I know what you’re thinking. PowerPoint. Really? Wasn’t that done back in 2005 or so? Well, yes. And no. Actually, “it depends,” is a better answer.
The whole idea of “death by PowerPoint” is actually the result of people using PowerPoint badly. Where obnoxious slide transitions and clipart live, creativity left the building.
The combination of a lack of vision and simply terrible 10-year-old themes have given PowerPoint a worse reputation than it deserves. Basically, this application is just a tool. And like any other tool, it’s all about how you use it. To help lift this app out of the mud, today I’m going to share some of the best reasons PowerPoint is still actually a really great tool.
1. It’s Easy to Use
There isn’t a huge learning curve when it comes to PowerPoint. Just open the app add some slides, and add your content. Of course, making your presentation look good is another story altogether. But still, it’s reassuring the basic functions of the application are easy to figure out — not much training needed.
If you are completely new to Powerpoint and do need a little help, Tuts+ have published a tutorial that will have you up and running in no time: Everything You Need to Make a Basic Presentation with Powerpoint
2. It’s a Simple Video Maker
Yes, you can use PowerPoint to make quick and easy videos to share with your audience. The idea here is that once your presentation is complete, it can be exported into .wmv format. You might need to convert the filetype here, but it’s still a really useful feature for making attractive videos very quickly.
The end result is very professional (when done right) and allows you to use static images and “animate” them without having to learn a complex piece of software.
3. It’s a Snap to Make an E-Course
PowerPoint is also really useful for creating online courses. With it, you can put together a presentation just as you typically would, but then export it into a flash file.
This way, they can be uploaded to e-learning sites with ease. Or, you can offer them on your website directly. You can even upload your presentations to sites like the massively popular SlideShare, to offer a user-directed learning opportunity.
4. You Can Make Images With It
While many people approach PowerPoint for its presentation creation abilities, you can also approach it as an illustration tool. You can easily make your own images within PowerPoint, you just have to be flexible in how you use the tools provided.
So instead of thinking of it as a way to make slides, think of the app as a blank canvas, much as you would when opening up Adobe Illustrator.
Did you know that you can hire an Envato Studio service provider to create or edit a Powerpoint presentation for you? Prices start from as low as $50 and most providers will have your professional presentation ready for you in an under 3 days!
5. You Can Use it to Bolster Your Social Presence
This one is directly related to the reasons above but deserves it’s own mention because it offers a distinct benefit. When you create images with PowerPoint, you can then use them however you’d like, including on social media.
These images stand to bolster your online reputation and can act as a quick way to create new content to share, without having to use complicated illustration programs.
6. You Can Make Books
Another really cool thing you can do with PowerPoint is make books. All you need to do is treat each slide as a page of the book. Add images, designs, columns, and other layout effects, and text. When you’re all done, you can export the whole thing as a PDF or print it out.
7. It’s Still Great for Presentations
PowerPoint is, at the end of the day, a program designed for making presentations. It’s been the gold standard for this need for quite some time. And with a bit of creativity from its users, it stands to hang onto that rep.
8. Templates are Professional & Beautiful
Most users may not know that Powerpoint templates no longer look like they were created during the dreaded clipart era. Envato Market Powerpoint template designers have pulled up their socks, and over the last couple of years have been creating the kind of professional templates you would be proud to show off at any business meeting.
And with just under 2,000(!) Powerpoint templates to choose from, Envato Market most certainly has you covered.
If you’re looking for a new PowerPoint template to help you deliver a riveting presentation, have a look at these handpicked bad-boys: 10+ Powerpoint Templates with Animation to Captivate your Audience.
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