Alternatives to Presenter

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I use Presenter to develop our online orientations, so this is a topic close to my heart.

Here's what I've looked at so far, and how they've faired:

Presentation Engine

Not impressed. The resulting presentations look more like poor flash-based websites than narrated presentations.

Pros:


  • Web-based, so multiplatform

  • Umm....

Cons:


  • Ugly

  • no narration and auto-advance

  • probably couldn't host our own

  • Would have to integrate with central auth

  • Questionable Accessibility

Prezi

Produces some visually compelling presentations. This would be my #1 recommendation if it wasn't lacking key features.

Pros:


  • Visually Striking

  • Works well with audio, images, and online video

  • Has strong connections in the higher academic space

  • Web-based, so multiplatform


Cons:

  • Very different interface and metaphors than PowerPoint's

  • No narration and auto-advance

  • No animations beyond zooming/panning

  • Couldn't host our own

  • Would have to integrate with central auth

  • Open question on accessibility

SlideRocket

Of the tools I've looked at, SlideRocket has the most going for it. Several of the key features we'd need in a Presenter replacement are only available for pay, but they are there.

Pros:


  • Web-based, so multiplatform

  • Most like PowerPoint

  • Animations

  • Works with audio, images, and online video


Cons:

  • Couldn't host our own

  • Would have to integrate with central auth

  • Open question on accessibility


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