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prezi vs powerpointComparing Prezi to PowerPoint is kind of like comparing apples to oranges: they both come from the same family, it’s simply up to personal preference. There are pros and cons to each, so whether you’re preparing an important business presentation or you’re working on a school project, it’s important to know the differences between the two programs. After all, the way you present your presentation is almost as important as the actual content! Prezi vs PowerPoint? It’s up to you to decide.

If you’re interested in dipping your toes into both programs before deciding which one is best for you, Udemy has a handful of great courses that will teach you everything you need to know about both programs (including PowerPoint tips and tricks that you may not have even known existed)!


PowerPoint is known by all to be the standard ‘go-to’ software when making presentations. It is simple to learn and doesn’t come with many bells and whistles. It has been around for many years and is compatible with most platforms (you can even get a version of Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac). It’s extremely useful if you want to create a simple, professional presentation with a linear storyline. The presentation begins at one point, advances through a series of slides and then ends on a concluding point.




Prezi is often seen as the bells and whistles version of PowerPoint, although the interface is completely different. It is a Flash-based program that begins with one blank canvas instead of a handful of blank slides. This means that presentations made through Prezi are non-linear, which is good for people who like to jump around to different ideas a lot throughout their presentation.



So Which is Best?

The answer to this question it truly up to your own discretion. While so many people consider PowerPoint to be an out-of-date software, it is mainly because they associate it with elementary school classrooms and simple, cheesy animations. The reality is that you can do so much more with PowerPoint that most people don’t realize. The simple slide themes can be tweaked to look more sleek and modern, while the linear progression of the presentation makes it simple for viewers to follow.

Prezi is great for those that want to break out of the boring PowerPoint rut. It offers a fresh new take on the traditional presentation, and can be a great way to keep viewers engaged. Haven’t you ever dozed off during a lecture where the professor was going through PowerPoint slides, reading directly off the slide in a monotone voice? While Prezi presentations can keep viewers engaged, they can also make them dizzy and distract them from the content of your presentation.

The Best Uses for Each

In short, PowerPoint presentations are best for a simple business presentation that includes graphs and charts and a lot of text. People come to the presentation for the information, not the flashy effects.

Prezi presentations may be best when presenting to children or a classroom full of students. Children are easily distracted, and slide after slide of a PowerPoint presentation can cause them to lose focus. Prezi offers unique visuals and interesting transitions that can keep children interested in what you are saying.

Although there are places where each may be more effective, it’s important to remember that your presentation does not depend on the program used, but how the program is used. You could create the flashiest Prezi in the world and not get any information across, but you could create a simple PowerPoint full of mind-bending information that people won’t soon forget. It’s all about the way you develop your presentation through a mixture of visuals and information.

Are you ready to make an informative, engaging presentation? Regardless of which program you decide is best for you, you can learn the ins and outs of effective presentations through a helpful course from Udemy.

Page Last Updated: May 2014

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