14 Online Presentation Tools

There may be times when you need to present ideas to clients or co-workers and could benefit from one of the many resources for creating online presentations. In this post we’ll introduce 14 different presentation tools to get the job done. Some are free to use while others will come with a cost.

Online Presentation Tools:

280 Slides

280 Slides is a free tool with a clean user interface. You can upload existing files or create your presentations right from 280 Slides. The built in media search allows you to easily include photos and movies from services like Flickr and YouTube in your presentations. They also have pre-built themes to make it easier and faster to create presentations. Presentations can be downloaded in PowerPoint format, emailed to others, or embedded in websites and blogs.

SlideRocket

SlideRocket allows you to create presentations or upload your existing PowerPoint files. You can collaborate with teamworks to work on presentations, and each presentation can be shared by a URL or embedded in websites and blogs. SlideRocket includes detailed reporting that allows you to see who viewed your presentation, where, how long the were on each slide, and how they interacted with the slides. SlideRocket costs $24 per user per month with a 14-day free trial available.


PreZentit

PreZentit is a free tool that is currently in beta. With PreZentit you can quickly create presentations online, and others can even work on the presentation at the same time. Your presentations can be set to be public or private, and they can be downloaded and viewed offline as well.

authorSTREAM

authorSTREAM allows you to upload PowerPoint presentations and share them with others online. The presentations can be shared via a URL, email, or they can be embedded. Presentations can be downloaded as a video and shared on YouTube. With authorSTREAM you can upload 50 private presentations for free and share them with your contacts.

Empressr

With Empressr you can upload your images, video, and audio to create presentations online. Those presentations can then be shared with your contacts or embedded into websites and blogs. As the creator, you can see who and how many people have viewed your presentation. Empressr is a free tool.

Google Docs

With Google Docs you can upload your own images and video, add text, and create presentations quickly. You can allow anyone to view or edit your presentation. Existing PowerPoint files can also be uploaded for sharing. Google Docs is free.

VCASMO

VCASMO is a free tool for online presentations. You can upload your images, video, audio, PDFs, or PowerPoint files to create presentations with VCASMO. Permission control puts you in charge of who sees your presentation, and they can be embedded in blogs or websites.

Zoho Show

Zoho Show includes pre-built themes that can make it faster to create presentations. Presentations can be shared with others and they can be embedded in blogs and websites. Zoho Show is free for personal use.

Prezi

Prezi is an online presentation tool with both free and paid plans. With any plan you can easily create your own presentations and share them online or download them for offline viewing. With paid plans (starting at $59 per year) you get additional features like making presentations private and the ability to work offline.

SlideShare

SlideShare is another online presentation tool that has both free and paid options. With the free plan your presentations will include ads, but you will get unlimited uploads. Paid plans start at $19 per month and offer additional features like no ads, private uploads, analytics, and buzz tracking to see who is sharing your content on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Mindflash

Mindflash is geared towards training materials and working with your existing presentations and training files (PowerPoint, video, Word, or PDFs). Mindflash converts them into an online course that you can share with anyone that you are training. A free account is available for those that have 10 trainees or fewer, and paid plans start at $79 per month.

SlideBank

Slidebank is a “presentation management solution for companies with thousands of PowerPoint slides that nobody can find.” It includes a lot of features for sharing presentations as well as storing and searching. With SlideBank you can also create new presentations in addition to just working with existing ones. A hosted version of SlideBank can be purchased, or it can be hosted on your own server. Contact SlideBank for a quote.

Knoodle

With Knoodle you can create dual panel presentations and synch PowerPoint presentations to video. Presentations can be shared via a custom-branded webpage or embedded in websites and blogs. Plans start at $14.99 per month with a 30-day free trial available.

iPresent

Presio is a tool for creating rich media web presentations. You can record audio or video alongside PowerPoint slides and images. Presentations can be published as HTML pages with embedded media in a variety of formats. Standard and Professional versions can be purchased for $89 or $199 respectively.

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  • Jessica Nunemaker, February 17, 2011

    I had no idea there were so many slideshow options! Very cool.

    Great article–thanks for sharing.

  • web design hull, February 17, 2011

    Interesting article, I was totally unaware of these services. This is something I can offer my clients, thanks for sharing.

  • Akhtar @Smashingwall, February 17, 2011

    Seriously though, these very useful resource!

    Thanks for sharing useful info.

  • Andy, February 17, 2011

    You have an amazing list of online presentation sites. I didn’t knew about most of them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Arki, February 17, 2011

    I have used prezi and it is very nice. It gives a new life to the presentations if it is well thought out.
    I will try some of the others.
    What good is powerpoint now?

  • Dzinepress, February 18, 2011

    i really like these listing and personally using ZOHO and testing these features.

  • yachtcharter, March 8, 2011

    nice list.. I used only sliderocket to present my barchelor’s degree presentation, and it’s a pretty nice tool, although I checked now a few others and I can say there are some very nice and might be even better than sliderocket;) thanks for the list

  • Capz, March 8, 2011

    Slidejockey?

  • Zahnarzt, March 9, 2011

    i’ve used empressr and it’s pretty ok, but when I used it it had a lot of bugs.. I guess it was a beta version or at least they were in the beginnings. i haven’t try it lately, but I hope they fixed the problems, because they were annoying. all the others I didn’t test yet

  • Carmen Ferrara, March 14, 2011

    Thanks for mentioning Presio – http://www.ipresent.net – I also wanted to add that Presio is a bit different in that it is a desktop application that publishes presentations locally to your PC. This is nice if you wanted to edit the design and/or host presentations on your own web server.

    We also just released a new version of Presio last week (version 1.6). You can now create a video w/ synchronized slides and one-click publish it to iPresent Online, our social eLearning system. By publishing your presentations to iPresent Online you are able to easily share your presentations via a link and track viewership statistics, such as view duration and user names. You also get a complete online learning management system for training customers, students, or members.

  • Lee, May 8, 2011

    This is all great information, thanks for providing it. The real issue however is the ability of people to communicate effectively with any tool. Unless they spend the time working out their objective, key takeaways and distinguish what needs to be remembered and hat needs to be said, they are not going to tom improve the quality of presentations generally.

  • Elaine Jones, June 8, 2011

    Great selection of goodies. Thank you!

  • Toronto Web Developer, June 9, 2011

    These are amazing!
    I am always looking for great presentation tools. I work in an industry where presentations can make or break a potential sale so thankyou for these tips!

  • Vik Bhatti, June 15, 2011

    Some really great tools on that list, thanks for sharing it!

  • Joe Maynard, August 7, 2011

    Definitely some great online presentation tools there!!

  • Ekaterina, October 13, 2011

    If you’d like to share your PowerPoint presentation online I advice you http://www.SlideBoom.com. It’s give you excellent presentation quality, preserving all your effects, animations, branching, etc. Free account is to be had for custom presentation and gives you space for 100 presentation.
    But to view presentation offline you are in need the other way. E.g. converting you presentation to flash format. It’s possible with iSpring PowerPoint to Flash converter – http://www.iSpringSolutions.com/

  • Daniel, November 15, 2011

    Here is another great presentation tool that turns your presentation into animation:
    http://www.powtoon.com/

  • Nat Cramer, November 19, 2011

    Please be sure to check out Knovio, too.

    Knovio – just released publicly this week – makes it incredibly easy for anyone to create, edit, and share online video presentations in minutes. Here’s a link to the press release: http://yhoo.it/sazshl

    It’s free to use – all you need is a PowerPoint deck, webcam, and Internet.

    Check it out at http://knovio.com.

    I hope you’ll give Knovio a spin, and share your impressions.

  • Hacb, November 27, 2011

    Can I also suggest prezage.com ?

  • Barbra @ Write A Bio, January 19, 2012

    Just a note to say that MindFlash no longer has a free option.

  • Brian, January 25, 2012

    Another powerful online presentation builder is http://jetslides.tv you can create live or on-demand presentations, with video or audio, all synced with slides.

  • Andrew, February 21, 2012

    Great comparison of the different presentation tools – very useful, thanks!

  • Aman Mathur, July 16, 2012

    Some very good tools are mentioned over here, frankly speaking never heard about some of these. :) Well I am regular user of Google Docs and Slideshare, but will certainly give a try to others as well. :) Thanks for letting us know about these, as we should always keep a Stephanie with us. :)

  • Zirk, July 22, 2012

    Hi, nobody told me there was not only Powerpoint and Impress for creating presentations!!! Thank you for this very interesting list.

  • Reyner Media, October 15, 2012

    Another great presentation service for compagnies : http://reynermedia.com.
    You can create a whole branded application with all your medias, and export it to Mac, Windows and ipad to use your presentations everywhere.

  • James Jackson, February 13, 2013

    Clearslide beats them all. Total control live!

  • Hannu, March 3, 2013

    Hi,

    I’d like to introduce presefy.com for you. It’s also an online presentation tool, but the catch is that you can control your presentations via mobile device. It kicks even Clearslides a**. =)

  • Sam, March 22, 2013

    Here is another great presentation maker both for business : http://www.corpgenie.com
    The cool thing about this is; you could make almost anything digital with this in any size and export or share in almost all medias instantly. You could even download your presentation for Android devices in the form of an App. Great for offline presentations when you are on the go. In other words this is an all-in-one builder.

  • Ali, March 27, 2013

    You should also take a look at SlideWiki :
    http://slidewiki.org

  • Grapfh, April 12, 2013

    There is also https://slidepub.com/ which allows you to remote control your presentation in someone else’s browser. It’s like you send someone a link, then while talking to him on the phone you can remotely control the presentation on his screen. This of course can be multiple clients at once…

  • David Warner, May 9, 2013

    Gomeetnow is another very good online presentation tool. It is very easy to use and costs only $12.95 / month.

  • Henry, May 20, 2013

    Hi Steven,

    This is an excellent list.

    Was going through the list and noticed that you had mentioned Knoodle, which has been discontinued, though was a excellent software for creating online presentations.

    Wanted to suggest replacing Knoodle with ProProfs Training Maker (http://www.proprofs.com/training/), which is a similar site as it allows uses to create online presentations and courses by uploading their own videos, PPTs, documents, PDFs as well as online content such as wikis and blogs.

    This will ensure that your article remains relevant and up-to-date.

  • Docs9 Administrator, June 7, 2013

    Docs9 is a much better alternative, and best of all it’s the easiest, simplest to use in my experience so far.

    https://docs9.com

    I could have a live presentation ready to share in a matter of seconds. The coolest part was everything from Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel to OpenOffice Writer, Impress, Calc even Google Docs is handled in the exact same way. Because this works purely in a browser, most of my participants enjoyed watching my presentation on their iPhones, Androids, even iPads. Few yet were impressed they could use their old browsers, and for first time had nothing to setup or configure at all!

    Upload, and Share.

    Some corporate organizations might want to take a look at support for Visio, and Microsoft Project as well. It was a relief not having to ask my participants if they have Visio, or Project installed.

    It seems to have grown quite popular amongst young entrepreneurs who collaborate ideas, some self-employed individuals such as teachers, but some corporate organizations seem to favor Docs9 coupled with Skype for most of their online meetings. It has been a huge time saver for many.

  • Miren, June 19, 2013

    Thank you for sharing with this information. I knew only 2 types how to make presentation and prezi is one of them ) For my next work I would like to try such application as MindFlash. There are a lot of different tools. I like math calculator because using them I can count difficult acquaintances. I consider that such applications as presentation online can make our life easier.

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