Presentation software

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

Presentation software being used to demonstrate employee performance
  • 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 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.