PowerPoint is top-drawer presentation software, and the 2016 Mac edition gains a handful of useful additions to keep the tool vital.
Borrowed ribbon: The 2016 Mac edition appropriates the Windows' version of the PowerPoint ribbon. Tabs on the ribbon offer access to design tools, transitions, animations, and more.
New Design tab: The ribbon's Design tab offers a selection of themes and variants. Click a theme to see a preview of it with your slide. You can also choose fonts, colors, and background styles.
Revamped presenter view: The new presenter view does a nice job of displaying your speaker notes, the next slide, and your relative location in your slide deck.
Sharing: The ribbon's Share This Presentation button lets you invite collaborators on your current presentation or send a copy via email. To add collaboration, the comments pane let you make and reply to comments in slides and offers threaded comments.
OneDrive: You can easily store presentations on OneDrive, where you can access them from Windows and mobile versions of PowerPoint.
Lacks some OS X features: PowerPoint for Mac borrows some useful features from the Windows side, but it is very much a Mac app. It now supports Multi-Touch gestures, for example. Still, it doesn't use OS X's Autosave or support the ability to rename, tag, and change the location of a document in a document's title bar.
Apple's Keynote is a natural choice for Mac users looking for presentation software. But the Mac version of PowerPoint -- with its new design tools, ability to customize themes and share presentations, and availability across platforms and devices -- is a solid, easy-to-use tool for building effective presentations and should not be overlooked.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 is primed for use on tablets and phones, so you can swipe and tap your way through presentations. There are many features which make the new PowerPoint attractive. Presenter View automatically adapts to your projection set-up, and you can even use it on a single monitor, Themes now come with variations, which make it simpler to hone in on the look you want, and when you're working with others, you can add comments to ask questions and get feedback. Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 gives you several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or a blank one. You can send out a link to the slides, or start a full-on Lync meeting that displays the deck with audio and IM. Your audience can join you from anywhere, on any device using Lync or the Office Presentation Service. PowerPoint now supports more multimedia formats, such as .mp4 and .mov with H.264 video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio, and more high-definition content. You can give feedback in PowerPoint with the new Comments pane. And you can show or hide comments and revisions.
October 23, 2015
Version: Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 1.0
New ribbon design is more sensible on the whole, and more familiar for people who started in Windows. Presentation View is also a little nicer, though it was fine in PPT 2011.
PPT 2011 claimed to be able to export presentations as a movie, but it never worked properly. The Windows version does it pretty well. But this Mac version drops the feature completely. That's a glaring omission for PPT on the preferred platform for many creative folks.