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5 of the Best Presentation Software Tools for Creativity


A truly great presentation is a powerful thing. It can inspire, sell a product, motivate and even change the way the audience sees their world. Often what separates an average presentation from a “game-changer” is creativity. While PowerPoint and Keynote are tried and tested means of delivery, they’re unlikely to win you any prizes for innovation.

So, if you’re looking for something a little more stimulating to get your point across, what are the options available to you? Here we look at five of the best creative presentation tools on the market.

1. SharpCloud

SharpCloud was created with creativity in mind. Businesses often need to communicate complex concepts, initiatives and projects, but this doesn’t mean the story should have to suffer.

SharpCloud combines the utility of a program like PowerPoint with the ability to create engaging visual stories. By collecting information from different data sources in one place, users can quickly create a dynamic presentation. Thanks to embedded images, video, documents and discussion, users can tell the story behind complex issues while providing a visually inspiring and interactive experience.

What really sets a SharpCloud story apart from a presentation, is its ability to adapt and flow with the course of the discussion. Less a presentation, more a forum, SharpCloud allows your team to add comments and actively participate as you go. Empowering your team or audience to reach their own conclusions and giving them a truly creative experience.


2. Prezi

Cloud-based Prezi is probably the most well-known alternative on our list. Like other cloud-based solutions, Prezi is accessible and syncable from multiple devices, making it good for on the go editing and real-time collaboration.

But what really sets Prezi apart is its rejection of the tired slide-to-slide format. Instead, it allows users to pan across and zoom in and out of the canvas, drawing attention to specific points. When coupled with the use of images, text and video, this allows users to create a truly interactive canvas.

Like any cloud-based product, Prezi can be hamstrung by its dependency on a good internet connection, but this isn’t likely to be a problem for most modern businesses.

Users may also find that Prezi isn't a "use straight out of the box" presentation tool: while it doesn't require design skills per se, many of the customisation tools can take a bit of practice to master. For example, although we agree that Prezi's dynamic movment is a welcome improvement on traditional, linear display; we found that inexperienced users of Prezi tend to overuse the zoom feature, which can result in dizzying and confusing presentations. For a summary of Prezi's limitations as a presentation tool please follow the link.

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3. Haiku Deck

For Haiku Deck, creativity is driven by personalisation. While most presentation apps allow personalisation to some extent, Haiku Deck takes it up a notch. The app comes with access to 40 million free images from the Creative Commons and a range of themes to choose from. A nice touch is that these themes are categorised into different industries and use cases, allowing users to choose a professionally designed theme regardless of subject.

Haiku Deck also offers a variety of different fonts, layouts and filters to help you create a visually impressive presentation. This includes the ability to repurpose images for graphs and other presentation content, freshening up the stale stock charts available in traditional programs.

One slight downside is that most of the app’s features require an internet connection, but this isn’t something that should hold most users back. Haiku Deck is accessible over the Web, on iPhone, or the Haiku Deck iPad app.


4. Powtoon

Undoubtedly the most left-field candidate in our list, Powtoon is a hybrid tool which allows users to create animated presentations and videos. Instead of using expensive animation software or hiring an animator, Powtoon gives businesses all the tools needed to create the best animated presentation content.

The downside to this is that it’s far from a complete presentation tool. Designed with creativity and “stealing the show” in mind, it’s unlikely to appeal to businesses for whom day-to-day utility is a priority. Nor is it likely to be suitable for more complex presentations or topics. To give an example; a data driven topic such as risk managment is unikely to be accurately communicated using animation alone and Powtoon isn't renowned for it's ability to incorporate or present complex data. 

That said, it is a lot of fun, and for businesses looking for something a little different from their presentations it could be perfect.


5. SlideDog

Like the previous entry SlideDog is geared towards creating a truly distinctive presentation experience. Users can combine almost any type of media including PowerPoint presentations, graphics, PDF files, Prezi presentations, web pages, pictures, videos and movie clips. The finished result can then be dragged into customisable playlists and shared with or displayed to an audience.

Users can remotely control their presentations and playlists from a smartphone, a secondary computer or the web. Audience members can even view slides from their own devices by following a link, an excellent feature for any organisation looking to create a truly immersive presentation experience.

However, SlideDog can feel a little limited. It’s designed to work alongside Prezi or MS PowerPoint, which should tell you that it doesn’t function well as a standalone platform for building presentations. This shouldn’t detract from its role as a great add-on, but be aware that using it alongside Prezi or MS PowerPoint does mean being subject to the drawbacks of either product.



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