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Great Tools for Creating Professional Presentations, Infographics, and Timelines

For those working in the academic, scientific, school, or business world, the use of presentation programs has become indispensable today. In addition to the best known (among all PowerPoint and Keynote), there are free and easy-to-use tools on the net that allow you to create professional and original presentations.

The purpose of a multimedia presentation is to capture the target audience’s interest, illustrating in a clear and possibly captivating and engaging way a project, an idea, a product, the results of research. Prezi and PowToon are two presentation tools that perform this purpose very well.

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Prezi

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software available in both the free and paid version. Unlike the classic linear PowerPoint-style presentation, it allows you to give your ideas a whole new perspective.

Thanks to new zooming and 3D effects, the observer is projected within the presentation. At the same time, the use of fade-in animation allows the various objects to appear and disappear as you move between the elements. It is an interactive and versatile tool that can be used in academic and educational contexts, promoting a small business or creating an alternative, original portfolio or curriculum vitae.

After making the free registration, you have to choose one of the available templates (or create one to your taste and liking) and start creating the presentation to insert text, images, links, video, and audio files.

PowToon

PowToon is also a cloud-based software available both free and paid (three plans available). It comes with a simple and intuitive graphical interface that, in a few steps, allows you to create fun animated cartoon-style presentations and impressive professional videos. Great for making explanatory instructional videos or promoting a small business.

Despite its limitations, the free version has a rather rich library of graphic elements, styles, and characters. When you are satisfied with your video, you can share it or upload it to YouTube.

Infographics

Widely used in the journalistic field, in the IT sector, in the mathematical-statistical sciences, in the educational and social networks, infographics are used to represent complex data and information in a synthetic, clear, and effective way. Given the enormous success, the tools that allow practically anyone to create information graphics have multiplied on the web. In this post, I want to point out three of them, all free and easy to use.

DesignCap

DesignCap is a web-based tool with a simple and essential graphic interface offering a good number of templates, different categories of objects, backgrounds, and shapes to customize the infographic.

You can create awesome infographics to visualize your data and information with great ease and no graphic design skills required. Choose a template you like, add your information and data, and whip up a professional-looking infographic with handy editing tools and abundant graphic resources within DesignCap.

Infogram

Infogram is an intuitive visualization tool that empowers people and teams to create beautiful content. It offers enhanced interactivity with tooltips, tabs, clickable legends, linking, and so much more.

Infogram provides two accounts, one free and one pro, for creating infographics. The pro version presents various templates and offers a rather wide range of options for creating graphs and tables. You can also insert images and videos from YouTube and Vimeo.

Piktochart

Piktochart is a straightforward tool to use. The free version provides several graphic templates. The online editor offers different sets of icons and the possibility of inserting graphics, images, and text to personalize the infographic, which can be saved in png format or shared on social networks.

Timeline

Timelines are a useful and practical presentation if you have to trace a biography or illustrate a series of events and trends relating to a specific topic, particularly suitable for the teaching sector. Also, there are special tools available online in this case, thanks to which you can quickly and easily create timelines.

TimelineJS

TimelineJS is an open-source tool available in 40 languages​. It allows you to create interactive timelines in just a few minutes by simply filling in a spreadsheet generated with GoogleDrive that makes use of a predefined template.

This timeline maker allows you to insert multimedia files with pleasant but straightforward graphics and naturally supports Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, and SoundCloud. Once created, you can share or insert the timeline within your site by following the procedure described on the official page.

Tiki-Toki

It is a web-based software, in free and premium versions. It allows you to create interactive and creative timelines of high graphic impact, where you can insert images and videos (supports YouTube and Vimeo).

It is possible to create a single timeline in the free version that can be shared but not inserted within site. To take advantage of this service, you must request one of the paid accounts.

Timetoast

Timetoast is another tool for creating timelines for free and quickly. Unlike the previous ones, this timeline maker is essential in graphics. It does not support videos but allows you to view the classic timeline version’s contents and a chronological list.

I hope that the listed services will be useful to you. The best thing to do is give it a try – creating your visual content has undoubtedly never been easier than it is today.

Great Tools for Creating Professional Presentations, Infographics, and Timelines

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