PowerPoint is paid software. There are cheaper and even free alternatives. Here is our pick of the best.
Zoho Show: This is one of the best free alternatives to PowerPoint – it can do everything PowerPoint can do, and some more. Since it is an online tool you can access it from anywhere, share and collaborate without having to email bulky presentation files, and easily embed them to your blog or website.
Apple iWork KeyNote: Considerably cheaper than PowerPoint, Keynote has been used by a lot of high profile presenters, including those at TED. One of its best features is an Alpha tool that renders image backgrounds transparent, letting you focus on a part of the image with some slick special effects. Its animations and slide transitions are also smoother than what PowerPoint can manage. It is not as user-friendly as PowerPoint.
OpenOffice Impress or Oracle Open Office: These are open source software and they are available at a fraction of what PowerPoint costs.While Impress is the online free version available at openoffice.org, you can also buy it bundled with Oracle’s Open Office pack. They have all the features that PowerPoint offers, and even offer to save your presentation as a flash file, to help you share it with others. On the downside, the free version does not have too many templates, and both versions are slower compared to PowerPoint.