4 Best Tools to Create Engaging Presentations in 2017

In the present days, preparing and delivering presentations is part of a common daily routine in any business environment. Either online or face to face, presentations are the default communication practice in modern business. For decades, PowerPoint has been the top leading solution to design and deliver presentations, and it continues to be the leader in the present days. However, other free & commercial tools have emerged to save the day of any presenter.

1. Google Slides

Google Slides is a free online presentation tool that allows to collaborate with a team and make visually appealing presentations based on the cloud.

It facilitates the real-time collaboration between presentation designer and editors, and it includes several options for sharing and delivering presentations online. Users can access a Google Slides presentation from any computer and device without having to carry a flash drive with them, only an Internet connection is required. Moreover, Google Slides comes with dozens of free templates that can be used to produce a variety of business presentations with very little effort, or you can also use 3rd. Party websites providing free themes for Google Slides as well.

Additionally, it has a powerful revision history which allows users to access any past version of the presentation and keep a log of all the changes made. Furthermore, the presentations created with Google Slides can be exported to different formats, such as PowerPoint, Open Office or PDF and it allows to import PowerPoint templates as well.

2. Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck has emerged as an innovative solution for presenters and distinguished from other tools by the high-quality images. The tool is completely free, and it comes with over 40 million images and pre-designed themes that can be used to create amazing presentations online. It allows to make modern presentations and use your own images as well or connect it with other services such as Flickr, Google Drive, and others.

The styles and imagery available in Haiku Deck made this tool to be one of the most innovative presentation tools in the recent years. Presenters can create gorgeous slides to spread their ideas and get rid of traditional bullet points. It is a web-based solution and stores all the files in the cloud so that you can access the presentations either on PC or Mac, as well as mobile applications for Android, iPad or iPhone. Haiku Deck also let the user export presentation in .pptx format to edit them in PowerPoint.

Recently, Haiku Deck introduced a new tool called Haiku Deck Zuru powered by a unique technology that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to transform your story into a stunning presentation.

3. Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office suite and offers a very intuitive tool to make presentations. It is used by million of business professionals & educators around the world to create and deliver presentations. PowerPoint was created more than two decades ago and quickly gained an amazing market share. Even today, it is the most popular tool to make presentations.

Presentations created with PowerPoint can be complemented with visual assets that help to reinforce the message and make a huge visual impact. It has over 2 billion installed base, and it is not only the most popular presentation tool in the world but also the leading solution within business environments.

The ability to work with vectorized graphics (PowerPoint shapes), the integration with other Microsoft Office products, its intuitive user interface and the variety of presentation templates available online, makes this tool one of the preferred tools for business professionals that need to make a presentation quickly and deliver the slide show to an important audience.

4. Prezi

Prezi

Prezi is a presentation tool that allows users to create zooming presentations that really help to engage the audience and capture the audience attention amazingly.  It is a cloud-based solution that revolutionized the way of presenting presentations online.

Even if the concept of slides is different from in PowerPoint, it allows creating slides as “Frames.” Then, frames can be connected following a path, and with the zooming options that is what makes a nice effect while delivering the presentation Once you create the first frame in the canvas you can define the zooming options and move to a second slide and set a path from frame to frame.  You can repeat this until you complete the presentation and then once finished it is possible to share the presentation online creating a custom link or it can be downloaded to the local computer.

You can sign up to Prezi using your email address or connect your LinkedIn or Facebook account to get started. New Prezis can be created very easily, and you can reuse the pre-designed Prezi themes or even free Prezi templates provided by other websites.

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