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Avoiding death by PowerPoint 

09 June 2016


It might be the most prominent presentation software on the market, but it’s also one of the oldest and most traditional. In short, there’s more to delivering a keynote than images and slides, which can easily send entire rooms to sleep. Here are few:

Prezi

2000px-Prezi_logo_transparent_2012.svgThe major rival to PowerPoint, Prezi looks cleaner, doesn’t ‘appear’ to be defined by linear slides in the same way, and is easy to learn how to use. Sadly, though, it remains largely trapped in a world of pre-defined templates.

Haiku Deck

8746117194_13c4049d05_bHaiku Deck, another presentation software brand that loves templates, and as such means you are restricted in terms of creating bespoke work. That said, there are 35 templates and 35million stock images pre-loaded, so there’s plenty of choice and they look beautiful. Note the lack of offline mode, though, which could be a problem.

SlideDog

Slidedog_logoThe first in this list that is truly customisable, the worst thing about SlideDog is that you can’t actually create a presentation using it. The best thing about SlideDog is that you can upload any file type- from a Prezi to a video- organise them into any order and then run a ‘presentation play list’ that seamlessly combines everything you want to showcase.

Powtoon

554974533_1280x719‘DIY presentation animation software’ is a bit of a mouthful, hence the simple name- Powtoon. As you may have guessed, this programme allows you to make fully customisable cartoon presentations that can then be played back to delegates. A breath of fresh air in many ways.

KnowledgeVision

MarketoRotatorCNext generation presentation tool KnowledgeVision, combined in one expansive package, the main problem here is just how much there is to learn. Nevertheless, by utilising video, live webcasting, analytics, and a number of other production areas there’s nothing that cannot be achieved here.    

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