5 POWERPOINT ALTERNATIVES TO AVOID DEATH BY POWERPOINT

TL:DR: Looking at jazzing up your presentations? In this post we will look at 5 PowerPoint alternatives that are unique and can take your presentation to the next level.

The meme above pretty much captures the general feeling about PowerPoint. It’s a tool we associate with monotonous and long presentations that no one cares about.


Yet, since it’s the default presentation software for Windows users, most of us end up using it. And we rinse and repeat the same surface-level features. As a result, we create an ocean of generic-looking presentations. This phenomenon is so dreaded that there’s a term for it. It’s called “Death by PowerPoint!”


But there’s good news!


Over the years there are several alternatives that have become available.


In this post, we will look at 5 such PPT alternatives.

Here’s a list of 5 PowerPoint alternatives that are unique in terms of features they offer and can take your presentation to the next level.

#1 Prezi

Founded in 2009, Prezi is one of the most mature PowerPoint alternatives.

Compared to PowerPoint, Prezi is found to be more organized, engaging, persuasive, and effective than PowerPoint, according to a study.

Getting started with Prezi is easy. It comes with a library of beautifully designed templates, and a ton of reusable presentations that can be edited in a click. It even provides a PowerPoint-to-Prezi converter if you already have a PowerPoint presentation and do not want to start from the scratch

Basic version of the tool is free. Premium plans start from USD 5 per month and can go up to USD 59 per month. All plans come with a 14-day free trial.

Here’s a video that will help you get started with Prezi

#2 Beautiful.ai

As the name suggests Beautiful.ai uses Artificial Intelligence to create the best set of slides for your content. It’s like having a personal designer who will look at your content and come up with the most suitable layout. Using Beautiful.ai, you can create beautiful proposals and presentations in minutes.

It has an inbuilt library of millions of images and icons. With the help of this library you can focus on designing and not finding visual assets

The basic version of Beautiful.ai is free. It’ll cost you USD 15 per month for the pro plan.  

Beautiful.ai is a great PowerPoint alternative to watch out for.

Here’s an introduction video to Beautiful.ai


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#3 Slidebean

Slidebean is a presentation software that uses Artificial Intelligence to create beautiful presentations. It uses, what it describes as ‘genetic algorithm’, to test thousands of configurations for every slide and come up with the best design based on a series of traits.

The AI enables the users to focus on telling the story and saves a lot of time otherwise spent on designing and formatting.

Slidebean is used by some of the leading corporations like Paypal, Nike, Starbucks, and Lenovo as a PPT replacement.

Slidebean offers a free starter plan and pro version starts at USD 8 per month.  

Here’s a demonstration video for Slidebean

#4 Emaze

Apart from presentations, Emaze is capable of building websites, e-cards, blogs, and photo albums.  With a unique template library including 3D and Pan & Zoom templates, Emaze focuses on converting boring presentations into unique stories.

Emaze also provides you with analytics on the performance of your content that you can use to improve your presentations.

Here’s a video highlighting some cool features by Emaze

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#5 Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is known as the Instagram of presentations. It is an easy to use tool that you can use to create beautiful presentations using Web, iPhone, or iPad. Like a lot of apps designed for Apple ecosystem, Haiku Deck focuses on removing the clutter and enables the users to focus on her idea.

Haiku Deck comes with a ton of beautiful inbuilt templates to satisfy everyone, from a business user to a hobbyist.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer a free plan.  Subscription plans start from USD 9.99 per month and goes up to USD 29.99 per month. All plans come with a free trial period.    

Here’s an introduction video to Haiku Deck

End Note

Here are 5 PowerPoint alternatives that you can use to create a memorable presentation and save your audience from “Death by PowerPoint.”

Let me know if you are familiar with any other PowerPoint alternative worth mentioning. I’d love to add them to the list.  

Here are 5 PowerPoint alternatives that you can use to create a memorable presentation and save your audience from “Death by PowerPoint.”

Shyamanta

Employer Branding, Corporate Communication, and Social Media professional with nearly 16 years of experience across global corporations, funded start-ups, and nonprofit.

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