Create free presentations without PowerPoint


Everybody likes to make fun of PowerPoint, but when it comes to expressing your ideas, making your pitch, and so on, the slide deck remains one of the most effective tools.

That said, PowerPoint isn’t exactly free, and I suspect most seasoned users would agree it hasn’t evolved much over the years. What if you want to integrate, say, a live Twitter feed in your presentation, or move beyond static slides?

Good news: There are plenty of PowerPoint alternatives, some of them free, some of them capable of adding considerably more pizzazz to your materials. In addition to the obvious PowerPoint clones — Google Docs, OpenOffice Impress, Zoho Show and so on — make sure to check out these three free outliers:

Bunkr

Price: Free

Claim to fame: Media-rich presentations

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BunkrScreenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Thus, for any given slide, you can embed photos from your cloud-storage services, video from the likes of YouTube and Vimeo, feeds from Instagram and Pinterest, charts from Infogram and Chartblocks, audio from Spotify and Soundcloud and so on. This might be single most Web-savvy presentation tool ever.

It is not, however, the most versatile. Although you can choose from a smattering of background colors for your entire presentation (not individual slides), there are no font or transition options, at least for the moment. (Bunkr is currently in beta.)

Even so, Bunkr offers a fast and easy way to produce media-rich slide decks.

Haiku Deck

Price: Free (in-app purchases available)

Summary: If you’ve ever tried to build a presentation from scratch, you know that half the battle is finding interesting and/or informative visuals to drive home your message. Haiku Deck solves that problem by providing quick and easy access to millions of Creative Commons images, with premium Getty images available for purchase if needed.

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Cooler still, Haiku Deck automatically queues up a list of available options based on words you’ve added to your slides. Tap the one you want, and bam: the perfect background.

The tool started out as an iPad app, but there’s now a Web-based version as well. If you’re looking to build slides that are heavy on imagery, this is the place to start.

Source : CNET


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