With PreZentit, all you need is a Web browser to create a presentation
with its own URL. You can download the presentation for display without
connection. It has limited functions, but the ease of use makes it worth
a try for on-the-spot pitches.
Convert your PowerPoint for the Web or create a presentation right
within your browser. Prezi sets itself apart with the ability to craft
visual mind maps, use 3-D zoom, and turn your slides into a cinematic
Google Docs Presentations
Anyone with a Google account can create presentations right inside
Google Docs. You won't find all the features available in PowerPoint,
but it is free.
It's your best bet for collaborative projects because, like any other
Google Doc, you can share it with others for real-time editing on the
Sorry PCs, but this one is limited to Mac users. It comes with the iWork
software suite, or you can buy it a la carte. Keynote will satisfy
its many attractive features, and its compatibility with iPhone and iPad
are making it the go-to choice for mobile professionals.
Brainshark—along with its mobile app, Slideshark—essentially converts
your existing PowerPoint presentation to an online video. Your ideas
to an unlimited audience at their demand. You'll have to pay if you want
all the capabilities, but you can track your views for free.
Vuvox lets you blend pictures, audio, video, and text to create
personalized stories, not just presentations. As one of the few tools
integrated with social media, it's highly expressive and sharable.
Turn your PowerPoint into a screencast and reach beyond the conference table. Screencasts can be shared on YouTube, embedded in websites, and accessed online when you want them.
Flair is definitely not free, but it enables you to build exciting
Flash-based presentations without knowing a lick of Flash. Combine audio
generate fancy text effects, and create comprehensive educational
Yet another Web-based program to rival PowerPoint, SlideRocket has a
beautiful user interface with many flexible features available for free.
Upload your presentation as a PDF and record it as an audio-visual
slidecast. SlideSnack offers a range of custom tools for purchase, but
features will get the job done.
Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog.
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