PowerPoint Vs. Keynote
Microsoft PowerPoint is to Presentation, as iPhone is synonymous Smart Phone. But lately, Keynote has been gaining ground especially amongst Apple aficionados like myself. Like anything there are pros and cons to both, below I’ve come up with an (un-biased) list so you can choose what works best for you!
PowerPoint is available on both Mac and PC platforms via Microsoft Office. While Keynote is only available on Apple iWork for Mac. There is a free version of PowerPoint but note that it’s limited to viewing, but you wouldn’t be able to make edits.
Essentially both programs mission objective is to create presentations. Each have their own sets of layouts and options to create them.
Both programs have features where you can include multimedia elements such as music, videos, sounds effects, charts and graphs you created in other programs. You can use fonts within each program or download one through another site.
Export and Import
Within the last section I mentioned being able to import charts, photos and other multimedia created in another program, but here is where the difference comes into play. PowerPoint accepts PDF files and other media types. Keynote must be saved in PPT (PowerPoint) format and opened using PowerPoint itself to import documents into the file.
Compatibility with Mac and PC
Easy import and export with external multimedia
User Friendly interface
Excessive features that can distract from the message
Design Limitations, While abundant in features it always feels limiting to fully control more complex designs
It’s a Microsoft product (Just kidding, I had to plug in some shade)
Product Integration, I’ve built a keynote via my iPhone before a meeting
Themes are cutting edge clean aesthetics
(None, kidding again)
Exclusivity, Keynote slides don’t work on Microsoft systems (I will actually use this as the only con because it’s a heavy weight disadvantage)
I believe PowerPoint will be reigning king for now until Keynote is more cross compatible. While I feel PowerPoint is tried and true, I feel Keynotes integration with other devices work wellwith on constantly moving and fast paced society. Use what works best for you! My company Onlyoneam is skilled in both and we can help you decide what is best for you.