Do you need a platform to create and view slide-based presentations for business, art or pure entertainment? If so, you’re going to love this post: we’ve got a showdown between two free ways to make such presentations and give you an idea of which is better suited to your needs. So, read on, my friends, and check out these two web-based alternatives to using PowerPoint: Rvl.io and SlideRocket.
Both programs offer a visually-based method of creating presentations, but Rvl.io seems to be slightly more geared toward the visual. In other words, Rvl’s interface is closer to a WYSIWYG editor, whereas SlideRocket seems more geared toward using layout boards and timelines.
One works with a per-slide editing formal (Rvl.io) and the other (SlideRocket) uses an overview system to edit individual bits of the presentation. Both of them are based on the idea of creating and linking ‘slides’ in sequence to get an end result of an animated presentation that looks slick and professional but didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
In both, you can publish straight to a URL, and both have support for social media style commenting on each individual slide. In our interconnected, online world, this new way of publishing your presentations (and getting feedback) might just be turning Powerpoint into a dinosaur, unless it keeps up (which I expect it might).
Within the individual ‘slides’ in Rvl.io, you can add text of any color, format, font, and size you like, and change the background image or color of each slide as well. You can insert images like photos or charts and drawings, as well as create URL links and the interface will accept HTML coding. That offers an incredible range of things one can do with each individual slide, and the final publishing process is as simple as clicking a couple of buttons. You’ll end up with an html file that you can insert into the index of your reveal.js file and run as a java program. In other words, you will need some slight knowledge of file editing and copy/paste operations along with a very basic idea of how html and java work, in order to successfully use Rvl.io. This could be considered a drawback if you don’t have that knowledge.
SlideRocket, in a similar fashion but with slightly different implementation, allows you to create and edit your ‘slides’ from a more desktop style overview, keeping an eye on the ‘big picture’ while adding and saving new content. This method allows one to shift and change the order of the slides, as well as work more easily with storyboard style subject material. That alone makes SlideRocket slightly more useful to the art and film crowd. Slides can contain multiple different kinds of media, and there are different visual themes or styles to choose from as well, just as with Rvl so that point is also even between them.
Overall can certainly see that these two platforms would be useful and appeal to different kinds of people in different situations. If you are looking for a short term solution to create a quick and easy presentation I would suggest Rvl.io to you; which will let you get from zero to having a full-fledged presentation published on the web with it’s own URL and being viewed by people on the other side of the globe in 15 minutes.
While neither program was able to outshine PowerPoint, they were both viable alternatives, and both free. If, on the other hand, you are in need of a longer-term solution for creating more in-depth presentations and possibly building on them in the future, I would say SlideRocket is the better way to go. SlideRocket does, also, offer some upgraded options for those that want to move into the realm of paying for software but that’s an entirely different subject. Both programs are decent in their way and what they offer. It all depends on your situation and needs, but I personally found SlideRocket to be easier and more fun to use, and there’s also a collaboration tool for SlideRocket that allows students to collaborate online on presentations. For all those reasons, I gave SlideRocket the edge in this contest. Until next time, my friends.