PowerPoint Alternatives: The Top 13 Presentation Software in 2018

by Kasia Perzynska Last Updated: 2018.09.07

Today, a corporate meeting without a PowerPoint presentation would be bizarre.

Presentations are the way business people choose to communicate. In fact, more than 120 million people use Microsoft PowerPoint worldwide to create business and educational presentations.

PowerPoint Alternatives: Man giving a PowerPoint presentation in 2018
The New Yorker compares PowerPoint to “a suit of clothes, or a car, or plastic surgery. You take it out with you. You are judged by it—you insist on being judged by it. It is by definition a social instrument, turning middle managers into bullet-point dandies.”

And there is some truth in this quote.

Over the years, PowerPoint has helped presenters edit ideas, organize information and decide how much information to include. In its early days, it was a revolution. Created as a response to the new corporate world of interdepartmental communication.

Today, I will discuss all the PowerPoint alternatives that are worth your attention.

Top 10 PowerPoint Alternatives 2018

1. Apple Keynote

Let’s begin with the second huge market player, Keynote.

It’s an obvious number one in our listing of PowerPoint alternatives for Macbook users because if you already use an Apple device and have iOS, you can access this presentation software for free.

Apple always tries to simplify products, which is why it cuts out the clutter and offers you a basic presentation tool that is clean and easy to use.

Basically, you begin with an empty canvas; first you set up the desired template and then you can go ahead and fill out your presentation slide by slide.

As said before, Apple embraces simplicity. They offer pre-made templates with sleek lines and polished pictures.

Here’s a preview:

Apple Keynote Screenshot

And there’s also an online version.

Similar to PowerPoint Online, there’s also Keynote for iCloud. To access it, you need to go to the iCloud website and insert your Apple ID login credentials. The interface is very similar to the app’s mobile version.

Apple Keynote for iCloud Screenshot

Keynote for iCloud might be a limited version when compared to the desktop iteration, but it’s super-useful for its sync options that allow you to display and edit a single presentation responsively across all Apple devices.

It also includes simple collaboration features, so you can not only create beautiful slideshows on the go but also share them with your team.

Pricing: Free; $0.99/month for 50GB for extra storage.

2. Google Slides

Those who are happy users of Gmail and G Suite can reach for Google Slides as one of the most convenient cloud-based powerpoint alternatives.

Here’s a preview of the editor:

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Google Slides, similar to its Apple counterpart, bets on simplicity. Therefore, it’s a super-easy, user-friendly presentation solution that will let you create a simple slideshow quickly and share it with others in one click.

Google Slides’ collaboration features are at a pro level. All users who have access to a specific file will find it easy to make and display real-time edits. There’s also a built-in chat which lets collaborators discuss ongoing changes.

Revision history is also available, so you can view what edits were implemented, when, and by who. All in all, Google Slides makes group projects easy.

Google Slides Pricing: Free; extra storage from $1.99/month for 100GB

3. Evernote Presentation Mode

When you do a presentation with PowerPoint or Keynote, you often focus so heavily on structuring your slides and the details that you forget to present the information compellingly.

Then you end up reading your slides. That’s a shame because the climax of creating a presentation is to present your content in the best possible light.

And that’s where Evernote comes into play.

As you probably know, it’s primary focus is note taking, work organizing, task listing, and task archiving. Evernote released a presentation tool for its premium plans so that it can be seen as a PowerPoint alternative.

To produce a smooth and elegant presentation with Evernote Presentation Mode, just:

  • take your notes as usually you do
  • finish them up with the relevant formatting (H1/H2/H3) to give an appropriate structure
  • Include visuals, charts, and bulleted lists

and there you go.

Presentation Mode in Evernote

Although there are no extra bells and whistles, such as colorful templates, animations or transitions available, this tool is just perfect for the basic presenting needs. Just right for when you want to make it as easy as it gets to point out what’s most important.

Evernote Presentation Mode is ideal for small format presentations, especially when you normally use Evernote for notes.

To access presentation mode, you need Evernote Premium, which costs around $100/year.

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4. Canva

Another app that can be considered a strong PowerPoint counterpart in terms of usability is Canva.

In general, Canva is a user-friendly comprehensive DIY design tool for non-professionals who don’t have a designer on board, or just want to create visuals by themselves but aren’t properly trained to do so.

It’s not just a high profile member of the PowerPoint alternatives list, but also a Photoshop alternative for non-designers.

Canva comes with its helping hand whenever you need social media graphics, handmade infographics, a blog cover image, simple charts, a presentation, or literally any kind of visual.

Its strong point is a huge library, where you can choose backgrounds, layouts, pictures, fonts and creative decor elements applicable to your project.

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With Canva, the presentation creation process becomes fun. Its drag-and-drop dashboard provides you with fully-customized, image-focused slides.

Basically, Canva is free, with paid visuals starting at $1.

5. Prezi

Prezi is presentation software that takes slideshow creation to the next level.

It combines information with animation in a non-standard, dynamic, light, visually appealing, fresh and absolutely fantastic way.

It’s excellent for those special occasions when you want to create something spectacular and impress your audience with your creativity and non-standard thinking.

Prezi will surely blow their mind, so it’s worth spending the time and effort.

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Take a look at Prezi’s gallery to understand what we’re talking about.

The limitless zoom-in and zoom-out effect make the presentation experience non-linear and unique.

The only minus could be the fact that, when you’re combining so many tweaks into one show, such a creation can become very labor-intensive. Special effects might get somehow predictable when overused. Therefore, I would keep this software as a dark horse for a big event and only prepare slideshows with Prezi once in a while.

6. Slides

Don’t confuse Slides with Google Slides, because these two are entirely separate products.

Slides is another presentation creator that get to our list of PowerPoint alternatives; this one is an HTML5-based open source tool. Slides allows you to create your presentation deck for free.

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People appreciate this presentation software for its simplicity and because it just makes making presentations fun. With Slides, you don’t need to dig through drop-down menus to get the necessary tools.

Although Slides offers many functions, one disadvantage is the limited number of templates. Of course, you can easily upload your media of logos, icons, and pictures to the library, and in this way enrich your slideshow.

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Also worth mentioning is its forking feature. Forking is an option to reuse other people’s layout or design as templates for your presentation. This way, if you like one of the public presentations available on the site, you can just take it and adapt it to your needs. This makes creating your own slideshow so easy peasy.

And what’s the pricing?

It starts with a free plan – that means public access to your files, but there are three other affordable plans to upgrade to.

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7. Zoho Show

Another PowerPoint alternative worth mentioning is Zoho Show.

As you may already know, Zoho is a popular suite of online productivity tools and SaaS applications. It’s a trusted company, currently used by approximately 30 million people worldwide.

To become even more competitive, Zoho released an Office Suite and Docs some time ago that operates as a Microsoft Office and Google Docs counterpart.

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And Zoho Show is a part of this suite.

It’s compatible with PowerPoint, so you can easily import your slides from Zoho Show to PowerPoint, and export from PPT to Zoho Show slides. However, it doesn’t end here. Zoho Show works well with various file types, so you can import and export .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .odp, and .sxi.

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The strongest feature of Zoho Show is broadcasting. This feature lets you present your slides online to a selected audience remotely and in real-time. You just need to share a link directly or through email to view the broadcast.

And what about pricing? Zoho Show is free, but the extra features and storage starts from $5 a month.

8. Visme

Visme calls itself ‘not another boring presentation software.’ For this reason, let’s have a closer look at it and see whether it is, in fact, not boring. 😉 This is how the interface looks for a new user, right after you sign up:

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At first glance, the editor looks quite similar to Canva → clean and friendly. And it seems that Visme’s approach to presentation (and infographics) is much alike.

Visme, with its wide variety of formatting tools, elements, fonts, and templates, lets you deal with presentations with an open mind and create attractive presentations with ease. You have many graphics, charts, theme colors and text blocks at your disposal to fit into your slides. Also, there’s a library for your uploads.

A simple interface makes presentation making a pleasant experience. So go ahead and test Visme. Perhaps it’s a PowerPoint counterpart you could go for.

Visme Pricing starts from $0 on a basic plan. So you can test it out for free and see if it works for you.

9. Haiku Deck

The next presentation software that’s worth your attention is Haiku Deck. It’s another tool that’s trying to make the presentation making the experience less painful, and for this reason, embraces simplicity and clarity.

All the Haiku Deck features work awesome on the go. You can easily access the editor from your iPhone, iPad, MacBook or PC to make changes or create a presentation from scratch with a touchscreen.

The charts included in Haiku Deck are also unique. There are three types of charts: bar chart, pie chart and statistic chart → all of them are perfectly manageable from your iPhone.

Also, there’s also an option to export presentations to PDF, PowerPoint or Keynote.

Haiku Deck’s Pricing starts at $9.99/month

10. SlideDog

SlideDog is like the presenter of presentations. Let’s say you have a youtube video, an infographic in PDF format and a three minute PowerPoint slideshow you want to share with your audience. What if you could combine these into one seamless presentation?

This is where SildeDog comes in handy.

SildeDog

SlideDog let’s you create presentation “playlists” using many types of media and presentation files.

You can then present the playlist remotely using your mobile phone or tablet, or live stream it to your audience through a unique link.

The platform allows your audience to engage with the content through live chat, feedback and polls.

SlideDog supports many different filetypes and presentation media including PowerPoint, Prezi, and more.

It isn’t for every occasion, but when you have a lot to present and need a seamless experience, you might want to give SlideDog a try.

SlideDog is free. SlideDog Pro ($8.33/mo.) gets you live sharing, remote control, premium support and more.

11. PowToon

Ever watch those cute animated marketing videos and wonder how they’re made? Well, wonder no more! PowToon combines the ease presentation making with video allowing you to easily make animated and live video presentations that look professional and attractive, without the need for a video crew or fancy editing software.

PowToon

PowToon is loaded with templates ideal for marketing, training, recruiting, and even for something more personal like a wedding or a party.

PowToon boasts an impressive roster of users including companies like Starbucks, Ebay and Coca-Cola.

For larger organizations, PowToon provides enterprise-level packages with support, security and collaboration in mind.

If you find yourself struggling to tell your story with PowerPoint or other alternatives, PowToon is great. Just keep in mind that making an animated or video presentation is an entirely different beast and will force you to re-think how you approach creating your presentation. But, don’t let that scare you away. PowToon is as easy to use as it is fun to watch.

There are a lot of pricing options with PowToon, starting with free accounts for personal up to $99/mo. for agencies. Enterprise accounts start at just over $1,100.

12. KinetiCast

KinetiCast claims to be the “online presentation tool for the sales elite” and boasts an ability to help sales teams “not only hit quotas, but destroy them.” Sound intriguing? Let’s check it out.

Touted as a simple solution aimed at those sales professionals who “dare to be great.”, KinetiCast let’s you build presentations online using only your web browser.

KinetiCast

With a sales team’s workflow in mind, KinetiCast allows sales professionals to easily integrate presentations into their email prospecting duties, giving them the ability to craft custom messages and share presentations via unique links.

But the true “secret sauce” in this niche PowerPoint alternative is the powerful analytics engine, granting users access to metrics like open rates, views, videos watched and buttons clicked.

To sweeten the deal, KinetiCast gives you a look into how to use the platform to close sales with step by step examples (http://www.kineticast.com/online-presentation-examples) of each step in the sales funnel—A feature your won’t find in most other PowerPoint alternatives.

If you’re looking to make your presentation work for you, crush quotas and truly show some solid ROI, this PowerPoint alternative is hard to beat.

Pricing plans start at $24 per user per month. Premium packages give you more storage and security options for $59 per user per month.

13. SlideCamp

(our PowerPoint alternatives list member, we strongly recommend to check)

This one isn’t exactly software and not quite a PowerPoint alternative, but rather a supplement. It’s a place where you can:

  • get inspired by designs provided by presentation experts and professional designers
  • download ready-made templates for PowerPoint or Keynote
  • edit the text on templates offline on the desktop
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  • adjust the slides visually by replacing icons, adding images and changing the colors

Afterward, you can bring them back to the SlideCamp library and store your collection of presentations and documents in the cloud on your private account, which is accessible only to you and your team.

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SlideCamp allows you bring your focus back to the content, while professionals make sure your design is breathtaking.

Whenever you don’t see a proper template design for yourself or you lack some slides, you can always request a custom design to be created just for you. SlideCamp’s in-house presentation designers will prepare it within 48 hours.

This is a noteworthy member of our PowerPoint alternatives list that big enterprises such as McDonald’s prefer.

Key Features:

  • Unlimited storage
  • Beautiful business templates
  • Custom design

Pricing ($69 lifetime access for one person, or team plan)


Canva, Keynote, Visme… anything missing?

How do you like my PowerPoint alternatives selection? Have a favorite presentation software that’s not listed but could get to our ranking? I’m going to expand it over time, so I’d love to hear your voice in the comments below!

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