If you need to create a presentation but do not have access to Microsoft Power Point you can either use another software program like Open Office to create the presentations or use an online service like 280 Slides to create the presentation instead.
The benefit of using an online solution is that it can be used without installing software on a computer system. The software on the other hand offers the advantage of not needing an Internet connection to create the Power Point presentations.
The 280 Slides website offers direct access to the presentation editor. All functions are free to use and require not registration except for saving presentations. Downloads are possible without registration and the service offers to create presentations in Microsoft Power Point 2003, Microsoft Power Point 2007, Open Office or Adobe PDF format.
Presentations can be easily created. A wizard will be displayed at the beginning with the option to take a tour of the service or create a new presentation right away. Various templates are available including black and white backgrounds but also others that include gradients or a sky like template.
Text can be added and edited using the normal text editing controls that can change the font, sizes and various other aspects of the text. Pictures and videos can be added either from online sources or from the local computer system.
Notes can be added to the presentations and a preview option is available to preview the presentation online. Another interesting option is the ability to import local presentations from Microsoft Power Point or Open Office which can be very useful for working on presentations on the Internet or fixing something just before a presentation if no other means of accessing the presentation is available.
Update: The web service is no longer available. You can use a comparable solution such as Zoho Docs free to create presentations online as well.
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