The vast majority of presentation software programs use a slide-based, or slideshow format. This is a linear format that allows the presenter to compartmentalize the information as he or she moves from slide to slide. However, the alternative option introduced by Prezi is a spatial format, which allows the presenter and audience to move from idea to idea in an dynamic way. The presenter can layer multiple concepts into the bigger picture by zooming in and out of concept, moving through the presentation in an orderly or organic way.
Selecting the presentation software that is right for you will depend on what you’d like to do and how you plan to use it.
How advanced do you want to make your presentation? Are you looking for a simple text and image presentation, or a highly involved visual display with complex charts, videos, and infographs? Some programs are built to be simple and fast, while others are meant to impress.
Do you have access to the internet? Some presentation programs are cloud based, and may require an internet connection in order to create, save or show your presentation.
How many people will be working on this presentation? Some programs allow you to collaborate with others, or allow multiple people the ability to edit the same presentation. Though it’s important to note that this is a cloud-based feature which requires an internet connection.
Do you plan to make changes on the go? Many programs have mobile apps. Some let you create new presentations, edit existing ones, and present them from the app. Others only allow you to access completed projects, which is useful to those looking to use their mobile devices as a remote control during their presentation.
No matter what you’re looking for, chances are there’s a presentation software program that will meet your needs.
Anyone can use presentation software for almost any reason. Below are a few examples of ways presentation software has been used.
- Educational presentations (by teachers or students)
- Business presentations (sales, analytics and reporting, program management, development, etc...)
- Marketing & Advertising
- Social Media
- Church or Religious presentations
- And much, much more….