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It depends, I like to be simple in terms of my presentation since being really crafty is unprofessional depending on the criteria and class. I've only ever had the option to use something else like Prezi once in Senior Year of HS.

Other than that, most of my college professors just tell us to use PowerPoint and submit it to the online course site. Or even yet, just use note cards and memorize what to talk about.
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I'm starting my freshman year but in the 8th Grade my history teacher seemed to like my presentations when I use Powerpoint...
Posted 7/6/15
I just draw stick figures on the walls, dem power points are too powerful for my feeble mind
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Posted 7/6/15 , edited 7/6/15
there's a difference between using powerpoint for presentation purposes (which is fine)
and using it to share the lecture notes (edit: or any notes) (which should be avoided)

powerpoint comes with built-in animation and other stuff that can be useful in presenting an idea to the audience. for example, you could have 5 bullet points in a slide, each one showing up on the screen after every click - so that the audience can concentrate on each point. this is fine in the context of presentation, but is completely unnecessary for someone who just want to look at the lecture notes
- they don't need the fancy animation.

Someone before claimed that powerpoint allows people to control + F and find whatever they need. Well, so do pdf files, assuming of course that it's a text, rather than a picture of the text, though the same applies for powerpoint.

One could argue that power point is possibly better because of the smaller file size.
A powerpoint file taking 200 kb, while a converted pdf file could take aroud 1-2mb

This claim is dubious for at least two reasons:

1) storage space is cheap, and your converted presentation file shouldn't be over 5mb in most cases anyway.
2) you need to have office installed for offline use, which pretty much negates w/e benefits there were in regards to file size.

Arguably the biggest disadvantage of the powerpoint format is portability
- you need to have office installed in order to see the powerpoint files offline. There are some workarounds, though mostly involving either a 3rd party powerpoint viewer or using a cloud service like google's. Of course, if you're using Microsoft smartphone or tablet, that point is moot.

With PDF file, you don't need to have office installed and can open the file with any pdf reader.
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I'd say yeah. I've had the best experience with Google Drive, since on partner projects we can work simultaneously.
Posted 7/6/15
yeah powerpoint is blah...
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I've always used PowerPoint because of the animations, really. My classmates never figured out how to do them, so mine were always more extravagant than theirs and my teacher's seemed to like that.


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I used Power Point for a few presentations I did a couple of semesters ago. I like it.
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namealreadytaken wrote:

One could argue that power point is possibly better because of the smaller file size.
A powerpoint file taking 200 kb, while a converted pdf file could take aroud 1-2mb

This claim is dubious for at least two reasons:

1) storage space is cheap, and your converted presentation file shouldn't be over 5mb in most cases anyway.
2) you need to have office installed for offline use, which pretty much negates w/e benefits there were in regards to file size.


PowerPoint, and for that matter, the entirety of Microsoft Office (MO), can be absolutely atrocious when it comes to filesize that sometimes exporting to PDF is the best solution.

The reason for this is because MO programs have a tendency to keep track of that particular file's history in-case you somehow want to back it up or something. Files that get passed around the lot, changed, to the point the final presentation is completely different from the original PowerPoint can be bloated in file-size. It's nothing too big for most computers to handle, but enough that it prevents emailing the document. The issue has come out at work (where we deal with MO regularly); although there's probably a quick fix to delete file history or something to make it reasonable.
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the joke is that power point will always fail but in reality I think it depends on the program you use.
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Posted 7/6/15

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

I've done better without.

As long as the slides aren't a wall of text it's ok to use.
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I mean it is up to the speaker to use aid on it or not. From cardboard to PowerPoint you can be a great speaker but it depend id the speech reach well the auditorium. The tool can not be blamed.
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I don't mind PowerPoint. It doesn't have to be distracting as fwuk. It's easy to print out for lectures or whatever.
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