An engaging presentation has a bit of everything, and to get that everything feeling, you must have a perfect app.
Two presentation software packages are Prezi and Google Slides. If you are looking for the best between the two, this is the Prezi vs. Google Slides battle to help you decide.
Note: Prezi is for designs, video conferences, and presentations, and this article focuses on presentation features.
Quick Prezi vs. Google Slides
Prezi and Google Slides are cloud-based presentation software, but Prezi has more powerful templates and animations. However, Google Slides is free, whereas most of the features are in the premium plans of Prezi.
What are both
Prezi is presentation software that personalizes your experience depending on your student, educator, or business role.
It can be used for:
- Creating designs and presenting
- Video conferences
- Recording video presentations and presenting later or sending them to others
The app supports inviting your team or friends to collaborate.
Prezi does not use an individual slide approach but a canvas-based method for presentation. You can zoom in and out on the subject of the presentation.
Google Slides, on the contrary, is a free collaborative cloud-based presentation program. You can add images, videos, and audio to presentations.
The good thing about Google Slides is that it is connected to other Google apps, like Google Sheets, Gmail, and Google Drive, giving you the freedom to log in and start working anywhere you want.
Let’s discuss some of the popular options in both.
The content we can add
Prezi lets you add a wide range of options, including:
- Icons (free and premium)
- Animations from one area to another
- PowerPoint presentations
- Audio (premium only)
- Video from YouTube or web
- Story blocks (tables, charts, notes, and other data types)
Google Slides, in contrast, allows adding:
- Images (computer, web, Google Photos, Drive)
- Audio from Google Drive
- Videos (YouTube and web)
- Charts (new charts or from Google Sheets)
- Word art
- Special characters
In Prezi, you can upload pictures directly from your computer. It also supports images from cloud storage platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
Moreover, it is integrated with Unsplash, but you can’t search for Unsplash images for free. Lastly, we have the option to add GIFs, stickers, and icons.
Google Slides supports images from your device, Google Drive, Photos, and Google Images.
Both allow adding videos from YouTube and the web. Prezi supports uploading videos from your computer in premium plans.
Prezi saves your presentations in your account. You can access them on the web, desktop, and mobile apps. To download or convert any to PDF, you must upgrade to one of the premium accounts.
On the contrary, Google Slides offers to download files in multiple formats. You can download presentations in the below formats:
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- OPD document
- PDF document
- Plain text
- JPEG (current slide)
- PNG (current slide)
- Scalable vector graphics (current slide)
Both allow you to import PowerPoint presentations to your account. Prezi also supports importing PDF presentations.
Prezi Designs and Video
Prezi also has a video conferencing program that lets you add media and present or record videos. The program also has a design program to create visuals and share them on the web.
Prezi has fewer charts than Google Slides. However, Prezi charts come with built-in animations and tools to help you quickly visualize data.
Google Slides lets you add bar, column, line, and pie charts. You can import Google Sheets documents to create charts.
You can add comments in Google Slides. You can access Q/A history and speaker notes concerning your presentation.
Having templates to brainstorm presentation ideas is helpful. Both offer templates, but Prezi has slightly more.
All these templates are categorized, making it easier for the user to find the desired template.
You can modify and customize the theme and layout of these templates according to your brand or presentation style.
Prezi library is a section to save your most used elements. You can save any element from a presentation and use it in other presentations.
For example, the about section can be saved in the library and used in every presentation with one click.
Prezi’s mobile app allows viewing and presenting presentations, but editing is impossible. In comparison, you can edit and present slides on your mobile phone in the Google Slides app.
Although editing on mobile is a bit time consuming, you have the option if you have no other choice.
Related: Google Drive vs. Google Photos
Integrations and add-ons
Prezi supports many third-party apps. Some of the popular ones include:
- Google Drive
- Google Meet
Google Slides also supports integrations. Here are a few that can be integrated:
- Microsoft Excels
- Google Forms
The main power of Slides is its add-ons. Prezi has nothing major besides Unsplash, YouTube, and other video embedding programs.
Google Slides has many free add-ons. Those can let you add GIFs, create to-do tasks, translate text, add polls, add stock images, etc.
Related: Canva vs. PowerPoint
Since both are online programs, both allow collaboration. You can invite your teammates with the link to comment, edit or present in real-time on a project.
Pricing and plans
This is where we see the difference in the Prezi vs. Google Slides battle. Google Slides is entirely free. Prezi is not.
Prezi’s Basic individual plan is free of cost. The plan is for users to try the platform. The Standard plan costs $5 per month, which gives access to:
- Unlimited content adding
- Privacy control
- Premium images, icons, and backgrounds
- Advanced image editing tools
- PowerPoint converter to convert presentations to engaging slides
The plan also supports some premium Prezi Design and Video features.
The Plus plan costs $15 per month, and along with the Standard plan features, you get:
- Smart branding
- Offline access on the desktop app
- Presentation voice record
- Remote presenting
The Premium plan costs $59 per month and offers presentation analytics and phone support.
Prezi also brings student and educator plan discounts and business plans for teams.
Google Slides, as mentioned, is free. You can purchase additional storage, but that does not add additional features to Slides.
Which one is for you
For individuals who want simple presentation software that does the job, Google Slides is a perfect choice. Those who work in large corporations and have regular presentations should try Prezi.
Prezi offers great templates and animations to convert your basic presentation into something next level.
Prezi vs. Google Slides: Links
Both software packages offer great features and tools. If you are a beginner, Prezi might be difficult for you to handle and manage compared to Google Slides.
But if you want your presentation to stand out among others, you should give it a try.
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