Presenting and infographic tools

The ability to deliver compelling presentations is increasingly important. Which tool you use to create, share and present your work may depend on a range of factors:

  • individual or group work — different tools offer collaborative functionality
  • basic or advanced functions — if you wish to incorporate complex data visualisations, or include special effects you may require a more advanced presentation tool
  • availability of training — the availability of in-person training and online help varies between presentation tools.

Presentation tools

Tool Useful features or limitations In-person training Online training Cost
Google Slides

Google Slides is a free, web-based presentation tool that requires a Google Account to use. To access Google Slides without an internet connection you need to use the Google Chrome browser and install Google Docs offline Chrome extension

Slides offers a small range of templates. You can easily edit text as well as insert images, diagrams, videos, and shapes. You can export your files into a range of file formats, including PowerPoint (.pptx).

No Google Slides Essential Training  (Lynda.com, 1h4m)

Free

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is the standard presentation tool used in many workplaces and offers a large range of templates. With a Microsoft Account and OneDrive, you can save and share presentations easily. You can download Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer, or use online or via a mobile app.

Note: OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, allows you to work backup your documents and work collaboratively with others. OneDrive is not included as part of UQ’s Office 365 package. We recommend you get a free personal Microsoft Account to get OneDrive

Yes

PowerPoint Essential Training (Office 365) (Lynda.com, 2h17m)

PowerPoint Essential Training (Lynda.com, 3h1m)

Proprietary

Free for UQ staff & students

Impress (LibreOffice) Impress (LibreOffice) is free, desktop presentation software you can download to your computer. Impress has a relatively small number of templates and limited collaborative functionality.  No

Limited online training.

LibreOffice 5.3 New Features: Impress (YouTube, 44s)

Open source

Prezi Prezi is a web-based presentation tool that offers a tiered membership model. The basic membership type offers unlimited presentations but is limited in other respects. For instance, the Basic model does not offer presenter notes or offline access. No Prezi Essential Training (Lynda.com, 2h42m)

Freeware

Infographic tools

Tools Useful features or limitations In-person training Online training Cost
Canva Canva is a free, web-based design tool that allows you to easily create slides, infographics and other visual components for your presentations. You can easily add your colleagues to your projects and collaborate. No Yes (see Canva Tutorials)

Freeware

Graphpad Prism

Graphpad Prism is a biostatistics, curve fitting (nonlinear regression) and scientific graphing tool. Easily organize, analyze and graph repeated experiments; pick appropriate statistical tests and interpret the results.

No GraphPad resources

Freeware

Free for UQ staff & students

Piktochart

Piktochart is a web-based tool you can use to create infographics and visualising data and includes a range of a range of templates for you to use. The free version allows you to download your infographic in PNG format. 

No Piktochart Tutorial: A Simple Guide to Piktochart for Beginners (YouTube, 5m11s)

Freeware

Venngage Venngage is a web-based tool for creating a range of data visualisations, including infographics, posters and reports, to share or download. The basic version of Venngage is limited in terms of templates, collaborative functionality, and support. A limited number of upgraded licenses (for education) are available for UQ students attending the Library's Infographic sessions. Yes How to Create an Infographic with Venngage (YouTube, 5m6s)

Freeware

 

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 Free tools are completely free to use with all features.

 Freeware tools include basic functionality for free. Additional features may need to be paid for.

 Open source tools are developed in a collaborative manner and can be used, modified or shared openly. This software can be used for free and often includes a lot of support documentation.

 Paid tools can only be used after purchasing, and agreeing to, a product licence.