Designing a presentation that’s effective and visually appealing is extremely important. Using outdated templates, themes and even fonts can impact the effect your presentation has on your audience. Here at GoPrezo, we recognize this and offer to build your presentations in either PowerPoint or Google Slides, depending on whichever you prefer.
We’ve been asked on numerous occasions which platform is our favorite, and honestly, we like them both. We’ve highlighted some of the key benefits of each program below:
- Collaboration: If you’re looking to work with a team of people, whether you’re working on a group presentation or you are short on time and need multiple eyes on the presentation, Google Slides will be your go-to tool. Google Slides allows you to work in real time, with several users logged into the same presentation. You’re able to leave comments for other participants and they can comment back and work directly on specific slides together. Great for collaboration and when you’re in a time crunch!
- Formatting: With Google Slides, you don’t have to worry about another participant not having the same fonts installed because Google Slides includes the fonts within the software. Additionally, it is cloud-based software – meaning it’s on the web and ready to be used without any download. Anyone can open your Google Slides presentation if you give them access, on any device, and it will look just as you intended. That’s a big perk for those concerned about consistent formatting.
- Price: Google Slides is completely free. So long as you have a Google account (which is also free), you are able to access Google’s array of software.
- Backups: Since Google Slides is cloud-based, there’s no need to hit the “Save” button. All changes are automatically stored in the cloud.
- Universal: If you need to send over a presentation to a client or partner, there’s a good chance they have worked with PowerPoint and have it downloaded on their computer. Since the platform has been around for over 30 years, it is the most universal platform out of the two.
- Functions: As PowerPoint has been around longer – there are more advanced design functions built into the program. PowerPoint is the number one choice for Graphic Designers for this reason.
- Exporting: With nearly 20 file types to choose from, PowerPoint comes out on top when it comes to exporting the files. You can export segments of your presentation, or the entire thing as a .pptx, .ppt, .odp, .potx, .pot, .pdf, .ppsx, .pps, .potm, .pptm, .ppsm for PowerPoint presentation formats; .thmx for a PowerPoint theme; .jpeg, .tiff, .png, .gif, or .bmp.
With so many benefits for each, it’s hard to pick a clear winner. Know of a perk of either Google Slides or PowerPoint has that we didn’t cover? Note it below in the comments!