There are some things a PowerPoint alternative should be able to do that are just surprising. And if you’re not surprised by what you find, just keep on looking.
Our last two posts listed out the 7 smart features of an alternative to PowerPoint, and the 7 essential features of PowerPoint alternatives. Taken together, these 3 posts give you the ultimate checklist for evaluating a new presentation platform to impress, grow, and engage your audience.
#1 Twitter Plugin
Twitter is a great source of real-time information generated by millions of people around the world. Flowing that stream of ideas, observations, and opinions onto your slides can have a powerful effect. But make sure it’s a simple point-and-click to set up, and customizable to your keyword or #hashtag.
#2 Web Meetings
Web meetings aren’t revolutionary, but having them integrated with your presentation tool is. Need to launch a meeting to share your slides without all the fanfare and complexity of Webex or GoToMeeting? Make sure your PowerPoint alternative can do this with just a few clicks, and no messy applications for your viewers to download.
#3 Fun Fonts
Delicious, lobster, Irish growler, chunk five, and door jamb. If the PowerPoint alternative you’re reviewing doesn’t have fun font names like this, keep on looking. Your final choice should have robust presentation creation capabilities.
Presentations don’t have to be limited to pictures and words. Adding music changes the whole experience and greatly increases the amount of time viewers will spend on your presentation. Music can be added to PowerPoint relatively easily, but it’s the ability to share and view the presentation easily despite being packed with huge music files that makes all the difference. If an awesome presentation with music is never heard, is it still awesome?
Yes, your voice does sound like that. Record your voice over your slides and it instantly becomes a recorded webinar. Make sure your PowerPoint alternative can help you expand your audience by easily adding voiceover to your slides.
#6 Blogs (and websites)
There are over 1 billion active blogs in the world. Think about that for a minute. And to think how difficult it can be to post a PowerPoint to a blog. A great trick of an advanced PowerPoint alternative is to enable you to easily post your presentation to a blog or website with the simple cut-and-paste of an embed code, and have it update immediately when you update your presentation.
#7 Creative Freedom
Don’t compromise your creative freedom when choosing a presentation program. Animations like fly in, wipe, and fade should all be available. As should effects such as sparkle, bevel and drop shadow. Don’t forget to check for transitions like page turn, cube rotate and push. Oh, and image cropping should be available, as should color adjustments for images, and…and…and.