Have you ever scratched your head and tussled within yourself when asked about making a presentation? I have! I am always dealing with this dilemma of how to make my slides more impactful, resourceful and easy to comprehend after all there are only limited things that you can do with your 30 years old tool, “Microsoft Powerpoint”. Yes, it’s been 3 decades since Microsoft gave us PowerPoint in 1987 and since then most of us are using it. I must accept that having been working on Microsoft PowerPoint all throughout my life, I can create amazing slideshows and in very less time because I know it at the back of my hand. But what itches me most is that all my slides look similar across a different project. And not only mine but 2 different people working on the Microsoft Powerpoint might land up with similar looking slides.
You know those best presentations are the not the one that is loaded with the facts, data, images but they are the ones that support you and your message that you are trying to get across the audience. And it is this itch to make my slides powerful that made me explore an alternative to the Microsoft presentation and fortunately, in today’s age there are many available and one such is HTML5 presentations.
You can browse through the best of the HTML5 presentation systems these days:

  1. Focusky

It is an amazing tool for HTML5 business presentation and animated videos. Its key features include:

  • Edit slide objects
  • You can add text to the slides as the instructions or comments. And each added text can have customized font
  • Image- one can add image and decorate the whole presentation or better explain the added items. Common types of Image files can be selected such as gif, png, jpg
  • Focusky supports Flash files for animated digital presentation
  • Online Video- it supports the online video insertion from YouTube and Vimeo which are the two hottest social share mediums of online video.
  • Hyperlink -Focusky offers you add a link button to your new digital canvas

Focusky Price: Free, Standard ($9.99/month), Professional ($99/month), or Enterprise ($399).

  1. Impress.js

It’s a presentation tool based on the powers of CSS3 transform and transition in modern browsers. It uses JavaScript to add functionally to HTML code hence requires functional knowledge of HTML 5 and CSS3 to use.
The slides are arranged in 3-dimensional space and view rotates and pans accordingly.
Download - https://github.com/impress/impress.js

  1. Google slide

Google has its own HTML 5 template including the one offered in Google doc. Its basic in nature, easy to use and looks great! Since it is Google it is seamlessly integrated with the rest of the Google tools.
With google slides-

  • one can collaborate and edit slides with anyone in real time
  • Publish slides to the web and embed them on the sites
  • One can make it interactive as you can view speaker notes, host Q&A sessions and view the presenter’s comments

Google Slide Price - free for 15 GB of storage

  1. Emaze

It is excellent and easy to use presentation builder that offers visually pleasing templates. The greatest advantage is the ability to embed any kind of media in the slides as it supports both HTML5 and CSS. It also provides multi-device access

Emaze Price – Its free for 3 presentations and then one can upgrade to Pro ($12.5/ month) and Business plan ($39/month)

  1. Deck.js

It is a powerpoint alternative for HTML web-based presentation. By using deck.js one can make HTML presentations compatible with a modern browser including mobile devices/smartphones.

  1. Shower

It is built on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It is a simple tool that works on all the modern browsers.

  1. Keynote

When it comes to making beautiful slides. “Keynote” is the answer. This tool is free for every new Apple device and is much like a simplified PowerPoint packed with beautiful templates and typography. You can even make a presentation on iCloud.com in Keynote

  1. Prezi

This is one of the popular alternatives and is used for animated and non- linear presentations. You can have large graphics that connect possibly everything with your points. In the starting the presentation zooms out to give the holistic view, then Prezi will zoom in to focus on the details as you go through your presentation, zooming out and back as you focus on different points during your slideshow.

Prezi Price: Free for public presentations; from $5/month Standard plan for privacy controls

  1. Slides

Slides are intended to give each team member access to everyone’s presentation for efficient group work. One can share a mutual library of plans, designs, logos, and more to incorporate into a slideshow, and can look through everybody's finished slide decks.
Slides manager makes it simpler to keep things lined up with its inherent network. One can drag pictures, content from anywhere and the editorial manager will ensure your slides doesn't turn out untidy. One can even tweak slide format with CSS and present slides on the web.

Slides Price: Free for open introductions; from a $5/month Light arrangement for boundless private introductions, disconnected introductions, and PDF

  1. Canva

Canva is intended to make a wide range of design-focused documents such as magazine covers, book cover, and presentation. Canva has a vast range of stock images, background, page layouts to make image focused slides. One can share the work publicly or present it from Canva

Canva Price: Free, with paid images and layouts starting at $1; $12.95/month per user Canva for Work for team plans

  1. Adobe Spark:

Adobe Spark is designed to build graphics, web pages, and video stories. Each slide is built around a graphic, which one can upload or find online via Spark's integration with popular free stock photo sites. One can tweak the image's design with filters, then add text over the images and set how long that slide should be displayed in your presentation.

Adobe Spark Price: Free for core features; $9.99/month Individual plan

  1. Meetingbox

This tool allows you to build a high-quality presentation in record time thus giving you more time for client management. You can directly build your presentation on the browser which makes it accessible from anywhere. It can configure media rich HTML 5 presentation in any language based on your supplier and service database. It also allows you to easily embed your project related services in the presentation. One of the very important features is that Meeting box works across all devices. It helps in creating a very user-friendly presentation and one can use mouse/keyboard to navigate and swipe through slides on the phone. Exporting the presentation to the printable PDF is just on a click of a button and the best thing about it is that it allows you to create a presentation in your preferred format – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and of course HTML5.
Believe me, working on a presentation is fun and with all these tools, you can do wonders with your slides. All you need to do is to come out of your comfort zone and start exploring new alternatives available. My favorite options being Meetingbox as it allows me to use my time more efficiently and engage my clients and retain their attention. A well-crafted presentation demonstrates professionalism and helps to reinforce an organization’s corporate image.