Slideshows Are No Longer a Snooze Fest

Slideshows Are No Longer a Snooze Fest

Back in the day, the word “slideshow” was synonymous with “boring.” Like the dull economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the mere mention of a slideshow was enough to draw groans from the audience held captive by sleep-inducing static image scrolls.

No longer. Today’s PowerPoint presentations have become exciting and dynamic affairs, with attention-grabbing options to include animated gifs, embedded media, and even soundtracks and voiceovers. Whether you’re delivering a Ted Talk, preparing a student presentation, or lecturing to a packed industry conference room, the slideshow is often the most dramatic and stimulating part of your talk, helping to keep people engaged no matter how dry the topic.

The magic happens courtesy of WPS Office Presentation. This free office software is part of WPS Office’s trio of apps that are 100 percent compatible with MS Office, and thus fully support both PPT and PPTX files. WPS Office on iOS and Android offer the tools needed to not just create rough mockups for you to finalize on your PC, but to produce complete, high-quality, professional PowerPoints while on the go.

Whether you’re new to our office productivity software or just need a refresher on how powerful the Presentation system is for creating and delivering eye-popping PowerPoints that no one will snooze through, read on for the bottom line on some of the app’s best features:

  • Bells and whistles. When you think about what was so humdrum about presentations of old, it can largely be traced back to the monotony that results from a slideshow with no special effects. Watching slide after slide of flat images or a stream of similarly formatted photos quickly loses its luster, which is why it became a cliché to try to avoid getting stuck watching slideshows of other people’s vacations. With WPS Office Presentation, however, you can harness the interest of even the most distracted audience members using advanced animation features that are sure to crowd-please. Whether you want a riveting slide transition, sophisticated flash interactions, powerful video, sound-surround audio, or complex imagery with multi-media effects, you’ll be able to include it thanks to Presentation.

  • Everything’s done. Using Presentation, you don’t have to worry about having the skills of an art director to make your PowerPoint visually amazing and give it professional polish. The app comes equipped with a boatload of familiar formatting tools, giving you the ability to create the look and feel that you want. There’s no need to settle for lifeless slides when you can choose from a huge palate of colors, shapes, and font styles to make your points pop. Plus, Presentation also has support for a wide range of ready-made column and table options to transform lackluster data points into eye-catching graphics.
  • Pre-recorded presentations. Today’s speakers have myriad options to get people to tune in that didn’t exist back in Ferris Bueller’s day. One such option is to use the Record Presentation feature of WPS Office, which allows you to use WPS Office for iOS to create a pre-recorded presentation. This lets you add a personal touch to your audio, whether you want to include a recording of your voice with a sales pitch PowerPoint, send a singing Christmas card using the app, or include an audio message to explain your visual portfolio during a job search.
  • Wide appeal. If you want to reach an even wider audience with your slideshow messaging, you can use Presentation’s features to prepare a webinar. This allows you to host an event that delivers your presentation over the Internet via video conferencing software. The advantage here is that you can create greater buzz and influence, with potential for national and even worldwide viewership via the web. With a webinar, you can share PowerPoint slides that you created with the Presentation app while interacting with your audience virtually in real time. You’ll be able to receive feedback on your ideas directly from your viewers. And if you’re worried about drifting attention spans, you can keep the focus on your offering using a touch-controlled laser pointer to draw on slides with a unique ink feature directly from your mobile device.

We’ve come a long way since the days of droning slideshow delivery. With the latest—and frankly greatest—office productivity software on the market, you’ll have audiences hanging on your every word and coming back for more. You can learn more about Presentation’s features and other highlights of our free office software by visiting the WPS Office website.

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