5 Free (and Way Better) PowerPoint Alternatives

We, along with our bosses and our co-workers, have been seeing the same slides, text effects, and animations from MS Office PowerPoint for the past 10 to 15 years. A phrase has even been coined as a result of PowerPoint ennui: DEATH BY POWERPOINT

If you are not in the business of assassinating your organization via boring slides (we know that you’re not THAT kind of office ninja), take a look at the following 5 presentation alternatives. Did we mention that these websites and apps are free and simply “way better”?

1. Canva

Powerpoint Alternative - Canva

Interactive. Online. Beautiful. Canva is a website that allows you to create slides with built-in high resolutions images, vectors, and text effects. Many of the backgrounds and other design elements are free, but the premium design elements may cost you a bank-breaking $1.00. It is a user-friendly tool, and when you sign up, they even offer you an interactive tutorial. Share your slides via link faster than your boss can demand a PowerPoint on a flash drive.

For an in-depth tutorial about Canva from your favorite office experts (#NinjaLife), click here.

2. Bunkr

Powerpoint Alternative - BunkrBunkr offers a presentation platform that puts your social sharing options right beside the presentation! This works very well for ninjas who have to communicate with remote audiences online. Not only is the interface and design clean, it is super easy to use. What it lacks in pure artistic options, it makes up for in readability and interactivity. Also, because we love making your life easier, Bunkr allows you to export content to PDF files, HTML5 files, and (yes, it still makes an appearance) PowerPoint.

3. emaze

Powerpoint Alternative - emaze

Cloud-based, responsive, and downright pretty templates are the draw of this online presentation website. Emaze makes creating attractive and dynamic presentations easy by providing you with free, pre-made templates. Just populate the templates with content and graphics, and then you’re ready to amaze your boss with your emaz-ing creation (see what I did there?). In the event their free package is not enough for you, their highest tier package offers unlimited space and sharing, as well as a host of other handy premium features (like offline viewing and privacy controls), for only $9.90 per month.

Dive right into emaze with our step-by-step tutorial (written by yours truly)!

4. Slidebean

Powerpoint Alternative - slidebean

If you are a no-nonsense ninja, then Slidebean may be your presentation medium of choice. Stressing the idea that “less is more,” Slidebean is a highly content-oriented platform that can be displayed on any browser and on any device. It is significantly less graphic intensive than the other PowerPoint alternatives, allowing it to be easily viewed and shared. In other words, no more excuses from people who claimed, “I couldn’t access the presentation… [insert null complaint here].”

5. Google Slides

Powerpoint Alternative - google slides

This may alarm you, but you may have held the secret to creating compelling slides ever since you started using GMail. If you have no idea what Google Drive is, you HAVE to visit your Google account NOW. At the top right hand corner, you will see an icon that looks like nine itty-bitty squares. Click it and visit Drive. Once inside your Drive, you will be able to create presentations with Google Slides. Although the interface and design options are PPT-esque, Slides allows you to share the presentation easily via link or attachment.

Coming Soon: Microsoft Sway

Powerpoint Alternative - sway

It looks like Microsoft was aware of DEATH BY POWERPOINT too. Although their Sway presentation application is still in development, its concept is to bring together many different mediums- YouTube, social media, image databases, wikis, etc.- and offer drag and drop functionality that allows you to integrate them into your presentation. It looks promising, and we’d love to see where Microsoft decides to take this idea.

What are your favorite alternatives to Powerpoint?

Carolyn Medrano - OfficeNinjas

Carolyn Medrano

I am an anything goes Copywriter and Technical Writer with a BS in Emerging Media communications. I served as Ninja for nurses and doctors before becoming a full-time writer, and I spend my disposable income on blueberries, mangoes, coffee, and DS games for a son who is as random as his mom.

Comments

  1. Annabelle
     

    Hey Ninjas, and readers alike!

    We’ve been working on a way to get presentations to become simple with a bunch of kicking ready made PowerPoint slides.

    There is no new tech to learn, and no zooming Prezi headaches, just a lovely design loaded platform to build up a presentation from the slide library, then download the whole thing right into PowerPoint :D

    I know we’re not free at the moment, but we do have a lifetime subscription option! Imagine never having to battle with PowerPoint again…

    https://www.slidecamp.io

  2. Leo Budrinca
     

    Try for free https://hypersay.com/ and deliver interactive presentations to connected audiences. Keep them engaged with polls, questions, private notes and live slide sharing.
    Hypersay is a platform for interactive presentations that massively increase engagement. Keep your audience engaged with polls, questions, private notes and live slide sharing. Store, enrich & deliver presentations from your cloud.

  3. MamB
     

    Thank you so much for sharing!!! this is really a big help

  4. Me
     

    I love the 1at one

  5. Yulia
     

    Hi,
    I just need to create a slide show for my husband’s 40th birthday party with some music and be able to play it on the tv. What is the best program for me to do that?
    Thanks.

  6. Rachel R.
     

    Thank you! I HATE PowerPoint, but I’m having to create presentations for school and working on doing some screenshare-style videos for business purposes, so none of the concerns other commenters have mentioned are relevant for me, but being able to make non-ugly slides without jumping through too many hoops IS. There are some really great-looking options here!

    1. OfficeNinjas
      author

      Yes! We love non-ugly slides as well ;) Let us know which you use and how those presentations turn out, Rachel!

  7. Cristi
     

    Have you heard of Niftio (I’m the Tech Lead for that project)? It’s a rather new presentation software. Here’s a quick sneak peak:
    1. dozens of designer made templates to make it easier to create a presentation
    2. use of any mobile device to control your presentation while delivering one
    3. audience q&a to receive feedback & questions on your topic in real time.
    And much more
    Take a look https://niftio.com

    1. OfficeNinjas
      author

      Nope, not yet, but it’s nice to meet you and your software, Cristi! We love checking out new ways to do old things better :)

    2. sunny
       

      Great..!!

  8. Sam
     

    Presenter Club seems interesting. It focuses more on the speech aspect rather than slides. But I find it really quick to make slides with it. It is free: https://www.presenter.club/

    1. OfficeNinjas
      author

      Thanks, Sam! Free is always good ;)

  9. Helena
     

    Hi! Nice post :)
    However, why isn’t Genial.ly included? I think it should when it comes to PowerPoint alternatives… It’s online, it’s free, and it’s really easy to use. I love it for presentations, infographics, posters. Seriously, it’s a great tool. Here: https://www.genial.ly/
    Bye!

  10. Jamie
     

    These programs BLOW AWAY Powerpoint, but how reliable is their functionality when it comes time to actually project your slides in a room full of people? How many times have we all seen a presentation go down in flames because the hardware was not playing well with the presentation software?

    1. Chucky
       

      It happens all the time, and it really sucks for all the parties involved; it’s embarrassing.

      I have absolutely no problem with Prezi, using or viewing.

      1. Jamie
         

        What about Canva? I’m worried about that very same problem for a presentation I have coming up in October. My Canva slide deck won’t open on Powerpoint, only on Windows Media Viewer. I’ve tried asking Canva Support about this but it’s always the same vague answers that provide NOTHING usable. Anybody know the best way to display Canva in a presentation?

        1. OfficeNinjas
          author

          We did find a little info on some options from Canva, which you can find here: http://bit.ly/1JKlp3N

  11. Wendy
     

    Thank you so much for the post! very interesting!

    1. OfficeNinjas
      author

      Glad you liked it Wendy – let us know if you test any of these out and which ones are your faves!

  12. Laura Vedder
     

    These are all very appealing alternatives, and I could see using one or more for externally focused presentations (i.e. marketing, sales pitches). I would be very interested to learn the level of information security offered on each of these platforms. If a presentation contains internal-only or sensitive information, how is that data secured (if at all)?

    1. OfficeNinjas
      author

      Great question Laura – we’ll do some digging and let you know!

  13. Maria del Carmen Tellez
     

    Prezi is a nice alernative. It has both, a free and a pro version.

    1. OfficeNinjas
      author

      We’re absolutely fans of Prezi as well – our only complaint would be it takes a bit to learn how to use it – but learning it DEFINITELY pays off!

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