Presentation Software – The Top Ten (10)


Top 10 Presentation Software

1. PowerPoint

Like it or loathe it, PowerPoint is here to stay. At 20 years old it is still the leading presentation software. At one point it was estimated that there are 30 million PowerPoint presentations given every day. But is it really time to Ditch PowerPoint?

2. Flash

For stunning presentations that you can also put on-line Flash is by far the best presentation technology on the market. The animation effects and the ability to import video are stunning. The biggest problem is that it takes a high degree of proficiency to get it to work for you. I have been on a couple of day classes and still find it extremely difficult to do even a most basic presentation. There are quite a number of examples of Flash Presentations you can find on the web.

3. Open Office Impress

Open Office Impress is the free open source presentation technology. It contains a number of features not available in PowerPoint. See our posts on Is Open Office Impress better than PowerPoint? and Free Impress Templates. You can also read Bruce Byfield’s comparison of Open Office and PowerPoint.

4. Apple Keynote
For those of you using Macs there is a small community of people who use Apple Keynote. They have just brought out a new version. Apple launches iWork 8 with Keynote update
5. Photoshop

If you want to make your presentations fly then you will need a way of easily editing images – for example to adjust the colours, or make images transparent. We use Photoshop a lot – but you could also use the open source equivalent Gimp. Why do you need to manipulate images – have a look at how to make incredible pictures.

6. NXPowerLite

NXPowerLite can compress files by as much as 75%, making them easier to use, store and share. It reduces file sizes more significantly than zip compression and removes the need to unzip. www.nxpowerlite.com

7. PowerPlugs Charts

If you want to make professional looking graphs and charts in PowerPoint then you will find the PowerPlugs Charts pretty hard to beat. The only downside is that once you have made the chart it is not easily possible to e-mail it to other people and allow them to change the image.

stacked chart8. Perspector

A nifty little tool for making 3d shapes for PowerPoint. Read the review of Perspector.

9. Color Schemer

PowerPoint comes as standard with the most appalling colour schemes. To solve this we extensively use an electronic colour wheel called Color Schemer. We bought the PC software but there is a free on-line tool at Color Schemer Online.

10. PowerConverter

PowerConverter is a nifty little tool that can convert PowerPoint to Flash. It is a nice way to put a presentation online and you can include navigation. We found that it was not fully compatible with all of the animation settings but was a good way to put a presentation online.

Anything that we have missed?

 

Published On: 20th Aug 2007

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  1. We missed off DirectorMX, which is similar to flash but runs from the desktop or CD rather than a browser.

    jonathanball 6 Sep at 2:11 pm
  2. Hi, I am just starting some research into how I might better present our data to clients (financial graphs etc.) Having done some surfing I was inpressed by the rolling charts I saw at www .IFA .com Anyone got any idea what software I would need to generate this kind of finished product?

    Craig Burgess 19 Jan at 11:27 pm
  3. I like AuthorPoint Lite for PowerPoint to Flash conversion. It is free and better than some paid tools out there and also helps you upload your presentation to AuthorStream and WiZiQ, where it plays like a youtube video in Flash format. You can even get a unique URL and embed code to play it in your site. I have seen some playing on the Ning network also.

    Will 11 Feb at 2:16 pm
  4. is there a better way to present your powerpoint presentations other than using a projector?

    nicole 23 Apr at 5:39 pm
  5. I’m a novice trying to put together a presentation for 2 weddings and a graduation coming up in my family PHEW !

    Is there any software program that is easy to use that will allow audio, video, animation ect. even put together a game or quiz formate.
    Remeber your talking to a beginner.

    Mary

    mary 4 May at 2:48 pm
  6. I have a presentation question but I don’t know if this is the proper forum. I am a photographer and I would like to be able to creat a photo presentation on a disk to hand to customers but with the restrictions that the presentation could not be hacked (misuse of photos) and could not be printed from screen (Ctrl P). Do any of the top ten presentation programs provide anything like that?

    Fotogeorge 27 May at 5:08 pm
  7. Scala Infochannel is very good but awfully pricey.

    C. White 27 May at 10:25 pm
  8. Take a look at Photodex…designed for photographer’s presentations. It is awesome and they have different versions depending on your needs and skills (ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer).

    See: http://www.photodex.com

    D. Hanson 28 May at 9:03 pm
  9. Hi.
    You may want to check out our Flash and video presentation software, Flair. Tom Arah of PC Pro wrote: “Flair offers everything you need to produce impressive results. In particular, it brings together the core features from a whole host of applications – Adobe Flash Professional, Microsoft PowerPoint, Articulate Presenter, Sorenson Squeeze and Adobe Captivate – and at a fraction of their cost. That’s extraordinary power and value.”
    It is an awesome way to create presentations, especially with video.
    You can obtain a free trial at http://www.wildform.com/demos.

    Regards,
    Jonathan Blank

    Jonathan Blank 12 Jun at 2:41 am
  10. It’s a niche market, but I’ve been quite impressed with the results created by Latex and the Beamer layout.

    Three advantages here are:
    *great math and science layout
    *Free!
    *Presentation can be transported either as .pdf or a simple ascii file.

    Unfortunately, there is a bit of a learning curve.

    Waski_the_Squirrel 15 Jul at 7:00 pm
  11. How about MagicPoint? Simple text slides which are human-readable, and presentations can be created in a text editor.

    A.C. Norman 3 Sep at 12:02 am
  12. The only problem is with sliderocket.com is that it is really slow. Not very usable in the real world.

    altruista 4 Sep at 9:56 pm
  13. What about Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate?

    Anonymous 28 Oct at 8:46 am
  14. hey, i have a computer thts powerd by my hamster, i think this is the best softwear.
    its called the Imac, its incredibly slow, and could power one light bulb on a dull setting, even though this is not a softwear program i strongly recomend not getting a mac, and spend your savings for a rainy day.

    alex walburton 6 Nov at 4:02 pm
  15. You can also use crystal xcelsius

    Issam 19 Nov at 11:23 am
  16. please include a presenatation software similar to ppt or captivate for making presentation slides

    navin 20 Dec at 3:32 pm
  17. the information about all the topics should be more , to explain it better and ya you have missed adobe photoshp.

    tanishq goel 12 Jan at 4:33 pm
  18. You missin it all, u hv worked with Microsoft Onenote…It is bad on Tutorials n Presentations.

    larry Ikhidero 22 May at 5:47 pm
  19. Any body there have you heard of Easy Worship a presentation software? Please I would like to have a feel of it.

    Annet 10 Aug at 1:38 pm
  20. Corel Presentations is available with the WordPerfect Office suite. It’s Ppt compatible and will publish to HTML, PDF or Flash.

    JCG 18 Nov at 10:11 pm
  21. I just use a dell computer.

    Kathya 6 Jan at 7:37 pm
  22. Powerpoint is very annoying for those of us with netbooks without diskdrives. We can’t install it. Wow, I sound like a spokesperson for all annoyed teens! That’d be good. Apart from OpenOffice Impress [which I already have] can someone point me to a better, free, downloadable version? Don’t get me wrong- I like Impress- but it does get glitchy sometimes.

    Neutral-Pro 16 Jan at 7:39 pm
  23. they are all soooo awesome like omg they are soooooooo awesome man like dude just really awesome

    milan brown johnson 22 Mar at 7:25 pm
  24. try prezi.com

    rr-beat 4 Apr at 10:54 am
  25. The best presentation tool by far is Prezi.com. It incorporates cross-platform online accessibility with a simplistic and beautiful design for presentations. Just face it, Powerpoint IS something we need to dump. Its old, clunky and very limited. Prezi doesn’t use slides, it uses an enormous canvas that will be leaving your audience in awe.

    Anonymous 6 Apr at 7:35 pm
  26. I LOVE PREZI!!

    Jamison Wells 6 Apr at 7:36 pm
  27. I’ve been experimenting with Prezi for presenting to an audience of around 600 regularly. It is a very interesting approach, especially vs. the “flip chart” paradigm of PowerPoint.

    It seems like early version software – there are a number of things not there yet (no control over the format of individual words within a sentence, no automatically generated list formatting, color schemes are fixed…). A clever user can work around some of the limited word formatting, but there appears to be no way around the pre-configured color scheme/font selection combinations.

    It’s Flash based with all the good and bad of that (mostly good from my perspective). Another major difference is the lack of an immovable background, over which the information is presented. This is a significantly different way of approaching presentation design. I think I’m going to like it…

    Stevie B 13 Apr at 10:00 pm
  28. please include a presenatation software similar to ppt or captivate for making presentation slides

    jashim uddin 15 May at 12:15 pm
  29. Prezi.com

    Michelle J. 6 Jun at 9:47 pm
  30. I just discovered Slide Effect (www.slide-effect.com). It may be interesting for people looking for nice transitions and effects.

    Candra Wiens 16 Jun at 11:00 am
  31. There is one interactive online software called prezi. Go to prezi.com and watch how capable and easy it is to create a good quality presentation. All work is created on a web browser and it is so easy to use to create the best animated presentations!

    g 16 Jul at 2:13 am
  32. Yeah i recommend prezi….. it’s the Best!!!
    Everone should check this out

    Tinkie Winkie 9 Aug at 9:05 pm
  33. yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    keegs 1 Sep at 6:00 am
  34. hello

    helloi 19 Oct at 12:17 pm
  35. Prezi is the best and kinda different from regular presentation…i liked it very much…

    AKS 24 Oct at 8:31 pm
  36. I am trying to create a slide/video presentation that will be via projector to a 23 foot sceen. Can anyone give me some suggestions as to what kind of software to created it in. We will be “throwing” the image about 35 feet. I am worried about quality/resolution.

    Anonymous 26 Oct at 7:34 pm
  37. People keep telling me that powerpoint is no good and that I should switch to something else. My use of Powerpoint is to provide cyclorama images for musical theatre productions. I include a mix of slides and movies. I find that the movies are s little faded, and that they tend to flash the first frame when moving powerpoint to the next “slide”. I would also like to be able to use slower fade in’s than powerpoint provides even on the “slow” crossfade setting. But I know how to use powerpoint well, and am loathe to change un-necessarily especially to mac where I would have to learn a new set of skills…..any advice?

    Al Croxall 17 Nov at 3:58 pm
  38. I have seen presentations where this is a moving video playing in the background. Such as ocean waves, or a park setting with trees blowing in the wind.

    Does anyone know what presentation software does this easily?

    Thanks,

    Richard

    Richard S 1 Dec at 4:48 am
  39. goooooooooood thnx and wrst

    lincon 12 Feb at 2:37 pm
  40. I love every computer except those that freezes

    Ashley-Ann 24 Mar at 12:26 pm
  41. I was just browsing for related posts for my project research and I ended up stumbling upon this. Thank you for the much needed info.

    Andolasoft 24 Jun at 11:34 am
  42. prezi is a good one too 🙂 and its easy to use, you can also edit with other people at the same time.

    mangosss 25 Jul at 9:13 am
  43. i want about iphones/ipods?
    and also which softwares are supported to iphone/ipods

    koti 5 Aug at 7:59 am
  44. power point is a better presentation software.
    But in films we could see some presentations that make us attractive.we can’t make presentations like that using PP.

    Pani weeratunga 2 Sep at 1:45 pm
  45. The best and the only one rather NO1 is PREZI !
    Amazing !! And Free !!
    Love it.

    No-PPT 21 Sep at 1:54 am
  46. Prezi is good particularly for presenting dense text content (the zoom in feature allows you to focus on specific points). Ir also gets the audience’s attention because it is different than PowerPoint. It does, though, require you to be more podium fixed, rather than just using a clicker to move through a PowerPoint presentation.

    Sheryl Elliott 2 Oct at 1:56 pm
  47. Vielen Dank fuer den Beitrag. Echt gut geschrieben.

    Elton Dina 7 Oct at 6:17 am
  48. Great tools – thank for the article.

    Daniel 4 Nov at 11:26 am
  49. Any idea who wrote this?

    Harry 4 Dec at 5:16 pm
  50. PREZI!

    Muncles116 4 Jan at 10:01 pm
  51. PresentiaFX anyone?

    Sophia 10 Jan at 12:55 pm
  52. C’mon Keynote should have the first place..
    I am convinced you can’t make a presentation with PowerPoint that even comes close to how awesome you can make one with Keynote. I’m not an apple fan but i got to hand it to them, The kind of presentations you can make with Keynote is just unbelievable..

    Johnny 23 Feb at 8:59 am
  53. I am looking for software that allows anonymous participation from all in a meeting through text or a twitter like feed during the meeting. Using smart phones as the main source for the incoming feed that will be Fed into the presentation. Can you recommend a company/software that can do this?

    Helen 6 Jun at 2:09 pm
  54. If you want to tell a story and keep folk focused on one point at a time with some nice ‘wow’ factor Prezi is a great tool!

    Lance Peterson 29 Aug at 7:12 pm
  55. if you want to tell a story and keep folk you listen carefully

    pamela 10 Sep at 7:37 am
  56. I played a couple of minutes with Aurora 3D Presenter and iwas impressed. PowerPoint for grown ups!

    Robert Dusemund 13 Sep at 11:42 pm
  57. Anyone listing Powerpoint under a headline that says “Presentation Software – The Top Ten” is wrong. Period.

    Mats Olsson 12 Nov at 2:55 pm
  58. thank u

    habibullah 28 Nov at 10:17 am
  59. Try Camtasia. Although not necessarily a dedicated presentation software in, my opinion is number 1.

    Sabin Cora 9 Jan at 5:16 pm
  60. Thank u so much u jst hlp to solve a topic i would be teaching my student may God richly bless u

    Helen 26 Feb at 2:07 am
  61. thank you very much 4 giving me what i need in my project work, which i will be defending

    chinyere 12 Apr at 4:29 pm
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