Top 5 presentation software (Q&A Friday)

Question: My job requires to give a lot of presentations. Can you suggest the presentation software for better presentation?

steve-jobs-presentation Answer: Presentation is a skill you need to grow yourself. Computer software are only tools to help you in expressing your skills. A skillful person can use an unknown software to create stunning presentation, while the best rated presentation software can also create a novice presentation.

A presentation can be given without a computer. A black board (or, whiteboard), hands-on demonstration, and communication with the audience can make a greatest presentation.

If you insist on using a computer software, here are the 5 best tools for presentation:

powerpoint 1. Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint, the 20-years-old presentation software from Microsoft is still the leading software used in presentation. Everyday millions of PowerPoint presentation are given in any given day. The ease of use and popularity of Microsoft Windows is the key to the success of MS PowerPoint.

flash 2. Flash

Flash animations can produce stunning presentations and they can also put on-line without any modification. The most important aspect of Flash is the ease by which video can be inserted in the presentation.

The main problem with Flash is the big learning curve and the need of a Flash professional to create even a basic presentation.

impress 3. Open Office Impress

Open Office Impress’s biggest advantage is it’s price (or, the lack of it) as the software is free open source presentation technology. It is comparable with MS PowerPoint. For advance users, the graphic capability of Impress is way better than that of PowerPoint.

Another biggest advantage of Impress is – it can export the presentation to Flash, for posting the presentation online. And, it can open PowerPoint presentation and can even save the presentation in PowerPoint format.

keynote 4. Apple Keynote
Apple’s Keynote is one of the best presentation software (where else does Steve Jobs make those great Keynotes?). It’s only the number of Macs users are not that many to to have a large Keynote users community. Unlike PowerPoint, that comes with MS Office Suit, Keynote can now be purchased individually in the Mac Store.

photoshop 5. Photoshop (Gimp)

Yes, a presentation is nothing more than artistically and strategically prepared illustrations. Nothing beats Adobe Photoshop when photo manipulation and illustrations is concerned. The open source equivalent, Gimp, can also be used instead of Photoshop to adjust colors, make images transparent and add text and information on them.

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One thought on “Top 5 presentation software (Q&A Friday)

  1. Namaste from Kathmandu..

    Really all of major presentation tools are listed. its nice.. I use mostly ppt and flash.

    Thanks.

    Anita

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