of themes and fonts to quickly create presentations.

Features of Zoho Show

Price of Zoho Show Presentation Software: Zoho Show can be used free of cost for personal use. For business use, it comes as a part of Zoho Suite and its price starts from ₹368.85 per month.

Supported Platforms: Web

Ludus PPT alternative supports real time collaboration between team members on a presentation. Ludus lets you create such workflows in which you can add common shared channels. Moreover, this software allows users to easily add images, GIFs and videos to their slides.

Features of Ludus Microsoft Powerpoint Alternative

Price of Ludus: The price of Ludus software depends on the team size. For a small team, the price is pegged at ₹1105.82 per month.

best powerpoint alternatives - Visme

In addition to presentations, Visme software like Powerpoint allows you to collaborate with your teammates on infographics and offers you a number of editable templates for creation of interactive content. Not only this, it has an in-built editor that houses several stock images and icons which can be inserted in slides.

Visme Features

Visme Pricing: Visme offers a free version for use. The price of the paid version starts from ₹1106.56 per month.

Platform Supported: iOS, macOS

ppt alternative - Keynote

Just like MS Powerpoint, Keynote Software is present on most Apple devices. Supported by mac, this Powerpoint alternative can be used to create intuitive and engaging slides, and is also compatible with Apple pencil.

This presentation software also supports real-time collaboration between your teammates working on other Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, Apple desktops and so on. 

Features of Keynote Software

Keynote Pricing: Keynote can be downloaded free of cost from Apple store.

Platforms Supported : iOS, web, Android

powerpoint alternatives free - google slides

Google Slides Powerpoint alternative free version comes with numerous in-built templates and themes for quick development of presentations. Google Slides also allows you to embed different types of media files that include images, videos, and even animations.

Features of Google Slides

Google Slides Pricing : Google Slides is available for free for personal use. The price of the business plan starts from ₹125 per user per month.

Our Final Take

It is the perfect time to use the best Powerpoint alternatives as they not only have beautiful preset templates for quick formulation of presentations, they also help in collaborating with team mates remotely .

Microsoft Powerpoint alternatives that come with free options are suitable for individuals and small entities who may not be able to afford the cost of Microsoft suite.

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The Best Presentation Software

Searching for the best presentation software? There are plenty of options available depending on what you need. The following are some of the best presentation programs available based on the types of features and capabilities you're looking for in the ideal software.

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Movavi Slideshow Maker uses a combination of simplicity and capability to allow users to create engaging slideshows. The tool includes all the features needed for beginners to get started, and it's also ideal for more experienced presentation creators. Simply upload your photos and videos, add an audio track, and complete your professional-looking presentation. Whether for personal or professional use, you can create the perfect slideshow with this easy-to-use software.

Easy to use with an intuitive design

Plenty of features available for creating top-quality presentations

The free version is limited to 7 days

Software type

Desktop app that's compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.


Allows users to create slideshows in three simple steps

Users can record their own voiceover commentary

Saves slideshows in any file format

Works with both Windows and Mac devices

Visit the CNET site below to see more reviews for this product.

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Visme makes it easy to create and share interactive presentations and other types of visuals such as infographics. The tool enables users to take any set of data and transform it into engaging visuals. It's a great tool to use for individuals and teams, and it allows you to publish your presentations online, download them locally, or use an embed code to put it on your website. Millions of users love Visme and rely on this presentation software.

High-quality output

Easy to use

Contemporary appealing templates for presentations

Includes branding features

Duplicate images needed for each project

Can take some time to learn how to use it

No offline version

Web-based browser program for computers and tablets.

Data visualization features

Content database for images and more

Video and streaming support

Drag and drop function

Microsoft Office integration

Interface for collaboration with a team

For more information and reviews about this product, visit the Capterra site below.

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For one of the quickest ways to piece together a good-looking professional-level presentation on the web or with your iPhone, Haiku Deck is a great option. With a library consisting of over 40 million royalty-free images and thousands of design templates, you'll have everything you need to complete any presentation. You can also export your presentations in PPTX or video format.

Intuitive design makes it easy to use

Plenty of design options and photos

Limited in overall capabilities without many advanced options

Not too much room for customization

Web-based software that's compatible with browsers and iOS using the app.

Controllable via iPhone remote

Compatible with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox browsers

Can export files as PDFs or Powerpoint presentations

Can import and resize images

Private and public notes

For more information and reviews about Haiku Deck, visit the Capterra site below.

If you're looking for a good alternative to Powerpoint that can give you more visualizations and a variety of design options, Prezi is a great presentation software. Prezi allows you to begin with a blank canvas, and from there you can add and change content at any point on the page. Unlike Powerpoint and other tools, it's non-linear in its layout for more free-flowing presentation design. It's also free and web-based, allowing you to access it using any web-enabled computer.

Non-linear layout for free-form control

Free and web-based

Easy for everyone to use, regardless of experience

Non-linear format could lead to motion sickness for some, but simple moves between screens can prevent this problem

Requires some learning to get the hang of it

No local version

Desktop and web-based editor with viewer apps available for both Android and iOS.

Allows users to import Powerpoint presentations

Works with both Windows and Mac computers

iOS viewer app allows streaming on Apple TV devices

Can publish presentations locally, organizationally, or for all audiences on the web

Premium version includes analytics to give you insight on performance with audiences

Check out the review at PCMag below to find out more about Prezi.

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As Powerpoint's complement for Apple devices, Keynote is another reliable tool worth considering. If you're familiar with Mac programs and their functions, you should learn how to use Keynote in no time. Plenty of templates and layouts are available, and you can easily include animations in your presentations. Adobe also powers its appealing interface and templates, and you can choose from different formats to save your presentations.

Easy to use for beginners and veteran users alike

A wide variety of designs and templates for presentation themes

Can handle animation

YouTube, Quicktime, and other formatting options

PC users won't have an easy time using this program if they aren't used to Mac programs

Mobile (Android & iOS), desktop, and web-based app requiring an iCloud account to use.

Users can open, save, and edit Powerpoint files and convert Keynote to Powerpoint format, but glitches can occur

Available through iCloud

Can control presentations using iOS device with Keynote remote for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Remote presentations using Keynote Live and a web-enabled device

Live Collaboration for team projects

For reviews that can help you decide if Keynote is right for you, visit the Macworld site below.

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Google Slides

If you have a Google account, you can access Google Slides for free along with its other cloud-based programs. Google Slides comes with plenty of customization options to create a great-looking presentation with every use. You'll find it to be a great tool if you're looking for something free and easy to use. However, like other cloud-based versions of Google software, formatting presentations across programs like Powerpoint can require some tweaks.

Easily accessed via the cloud on Google Drives

Presentations created with the program will look the same across all devices

Web-based only with limited offline capabilities

Importing from Keynote or Powerpoint can yield poor results because of formatting differences

Exporting could also result in unfavorable results using different software

Mobile app on iOS and Android, along with a web-based Chrome App with an offline editor that requires either Chrome OS or the Chrome browser.

Powerpoint-Google Slides conversion, but glitches can occur

Real-time collaboration through comment, chat, and review

Can display on secondary screen using Airplay or Chromecast

Audience interaction feature that allows for live comments and questions

Presenter View can include notes and slide previews using a second window

Remote control via Android or iOS devices

Remote presentations through Google Hangouts

Connect with other Google apps including YouTube

Visit the Capterra site for more reviews and details about Google Slides.

Slidebean is a great user-friendly presentation software that anyone can use, with easy access to all of its resources. It also includes integrated AI that can help with formatting and design by assisting with font choices and slide arrangements. Create high-quality presentations using Slidebean in no time, and you can choose from different sharing options based on privacy preferences.

Easy to use with minimal learning curve

AI integration to make creating presentations even easier

Top-quality production

Some startup bugs

Need to spend money to access many features

Web-based software accessible using web-enabled devices.

AI design feature

Custom templates with custom colors and fonts

Collaboration with team

Audience insight

Branding with company logo

Professional reviews for presentations

Export presentations as PDFs

The G2 site linked below can take you to more reviews for Slidebean.

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Zoho Show is a cloud-based program that enables presentation creation and collaboration, along with broadcasting and publication. Plenty of visuals are available with this software to help you fully customize your presentations, whether you want to include photos, videos, tables, or charts. It also makes it easy to work with your team to collaborate on a small or large project.

Includes many features to customize your presentations

Chrome extension allows easy draft creation at any time

Live broadcasting allows you to showcase a presentation to an audience and engage in live chat and comments

Consumes resources and, subsequently, isn't as fast as Google Slides and other cloud-based programs

Web-based app along with native editor apps for both Android and iOS, with viewer apps available to download for Apple TV and Android TV.

Can import and export both Powerpoints and PDF files, but conversion may not be perfect

Internal, organizational, or public publishing of presentations, with iframe embed codes available to paste on websites

Web-based presentation view and remote capabilities via two browser windows

Android and iOS app for remote presentation creation

Streaming on Chromecast, Android TV, and Apple TV

Chrome extension helps optimize speed and web-based editor control

Visit the link below for additional reviews for Zoho Show.

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Bring your presentations to life with CustomShow, which enables you to create engaging content with custom background images and video. You can also broadcast your presentations using the included webinar feature, and you don't even need to be online to give your presentation as you can share them with people to look through on their own. If you make any updates to your library, all linked slides are also updated accordingly.

Easy to create and share presentations with anyone

All changes are updated automatically if library changes

Simple management of presentations and library

No search function in library

Can't open links using mobile devices

A lack of editing features

Web-based software for any web-enabled computer.

Create a personal library combining images, text, video and Adobe Flash content

Updates are automatically shared with all users

Use with browsers, on both Mac and Windows computers

iPad application allows for seamless integration and remote presentations using iPad tablets

Visit the Capterra website to see more reviews for this program.

If you want to incorporate animations in your presentations, Powtoon is an excellent choice of presentation software. You'll find no shortage of images and templates for your presentations, and you can create them in little time. You can keep your presentations engaging through the use of an animated slideshow that plays like a video as opposed to a traditional click-through slideshow, but you can easily switch between both modes.

Many features to customize your presentations

A wide variety of templates

Can share presentations with the public

Offline saving is available

The interface can seem a little disorganized

Can take some time to load another user's presentation

Limited features on the free version, including the inability to download presentations over five minutes long

Web-based software for web-enabled devices.

Offline local presenting

Screen sharing to showcase presentations to others

Communication and content management

Image library

Project templates and planning

Search functionality

Two-factor authentication

Collaboration tools

Visit the link below for additional reviews and information about Powtoon.

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Formerly known as GoAnimate, Vyond is another tool that's ideal if you want to create animated presentations. You can also collaborate with a team to work on a video project together. Features are also easy to use, regardless of your experience presentation software. The quality of animation and presentations is consistently high, and you can easily customize your presentations using audio files such as voice narration, sound effects, and music.

Very user-friendly and easy to use without any experience

Affordable for many businesses to use

High presentation quality

A bit of a learning curve to get used to the software

Library is limited in terms of character poses, styles, and objects

Cloud-based software accessible using any web-connected device.

Automatic lip-syncing with audio uploaded as MP3 files

Three styles that each come with pre-made templates along with characters and pre-animated assets

Version history allows you to revert to a previous version to track changes or create new videos from an existing custom template

Visit TrustRadius below for more reviews from customers who've used Vyond.

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Microsoft Powerpoint is one of the most recognizable presentation tools, and there's a reason why millions of users still utilize it today. It's quick and easy to use, with plenty of customization options that give you complete control over your presentations. You'll also see better quality when presenting slides to a large audience compared to other software. Powerpoint isn't likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

Easy to use regardless of experience

Plenty of features with versatile presentation options

Can use it just about anywhere for any kind of presentation

Limited to users with Office 365 subscriptions

Can make it easy to overload slides with information to the point of being overwhelming

Microsoft Office 365 app for Windows and Apple computers.

SmartArt feature allows for creation of high-quality professional diagrams

Many transitions between slides

Animation effects

Slide Master View allows for consistent updating across entire presentations

Project from your devices to large audiences with consistent quality

For additional reviews and details about Powerpoint, visit G2 below.

Unlike other presentation software, Slidedog is specifically intended for presenting existing presentation files as opposed to creating them. You'll want to use Slidedog if you have a presentation but need a professional solution to present it to your audience. It's a great tool to use whether you want to present in front of a live audience or have the audience access the presentation remotely.

Interface is easy to use

Many useful features

Works with most presentation file formats

Organized and sleek design

Can't make changes to presentations

Can take a while to install

Many features are restricted to the paid version

Windows application for desktops and web-based app for any web-enabled device.

Presentation playlist allows for easy arrangement of files and media

Supports all file types without any glitches

Real-time sharing with remote control for playlists from any web-enabled device

Connect with audiences through presentation feedback, polls, and live audience chat

Dual-screen support

Can use for digital signage

To see reviews of this presentation software, visit the G2 site below.

Canva is a great presentation and design software that can make your presentations look great with custom graphic design. Over a million fonts, graphics, and images are available on Canva, and it's accessible for just about any user. You can use Canva to turn a simple idea into a beautiful professional-looking design that helps you get the most from your presentations.

Plenty of pre-made templates available with free and paid versions

Allows for easy collaboration with a team

Very user-friendly interface

Can slow down during use

Limited GIFs and many other feature limitations

Web-based design software accessible with web-enabled computers.

Unlimited folder storage for presentation designs

Team functionalities

Can upload any images

Unlimited storage for all images and other assets

Save templates locally or for your organization

Search functionality in the library

Can export files as GIFs

Compatible with custom fonts

Easy resizing of images and assets to custom dimensions

To learn more about this software and see additional reviews, visit the Techradar website below.

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Frequently asked questions

💯 what is the best program to make a presentation.

The best presentation software will depend on your personal preferences and the specific features you're looking for in a program. However, the following are worth trying and can give you some ideas to help you pinpoint what you want.

Microsoft Powerpoint

❔ Is there better presentation software than PowerPoint?

If you would rather use presentation software other than PowerPoint if you don't have Microsoft Office, or simply want to try another program, there are plenty of PowerPoint alternatives to try. Take a look at the following list:


💻 What is better than Prezi?

For software similar to Prezi with varying features, you can view a list of alternatives to Prezi in the following list:

🆓 What is the best free presentation software?

If free presentation software is what you need, some of the following options come at no cost to you:

Apple Keynote

Visme (Individual Basic version)

Movavi Slideshow Maker (Trial version)

While Movavi Slideshow Maker isn't entirely free, a free trial version is available to help you create a high-quality presentation and get a feel for the product. Give it a try today.

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