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Alternatives to PowerPoint
You can also use these sites for inspiration! Many of them have galleries of "most popular" or "best" presentations, which are often visually stunning and informative. If you create an account on these sites, they occasionally send samples of fabuous presentations.
Zoom!!! Prezi uses an open canvas for creating presentations, so you can break free from the linear model.
A free iPad app, Haiku Deck makes visually stunning and simple presentations easy as pie. Pick an image or graphic, type in a few words, and on to the next slide!
Keynote is an Apple presentation software, with many attractive slide design templates, easy-to-use graphic and chart options, and can get as complex as you want.
Great for collaborating! Very simple and basic, with an option to download presentations for offline backup.
Use Present.me to add video or audio to your document or presentation.
"Add links to images and video. Easily create interactive websites, blogs, infographics, maps, photo albums, presentations, and more!"
emaze is an online presentation platform, with several built-in templates with a variety of visual themes.
Finding Usable Images
The following sources provide access to Creative Commons-licensed photos you can reuse for a variety of purposes. What is
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr is a public and popular photo sharing site with a very large supply of Creative Commons images. Use the CC search limit check box at the bottom of the page.
Compfight searches Flickr images, some say better than Flickr itself. Click Creative Commons from the menu down the left next to the results.
Over 18 million CC-licensed images. Not only can you search by keyword but you can also browse by category: date, location, format, style, etc.
Find icons available for re-use! These are not photographs, but small graphics. Use filter at top for no-cost files.
TinEye MultiColor Search Lab
Search by color (up to five at a time!)
The Noun Project
User-contributed symbols and icons, available to use for free with proper attribution.
More Usable Images
And here are some more sources for Creative Commons licensed photos!
Death to the Stock Photo
"For commercial use, your blog posts, social accounts and mockups.
We aim to be just like coffee for the modern creative."
"Over 350.000 quality stock photos by more than 30.000 photographers!"
A search engine for free vector designs
From the website description: "Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome pictures added weekly! All pictures were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design and free of copyright restrictions."
"Sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days. Use them anyway you want."
"Looking for high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they're all completely free."
New Old Stock
"Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions."
Free photographs targeted at "bloggers and creatives," sourced from Flickr creative commons images.
"Totally free photos for commercial & personal work" posted by web designer Viktor Hanacek. There's a search option, or you can approach via categories. The pictures are large and very good quality.
Pixabay allows users to upload or download creative commons licensed photos. Some high quality photos, along with plenty of clipart and icons.
"A web service that allows you to create gorgeous word clouds."
"Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days."
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