The Best Free PowerPoint Alternatives in 2018

by Kasia Perzynska Last Updated: 2018.10.28

Holding a corporate meeting today without a PowerPoint presentation would be bizarre.

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

Alternatives to PowerPoint
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.”

Over the years, PowerPoint has helped presenters edit ideas, organize content, and lay out information in their presentations. It was created as a response to the new corporate world of interdepartmental communication, and in its early days, it was a revolution.

The 12 PowerPoint Alternatives you should try:

Today, however, there are many substitutes that you can use to create meaningful, powerful presentations. Here are the best PowerPoint alternatives you should try:

1. Apple Keynote

Let’s begin with the second largest presenter on the market: Keynote. One of the best replacements for Macbook users because if you already use an Apple device and have macOS, you can access this presentation software for free.

Keynote cuts out the clutter and offers you a basic presentation tool that is clean and easy to use.

Although the designs are quite simple, Apple offers pre-made templates in Keynote with sleek lines and polished pictures.

Here’s a preview:

Apple Keynote Screenshot

And similar to PowerPoint Online, there’s also an online version of Keynote for iCloud. The interface is very similar to the app’s mobile version.

Apple Keynote for iCloud Screenshot

Keynote for iCloud might be a limited version compared to the desktop iteration, but its super-useful sync options 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

Happy users of Gmail and G Suite who are looking for convenient, cloud-based alternative to PowerPoint might opt for Google Slides.

Here’s a preview of the editor:

Google Slides Screenshot

Similar to its Apple counterpart, Google Slides focuses on simplicity, making it a super-easy, user-friendly presentation solution that will let you quickly create a simple slideshow you can share with others.

Google Slides comes with all the standard presentation software features, including basic animations and slide transitions, and the interface is easy to understand for rookies.

Google Slides also makes pro-level collaboration easy, and the built-in chat feature lets collaborators discuss ongoing changes, making it a great option for group projects.

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

3. Evernote Presentation Mode

When you do a presentation with PowerPoint or Keynote, you can get so focused on the structure and details of your slides that you forget to present the information in a compelling way and you end up reading your slides instead of presenting them.

But the purpose of creating a presentation is to present your content in the best possible light,

and that’s where Evernote comes into play.

In addition to being useful for taking notes, organizing work, and listing and archiving tasks, Evernote has also released a presentation tool for its premium plans that you can use as a PowerPoint alternative.

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

  • take your notes as usually you do;
  • include all the relevant formatting (H1/H2/H3) to give your presentation the right structure; and
  • Include visuals, charts, and bulleted lists.
Presentation Mode in Evernote

As you can see in the short explainer video above, Evernote will automatically create slides and a table of contents based on your regular notes. And you can easily download the PDF version of a slideshow to your desktop as well.

Although there are no extra bells and whistles, such as colorful templates, animations, or transitions, Evernote gives you the tools you need to easily create a basic presentation that gets straight to the point.

Evernote Presentation Mode is ideal for small format presentations, especially if you are already using Evernote for notes.

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

Evernote pricing

4. Canva

Another powerful and usable PowerPoint alternative is Canva, a user-friendly comprehensive DIY design tool for non-professionals who don’t have a designer on board or who just want to create their own visuals but aren’t properly trained to do so.

Canva is not just a high-profile option in our list, but it’s also a useful Photoshop alternative for non-designers.

Canva is a great option whenever you need social media graphics, handmade infographics, a blog cover image, simple charts, or any other kind of visual.

It includes a huge library from which you can choose backgrounds, layouts, pictures, fonts, and creative decor elements for your project.

Canva Screenshot

Canva makes the presentation-creation process fun, and its drag-and-drop dashboard allows you to create fully-customized, image-focused slides with ease.

The Canva app is free, and paid visuals start at $1 each.

5. Prezi

Prezi is a presentation software that takes slideshow creation to the next level. It combines information with animation in a dynamic and visually-appealing way. It’s excellent for those occasions when you want to create something spectacular and impress your audience with your creativity and non-standard thinking.

Prezi Screenshot

If you take a look at Prezi’s gallery, you’ll understand what we’re talking about.

The only negative could be the fact thatcombining so many tweaks into one show can become very labor-intensive. And special effects can become predictable when they’re overused, so 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.

Unlike other products in our list, Slides is an HTML5-based open source tool,meaning it allows you to create your presentation deck for free.

Being open source also means access to your slides is public, so your content will be publicly available and searchable unless you upgrade to the Pro or Team plan.

Here’s a dashboard preview:

Slides Screenshot

People appreciate this presentation software because it’s simple and it makes creating presentations fun. According to the reviews on Capterra, most users are able to learn it quickly because it works similar to PowerPoint. And once you sign up, you’re taken right to a clean, user-friendly interface, and the step-by-step tutorial guides you through all the buttons and views.

Slides also offers Google Analytics integration so you can see where the traffic to your presentation comes from and how it flows through your slides.

And there are tons of other functionalities available as well, like responsive presentations and easy sharing and collaboration. One disadvantage to Slides is the limited number of templates it comes with, but you can easily upload your own logos, icons, and pictures to the library to enrich your slideshow.

Slides Gallery Screenshot

Also worth mentioning is Slides’ forking feature. Forking is a way to reuse other people’s layouts or designs as templates for your presentation. If you like one of the public presentations available on the site, you can just take it and adapt it to your needs. This feature makes creating your own slideshow easy peasy.

Slides also offers code syntax highlighting and the ability to add custom CSS to your presentations for easy styling and branding,making it especially useful for developers and designers.

And what’s the pricing?

It starts with a free plan, which means your files are public, but there are three other affordable plans you can upgrade to.

Slides Pricing Screenshot

7. Zoho Show

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

Zoho Show Screenshot

Zoho Show includes everything you want from a presentation software: it’s cloud-based, offers an offline presentation mode, secures your data, and enables easy sharing and collaboration.

It’s compatible with PowerPoint and other file types as well, so you can import and export .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .odp, and .sxi.

Zoho Show Screenshot

The strongest feature of Zoho Show is broadcasting, which lets you present your slides online to a selected audience remotely and in real-time by sharing a link with them.

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

8. Visme

Visme calls itself ‘not another boring presentation software,’ but does it live up to this claim? This is how the interface looks for a new user:

Visme Screenshot

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 similar to Canva as well.

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

Moreover, Visme offers useful analytics features that provide accurate and up-to-date information on your site’s visitors and their behavior. You can monitor the traffic your presentation generates, the number of unique visitors you have, and the time spent on your content by each visitor.

Its simple interface makes presentation creation an easy, pleasant experience.

Visme Pricing starts with a free basic plan, so you can test it out and see if it works for you.

9. Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is another tool that’s trying to make the presentation-making experience less painful by embracing simplicity and clarity.

Haiku Deck’s massive library includes over 40M beautiful, royalty-free images & backgrounds! If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you can upload your own images and custom design instead.

The design structure makes it really difficult to create an ugly presentation, but the software’s features are limited. Haiku Deck is minimalistic from a usability standpoint and only includes the basic tools for creating your presentation.

It’s considered to be the mobile version of PowerPoint, so it’s a perfect tool for people on-the-go who are looking for an alternative. You can easily access the editor from your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or PC to make changes or create a presentation from scratch.

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

Haiku Deck’s pricing starts at $9.99/month.

10. SlideDog

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?
SlideDog lets you do just that!

SildeDog Screenshot

SlideDog helps you create presentation “playlists” using various types of media and presentation files.

You can then present the playlist remotely using your mobile phone or tablet, or you can livestream 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 file types 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/month) 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 presentation-making with video, allowing you to easily make animated and live video presentations that look professional and attractive.

PowToon Screenshot

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

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 PowerPoint alternatives), PowToon is a great option. Just keep in mind that making an animated or video presentation is an entirely different beast and will force you to rethink how you approach creating your presentation. Fortunately, PowToon is as easy to use as it is fun to watch.

Pricing options for PowToon start with free accounts for personal use and up to $99/month for agencies. Enterprise accounts start at just over $1,100.

12. SlideCamp

While SlideCamp isn’t exactly software and is more of a PowerPoint supplement than an alternativeit’s a great place to:

  • 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; and
slidecamp Screenshot
  • 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.

Slidecamp Gallery Screenshot

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

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in their library, you can always request a custom design to be created just for you, and SlideCamp’s in-house presentation designers will prepare it within 48 hours.

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 into 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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