Graphic designers will especially love Ludus. You can edit and break apart SVG files, upload your own font files, or even copy and paste files from Sketch and Adobe Illustrator. There are also some pretty advanced features that any web designer or illustrator would be familiar with, like gradients and code blocks, making this a good choice for graphic designers, art directors, UX designers, and the like.
But you don't have to be a Photoshop pro to use these features; Ludus starts new users off with a guided tutorial, which gently introduces some of its more complex features. Paid plans allow you to password-protect your presentations, use a remote control, share and collaborate as a team, and even embed on Medium and Notion.
If you're like me, editing granular spacing issues is the absolute worst part of building a presentation. Look at the GIF above as an example: when you drag an element toward a specific area of the slide, it'll automatically drop it into place for you. The editor is a little different from most presentation apps, but it's still intuitive—and you'll start off with a quick two-minute tutorial.
When creating a new slide, scroll through "inspiration slides" to find a layout you like; once you choose, the app will pull the layout and automatically adapt it to match the design of the rest of your presentation. With 10 themes, several templated slides, over 40 fully-designed templates, and 23 different color palettes to choose from, Beautiful.
While traditional collaboration features are limited on the free plan, paid plans are reasonably priced and offer sharing and collaboration options that rival collab-focused apps like Google Slides. And speaking of Google, you can connect Beautiful. Struggling to squeeze information into a basic, linear presentation? Give Prezi a try.
Unlike nearly all other presentation apps on the market, Prezi Present doesn't restrict the structure of your presentation to a straight line. The editor focuses on topics and subtopics and allows you to arrange them any way you want, so you can create a more conversational flow of information.
With the structural flexibility, you still get all the same customization features you expect from top presentation software, including fully-editable templates. Prezi Video helps you take remote presentations to a new level. Using the desktop app, you can record a video where the presentation elements are displayed right over your webcam feed.
Record and save the video to share later, or connect with your video conferencing tool of choice including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and more to present live. Powtoon Web, iOS, Android. Powtoon makes it easy to create engaging videos by orienting the editor around a slide deck.
Editing a Powtoon feels just like editing a presentation, but by the time you finish, you have a professional video. You can edit your slides at any time, and when you hit play, a video plays through your deck—the feel is almost like an animated explainer video. Each slide includes the animations you choose and takes up as much time as is needed based on the content on the slide.
Powtoon figures the timing automatically, and you can see in the bottom-right of the editor how much time is used on your current slide versus the total presentation. If you ever want to present as a slide deck, just toggle between Slideshow and Movie.
You'll likely need to subscribe to a paid plan to get the most out of Powtoon—like creating videos longer than three minutes, downloading them as MP4 files, and whitelabeling your presentations—but doing so won't break the bank. Plus, you'll unlock tons of templates complete with animations and soundtracks. One of our favorite Powtoon features is the ability to orient your video: you can choose horizontal orientation like a normal presentation or opt for vertical for mobile or square for social media.
When your presentation is ready, you can publish straight to YouTube, Wistia, Facebook Ads, and any number of other locations. Genially Web. While many presentation apps are built for presenter-led decks, Genially 's interactive features and animated templates make it easy to build a self-led presentation.
A variety of interactive buttons enable you to show viewers additional context on hover, skip to any page of your deck, and navigate to external links. The app offers a bunch of searchable templates, including some for business proposals, reports, social media presentations, and more though most of those are available on premium plans only.
Genially also includes Smart blocks —templated blocks of content for elements like data visualizations, image galleries, and more. Our favorite feature is the brand settings. Premium users can set universal branding guidelines that include your logo, color scheme, fonts, images, backgrounds, and more. Think of them like a custom template, created and customized by you, that the whole team can use.
Once set, your team can easily create on-brand presentations that automatically apply your brand settings, without even thinking about it. Plus, Genially supports additional content like training materials, infographics, interactive images, and more—all subject to your brand presets.
Full transparency: Microsoft PowerPoint wouldn't make the cut for this list on its own. But for those who can access it for free on their Microsoft devices or with an existing Microsoft subscription, it's a perfectly capable option. The OG of presentation software, PowerPoint enables you to do just about anything you need to build a basic presentation. You can choose from about a dozen templates, with more advanced designs available with Premium subscriptions.
Check out Design Ideas after adding your content to see layout and formatting options for the slide, recommended by "Office intelligent services. You can also add temporary markups to slides as you present: your audience will see them, but they won't be permanently added to the slide. Microsoft subscriptions include access to both the desktop and web versions of PowerPoint, so you can create anywhere, with or without a download. The desktop version is included for free on Microsoft devices. This post was originally published in October and has since been updated with contributions from Danny Schreiber, Matthew Guay, Andrew Kunesh, and Krystina Martinez.
Located in Boston, MA, she loves cinnamon coffee and a good baseball game. Catch up with her on Twitter Kieraabbamonte. Home App Picks. All Articles. Best Apps. App of the day. App comparisons. Automation with Zapier. Automation inspiration. Zapier tutorials. Customer stories. Productivity tips. During your presentation, you can seamlessly fly around the canvas and zoom in to look at individual chunks of content. The only major divergence from Microsoft Powerpoint is that you need to add animated paths from one part of the canvas to another.
Prezi makes it hard to visualize structured data like financials, which can make it difficult to use in business applications. Canva is perfect for making speedy presentations right in your web browser. Your Canva presentations live online, which makes it extremely easy to collaborate. You can invite colleagues to edit your slideshow although simultaneous editing is not supported or seamlessly share your finished presentation.
LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office, and it includes a Powerpoint equivalent called Impress with nearly all of the same functionality. However, Impress does have a few advantages of its own. The software can import files from Keynote, the default presentation software on Mac computers.
Plus, there are hundreds of free templates that you can download for free. On the whole, LibreOffice Impress is about as close as it gets to simply replicating Microsoft Powerpoint for free. This free presentation software supports embedding videos, creating diagrams, and adding animations to your slides. While the selection of templates is somewhat limited, you can easily import hundreds of additional templates for free or create your own.
Even better, Google Slides supports the collaboration tools users have come to expect from Google. The only downside to Google Slides is that bloated slideshows can experience some loading delays. Also beware that while you can move between Slides and Powerpoint, the conversion often messes with the layout of your slides.
The WPS Presentation tool has all of the same capabilities of PowerPoint, including tons of animations, slide transitions, content effects, and video embedding. The selection of included presentation templates is also very impressive for a free software. All of the tools are displayed in a top ribbon, with your slides shown on the left side of the screen for easy navigation. However, keep in mind that the software is supported by ads. Michael Graw is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Bellingham, Washington.
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