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Presentation software

Presentation software [software: a general term used to describe an application or a program ] is used to create presentations, quizzes, e-learning packages, information points and many other multimedia [multimedia: the use of several types of media outputs from a computer in order to give the user a richer and more interesting experience ] products.

Most presentation software packages allow you to create your multimedia product using a series of slides. Text, images, video, animations, links and sound can be combined on each slide to create a sophisticated final product.

The most widely used presentation software is Microsoft PowerPoint but there is other presentation software, such as Impress (part of the OpenOffice suite).

Common features of presentation software

  • Slides that can contain any mixture of text, images, video, animations, links and sound.
  • Animation effects that allow the various elements on each slide to appear after a certain amount of time or when a presenter presses a button.
  • Slide master – this allows the style (font [font: style applied to text, eg Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana are all types of font ], font size, background etc) to be set once and then used throughout the presentation.
  • Transitions – this is how the presentation software “moves” the display of one slide to another. Transitions usually include dissolving from one slide to the next or the current slide being moved in some way to show the next slide as though it was underneath.
  • Slide notes – when these are used the presenter will see the current slide and any notes associated with it on his/her display and the audience will see just the slide on another screen or from a projector.

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