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The 8 Best Free PowerPoint Alternatives

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Microsoft PowerPoint is a great tool for creating professional-looking slideshows and presentations. However, the home version requires a Microsoft 365 subscription, and the free mobile app locks some features behind the sub as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of free PowerPoint software alternatives out there. Here's a look at some of the best options and how they compare to PowerPoint. 

Best Direct PowerPoint Replacement: Google Slides

Very similar to PowerPoint.

Free to use. 

Compatible with PowerPoint.

An internet connection is strongly recommended. 

Where there's a need for an app, Google seems to have it covered. Google Slides is its PowerPoint equivalent and it's a lot like Microsoft's app. Very simple to use and offering full compatible with the alternative, you can access Google Slides via your browser and easily create custom presentations with audio and your own images, all entirely for free. It also offers great live collaboration features for teamwork purposes.

The only minor downside is you need an internet connection to at least get started but the service does also work offline with presentations syncing once you're back online.

Best for Designers: Prezi

Video editing included.

Can easily make data visualizations. 

Stylish user interface.

Free option is pretty basic.

No support.

Presentations viewable by all.

Prezi is a great option for designers who have a vision but aren't technically proficient at achieving it. Its simple drag and drop interface makes it a breeze to organize your presentation just how you want it. Backed up with other Prezi apps that mean you can create videos or more stylish data visualizations than simple graphs, it's ideal for industries that are more visual than others. A series of pre-made templates makes it all the more attractive. 

Prezi isn't as free as it seems though. To get the full wealth of features like advanced image editing, offline access, and narration, you'll need to pay a subscription fee.

Best for Quick Results: Zoho Show

A theme for every occasion.

Quick to create something.

Intuitive interface.

Need to be online to use it.

Simple to use yet highly effective is the sweet spot for quick results, and that's certainly the case with Zoho Show. You might need to be online to use it, but it's worth the connection with an intuitive user interface that adapts to what you need to do. You can easily embed videos, tweets, and images into your presentations with some neat transition effects making things more interesting. 

Collaboration tools further sweeten the deal with annotation features meaning you can work together well as a team and fast.

Best for Animations: Powtoon

Great animation tools.

Easy to use.

Can export to social media platforms.

Branding applied on free presentations.

More about animations than slideshows. 

PowToon tackles PowerPoint presentations from a slightly different angle than a lot of its competitors. It's primarily great for creating full animations and videos rather than presentations that you would click through and present yourself. That lends itself perfectly to the internet which is why it's so useful that you can export your presentations to various forms of social media. 

With a drag and drop template, you can create something within about 20 minutes from your browser. The free version bundles in branding logos so viewers will always know you've used PowToon to create them but that's a small price to pay for an otherwise very accessible and simple to use piece of software. 

Best for Mass Branding: Renderforest

Plenty of options for expanding branding.

300MB cloud storage for free.

Unlimited exports.

Exports can be low in quality.

Content is watermarked.

RenderForest thinks of itself as more than just a PowerPoint alternative. It tackles everything you might need from creating logos to designing promo videos, music visualizations, landing pages, and websites. That's on top of its extensive animations and intro creation. That might sound intimidating but the service keeps things simple, so it won't take you long to mock something up and develop it.

Stick to the free version and there are some restrictions such as branding on your videos, lower quality logos, and so forth, but it's a solid start for an otherwise entirely free service. In particular, if you just need to concoct a quick 3-minute video for a presentation, RenderForest has you covered.

Best for Non-Designers: Visme

Plenty of templates to choose from.

Can set up five projects at once.

Charts and widgets support.

Limited cloud storage.

Visme branding on free plan.

Been asked to make a presentation and you don't know where to start? Visme is perfect for those that aren't well versed with graphics as it offers an extensive template library. The free plan limits your options a little but there are still some decent choices here. In addition, the service provides cool ways to make stats and data look exciting thanks to chart and widget support. It's all done through a simple drag and drop interface too that makes it super simple to add video and embed other content. 

Just bear in mind that storage options are a little limited and everything on the free plan will contain Visme branding. 

Best for Office Replacement: LibreOffice Impress

Full program rather than browser-based.

Extensive support. 

Similar experience to Microsoft Office.

Requires installation. 

Not quite as intuitive as alternatives.

LibreOffice is a popular free alternative to Microsoft Office, so it makes sense to use LibreOffice Impress if you want the closest experience to Microsoft's package. Unlike most of the others here, you need to install LibreOffice on your PC or Mac which means it's no good for Chromebooks or moving between different systems. However, in exchange, you get an intuitive experience that makes it simple to create slideshows, whether you're handing them out to a class or conference afterwards, or simply projecting them on screen. 

Bear in mind you have to seek out templates yourself though which may be off-putting for the least technically minded user out there. 

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Best for Apple Users: Keynote

Simple to use. 

Apple Pencil support. 

Cloud based as well as app based.

App is only on Apple devices.

Keynote is Apple's direct competitor to Microsoft PowerPoint and it's a great alternative, especially if you're a Mac user. With app support for iOS and Mac, it takes seconds to get started. Alternatively, PC users can use Keynote via the iCloud website and easily work across multiple devices. 

One of the best features is the ability to use the Apple Pencil on an iPad to create diagrams or illustrations making it great for skilled artists. As well as that, Apple provides plenty of convenient templates for personal and professional projects. 

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The 7 Best Free Microsoft Office 365 Alternatives for Your Mac

Need a free Microsoft Office alternative for your Mac? Check out these great Mac office suites that you can use at no cost.

It's fairly easy to leave Windows behind. Just buy a Mac, take a few days to settle in, and never look back. But for Microsoft Office users who don't have a Microsoft 365 subscription, buying Office for your Mac again can be a costly hassle.

If you work in a traditional office environment that runs on Excel and Word, you might have to appease your coworkers. But if you've outgrown that world and still need to edit Office documents every now and then without buying a Microsoft 365 subscription, here are your best free Office and Microsoft Word alternatives for your Mac.

1. Google Suite

Google Docs with a blank document opened

If you're going to let go of the Microsoft world and you're looking for a free word processor for your Mac, your best bet is to join the Google alliance. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are the Mac and Windows equivalents and the three direct alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—they're essentially free Office for your Mac!

There's no real alternative to Outlook beyond Gmail, and you can get OneNote on Mac for free. Google's suite is really good and integrates well with your Google account. You'll be able to open an Excel file you received via Gmail in Google Sheets, which is essentially just a free version of Excel.

You can easily import Microsoft Office files to work on them, then export them again in Microsoft Office formats to pass them around. And if you're doing fairly basic stuff with standard fonts and formatting, you can get away with it; the other party will never find out you're not using Microsoft Office.

In some ways, Google Docs is more powerful than Microsoft Word. There's an extensive add-on gallery, beautiful templates, superior research tools built-in, and Google search capabilities to boot. All of these amazing features essentially make Google Docs a free version of Word for your Mac.

Plus, there's the advantage of Google's cloud prowess. Collaborating with multiple users simultaneously in a document is pure joy. It's a little benefit, but it does wonders for productivity.

The entire suite is free, with 15GB of storage included. The only problem is that there's no real desktop app for any of these—though you can work offline on documents in Chrome or Microsoft Edge by enabling the Offline setting in Google Drive .

Visit: Google Docs | Google Sheets | Google Slides (Free)

2. LibreOffice

LibreOffice Writer on macOS with a new blank document opened

LibreOffice is widely recognized as the best open-source alternative to the Microsoft Office 365 suite. This means it's completely free and available on a host of platforms. It's by far one of the best Microsoft Office 365 alternatives for Mac users.

If you're used to the Microsoft Office user interface (pre-Ribbon era), it won't take you long to adjust to LibreOffice. Unlike Google's apps, the LibreOffice suite comes with featured-packed offline desktop apps with all the pro features you expect.

To make the deal even sweeter, LibreOffice recently added an online component. So you can sync files from Google Drive or OneDrive and edit them right in LibreOffice (there's no collaboration feature, though).

LibreOffice also does a good job in regards to formatting when importing Microsoft Office documents. Even complex Excel spreadsheets imported into LibreOffice Calc work as they should.

LibreOffice actually grew out of OpenOffice, which used to be the de facto alternative to Microsoft Office. But OpenOffice hasn't seen any meaningful updates recently, and its management is considering retiring the project. So we advise you to stay away from OpenOffice. Conversely, LibreOffice's track record in the recent past has been great.

Download: LibreOffice (Free)

3. iWork Suite

Apple Pages with an Essay Report template opened

Included with your Mac is the iWork suite: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. These are Apple's own alternatives to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Pages, for instance, is one of the best Word alternatives for Mac users.

As these are Mac-centric apps, the UI is quite different. Instead of being top-heavy, the options show up in a contextual menu on the side. And you don't have as many options as the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Since all three apps are now matured, all the basics are covered.

Once you get used to them, they're actually pleasant to use (something we can't necessarily say about Microsoft Office 365). While customization options are limited, everything that's available is quite polished.

When you create something in Keynote , chances are you'll end up creating something beautiful. The same goes with Pages—moving text, images, and graphs around is a seamless experience that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out.

The iWork suite lets you import and export documents in Microsoft Office formats (it will save to the iWork format by default, though). And as long as you don't use a Mac-specific font, going back-and-forth with Office documents shouldn't be a big problem.

iWork also has online collaboration options but, frankly, I wouldn't recommend using them. They're nowhere near as reliable as Google's offering.

Download: Pages | Numbers | Keynote (Free)

4. Microsoft 365 Online

Microsoft 365 Online website home page

When nothing else will do, and you still need a free version of Office for your Mac, you can head over to the Microsoft 365 website . It essentially gives you access to Microsoft Office on your Mac with limited features for free. It's the web-based version of the basic Microsoft Office service, which works in any browser.

While the feature set is limited, the basics of document editing, spreadsheet formulas, and presentation options are all covered. You'll get free access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Just go to the link below and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Visit: Microsoft 365 Online (Free)

5. WPS Office Suite

WPS office for macOS with a blank document open

WPS Office is a visually appealing yet powerful Microsoft Office 365 alternative for your Mac. It includes Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheet with a user interface similar to Microsoft Office, which may shorten your learning curve. WPS Office supports a wide range of formats, including DOCX, HTML, XLSX, PPT, CSV, and others, as well as multiple languages.

Besides macOS, it is available on major platforms such as Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. You can also find helpful tools for file conversions, adding watermarks, extracting text from files, and much more. WPS Office also has an extensive library of creative templates if you don't know where to begin.

WPS Office is free with limited functionality and ads for everyone; however, if you want to remove ads and unlock additional features such as PDF editing, file format conversion, and cloud collaboration, you'll need to purchase the WPS Pro subscription, which costs $9.99 for three months or $17.99 per year.

Download: WPS Office (Free, subscription available)

6. Ditch PowerPoint for Better Online Tools

PowerPoint is powerful, but it's also pretty old-school. If you want to stand out with your presentations, try some more modern online presentation tools :

  • Slides : This is my personal favorite for creating beautiful presentations easily. The free account lets you create and present documents online. To export, you'll need to upgrade to a paid account.
  • Prezi : While this service is geared more towards startups, the visual tools offered by Prezi are beyond anything you can get with PowerPoint.
  • Canva : Canva is an online image editor, but it has an extensive library of presentation templates. Plus, Canva gives you all the important tools for creating a customized presentation.

7. Embrace Markdown

iA Writer with a markdown document opened on Mac

This is an idea purely out of the left field. If you have given up Windows and are embracing the Mac platform, you must have started appreciating macOS's simplicity by now. If you want more of that for creating and editing plain text documents, you should try using Markdown.

Markdown is a syntax like HTML, but it's much simpler. When you use a Markdown app to write, you don't get lost in dozens of menu options. All the formatting happens using shortcodes. So, for example, to make a word italic, you wrap it with asterisks.

You can create a complex formatted document without ever moving your hands away from the keyboard. Plus, Markdown exports as clean HTML, and you can generate beautiful PDFs using apps like iA Writer and Ulysses .

Use Microsoft Office 365 Without Paying for It

Buying the most recent version of Microsoft Office will cost you a few hundred dollars (or a subscription to Microsoft 365). Most of the time, the options listed above will suffice for you.

Google Docs works as a great alternative to Word, and the same goes for Google Sheets, which you can use instead of Excel. If you're looking for offline alternatives, LibreOffice should be more than enough.

But there might be times when you have to use Office for a particular task or for a limited period of time. In this case, you may be able to pick up a cheap Office license, or with some research, you could get Word for free on your Mac.

Top PowerPoint Alternatives in 2021

Top PowerPoint Alternatives in 2021

Read the 2022 article here.

The world has made yet another trip around the sun, and it’s the time of year when it seems like everybody is making a list. Whether making a personal list of New Year resolutions or a published list of top movies or biggest news stories of the past year, people worldwide are looking back on 2020, while also preparing for the year to come.

Here at Beautiful.ai, we prefer looking ahead, and so we’ve compiled our annual list of the best PowerPoint alternatives to use in 2021. We’ve created similar lists in 2019 and 2020, so it’s only fair if we offer readers a fresh list for a new year. After all, you wouldn’t want your 2021 presentations to be so last year, right?  

When choosing the best alternative to PowerPoint presentation software, there are so many options that it can be hard to know which is better than the next. There’s no simple answer, either, since alternative programs to PowerPoint offer different features that meet various needs and preferences. 

Of course, it’s hard to know which you’ll prefer best without at least some basic information about the different alternative programs to PowerPoint. To help you out, we’ve narrowed the field down to— in no particular order— our favorite presentation programs similar to PowerPoint in 2021.

1. Beautiful.ai

Our PowerPoint alternative presentation program is perfect for designing professional-level presentations in a fraction of the time it takes to create a PowerPoint slide deck. What sets Beautiful.ai apart from its competition is what we like to call our special sauce— an artificially-intelligent platform that automatically tweaks your presentation based on the best design principles recommended by the pros.

Never again waste time aligning content, establishing margins or balancing fonts. Just add your content to the slide and let Beautiful.ai do the rest. Users also benefit from a vast library featuring thousands of free stock images, icons and logos, and they can add pizzazz to their presentations by customizing a variety of infographics or by adding eye-catching animations.

The Beautiful.ai PowerPoint alternative even rolled out new features for 2021. The 2021 release includes new presentation themes for design inspiration, extra presentation templates to help users get started on a professional-level design, and a universal search feature so users can explore the entire Beautiful.ai library of templates and presentations. Beautiful.ai has also added inspiration slides to our library of slide templates to help users from feeling stuck, as well as new intuitive controls to make our interface even easier to use.

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Visme’s free alternative to PowerPoint can be used to design not only slide presentations, but also infographics, interactive charts and other visual content. The program is easy to use, as most elements can be moved around easily. New content can be added with a simple drag and drop into place.

Visme users can choose to design their presentations from a blank canvas or by customizing templates from the alternative to PowerPoint’s library of sample slides and presentations.  

Visme users also enjoy a collection of thousands of icons, images and data visualizations like tables, graphs and flowcharts—all available from inside the editor. Visme makes it simple to customize graphic content, insert videos and GIFs and even add audio to presentations. 

Prezi offers a different type of presentation software alternative to PowerPoint . Rather than the standard slide decks, Prezi users create animated, non-sequential presentations that zoom in to highlight topics and uncover subtopics. 

While Prezi offers a great alternative to traditional visual presentations, its unique design is better suited for more experienced presentation designers. At the same time, it’s the perfect choice for presenters who want to design more creative presentations to capture audience attention.

Prezi users should bear in mind that while the presentation structure is unique from other PowerPoint alternatives, Prezi templates aren’t very customizable—although presentations also can be designed from scratch. 

Prezi users can access a library of traditional icons and shapes, but they must find images from another source and upload them to the presentation. Animations, on the other hand, are the centerpiece of Prezi’s platform. Not only are transitions between topics and subtopics animated, but the presentations themselves are considered animations in their own right.

4. Google Slides

Anyone with a Google account can access Google Slides from within the company’s suite of productivity applications . Much as Google users can create a document or a spreadsheet and save it to their Google Drive, they can design a visual presentation with Google’s free alternative program to PowerPoint. Plus, the presentations can be shared among Google users, making it simple to collaborate with a team.

In some ways, Google Slides is very reminiscent of PowerPoint in terms of layout and controls. While presentations can be designed from scratch, Google Slides offers only a few templates for users who need additional inspiration. 

The PowerPoint alternative software features a limited library of shapes and icons that can be added to presentations, but photos must be found separately and uploaded to the presentation file. Google Slides does offer animated transitions between slides, however, as well as animated elements inside individual slides. 

5. Slide Bean

Similar to Beautiful.ai, Slide Bean’s user-friendly PowerPoint alternative software uses artificial intelligence to assist in creating a professional-level visual presentation design. The free program similar to PowerPoint features customizable templates, or users can design their slide deck from scratch. 

While presentations can be edited in outline or design modes, users are limited to the structure of the content blocks, so they can’t customize as much as they can with other alternative programs to PowerPoint.

Slide Bean features a library of icons and images, and it even integrates Giphy’s collection of GIFs into its platform. The presentation software similar to PowerPoint also offers the ability to animate elements of their slides.

A newcomer to the presentation software field, Pitch only launched in October 2020, but it already has been called a “ PowerPoint killer .” Pitch was created to serve as a tool for non-designers to build attractive pitch decks. 

It features a large library of presentation templates, but improved designs are only part of Pitch’s allure. The PowerPoint alternative focuses on collaboration, and it even offers built-in video collaborations for remote teams to design together. Likewise, Pitch presentations can be integrated with Google Sheets, Google Analytics, and other productivity programs.

Another benefit of using Pitch to design professional-level slide decks is the ability to stay on-brand with customizable presentation styles like colors and fonts. Pitch also boasts an intuitive yet minimalist editor that makes designing gorgeous presentations easy as pie.

The list of PowerPoint alternative software options is constantly growing, and with all their bells and whistles not offered by Microsoft, many of the programs similar to PowerPoint are far superior to the OG of presentation design. So superior, in fact, that users just might find themselves asking, “PowerPoint who?” 

Which one do you like the best? You might just have to try them and find out for yourself. Of course, we are somewhat biased in our preference of Beautiful.ai, but our more-than 600,000 users from more than 70,000 companies tend to agree.

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Samantha is an independent journalist, editor, blogger and content manager. Examples of her published work can be found at sites including the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Buzzfeed.

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The best presentation software

These powerpoint alternatives go beyond the basics..

Hero image with logos of the best presentation software

The latest presentation apps have made it easier than ever to format slides and create professional-looking slideshows without giving off a "this is a template" vibe. Even standard PowerPoint alternatives have updated key features to make it easier than ever to collaborate and create presentations quickly, so you can spend more time prepping for your actual presentation.

If, like me, you've been using Google Slides unquestioningly for years, it's a whole new world out there. The newest crop of online presentation tools go way beyond the classic slideshow experience, with new features to keep your audience's attention, streamline the creation process with AI, and turn slide decks into videos and interactive conversations.

I've been testing these apps for the past few years, and this time, I spent several days tinkering with the top presentation software solutions out there to bring you the best of the best.

Beautiful.ai for AI-powered design

Prezi for non-linear, conversational presentations

Powtoon for video presentations

Genially for interactive, presenter-less presentations

Pitch for collaborating with your team on presentations

Zoho Show for a simple presentation app

Gamma for generative AI features

What makes the best presentation app?

How we evaluate and test apps.

Our best apps roundups are written by humans who've spent much of their careers using, testing, and writing about software. Unless explicitly stated, we spend dozens of hours researching and testing apps, using each app as it's intended to be used and evaluating it against the criteria we set for the category. We're never paid for placement in our articles from any app or for links to any site—we value the trust readers put in us to offer authentic evaluations of the categories and apps we review. For more details on our process, read the full rundown of how we select apps to feature on the Zapier blog .

When looking for the best presentation apps, I wanted utility players. After all, slideshows are used for just about everything, from pitch decks and product launches to class lectures and church sermons. With that in mind, here's what I was looking for:

Pre-built templates. The best presentation tools should have attractive, professional-looking templates to build presentations in a hurry.

Sharing and collaboration options. Whether you plan to share your webinar slides later, or you just want to collaborate with a coworker on a presentation, it should be easy to share files and collaborate in real-time.

Flexibility and customization options. Templates are great, but top presentation apps should enable you to customize just about everything—giving you the flexibility to build exactly what you need.

Affordability. Creating compelling presentations is important, but you shouldn't have to bust your budget to make it happen. With capable free tools on the market, affordability is a top consideration.

Standalone functionality. There's no reason to use multiple tools when one can do it all, so I didn't test any apps that require and work on top of another presentation app like PowerPoint or Google Slides.

Familiar, deck-based UI. For our purposes here, I only tested software that uses slides, with the familiar deck-based editor you expect from a "presentation" tool (versus, for example, a video creation app).

While many apps now offer AI features in one way or another, I found many of these features to be lacking still—they're often slow, struggle to pull in relevant imagery, and yield wildly inconsistent designs. For that reason, I opted not to make AI features a strict requirement (for now!), and I've still included apps that don't offer AI. (Of course, if you opt for one of those, you can still easily get AI-generated images from a separate tool and copy them into your presentation app of choice.)

Beyond that, I also looked for presentation apps that brought something unique to the table—features above and beyond what you can get for free from a legacy solution like PowerPoint or Google Slides. (And I opted not to test any brand new apps that are still in beta, since there are so many established options out there.)

Here's what my testing workflow looked like:

I went through any onboarding or guided tutorials.

I created a new deck, scanning through all available templates, noting how well-designed they were (and which were free versus paid).

I added new slides, deleted slides, edited text and images, and played around with other content types.

I changed presentation design settings, like color schemes and background images.

I reviewed and tested the sharing and collaboration options.

I tested out presenter view (when available).

After my first round of testing, I went back into the top performers to test any unique or niche features like AI, brand settings, interactive content, and more. With that, these are the best presentation apps I found—each one really brings something different or radically easy to the table.

The best presentation software: at a glance

The best free presentation software, canva (web, windows, mac, android, ios).

Canva, our pick for the best free presentation app

Canva pros:

Excellent free plan

Tons of amazing templates for all use cases


Canva cons:

The Magic Design AI tool is still inconsistent and not super impressive

Canva offers one of the most robust free plans of all the presentation apps I tested. The app delays account creation until after you've created your first design, so you can get started building your presentation in seconds. Choose from an almost overwhelming number of beautiful templates (nearly all available for free), including those designed specifically for education or business use cases.

Anyone who's accidentally scrolled too far and been bumped to the next slide will appreciate Canva's editor interface, which eliminates that problem altogether with a smooth scroll that doesn't jump around. Choose from a handful of preset animations to add life to your presentations, or browse the library of audio and video files available to add. And Canva also has a number of options for sharing your presentation, including adding collaborators to your team, sharing directly to social media, and even via QR code.

Present directly from Canva, and let audience members submit their questions via Canva Live. Once you share a link to invite audience members to your presentation, they can send questions for you to answer. As the presenter, you'll see them pop up in your presenter view window, so you can keep the audience engaged and your presentation clear. Alternatively, record a presentation with a talking head bubble—you can even use an AI presenter here—to share remotely.

Canvas has added a number of AI-powered tools , but I wasn't super impressed by them yet. When I asked the Magic Design tool to generate a presentation from scratch, for example, the result was a bunch of unrelated images, inconsistent design, and surface-level copy. These features will likely improve in time, but for now, you're better off starting from one of Canva's many great templates.

Canva pricing: Free plan available; paid plans start at $119.99/year for 1 user and include additional features like Brand Kit, premium templates and stock assets, and additional AI-powered design tools.

The best presentation app for AI-powered design

Beautiful.ai (web, mac, windows).

Beautiful.ai pros:

True AI design

No fussing around with alignment

Still allows for customization

Beautiful.ai cons:

No free plan

Generative AI features aren't great yet

If you're like me, editing granular spacing issues is the absolute worst part of building a presentation. Beautiful.ai uses artificial intelligence to take a lot of the hassle and granular design requirements out of the presentation process, so you can focus on the content of a presentation without sacrificing professional design. If I needed to make presentations on a regular basis, this is the app I'd use.

Many apps have recently added AI design features, but Beautiful.ai has been doing it for years—and they've perfected the UX of AI design, ensuring the tool's reign as the most streamlined and user-friendly option for AI design.

The editor is a little different from most presentation apps, but it's still intuitive—and you'll start off with a quick two-minute tutorial. When creating a new slide, scroll through "inspiration slides" to find a layout you like; once you choose, the app will pull the layout and automatically adapt it to match the design of the rest of your presentation.

With 10 themes, several templated slides, over 40 fully-designed templates, and 23 different color palettes to choose from, Beautiful.ai strikes a perfect balance between automation and customization.

While Beautiful.ai doesn't offer a free plan, paid plans are reasonably priced and offer sharing and collaboration options that rival collab-focused apps like Google Slides. And speaking of Google, you can connect Beautiful.ai with Google Drive to save all your presentations there.

Note: I did test the newly released generative AI feature (called DesignerBot) and felt it wasn't much to write home about. It's great for adding individual slides to an existing presentation—automatically choosing the best layout and matching the design to the rest of the deck—but as with most other apps, it struggled to generate a quality presentation from scratch.

Beautiful.ai pricing: Plans start at $12/month for unlimited slides, AI content generation, viewer analytics, and more. Upgrade to a Team plan for $40/user/month to get extra collaboration and workspace features and custom brand controls.

If you're a founder looking for an AI presentation tool for your pitch deck, Slidebean is a great Beautiful.ai alternative for startups. The app offers a number of templates; a unique, content-first outline editor; and AI design help that you can toggle on or off for each slide. I didn't include it on the list mainly because of the price: the free plan is quite limited, and the paid all-access plan starts at $228/year.

The best presentation app for conversational presentations

Prezi (web, mac, windows, ios, android).

Prezi interface

Prezi pros:

Doesn't restrict you to standard presentation structure

Lots of customization options

Prezi Video lets you display a presentation right over your webcam video

Prezi cons:

Steep learning curve

Struggling to squeeze information into a basic, linear presentation? Give Prezi a try. Unlike nearly all other presentation apps on the market, Prezi Present doesn't restrict the structure of your presentation to a straight line. The editor focuses on topics and subtopics and allows you to arrange them any way you want, so you can create a more conversational flow of information.

With the structural flexibility, you still get all the same customization features you expect from top presentation software, including fully-editable templates. There's a learning curve if you're unfamiliar with non-linear presentations, but templates offer a great jumping-off point, and Prezi's editor does a good job of making the process more approachable.

Plus, Prezi comes with two other apps: Prezi Design and Prezi Video. Prezi Video helps you take remote presentations to a new level. You can record a video where the presentation elements are displayed right over your webcam feed. Record and save the video to share later, or connect with your video conferencing tool of choice (including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet) to present live.

Prezi pricing: Free 14-day trial and a free plan that includes up to 5 visual projects; paid plans start at $5/month and include additional features like private presentations and Prezi Present.

The best presentation app for video presentations

Powtoon (web, ios, android).

Powtoon pros:

Timing automatically changes based on the content on the slide

Can toggle between slideshow and video

Can orient presentation as horizontal, vertical, or square

Powtoon cons:

Limited free plan

Powtoon makes it easy to create engaging videos by orienting the editor around a slide deck. Editing a Powtoon feels just like editing a presentation, but by the time you finish, you have a professional video. 

You can edit your slides at any time, and when you hit play, a video plays through your deck—the feel is almost like an animated explainer video. Each slide includes the animations you choose and takes up as much time as is needed based on the content on the slide. Powtoon figures the timing automatically, and you can see in the bottom-right of the editor how much time is used on your current slide versus the total presentation. If you ever want to present as a slide deck, just toggle between Slideshow and Movie.

You'll likely need to subscribe to a paid plan to get the most out of Powtoon—like creating videos longer than three minutes, downloading them as MP4 files, and white-labeling your presentations—but doing so won't break the bank. Plus, you'll unlock tons of templates complete with animations and soundtracks.

One of my favorite Powtoon features is the ability to orient your video: you can choose horizontal orientation (like a normal presentation) or opt for vertical (for mobile) or square (for social media). When your presentation is ready, you can publish straight to YouTube, Wistia, Facebook Ads, and any number of other locations.

Powtoon pricing: Limited free plan available; paid plans start at $20/month and include white-labeling, priority support, additional storage, and more.

The best presentation app for interactive presentations

Genially (web).

Genially, our pick for the best presentation app for interactive presentations

Genially pros:

Don't need a presenter (it's interactive)

You can set universal branding guidelines

Unlimited creations on the free plan

Genially cons:

Free plan has some limitations worth looking into (e.g., can only make public presentations)

While many presentation apps are built for presenter-led decks, Genially 's interactive features and animated templates make it easy to build a self-led presentation. A variety of interactive buttons allow you to show viewers additional context on hover, have them skip to any page of your deck, and let them navigate to external links.

This presentation program offers a bunch of searchable templates, including some for business proposals, reports, social media presentations, and more (though most of those are available on premium plans only). Genially also includes Smart blocks —templated blocks of content for elements like data visualizations and image galleries.

My favorite feature is the brand settings. Premium users can set universal branding guidelines that include your logo, color scheme, fonts, images, and backgrounds, among other options. Think of them like a custom template, created and customized by you, that the whole team can use. Once set, your team can easily create on-brand presentations that automatically apply your brand settings, without even thinking about it.

Plus, Genially supports additional content like training materials, infographics, and interactive images—all subject to your brand presets.

Genially pricing: Free plan available with unlimited creations and views and access to templates; paid plans start at $7.49/month and include additional download options, privacy controls, offline viewing, premium templates, and more.

The best presentation app for collaborating with your team

Pitch (web, mac, windows, ios, android).

Pitch, our pick for the best presentation software for collaborating with your team

Pitch pros:

Google levels of collaboration

Assign slides to specific team members

Start live video calls straight from decks

Pitch cons:

User interface is a little different than you're used to

Need to collaborate on presentations with your team? Pitch is a Google Slides alternative that gets the job done. As far as decks go, Pitch includes all the beautifully-designed templates, customizability, and ease of use you expect from a top-notch presentation tool. But the app really shines when you add your team.

The right-hand sidebar is all about project management and collaboration: you can set and update the status of your deck, assign entire presentations or individual slides to team members, plus comment, react, or add notes. Save custom templates to make future presentations even easier and faster.

You can also invite collaborators from outside your company to work with you on individual decks. And if you opt for a paid plan, Pitch introduces workspace roles, shared private folders, and version history.

The "Go live" feature is a personal favorite—with just a click on the camera icon in the top-right, you can start a live video call. Any team members who open the presentation can hop in and collaborate in real-time. 

Pitch pricing: Free plan offers unlimited presentations, custom templates, and live video collaboration; paid plans start at $8/user/month for additional workspace features, presentation analytics, and more.

The best simple presentation app

Zoho show (web, ios, android, chrome).

Zoho Show, our pick for the best simple presentation app

Zoho Show pros:

Simple and easy to use

Version history and ability to lock slides

Completely free

Zoho Show cons:

Templates are pretty basic

If you're looking for a simple, yet capable presentation app that's a step up from Google Slides, Zoho Show is a great option. It's completely free to use, offers a clean, intuitive editor, and includes a number of great templates.

While the handful of "Themes" offered are on the basic side, Zoho templates boast a more modern and professional design than much of what Google Slides or PowerPoint offer. And I love that you can set the font and color scheme for the whole template, right from the start.

The app doesn't skimp on collaboration or shareability either. You can invite collaborators via email or shareable link, and comments and version history make it easy to work together on presentations. Once you're ready to share, you can even broadcast your presentation to a remote audience right from within Zoho. Plus, you can one-click lock slides to prevent any more editing or hide individual slides to customize your presentation for different audiences.

You can even connect Zoho Show to Zapier , so you can do things like automatically create a presentation when something happens in one of the other apps you use most.

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Zoho Show pricing: Free

The best presentation app for generative AI

Gamma (web).

Gamma, our pick for the best presentation app for generative AI

Gamma pros:

Creates fully fleshed-out presentations from a prompt

Chatbot-like experience

Can still manually edit the presentation

Gamma cons:

Not as much granular customization

I tested a lot of apps claiming to use AI to up your presentation game, and Gamma 's generative features were head and shoulders above the crowd.

Simply give the app a topic—or upload an outline, notes, or any other document or article—approve the outline, and pick a theme. The app will take it from there and create a fully fleshed-out presentation. It's far from perfect, but Gamma produced the most useful jumping-off point of all the AI presentation apps I tested. 

Here's the key: Gamma is much more geared toward the iterative, chatbot experience familiar to ChatGPT users. Click on the Edit with AI button at the top of the right-hand menu to open the chat, and you'll see suggested prompts—or you can type in your own requests for how Gamma should alter the presentation.

Once you've done all you can with prompts, simply close the chat box to manually add the finishing touches. While you do sacrifice some granular customizability in exchange for the AI features, you can still choose your visual theme, change slide layouts, format text, and add any images, videos, or even app and web content.

Gamma pricing: Free plan includes unlimited users, 1 custom theme, 400 AI deck credits, and basic view analytics; upgrade to the Pro plan ("coming soon," as of this writing) for $10/user/month to get additional AI credits, advanced view analytics, custom fonts, and more.

What about the old standbys?

You might notice a few major presentation players aren't on this list, including OGs Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, and Google Slides. These apps are perfectly adequate for creating basic presentations, and they're free if you have a Windows or Mac device or a Google account.

I didn't include them on the list because the presentation space has really developed in the last several years, and after testing them out, I found these behemoths haven't kept pace. If they weren't made by Microsoft/Apple/Google, I might not even be mentioning them. They're pretty basic tools, they're behind the curve when it comes to templates (both quantity and design), and they don't offer any uniquely valuable features like robust team collaboration, branding controls, video, and so on.

Some of these companies (think: Microsoft and Google) are openly working on some pretty impressive-sounding AI features, but they haven't been widely released to the public yet. Rest assured, I'm watching this space, and the next time we update this article, I'll retest tools like PowerPoint and Google Slides to see what new features are available.

In any case, if you're reading this, you're probably looking for an alternative that allows you to move away from one of the big 3, and as the presentation platforms featured above show, there's a ton to gain—in terms of features, usability, and more—when you do.

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This post was originally published in October 2014 and has since been updated with contributions from Danny Schreiber, Matthew Guay, Andrew Kunesh, and Krystina Martinez. The most recent update was in May 2023.

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You don't have to leave Microsoft Office if you decide to switch from PC to Mac. Microsoft has a perfectly good version of Office 365 for Mac that comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and more. If you've been thinking about switching away from the Office productivity suite, there are alternatives that offer many of the features you love in Microsoft's programs, plus some features you can't get anywhere else.

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Apple's alternative to Office is iWork. It's the most comparable alternative to Microsoft's productivity suite, only it comes free with every Mac. The interface is different, and will take some time to get used to, but if you're really interested in kicking Office to the curb, the iWork suite is the best alternative on Mac.

If you're ready for change, and Office's user interface, design, and tools aren't burned into your psyche, get Apple's iWork suite of apps. It comes preinstalled on new Macs, but you can also find it in the Mac App Store.

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OpenOffice by Apache is probably the most similar to Microsoft Office in look and design. It comes with a word processor, a spreadsheet maker, and a presentation creator, all with many of the same features their Office counterparts have. Files are saved as open document format files, so they can be opened with any document viewer, including Office apps, without needing to be converted first. The best part is that OpenOffice is completely free.

If you're looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office that looks and works pretty much exactly the same, but doesn't cost a dime, OpenOffice is for you.

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LibreOffice is an open source productivity suite very similar to Microsoft Office that comes with a word processor, spreadsheet maker, and presentation creator. It also includes a vector graphics editor, a math formula editor, and a database manager. Files are saved as open document format files, so you can open them with any document viewer, including Office apps, without needing to be converted first, though it does provide tools for saving a document as an Office-specific file. LibreOffice is totally free. It is very similar in design to Microsoft Office, with some minor differences in the design.

LibreOffice is a solid replacement for the Office apps and includes some useful extra programs that Office doesn't even have.

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Google Docs is the easiest replacement for Microsoft office because it's so accessible. If you have a Gmail account, or a Google Hangouts account, or a YouTube account, you have Google Docs. Just visit the web-based app from your browser and you can create word processor documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. There is a Google Drive app you can download onto Mac so you can work offline. The changes will be made when your Mac is back online. Google Docs doesn't look at all like Microsoft Office, and has a very different user interface, but it does have many of the same, familiar features you know from Office.

The thing that makes Google Docs so useful, however, is it's real-time collaboration, which works seamlessly with multiple users. I've worked alongside a dozen other people in one document. I am able to see where everyone is within the documents and can see exactly when changes are made.

If you're looking for a very easy to use Office replacement that is ideal for working with others in real-time, you'll be pleased with Google Docs.

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So, you have converted your PDFs to PPT files using Adobe Acrobat and are now trying to run the presentation. But what if MS PowerPoint stops working? That's where Mac PowerPoint Alternatives come into the role.

There's no second thought that Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the leading and trustworthy presentation software available for Mac. But eventually, it is also prone to errors and technical glitches, which is why users must be aware of some of its alternatives to avoid any last-minute hustle.

This guide will walk you through the top 10 Mac PowerPoint alternatives in 2024. Here, we'll compare features and prices to help you decide which one is the best fit for your needs.

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Part 1. microsoft powerpoint for mac - create impactful presentations.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac is part of the Microsoft Office suite and a go-to app for presentations. It is used to create slideshows, which can be presented in person or over the internet. PowerPoint for Mac is equipped with various features, including slide transitions, animations, and multimedia support. It also has the ability to create presentations in Keynote format.

Main Features:

  • MS PowerPoint features beautiful designs, cinematic motion, 3D models, rich animations, and icons to bring your ideas into reality.
  • With PowerPoint for Mac, you can save documents to Microsoft OneDrive or other cloud-based storage options so you can access them whenever and wherever you want.
  • It has a Dark Mode that allows you to create presentations in low-light environments.

It is a user-friendly application.

The tool allows you to add comments or assign tasks for easy modification.

With MS PowerPoint for Mac, you can seamlessly work with others in real time to execute your ideas together and faster.

This application faces technical issues very often, thus raising the demand for Mac PowerPoint Alternatives .

It doesn't allow you to make changes to the slides while the presentation is going on.

Plans & Price: You'll have to purchase Microsoft Office 365 subscription, which is available at $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. If you don't want to sign up for a subscription, you can opt for Office 2021 Suite for $149.99 (Office Home and Student 2021) and $249.99 (Office Home and Business 2021).

Part 2. Top 10 Mac PowerPoint Alternatives

Choosing the best presentation software can be overwhelming, owing to a myriad of options available on the market. Hence, we've compiled a list of the top 10 Mac PowerPoint Alternatives . Read their features and description thoroughly and make an appropriate choice.

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A leading online presentation tool, Prezi gives you absolute freedom from the sequential slide-deck format. It is an intuitive and dynamic interaction software that can help you streamline your workflow. Prezi allows users to create, edit, and share presentations in both online and offline modes.

Key Features

  • It offers an ample selection of beautiful templates.
  • This web-based presentation application can zoom in and out on your canvas with a virtual camera, thus making it easy to produce professional results.
  • Instead of traditional sequential slides, Prezi gives you an innovative canvas format to lay out your ideas in a non-linear fashion.

Plans & Price:

  • Plus (For Expert Visual Communications): $12/ mo
  • Standard (For Personal Use): $7/ mo
  • Premium (For Business Professionals): $16/ mo

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Sozi is an open-source internet-based presentation application that uses JavaScript and SVG to play animated PPT files. The presentation content in Sozi is typically created using a vector graphics editor; hence it majorly focuses on graphics, rather than bullet points.

Key Features:

  • Sozi gives more of a poster view where you can freely lay out the content and information.
  • Since it mainly works on graphics, it allows you to focus on the elements you want to highlight while presenting the slides.

Plans & Price: It is available free of cost.

3. LibreOffice – Impress

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Counted among the best Mac PowerPoint Alternatives , LibreOffice - Impress is an open-source office suite that costs nothing to use yet has a feature set that gives stiff competition to Microsoft 365. This suite comprises a word processor called Writer, a presentation app called Impress, and a spreadsheet editor called Calc.

  • It has various editing and view modes, namely Normal, Outline, Notes, Handout, and Slide Sorter, which in turn makes editing easy and versatile.
  • The application allows you to work on various graphical formats.

Plans & Price: It is available for free.

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Marp is a Markdown Presentation Ecosystem that creates slides with Markdown. The tool is mainly created for software engineers and web designers to streamline the creation of presentations with customizable slide decks. It exports slides as PDFs, which you can then convert using any converter tool if required.

  • It is a cross-platform tool, that works on Mac, Linux, and Windows.
  • It supports two themes, namely Default and Gaia.
  • The tool offers a Live preview with 3 different modes.

Plans & Price: Open-Source and free of cost

5. Reveal.js

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The HTML Presentation Framework, Reveal.js is an open-source tool that enables users to create amazing presentations on the web. The slides created with this tool are based on open web technologies, which means you can do anything to create a fully-featured presentation.

  • The framework offers a broad range of features, including nested slides, PDF export, speaker notes, syntax highlighted code, and more.
  • With Reveal.js, you can auto-animate elements across slides, which further saves your time and effort.

Plans & Price: This presentation application is free to use.

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Keynote is designed by Apple which automatically makes it one of the leading Mac PowerPoint Alternatives to opt for. It is equipped with the best-in-class slide-creation features and extensive built-in help text to create a stunning, feature-rich presentation.

  • It includes a range of slide themes, stellar options for animation, and one-touch access to present a slideshow.
  • This application supports real-time collaboration, so your team can work together.

Plans & Price: Keynote is completely free for Apple users.

7. Google Slides

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Google Slide is a cloud-based office suite and is an excellent alternative to PowerPoint. It can be used to create, modify, and manage slides via a unified portal without having to worry about losing your work. Add Google Slides to your Mac App drawer and get stuff done anytime.

  • It has strong collaboration capabilities, thus enabling you and your team member to work on the slide at the same time.
  • The tool comes with powerful features and a sleek interface, making it suitable for both beginners and professionals alike.

Plans & Price: Google Slides is a part of Google Workspace, which is available for free for personal use. However, you can upgrade your plan to Business Standard by paying $12/ per user/ per month

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It is cloud-based presentation software that lets you create a feature-rich presentation without having to install the software on your Mac. Its intuitive and sleek interface is packed with a myriad of features, thus making the tool simple to use.

  • It allows you to add background images and uses a variety of designs and themes while creating a slide.
  • With Slides, you can collaborate easily with other team members and customize any of the 10 default slide templates
  • Lite: $5/ mo
  • Pro: $10/ mo
  • Team: $20/ mo

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Looking forward to creating digital presentations without putting much time and effort? Turn to Emaze and create a stunning masterpiece in 30 minutes or less. It is equipped with an array of visual communication tools and design tools that add life to your flat presentation.

  • It offers hundreds of professionally designed templates to fit any type of presentation.
  • With its comprehensive HTML5 Editor, you can embed all types of rich media and live social feeds without any coding.

Plans & Price: Emaze classifies its plans into three categories, namely Basic, Business, and Edu.

  • Basic Plan: Free
  • Pro Plan: $9/ mo
  • Business Plan: Depends on your business and use
  • Pro: $9/ mo
  • Executive: $30/ mo
  • Business: $25/ mo for 5 users
  • Enterprise Plan: depends on your enterprise
  • Student Plan: $3/ mo
  • Edu Pro: $6/ mo
  • Edu Team: $4/ mo for 30 users
  • Academic: Their sales team will tell the exact price, depending on the academic level.

10. Focusky

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Let's wrap up the list of the top 10 Mac PowerPoint Alternatives with yet another next-gen online software, Focusky. It enables Mac users to design amazing presentations by using themes and layouts from their stock library

  • With Focusky, you can add anything, such as text, images, links, roles, sounds, videos, or other media to make a professional presentation.
  • It lets you create animated presentations in a mind-mapping style to capture attention.

Plans & Price: While a free version of the tool is available, users can upgrade their plans to unlock additional features.

  • Standard: $9.9/ month
  • Professional: $99/ year
  • Enterprise: $399/ permanent

Bonus Part: Great Microsoft Office Complement - PDFelement for Mac

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If you are looking for an MS Office compliment, then turn to the Wondershare PDF element and manage your PDF files on the go. It is a reliable, quick, and simple way to modify PDF files across multiple operating systems, including Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. Moreover, you can either use it on desktop and Mobile or on the web browser.

It can easily change sizes, colors, and font styles in the PDF file to give it an entirely new look. The application is loaded with a plethora of features, which makes it an ideal choice for beginners and pros alike.

  • It allows batch processing, which means you can convert or print multiple files simultaneously.
  • With PDFelement, you can easily add passwords to keep your files safe from any unauthorized access.
  • It supports faster file conversions to maximize efficiency.

Awards & Certificate:

  • It has won Best Software Awards 2022 and is listed among the Top 50 Office Products
  • PDFelement has also been recognized as the G2 Crowd Report 2022 Summer Leader and is known to be the Leader in Document Generation and PDF Editor.
  • It also appears in the 2022 Software Advice FrontRunners List.
  • Wondershare PDFelement also achieved the best Contract Management Software award.

That's all about the top Mac PowerPoint Alternatives . Compare the key features of all tools thoroughly and pick the option that fits your projects and budget well.

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7 Best Free PowerPoint Alternatives To Level Up Your Presentations

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Think of presentations and you think of Microsoft PowerPoint. An industry standard, PowerPoint is a long-standing tool that offers an easy-to-navigate interface to create impactful presentations for business meetings, sales pitches, and more.

However, despite being widely used, Microsoft PowerPoint might not be the most accessible tool, especially if you’re looking for free software. PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office suite and can only be accessed by purchasing the suite. Small businesses, especially sales and marketing companies, need software that helps design impactful presentation slides without draining their finances. That’s where free PowerPoint alternatives come to the rescue.

We asked users about the PowerPoint alternative they considered when looking for presentation software for their business. Here are the seven best PowerPoint alternatives (listed alphabetically) they identified.

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1. Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is an open-source software suite that offers a presentation tool to design multimedia slides.

The presentation software lets you add 2D and 3D clip art, special effects (such as slide transitions), and animation to your presentations. It offers a built-in template library with a range of templates to use in your slides.

Using the tool’s multi-monitor support, you can showcase additional material while presenting your main slides. You also get access to a drawing and diagramming toolkit to draw custom shapes to add to your presentations.

Apache OpenOffice offers chat and email support. It has a desktop application for Linux, Mac, and Windows users.

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Key Features

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  • Data import/export
  • Database creation
  • Document generation
  • Office suite
  • Organizational charting

Trial/Free Version

  • Free Version

Device compatibility


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Here’s how Apache OpenOffice compares to PowerPoint

Both PowerPoint and Apache OpenOffice provide multiple slide views, such as the outline view and presenter view. However, Apache gives quick access to all its views from the main window, which PowerPoint doesn’t. Also, Apache OpenOffice has a better user interface and multiple hotkeys for quick access.

Platforms supported: Both PowerPoint and Apache OpenOffice are available as desktop applications for Mac and Windows. Apache OpenOffice is also available for Linux users.

Typical customers: Both tools are used by freelancers and small businesses. However, PowerPoint is also used by large enterprises.

Customer support: Both tools offer chat and email support.

Pricing: Apache OpenOffice is open source and free to use, whereas subscription for Microsoft 365 Personal Suite, containing PowerPoint, starts at $6.99 per user per month.

Canva is a design and presentation app that helps create infographics, logos, banners, and full-fledged presentation slides for team and client meetings.

The software offers a library of presentation templates you can access to add pre-built videos, logos, and graphics to your presentations. Additionally, Canva lets you collaborate with teammates by sharing access to the content dashboard.

You can add animation to your slides, customize the color scheme, and remove the background from images using the background remover tool. You can also use the version history to revert to a previous design instead of undoing all changes.

Canva offers chat and email support. It is web-based and also has applications for desktop and mobile (iOS and Android) devices.


  • Access controls/permissions
  • Artwork management
  • Asset categorization
  • Asset library
  • Asset sharing


Design catalog in Canva

Here’s how Canva compares to PowerPoint

Canva offers a variety of pre-built templates and font types compared to PowerPoint and is easier to navigate for first-time users. It also integrates with third-party social media platforms, making it easy for you to share graphics and presentations directly to an audience.

Platforms supported: You can download both tools as desktop applications. However, Canva also provides a web-based version and has a mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

Typical customers: Both tools are used by freelancers, small to midsize businesses, and large enterprises.

Customer support: Both Canva and PowerPoint offer chat and email support.

Pricing: Pricing for PowerPoint starts at $6.99 per user per month, while Canva’s paid plans start at $12.99 per user per month.

3. Google Slides

Google Slides is a presentation tool that is part of the Google Workspace suite. The software lets you create and sync slides, share them with your teammates, use comments, and assign action items to build presentations together.

With Google Slides, you get an easy-to-use presenter view for presenting slides during meetings, referencing speaker notes, showcasing text to viewers, and accessing live captions for audio content. You can integrate the software with third-party video calling platforms to present slides during online conferences.

Features such as smart compose and autocorrect help eliminate spelling and formatting errors automatically from your slides. An offline mode helps you work on your slides without an internet connection.

Google Slides

  • Audio file management
  • Customizable templates
  • Offline editing

Google Slides

Creating a presentation in Google Slides

Here’s how Google Slides compares to PowerPoint

Google Slides is an online tool and doesn’t require any software installation, whereas PowerPoint is more suited to offline work and comes as a desktop app that needs to be installed. Also, Google Slides is cloud based, and it offers better collaboration and is suitable for teams with many people.

Platforms supported: Google Slides is web-based, while PowerPoint is a desktop application.

Typical customers: Both tools are used by freelancers, small businesses, and large enterprises

Customer support: Both Google Slides and PowerPoint offer chat and email support.

Pricing: Google Slides is free to use. However, you can buy the Google Workspace Suite, which provides additional tools and more storage space, at $6 per user per month. The cost for PowerPoint starts at $6.99 per user per month.

4. LibreOffice

LibreOffice is an open-source suite designed to create, manage, edit, and modify documents, spreadsheets, and presentation slides.

The software offers multiple editing and viewing modes for editing, outlining, and organizing text and images in slides. It lets you edit and manage notes that appear on individual slides. It also provides a slide sorter to locate and sort presentation slides.

With LibreOffice, you can manually navigate the slides during presentations or schedule their transition using a built-in timer.


  • Document classification
  • File conversion
  • File sharing
  • Full text search


Adding graphics in LibreOffice

Here’s how LibreOffice compares to PowerPoint

LibreOffice is an open-source solution, so it’s free to use. PowerPoint, on the other hand, needs a paid subscription. Also, LibreOffice works better for Linux users, as PowerPoint is unavailable for Linux. Additionally, you can customize LibreOffice by accessing its source code.

Platforms supported: PowerPoint is available for Mac and Windows, while LibreOffice is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Typical customers: Both software tools are used by freelancers and small businesses. However, large enterprises tend to use PowerPoint as well.

Customer support: Both PowerPoint and LibreOffice offer chat and email support.

Pricing: LibreOffice is free to use, while subscription for PowerPoint starts at $6.99 per user per month.

Prezi is a presentation software tool designed for freelancers and small businesses. It helps create video presentations for business meetings and client pitches.

With Prezi, you get a canvas to build slides and add data to your presentations. Its Smart Structure feature helps arrange content within slides using a simple drag-and-drop option, without disrupting your layout. Another feature called Zoom Reveal lets you zoom in and focus on slides to look at critical details and change minute aspects of your presentation.

The software offers a built-in video tool that allows you to appear alongside your content while presenting slides during remote meetings or presentations.


  • Media library


Adding animations in Prezi

Here's how Prezi compares to PowerPoint

Prezi offers a better interface than PowerPoint and provides a zoom-in feature to oversee crucial details in slides. It is easier to use and integrates with third-party social media and video-calling platforms to share assets easily.

Platforms supported: PowerPoint is available for Mac and Windows, while Prezi is web-based.

Customer support: PowerPoint offers chat and email support, while Prezi provides chat, email, and phone support.

Pricing: Subscription for PowerPoint starts at $6.99 per user per month. For Prezi, paid plans start at $12 per user per month.

6. ProPresenter

ProPresenter is a presentation tool for live events. It helps present slides to live audiences during sporting events, conferences, trade shows, and worship gatherings.

ProPresenter helps display lyrics, slides, and high-quality media. It provides transitions and onscreen rolling announcements for slides. It also lets you present your slides on multiple screens, each showcasing a different type of content. You can use the preview window to monitor all your screens.

The tool’s built-in library allows you to save all your presentation content. You can also automatically change the text color in a presentation slide at different time intervals.


  • Chord chart management
  • Drag & drop
  • Event management
  • For religious organizations
  • Layout & design

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Slides in ProPresenter

Here’s how ProPresenter compares to PowerPoint

Both PowerPoint and ProPresenter are presentation tools, but ProPresenter lets you live stream your presentations and add announcement layers and timers with action triggers. Also, the software is more suited for live events and gatherings.

Platforms supported: PowerPoint is available on Windows and Mac, while ProPresenter is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. ProPresenter also has a mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

Typical customers: Both tools are used by freelancers, small businesses, and large enterprises.

Customer support: Both PowerPoint and ProPresenter offer chat and email support.

Pricing: PowerPoint starts at $6.99 per user per month, while you can rent ProPresenter for $99 per user per month.

Visme is a design and presentation tool that helps create graphics and presentation slides.

The software offers multiple pre-built templates to create slides for your presentations. It also lets you import your designs on the platform and use them for your slides.

With a drag-and-drop editor, you can arrange the layout and structure of your slides according to your preference. You can import a PowerPoint presentation and edit it in Visme. You can also record audio and video files with a built-in recorder and add them to your presentations.


Template library in Visme

Here’s how Visme compares to PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a stand-alone presentation tool. Visme, on the other hand, also lets you create graphics and infographics on its platform. The software offers analytics for graphics and presentations that you share publicly and assess engagement for your assets.

Platforms supported: PowerPoint is available on Windows and Mac as a desktop app. Visme, on the other hand, is a web-based tool.

Customer support: PowerPoint offers chat and email support. Visme offers phone, chat, and email support.

Pricing: Subscription for PowerPoint starts at $6.99 per user per month, whereas paid plans for Visme begin at $15 per user per month.

Look at all options before finalizing the best PowerPoint alternative

Despite its popularity, Microsoft PowerPoint may not always be the right choice if presentations are crucial for your business. You can, instead, choose the various software options discussed in this article.

If you want a completely free and customizable tool , select either Apache OpenOffice or OpenLibre. You can access the source code of these tools to customize their functionality per your preference.

If you create a lot of posters, designs, and infographics , Visme and Canva are good options, as both help create such assets and include them in presentations.

If real-time collaboration is crucial for your business , then Google Slides is worth a shot, as it provides collaboration for small and large teams alike.

If you want to do video presentations and feature them during remote meetings , Prezi, with its built-in video presentation functionality, is an ideal solution.

If your work involves live audiences and large gatherings , ProPresenter might be an ideal tool, as it helps stream presentations to larger groups and is more suited for outdoor events.

How did we choose these products? We didn’t—you did

At Capterra, we objectively select and rank products based on a methodology developed by our research team. Some vendors pay us when they receive web traffic, but this has no influence on our methodology.

Products featured in this article were identified in user reviews as the other products considered by buyers at the same time as PowerPoint. In this article, we highlighted the products with the highest number of other products considered mentions.

To be included in this list, alternative products had to provide the following core presentation software features: animations, transitions, media library.

Disclaimer: We conducted this analysis based on reviews and ratings data as of Jan. 24, 2022. In order to present the most up-to-date information, the product cards below show real-time ratings. Please note that this means the ratings’ value in the product card may not reflect the value of the ratings at the time of analysis.

Product research for this article was contributed by Himanshi Arora.

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10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives in 2024

Kevin Frei

  • Updated January 18, 2024

PowerPoint has long been the go-to tool for presentations, but as we step into 2024, there’s a growing demand for more engaging and visually appealing slides. People are looking beyond the basic animations offered by PowerPoint and seeking alternatives that bring interactivity, bold designs, and a touch of entertainment to their presentations.

In this article, we’ll explore the best PowerPoint alternatives in 2024 that can effortlessly elevate your presentations from mundane to attention-grabbing. Let’s dive into the evolving landscape of presentation-making for a more captivating and effective communication experience.

What is Microsoft PowerPoint? 

Microsoft PowerPoint, a benchmark in the best presentation software category, excels in traditional presentations. It’s known for blending PowerPoint features like multimedia and design with online presentation capabilities, ideal for users who prioritize reliability and a comprehensive toolset.

This software is a hub of essential features like diverse slide templates, animations, and transitions, which are vital for any presentation. Its ability to integrate multimedia seamlessly, robust collaboration tools, and compatibility with MS Office positions PowerPoint as a leader in online and offline presentation solutions.

However, this software has been suffering from its decades of success. Users have been trying to spice up standard presentations in terms of design, workflow, and effectiveness. Although reliable, PowerPoint might not be for everyone. 

  • Widely adopted in various organizations.
  • Rich online learning resources.
  • Stable performance and consistent features.
  • Seamless integration with Microsoft tools.
  • User-friendly and adaptable for different presentations.
  • Simplifies video and photo integration.
  • Effortless text editing.
  • Performance issues with heavy content.
  • Limited community template options.
  • Complex real-time collaboration.
  • Restricted customization and interactivity.
  • Limited non-MS product integration.
  • Challenges in presenting complex data.

Pricing & Plans: 

  • 365 Home ($6.99/month)
  • 365 Business ($6/month)
  • PowerPoint Only ($159.99)

Are you looking to add more animation options or want to create presentations in seconds? Here is the list of best PowerPoint alternatives in 2024: 

  • Google Slides – Best for free collaboration tool
  • Prezi – Best for non-linear presentations
  • Canva – Best for drag and drag design
  • Beautiful.ai – Best for auto-formatting
  • Apple Keynote – Best presenter tool for Mac
  • Mentimeter – Best for audience interaction
  • Zoho Show – Best for clean and modern interface
  • Visme – Best for third-party integration
  • Vyond – Best for e-learning and training
  • Microsoft Sway – Best for digital story telling

1. Google Slides

google slides

As the best free online presentation tool, Google Slides excels in academic and professional contexts, including lesson planning and corporate use. Its hallmark feature is unparalleled real-time collaboration, accessible to everyone on any device, even without a Google account, perfect for teams to collaborate cost-effectively. 

Google Slides offers an array of features similar to PowerPoint, optimized for online use, including online syncing, interactive comments and suggestions, and Google Meet integrations. Users benefit from easy embedding, sharing options, PowerPoint support,  diverse templates, and YouTube video integration.

  • Comprehensive features in a free package.
  • Accessible, device-agnostic, real-time collaboration.
  • Easy-to-manage permission controls.
  • Cloud-based, with automatic saving and sharing.
  • Embeddable presentations for broader accessibility.
  • Intuitive for experienced presentation tool users.
  • Completely free. 
  • Limited in templates and advanced design.
  • Basic in transitions and animations.
  • Requires indirect audio file integration.
  • Needs additional tweaks and add-ons.
  • Performance lags with larger files.
  • Free (Browser-Based)

Customer Ratings:

  • G2:  4.6 out of 5 (42,222 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.6 out of 5 (6,358 reviews)

Related: 10 Best Google Slides Alternatives


Prezi transforms PowerPoint presentations with its unique, non-linear approach, ideal for dynamic business and educational settings. This tool allows users to create presentations that stand out with zooming and panning features, perfect for professionals and educators who need visually engaging and interactive content.

This tool enhances the art of creating presentations with features such as PowerPoint import, presenter view with a timer, and video embedding. Its mobile accessibility and features like zooming and free movement bring data visualizations to life, making every presentation a memorable experience.

  • Seamless content and video transitions.
  • Showcases connections between topics.
  • Automatic timer for presentation pacing.
  • Interactive and visually captivating.
  • Diverse, engaging slide designs.
  • It is less suitable for presentations with many slides.
  • It can become cluttered with excessive content.
  • Slower performance on desktop.
  • Steeper learning curve than alternatives.
  • Missing some traditional presentation tools.
  • Only available with an annual subscription.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Basic (Free)
  • Standard ($7)
  • Premium ($19)
  • Teams ($29/user)
  • G2:  4.2 out of 5 (5,193 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.5 out of 5 (2,153 reviews)


Canva is inherently not a presentation tool, but its intuitive drag-and-drop interface allows even novices to craft presentations with professional designs. This makes it an excellent choice for corporate users, marketers, and individuals seeking an accessible platform for visually compelling content.

Canva offers quick photo editing, premium content, and a vast selection of templates. Its drag-and-drop functionality simplifies design while resizing designs and branding tools, making it an excellent alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint for creating diverse content.

  • Accessible for non-graphic experts.
  • Extensive content and templates are available.
  • Versatile for various design needs.
  • Cloud-based for easy access and storage.
  • Reliable editing tools like background remover.
  • File size limitations for power users.
  • There are occasional software crashes.
  • Some issues with customer service.
  • Requires active internet connection.
  • It is more suited for basic than professional editing.
  • Canva Pro ($14.99)
  • Canva for Teams ($29.99)
  • G2:  4.7 out of 5 (4,435 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.7 out of 5 (11,586 reviews)

4. Beautiful.ai

beautiful ai

Beautiful.ai is a PowerPoint alternative that is popular in the fields of sales, marketing, and education. Its AI-driven design automation offers quick, professional-looking presentations with minimal effort.

This tool utilizes artificial intelligence to provide professional-looking templates and effortless auto-formatting for presentations. Creating engaging presentation templates is easy with its branding options, audio recording, and integrations with Dropbox and Slack.

  • Simplifies crafting impactful presentations.
  • Easy sharing and effective formatting.
  • The rapid development of uniform slides.
  • Streamlines collaboration across teams.
  • Content-focused with helpful analytics.
  • AI can occasionally be slow to respond.
  • User experiences may require more customization.
  • Primarily suited for marketing presentations.
  • Limited capabilities for educational aids.
  • Optimal for presentations with less content.
  • Enterprise (Contact Sales)
  • G2:  4.7 out of 5 (174 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.7 out of 5 (75 reviews)

5. Apple Keynote

apple keynote

Apple Keynote , a premier design tool for Mac users, excels in creating visually stunning presentations. It’s perfect for dynamic backgrounds, live video feeds, and smooth playback. This slide deck solution integrates seamlessly with the Apple ecosystem, offering users advanced design and delivery options.

Keynote stands out with its frequent updates and collaboration tools, making it a versatile choice for Mac enthusiasts. Its features, including dynamic backgrounds and live video integrations, can enhance any slide deck.

  • Pre-installed, easy-to-use design tool.
  • Controls via Apple Watch.
  • Syncs across Apple devices.
  • Streamlined slide deck creation.
  • Export issues with non-Apple formats.
  • Limited animations and templates.
  • Free (For Mac Users)
  • G2:  4.4 out of 5 (525 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.8 out of 5 (122 reviews)

6. Mentimeter


Mentimeter is a dynamic tool for engaging audiences in various settings like brainstorming, feedback sessions, and educational environments. Interactive features like Q&As, polls, quizzes, and visualizations engage audiences and provide instant feedback to presenters.

With Mentimeter, creating interactive presentations is easy thanks to its visually compelling features like live polling, word clouds, and quizzes. Blending surveys and quizzes directly into presentations enhances audience participation without leaving the slide show.

  • Rolls out updates that a lot of users like. 
  • Real-time polls and feedback.
  • Interactive and fun for learners.
  • Seamless integration and implementation.
  • Excellent customer support.
  • Delay in showing poll results.
  • Limited integration with PowerPoint.
  • Restricted customization in Word Cloud.
  • No picture can be used in the free version.
  • Occasional integration issues.
  • Basic ($11.99)
  • Pro ($24.99)
  • G2:  4.5 out of 5 (115 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.5 out of 5 (87 reviews)

7. Zoho Show

zoho show

Zoho Show is highly recommended for its clean and modern interface, making it a standout choice for corporate users and teams. It excels in collaboration, communication, and follow-up within a business context. This user-friendly PowerPoint alternative is cloud-based and offers an efficient way for streamlined and modern presentations.

Zoho Show simplifies presentation creation with its user-friendly interface and diverse features like data fields, add-ons, and a rich library. It facilitates real-time collaboration and broadcasting, allowing teams to work together seamlessly. 

  • Wide range of templates and color schemes
  • Regularly updated themes, easy to use
  • User-friendly interface for presentation design
  • Real-time team collaboration
  • Elegant inbuilt animations
  • Requires stable internet, crashes otherwise
  • Slower than Google Slides
  • No offline desktop application
  • Online saving requires Zoho Drive
  • Needs WorkDrive/WorkSpace subscription for Pro
  • Zoho Show Free
  • Professional Plan ($2.50) (Requires Zoho WorkDrive subscription)
  • G2:  4.4 out of 5 (65 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.6 out of 5 (26 reviews)


Visme excels in blending third-party integration with a cloud-based, drag-and-drop interface, making it a top choice for creating diverse and visually appealing content. From infographics and data visualizations to dynamic presentations and reports, Visme is tailored for users looking to craft compelling visuals.

Its robust features, such as data fields, add-ons, extensive libraries, and interactive animations, empower users to create high-quality content easily. Visme’s collaboration and broadcast capabilities enhance its utility, making it perfect for producing consistent and engaging presentations and documents.

  • Suitable for users with technical expertise
  • High-definition templates for sharp visuals
  • Simplifies maintaining document consistency
  • AI tool and extensive photo library
  • Versatile for various content types
  • Challenges in standardizing formatting
  • Animated screens resize during presentations
  • Has a steep learning curve for less tech-savvy
  • Occasional glitches and slow performance
  • Complicated graphic management
  • Starter ($29)
  • Visme for Teams (Contact Sales
  • G2:  4.5 out of 5 (383 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.5 out of 5 (647 reviews)


Vyond is a dynamic tool favored by trainers and educators for transforming mundane lessons into captivating, animated video experiences. It is a great tool for enhancing educational content through visual storytelling, especially for complex software demos and explainer videos.

Utilizing Vyond’s AI-driven video creation, educators can effortlessly produce animated content that resonates with their audience. The Character Creator and extensive Props Library allow for deep customization, while Automatic Captioning ensures accessibility. 

  • Enhances curriculum with engaging content
  • User-friendly for non-animators doing visual content.
  • Simplifies complex concepts visually
  • Frequent updates add new learning dimensions
  • Ideal for corporate training videos
  • High cost compared to similar tools
  • Helpful features are limited to premium plans
  • Pre-animated character motions can be restrictive
  • Essential ($49)
  • Premium ($89)
  • Professional ($179)
  • G2:  4.7 out of 5 (274 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.7 out of 5 (244 reviews)

10. Microsoft Sway

microsoft sway

Microsoft Sway , a free presentation software, excels in crafting digital stories like newsletters and business presentations. Known for its easy-to-use, web-based interface, it offers professionally designed slides and templates, making it ideal for those who value a mix of simplicity and design in their presentation space.

As a free PowerPoint alternative, Sway’s Web-Based Canvas simplifies the creation of multimedia-rich content. Its Design Engine makes it easy to achieve a professional look, while Responsive UI and Closed Captioning make presentations accessible and engaging. 

  • Offers an array of professionally designed slides
  • Ideal for business and e-portfolios
  • Generates visually striking content
  • Free, user-friendly software
  • Enhances reports and presentations
  • Customization has a learning curve
  • It can be slow when embedded in web pages
  • Limited image resizing in templates
  • Free (Requires Microsoft Account)
  • G2:  4.1 out of 5 (117 reviews)
  • Capterra:  4.1 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Tips for Transitioning to PowerPoint Alternatives

Here are the factors to consider when choosing PowerPoint alternatives:

  • Ease of use : Look for an alternative that allows you to create more intuitively, reducing the complexity often associated with presentation design.
  • Customizability : Your software choice should empower you to customize your presentation and edit your slides to fit your slides precisely to your requirements. 
  • Libraries and assets : Access to extensive libraries/assets provides a variety of design elements, enriching your presentations with professional visuals.
  • Price : Many alternatives are available for free, offering powerful features without the cost, making advanced presentation tools more accessible.
  • Templates: With an array of design options in templates, these tools simplify the creation process while offering diverse aesthetic choices.
  • Performance : Every PowerPoint alternative has specific performance capabilities, ensuring smooth operation for different presentation needs.
  • Versatility : These tools’ versatility aids in everything from crafting a presentation from scratch to optimizing the design process for basic presentations.

Presentations with Ahsuite 

We’ve taken a deep dive into some of the best PowerPoint alternatives. Most of these presentation software alternatives come with a free plan, are easy to work with and offer an array of presentation templates. 

Standard PowerPoint presentations rely on external tools (Microsoft or not). However, there are instances wherein using a dedicated app can kill the momentum of information and knowledge sharing. Tools like client portals remedy this by offering a centralized hub for all documents. 

Ahsuite is a free-to-use client portal that supports iframe embedding for top presentation software. It lets your clients view slides on the go without installing additional software. 

Experience firsthand how a centralized hub can impact your and your client’s workflow for free with the Ahsuite Starter Plan . 

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Best Office For Mac & Microsoft 365 Alternatives of 2024 (Free & Paid)

If you want a cheaper or even a free alternative to Microsoft Office For Mac (now rebranded as Microsoft 365), here we’ve looked at the best replacements for it in 2024.

Nowadays, Microsoft Office For Mac has been rebranded as the Cloud based Microsoft 365 although you can still buy the desktop version of Microsoft Office For Mac 2021 as a one time purchase.

Although there are ways to get Microsoft 365 for Mac free , they’re not suitable or available to everyone.

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How To Choose A Replacement For Microsoft 365

1. google workspace, 2. libreoffice, 4. freeoffice, 5. wps office, 6. zoho workplace, 7. polaris office, 8. onlyoffice.

The best substitute to Microsoft 365 for your personal needs will depend on your requirements, team size and budget.

Some things you may want to consider however are support for importing and exporting Microsoft 365 files especially in DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX format as well as the older DOC, PPT and XLS format.

Although many of these replacements can open and edit Microsoft 365 files, you’ll end-up spending a lot of time fixing glitches and cleaning-up formatting issues that inevitably happen when you try to use Microsoft file formats in another app.

Other things worth considering are collaboration features for teams and whether it offers a desktop version that works on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs with the M1, M2 or M3 chips.

With this in mind, here then are the best alternatives to Microsoft 365 for Mac in order of ranking.

google workspace

The closest thing to getting Microsoft 365 on a Mac for free is Google Workspace (formerly Google Suite or “G-Suite”).

Google Workspace includes Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides which are the equivalents of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

There’s also Meet as an alternative to Microsoft Teams, Gmail as a replacement for Microsoft Outlook and of course there’s Google Calendar.

Over the years Google has improved compatibility with Microsoft apps to the extent where you can now easily open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents for free in Google Workspace.

You can also export them back into Microsoft 365 file formats so that you can easily send and receive documents to colleagues or friends using MS Office or Microsoft 365.

Google Docs is a particularly good free replacement to Word for Mac with generous free storage of up to 15GB, lots of sharing options and many different document templates.

If you collaborate with other users in a team or office environment, Google Suite also allows you to see edits made by others, chat and leave comments on documents.

There’s no desktop app for Google Suite although you can use it offline in Google Chrome and it will sync when you next go online again.

You can start using Google Workspace for free now .

  • Free to use
  • Imports and exports in Microsoft 365 file formats
  • Works on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs
  • Excellent online collaboration features
  • Useful mobile apps for editing on the move
  • No desktop app
  • Not as powerful as Microsoft 365


LibreOffice is a free open source office suite and easily one of the best desktop substitutes to Microsoft 365 on a Mac.

LibreOffice began as a spin-off of the open source OpenOffice project although OpenOffice is not updated much nowadays but LibreOffice is.

The free software can also import and export Microsoft 365 documents whereas OpenOffice can’t.

It also offers a formula editor to edit macros in Excel documents and Google Sheets.

LibreOffice used to only work offline but has no added online syncing via online storage sites such as Google Drive and DropBox.

However, unlike Microsoft 365, there’s no online collaboration features so it’s not suitable for real-time collaboration with other users.

You can start using LibreOffice for free here .

  • Works on Mac desktops
  • Imports and exports Microsoft 365 files
  • Widely used and tested
  • Frequently updated
  • No online collaboration
  • Interface is quite dated
  • Some features such as templates need to be downloaded separately


iWork is Apple’s free answer to Microsoft 365 and includes a professional array of tools including Apple Pages , Numbers and Keynote.

As you’d expect from an Apple product, the iWork suite looks great and is fully integrated with the look and funtionality of macOS.

There’s no denying that iWork takes some getting used to compared to Microsoft’s product in terms of finding features and tools but once mastered, it’s an incredibly powerful office suite.

Anything you create in iWork from brochures in Pages to presentations in Keynote look slick thanks to some great templates and the apps have intuitive interfaces that are easy to work out.

You can import and export Microsoft 365 documents although if you use a Mac specific font, you’ll find that exporting leaves a mess of the formatting.

You can also collaborate online in iWork via iCloud although this is one of the weakest aspects of the suite and not as complete as Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace.

You can start using iWork for free to see for yourself.

  • Made by Apple
  • Looks amazing on a Mac
  • Apps create attractive, professional looking results
  • Fully integrated with macOS
  • Instantly updated for new releases of macOS
  • Doesn’t have replacements for all MS Office tools
  • Exporting to Office format can result in formatting issues


SoftMaker FreeOffice is a free desktop office suite for Mac, Windows and Linux which looks very similar to Microsoft products with the familiar ribbon interface.

FreeOffice can also import and export to Microsoft 365 formats with TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations replacements for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

All the FreeOffice apps have plenty of attractive templates with support for formulas in PlanMaker and impressive animations in Presentations.

FreeOffice also has an attractive range of fonts compared to other productivity suites although these can cause issues when exporting to Microsoft 365.

One of the benefits of FreeOffice compared to other office suites is the inclusion of PDF editing software FlexiPDF which allows you to edit PDF files on a Mac.

FreeOffice can also export files in a range of formats other than Microsoft 365 including PDF and PUB format.

There are also free FreeOffice apps for iOS and Android with basic editing functionality.

You can start using FreeOffice for free now.

  • Interface is very similar to Microsoft 365
  • Imports and exports MS Office format
  • Optimized for touch screens
  • Only includes replacements for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • No online collaboration features
  • Importing and exporting Office files can result in formatting issues
  • Can be quite slow to use

wps office for mac

WPS Office is a slick all in one desktop Office suite that features Writer, Spreadsheet, Presentation and a PDF toolkit which all look really tasteful on macOS.

Integration with macOS goes further than even Microsoft 365 with support for Widgets, Sidecar (which allows you to use an iPad as a second screen with macOS) and Splitscreen mode.

There’s seamless integration with iPad and iPhone making it easy to edit documents anywhere.

WPS Office is also frequently updated for the latest versions of macOS and works on the latest Apple Silicon Macs too.

The standard version of WPS Office is free to use with support for 47 different file formats and 13 languages although it is ad supported.

There are also ad-free premium versions starting at $30 per year which are cheaper than Microsoft 365 which include PDF editing, file format conversions and 20GB of online file storage.

You can use WPS Office for Mac for free to test it for yourself.

  • Looks great in macOS
  • Lots of slick templates
  • Includes PDF editing tools
  • Useful iOS and Android apps
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Some file formats are limited to the paid versions
  • No online storage in the free version
  • No online collaboration in free version
  • Interface can be slow at times

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Zoho Workplace features Zoho Writer, Sheet and Show which can be used in place of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

However, it also includes its own email and chat tools making it an excellent option for online collaboration.

Zoho Writer allows you to eaily share documents with your team and allows multiple users to contribute and comment simultaneously.

Zoho Sheet creates attractive charts and graphs out of formulas to create clear visualizations of your data as well as anything Microsoft Excel can do although not with quite the same macro support.

Zoho Show has a diverse fonts, styles, charts, animations, and infographics to create professional standard presentations.

Zoho Workdrive allows you to save and work on documents anywhere and Zoho Meetings connects users via video conferencing with analytics reports afterwards.

Added to this is Zoho Mail suite, Cliq for commenting on documents and Zoho Connect for creating internal channels or forums.

Zoho Workplace is aimed more at corporate environments than home users with pricing starting a t a few dollars per month but like most Zoho products, is incredibly powerful and well put together.

You can try Zoho Workspace free for 15 days.

  • Professional tools
  • Imports and exports Microsoft 365 documents
  • Relied on by large corporations worldwide
  • Not free to use
  • Takes some learning
  • Not as well integrated with macOS as other products

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Polaris Office has been used by corporations such as Amazon and Samsung which gives you an idea of the kind of customer it’s designed for.

Despite this there is a free version of Polaris Office that anyone can use but it does include ads.

The ad free premium plan of the Polaris Office Smart Cloud starts at $39.99 per year with the Pro version a reasonable $59.99 per year. The Mac desktop version however is more expensive at $79.99 but this is for a lifetime license.

Polaris supports importing and exporting PPT, XLS, DOCX and HWP files. You can also convert and edit PDF documents.

For businesses that want to integrate Polaris into their own products, you can also use the Polaris API in the premium versions of the product.

Although it doesn’t support dictating on a Mac, Polaris can even turn voice memos into documents.

You can start using Polaris Office for free to see for yourself.

  • Professional business office suite
  • Full support for importing and exporting MS Office files
  • Collaboration via Cloud version
  • Reasonably priced
  • Mac desktop version costs separately
  • Free version is ad supported

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OnlyOffice allows you to collaborate for free on documents with comparison tracking, edit highlighting and the ability to leave comments on edits.

It also includes a useful PDF editor too.

There’s even a built-in chat feature plus integration with Telegram to talk to colleagues and you can also launch video chats with Jitsi or Rainbow.

The source code for OnlyOffice is freely available for anyone to edit meaning it’s extremely secure with three levels of encryption during editing, when sending and receiving documents.

There’s even a desktop version for Mac for both Apple Silicon and Intel Macs which is integrated with the Cloud version that works in any browser.

You can use the Starter version of OnlyOffice for free with up to 5 users allowed. Business plans start at $5 per user per month which allows unlimited admins, 100GB of storage per user, automatic backup and more.

You can start using OnlyOffice for free now .

  • Cloud and desktop version for Intel and M1/M2/M3 Macs
  • Excellent collaboration features
  • High level of encryption
  • Not much documentation

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7 Great PowerPoint Alternatives

Here’s a quick question for you:

Did you really pay attention to the last presentation you sat through?

Sure, you remember some slides, graphs with financial forecasts, and bullet points. But at some point, you probably zoned out.

What makes presentations dull is that they’re made using the same tried and trusted Microsoft PowerPoint templates that everyone has been using for years. So what happens? Every presentation looks the same. 

Don’t get us wrong. Microsoft PowerPoint is a fantastic tool, and a pioneer in presentation software for a good reason.

But if users keep creating presentations the same old way and do not utilize presentation software to its full potential and employ their own styles and customizations, they’ll likely end up with a cookie-cutter slide deck that’s been used millions of times before. 

If you’re on this page, you’re probably on the looking to create your best presentation.

Why you should look for the best alternative to PowerPoint

To create professional looking presentations is more than just piecing together text, data visualizations , and images echoed by speaker notes.

Every slide should have an impact on the audience or reader, make a key point, and catch the eyes of your audience. All your presentations need to be mindful of visual design. Color, for example, influences up to 90% of a person’s snap judgment about a product.

There are many paid and even free alternatives available in the presentation space with better, newer, and fresher templates that can punch up your next presentation.

To make things easier for you, we’ve listed seven great alternatives to Powerpoint utilizing some of the best presentation software, complete with an overview of their features and individual pros and cons.

You can also click on the links below to go straight to each alternative to PowerPoint on this list. 

  • Google Slides
  • Beautiful.ai
  • Apple Keynote
  • LibreOffice Impress
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Express

Alternative presentation tools

1. piktochart.

  • Wide selection of professional-quality customizable templates
  • Newbie-friendly video tutorials and a blog with design resources
  • Robust features for free users, with even more available for Pro users
  • Collaboration features for teams

Piktochart is a web-based design application that lets you create professional-looking presentations , infographics , posters , reports , flyers , social media graphics using a simple drag-and-drop interface. 

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Piktochart pros

Like a PowerPoint presentation, Piktochart offers a wide range of templates for themes and topics to suit needs for marketing and sales, financial forecasts and performance, investor pitches, and more from creating dynamic presentations.

For new users or those who want to design and share presentations from scratch, check out the platform’s Help Center, Video Tutorials, and Blog, all of which offer a wealth of resources on Piktochart and general design topics. 

Free business users will have access to plenty of design key features on a completely free basis, but more can be unlocked if you get a paid plan for more customization options.

Paid plans start at $168/year ($14/month) for Pro and $29/month.

The Pro Team plan allows teams to work on shared presentations and consolidate projects.

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Finally, you can download a presentation in high-resolution pdf files to present offline, PowerPoint files, or present straight from the platform user interface as a PowerPoint alternative.

You can also design an infographic and download it as blocks to convert into presentation slides or other graphic formats. Safe to say, Piktochart’s online presentation maker is one of the best free PowerPoint alternatives available today.

Piktochart cons

Unfortunately, Piktochart does not support native video playback on presentations, which rules out interactive video presentations. It also does not have version history.

You can, however, embed videos from Vimeo and YouTube into your presentation online, share to publish it, and copy and paste the URL on a browser to view the visual. 

Also, you can now record your presentations and that’s a form of “video presentations” that you can appreciate.

You could get started right away with Piktochart by signing up for free .

2. Google Slides

  • Great for users already deep in Google’s online ecosystem (e.g., Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive) and a popular PowerPoint alternative
  • Free for all personal users, and accessible to enterprises through G Suite
  • Presentation app accessible on browsers and mobile devices
  • Supports presentations through Chromecast and AirPlay

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Google Slides is a slide deck platform that’s part of Google’s web-based office suite within Google Drive.

This presentation tool lets you create and present pitch decks, training modules, animated presentations, business presentations, and project presentations among others right in your browser, with no need to install any software. 

Google Slides pros

Google Slides is great if you’re already invested in other Google tools like Docs, Forms, and Sheets.

As one of the most-used alternatives to PowerPoint, it is also arguably the most accessible to create, share, and download presentations in different file types. Not only is it free to use for all personal users (enterprises can unlock more features through G Suite), but it’s also available on both browsers and mobile devices. 

Slides’ integration with Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets means that importing audio and video files, managing presentations, and collaborating on projects with teams is a breeze. 

Google Slides cons

One of the downsides of Google Slides being widely accessible to users of all skill levels is that you don’t get more advanced features and design tools found on other platforms.

For example, Google Slides does not have a selection of templates or visual content for common types of projects and presentations, but it’s nowhere near the variety you’ll find on the other platforms on this list. 

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Bottom line? Google Slides is the best PowerPoint alternative for creating basic presentations with professionally designed templates. 

But if you want more advanced key features like slide transitions and effects, it’s best to look for another PowerPoint alternative for interactive presentations.

3. Beautiful.ai

  • Uses AI to recommend visual elements and layouts on your slides based on design principles
  • A simple and user-friendly design tool makes it easy for newbies to create beautiful presentations in minutes
  • Wide selection of presentation application, slide templates, and key features

As its name suggests, Beautiful.ai is a presentation software that leverages artificial intelligence to suggest ways to visualize your ideas and customize your designs.

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Beautiful.ai pros

Beautiful.ai ’s technology is the driving force behind its Smart Slides feature. 

Smart Slides ‘understand’ the content on your slide to make the best presentation possible. From there, this presentation tool intuitively makes recommendations on what elements you may want to add later and how you may want your slide layout to appear.

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For novice users with little to no design experience, this process happens automatically, with Beautiful.ai organizing ideas and visualizing content quickly — all while providing guidance every step of the way. You get professional looking presentations in little time!

Free users have more than 60 presentations to choose from, with the option of unlocking more on the basic plan for $12/month and $15/month, billed annually and monthly, respectively. 

Beautiful.ai cons

Beautiful.ai is exclusively a presentation tool, and possibly the most popular PowerPoint alternative for technically savvy marketers, which can be disappointing if you want to use it to create other visual projects like posters and infographics as it lacks these key features. This would include data visualization and visual content.

Its Smart Slides also have set parameters that leave little for customization, meaning it works best when creating a simple presentation. 

Users can only move elements to specific spots on each slide which automatically adapt, which means you can’t make the overall design of your presentation your own. 

4. Apple Keynote

  • Comes built-in with Apple macOS and is available for free on iOS as a presentation app
  • Tight integration with other Apple apps makes it a natural choice for Mac users
  • Compatible with PowerPoint and other presentation apps
  • Better transitions and effects than PowerPoint

Keynote is Apple’s presentation application software that comes included with any purchase of an Apple laptop and desktop computer. 

It’s part of the Apple iWork productivity suite, alongside Pages and Numbers. 

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Keynote pros

Keynote’s tight integration with other Apple apps also makes it a natural choice for Mac users. 

If you’re already familiar with Pages and Numbers, you’ll feel right at home with Keynote’s three-panel interface, composed of a formatting panel on the right side, a large editing section in the middle, and thumbnails on the left side. 

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But what makes Keynote one of the popular PowerPoint alternatives are its transitions and effects. 

In particular, the software’s impressive Magic Move transition allows visual objects to smoothly move positions from one slide to another when playing your presentation.

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Keynote users can also collaborate on presentations in real-time. Additionally, you can place restrictions on who can edit and only view your presentation. 

Keynote cons

PowerPoint and Keynote are generally compatible , provided Keynote presentations are exported in .ppt or .pptx format. 

However, elements like transitions, layouts, and fonts may look off if you’re exporting from Keynote to PowerPoint. You also will not have any integrations with live services such as Google Analytics.

5. LibreOffice Impress

  • The entire LibreOffice suite is open-source and free
  • Software supports all PowerPoint formats: .pps, .ppt, .pptxx

LibreOffice gets a lot of love for being a free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice Impress is the productivity suite’s alternative to PowerPoint, offering many of the same features found in its Microsoft counterpart. 

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LibreOffice Impress pros

LibreOffice Impress supports all PowerPoint formats: .pps, .ppt, and .pptx. 

With it, you can create all kinds of slide-based presentations using five different editing and viewing modes:

  • Normal, for general editing
  • Outline, for outlining text content
  • Notes, for adding and editing notes attached to slides
  • Handout, for paper-based materials
  • Slide Sorter, for quickly finding and changing the order of slides

Impress’s UI is far from the prettiest, but it gets the job done in a no-frills way with features like animations, effects, support for audio and video files, and timed presentations. 

LibreOffice Impress cons

Impress requires installation but is available on Microsoft, Mac, and Linux. The platform is also exclusive to desktops. 

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Impress has only 23 default templates to choose from, so we recommend looking for templates on third-party platforms like GitHub . 

However, you’ll need to do some digging if you want templates that are just as good-looking as the ones found on software like Piktochart.

It’s also worth noting that even if Impress supports other presentation software, you can expect to see some formatting issues when importing and exporting presentations between platforms. 

6. Zoho Show

  • Ideal for users invested in Zoho Office Suite
  • Free for personal use; competitive rates for enterprise users
  • Promises to keep formatting and elements intact when switching to PowerPoint

Zoho Show is a web-based presentation platform that’s part of the Zoho Office productivity suite. 

If you’re already using any of the Zoho office suite apps, it makes sense to create your presentations.  

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Zoho Show pros

Zoho Show’s feature set is comparable to other platforms’ capabilities. 

It offers perks like real-time collaboration and editing, transitions and effects, animations, slide review and commenting, deck downloads, and online publishing, as well as online broadcasting and discussions.

Zoho supports file types on PowerPoint and open-source platforms like OpenOffice. 

Furthermore, Zoho promises that any presentation viewed on PowerPoint will be free of issues like missing fonts, layout errors, and broken objects. 

Zoho has more than 20 presentation themes to choose from, along with 100 fonts, animations, and charts to visualize data.

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Zoho is free for personal users and small teams of up to five people. 

You can also unlock enhanced security, more collaboration features, storage, and admin controls by moving from the free plan to the Standard and Premium plans for $4/month and US6.4/month (billed annually), respectively. 

Zoho does not have an offline mode; you’ll need Internet access to edit or present slide decks. 

Videos and tweets on Zoho presentations can only be viewed online. At present, there’s no support for offline content.

7. Adobe Creative Cloud Express

  • Ideal for individual users and enterprises that rely heavily on the Adobe design ecosystem
  • Comes with a desktop version and mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Free to use and does not require a Creative Cloud account

Adobe Creative Cloud Express is a relatively new web-based design service that lets users create presentations as well as creative portfolios, landing pages, product pages and catalogs, newsletters, and photo galleries. 

Adobe Creative Cloud Express pros

Using Adobe Creative Cloud Express built-in Presentation Maker will come naturally to you if you or your business is already familiar with other Adobe products. 

But even new users with little to no graphic design experience will pick up the click-based platform in no time.

You can also use the other tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud Express suite, like Adobe Creative Cloud Express and Adobe Creative Cloud Express, to make specialized content to make your slides more interactive. 

For example, Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video supports audio and video content. You can also upload content straight from third-party sources like your library, Dropbox, Google Drive, and even social channels.

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It also offers free users a small but diverse selection of presentation templates for different projects and occasions. 

Naturally, you unlock more templates and features like branding and team collaboration if you upgrade to the paid plans instead of a free plan.

Pricing starts at $9.99/month or $99.99/year for individual users and $19.99/month or $239.88/year for teams and enterprises. 

Adobe Creative Cloud Express cons

Free users are limited to a small selection of templates, limited ability to edit presentations, and no interactive features, e.g. interactive charts; which can get old when you need to make multiple engaging presentations in a year. 

Presentations made using the free version will also include the Adobe watermark. Finally, Adobe Creative Cloud Express does not support offline editing once you download a presentation.

What to look for in PowerPoint alternatives

Just as there are many ways to make a presentation , there are also several PowerPoint alternatives to consider. Some are better than others or have more features and presentation tools designed for your needs. 

To make choosing between Powerpoint presentations and their alternatives easier, consider these criteria:

  • Accessibility . Is it an operating system (OS)-based or browser-based platform? The former requires installation on your computer (as in the case of PowerPoint) while the latter means it can be accessed using any web browser. Each has its pros and cons, depending on your needs. For example, OS-based platforms don’t require an Internet connection to run. On the other hand, browser-based platforms need an Internet connection but can be accessed (along with your designs) on any browser.  
  • Usability . Is the platform easy to use or does it have a steep learning curve? Look for software that comes with tutorials designed to help new users create professionally designed slides. The best presentation software isn’t just simple and easy to use, but it also supports additional media to keep the audience engaged.
  • Notable features . Apart from the usual ability to add text, images, and graphics to slides, you want a presentation platform with extra features such as collaboration, robust design tools, support for audio and rich media, and a wide variety of templates for reports and presentations. You want to capture the audience’s attention!
  • Price . Finally, consider the price of the presentation software. Some are a free alternative, others come bundled with the OS, while the rest are available to enterprises on a monthly and annual subscription. 

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Best Microsoft Office Alternatives for Mac


Although Microsoft Office is unarguably the best office suite for any computer, people look for other free or paid alternatives for two main reasons. Microsoft adopted a subscription model and high-price of Office 2019. In addition to the price point, common users, who want to perform basic tasks, like to use free software packages like Google Docs to create, edit, and share documents. No matter where you stand in this situation, you can always check some of the best Microsoft Office alternatives for Mac.

  • Google Suite
  • LibreOffice
  • iWork Suite
  • Open Office

1. Google Suite

Download G Suite for Mac

For the last 13 years, G Suite has been providing business solutions in cloud computing, productivity, and collaboration. Since this package includes Google Drives, Mac users can easily create, store, and share their documents from anywhere.

When your team is spread across the length and breadth of the world, this cloud-based software is one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Office for Mac . Apart from PDF and DOC files, you can share your iWork files with others.

Since G Suite boasts minimalist features, it is popular among enterprises. However, some features are deeply rooted in menus; for this reason, G Suite requires some time to explore its full features. If you are familiar with Chrome or Chrome OS, you won’t face any challenge in using this package.

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2. LibreOffice

Download LibreOffice for Mac

LibreOffice can easily fill the vacuum left by Windows and macOS. And one of the first thing it does is to support nearly all document formats. The best thing about LibreOffice is its Office-like interface.

This open-source suite is free; it is primarily known for its word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software. This software is available in 110 languages.

Unlike Windows Microsoft Office, this does not ask you for frequent updates. A notable feature of this suite is you can export files into PDF format .

Users, however, complained about the change in fonts and formatting when they export documents from LibreOffice to MS Office. With a smaller download size of 228MB, it is quick to install and use on your Mac. The software is a reliable productivity tool if you are looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Office for Mac.

Price: Free Get LibreOffice

3. iWork Suite

Download iWork Suite for Mac

iWork mainly involves Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – these three will quickly remind you of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint of Microsoft Office. However, Apple’s ecosystem makes the three accessible to all devices that bear this tech giant’s name. Thus, you can work in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

On iPad, you can use Apple Pencil to add illustrations and notations to your documents. iWork is lighter than MS Office, and this is one of the reasons why Mac users avoid using MS Office.

Pages is amazing, in so many words. Especially when I create sensational-looking documents and access the same on non-Apple computers. Yes, Apple lets you use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on Windows computer using iCloud.

Price: Free Get iWork Suite

4. Open Office

Download Open Office for Mac

Apache Open Office boasts six impressive tools to set up your office in your Mac. This software suite comprises Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, and Math .

While Writer, Calc, and Impress are lookalikes of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the other three have successfully diverged from MS Office. Draw helps you create from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.

With Base, you can create and edit tables, forms, queries, and reports. And Math allows you to create mathematical calculations with a graphic user interface.

It is your open source software package, and therefore, you can fix bugs and send your suggestions for improvement. Moreover, it has an active online community, which can help you if you are in a fix.

Price: Free Get Open Office

5. WPS Office

WPS Office Microsoft Office Alternative for Mac

Here’s another great Microsoft Office alternative for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. It’s free to use but has ads, which you can remove by paying $30 a year. It’s got an easy-to-use interface and includes WPS Writers, WPS Spreadsheet, and WPS Presentation.

Moreover, it’s customizable, so you can pick the menu style you like most. Pretty neat! I also appreciate that it supports tabbed document editing, similar to a web browser. Further, you get an integrated cloud with 1 GB of storage!

Price: $30/year Get FreeOffice

That’s all folks!

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LibreOffice is the clear winner for its nearly MS Office-like features and appearance. Users are not supposed to update the software frequently. Moreover, you can send and receive documents on Mac as well as other computers. In case you need more information about Microsoft Office alternatives, please shoot us a question in the comment section below.

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If the Mac can handle the ‘risk’ of alternative app stores, why can’t the iPhone?

If you take Apple’s view of things, iPhone users in the EU are about to enter the wild, wild west of mobile security.

Possibly the wild, wild east of mobile security for those in Eastern Europe.

Writing for Fast Company, Michael Grothaus spoke with Apple Fellow Phil Schiller about the scaaary future that awaits!

“Exclusive: Apple’s Phil Schiller says alternative app stores expose iPhone users to major risks. He’s right”

…with alternative app stores on the iPhone, its users in the EU could now be more vulnerable to privacy and security threats than they were before, according to Apple Fellow Phil Schiller, who heads the company’s App Store.

Of course you might expect the head of Apple’s App Store to say this…

Yes. Yes, the Macalope would. At the very least because, despite the company being dragged kicking and screaming into this action, there will assuredly be people who are going to blame Apple when they download a malicious app from someone else’s store.

Because people are the worst.

Like Carl. Ugh. That guy. Who wears a Members Only jacket in 2024? And Randy? Don’t get the Macalope started on Randy.

Of course, Apple will continue to have at least some level of responsibility because it is insisting continuing to the the one to notarize apps after doing a baseline review of them, regardless of what store they end up on.

Still, this notarization should be enough to stop a malicious app that’s attempting to mimic a real app (say, from Facebook or Starbucks) from being installed on a user’s iPhone.

After a recent App Store incident, “should” is doing an Eastern European deadlifting team’s worth of heavy lifting in that sentence.

“Warning: Fraudulent App Impersonating LastPass Currently Available in Apple App Store”

Still. People like simple solutions. The App Store is either good or it’s bad. But it’s not. There are a lot of things wrong with the App Store. Yet, even though the review process is far from perfect, it is still a significant contributor to making iOS one of the safest modern operating systems, if not the safest. And, at the same time, that still doesn’t mean other stores shouldn’t be allowed.

On the Mac you can download apps from anywhere on the internet. The Mac has its own various levels of security to prevent malicious apps from stealing your life force and/or precious bodily fluids, but it’s more vulnerable than iOS, partly because iOS is so secure thanks to both strong security implementation and the App Store. The former sometimes hampers functionality. The latter sometimes hampers developers’ sanity and customers’ choice. Even with these restrictions, it’s still not completely secure because it’s also probably the most targeted operating system in existence.

The Mac, with its more open nature, certainly has its fair share of vulnerabilities, but to date, it’s still not significantly impaired by malware. Windows fans warned for years of the coming of The Year of Mac Malware, insisting that the Mac would be inundated with malware once it reached a significant market share, just as Windows had. But it never happened, in large part because desktops took a back seat to mobile devices. When people moved most of their computing to mobile devices, attacks moved, too.

From a security perspective, Apple managed the last two decades pretty well. The relative stagnation of the desktop market meant the Mac never got popular enough to receive significant attention from malicious actors and the restrictions put on iOS made it that much harder for them.

All this comes at the cost of the company deciding what is and is not an acceptable risk and what is and is not acceptable content. After 17 years of iPhone-ing, aren’t customers ready for the company to loosen its grip a bit, despite Schiller’s protestations?

If the Mac can handle the ‘risk’ of alternative app stores, why can’t the iPhone?


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