PowerPoint allows users to integrate other tools, resources, and add-ins to streamline the design process. Whether you need a library of visual resources, animation shortcuts, or additional export options – PowerPoint add-in are a useful way to customise your design workspace while extending the capabilities of PowerPoint design. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite PowerPoint add-ins.
- iSpring Free (and Suite)
This add-in is our favourite program for converting PowerPoint presentations into HTML5 and SCORM. Converting a presentation into HTML5 allows you to post your design online while SCORM format is useful for uploading your presentation into a learning management system. iSpring Free keeps all transitions, animations, and triggers while ensuring all eLearning content adapts seamless to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
iSpring Suite is a licensed product that offers far more functionality than iSpring Suite. With iSpring Suite, you can design online mobile-ready learning courses; use its interactive templates to create quizzes and surveys quickly; build video-based training and lectures with easy video editing features; and access an extensive library of templates, icons, buttons, and objects for building eLearning courses and modules. Try out iSpring Suite here.
Pexels is a free stock image site and PowerPoint add-in that allows users to integrate image filters and save their favourite images for quick and easy access. Pexels search functionality is particularly by themes, such as pastimes, emotions, and locations.
Pexels is a particularly good choice for web or app designers, with an excellent set of device images ideal for displaying interface mockups. A few images teeter on stock-photo clichés (such as complex ideas spelled out with scrabble tiles), but the vast majority are unique and creative enough to use for your next design.
Photos are arranged by theme and offers UI mockups for designers – however, some photos are limited use, so be wary when using Pexels.
LiveWeb lets users insert live webpages directly into their PowerPoint presentation, refreshing these pages in real-time during the slideshow. The add-in displays web pages without needing to leave the PowerPoint interface and disrupt the flow of a presentation.
LiveWeb works with documents off your local drive too, allowing you to specify relative paths for displaying documents. LiveWeb will also look for files in the presentation folder if the files have local drive information and cannot be located at the location specified by the user during slideshow.
- Office Timeline
Office Timeline lets you create professional schedules, timelines, and Gantt charts for project planning or tracking purposes. This add-in us useful for project management and mindmapping as the timelines are easy to customise with just a few clicks.
Office Timeline’s powerful Data wizard and drag-and-drop Visual Editor make timeline creation and management simple. Updating timelines when projects and plans change is quick, easy, and intuitive. Office Timeline’s free offline version has three templates – you have to upgrade to the paid version to access the full library.
QR4Office is an easy-to-use QR generator. This add-in allows you to create a QR code and insert it into your PowerPoint presentation. Adding a QR Code to your eLearning course, for example, lets participants view additional information with rich media and download reference materials. You can also use a QR Code to take a quick poll, collecting feedback, or sharing resources such as slideshow handouts.
Any QR code image can be embedded within the document and customised in terms of colour, background, and size – to create a unique QR code for additional functionality and features that can be shared with you audience.
Mentimeter allows you to transform training presentations, meetings, workshops, and conferences into interactive learning experiences. For example, you can ask your audience a multiple-choice question, let them vote with their smartphones, and then visualise their opinions in real-time, or even host a quiz competition.
Apart from polls, quizzes, and Q&As, you can also add slides, images, GIFs, and word clouds to your PowerPoint presentations. Mentimeter is useful for building interactive presentations, collecting polls and data, and using these data insights for data visualisation in real time.
- Powerplugs Ultimate Combo
PowerPlugs Ultimate Combo is a multimedia enhancement suite that includes 21 volumes of presentation-enhancing multimedia content and effects.
It also offers over 4 million professionally designed PowerPoint templates, over 100 animated backgrounds, 1,900 charts and diagrams, 75 animated 3D-character slides, a collection of 3D transition effects, and more.
This massive library of visual resources is useful to have ready access through PowerPoint add-ins. Being able to access ready made templates, visual elements, and animation effects save a significant amount of time and effort – especially when incorporating non-default PowerPoint elements.
Developed by the good folks at Bright Carbon, BrightSlide offers a range of added functionalities to make designing and delivering in PowerPoint easier. From alignment and grid tools to simple show and hide buttons that save you scrolling through the selection pane, BrightSlide is an excellent add-in for those looking to simplify the way they work.
- Get My Graphics
Finding the right image, icon, or graphic has never been easier with Get My Graphics. Offering more than 70,000 icons, over 9,000 graphics, and 100,000+ images of character across multiple poses and emotion – don’t waste time trying to source ClipArt and stock images when you can simply search for what you need with Get My Graphics.
- Quick Animator
Quick Animator is a PowerPoint add-in that helps users easily animate slides. Choose an animation or transition and apply it to a single slide or all your slides at once with a single click. You can also instantly remove all the animations and transitions in your entire presentation to get animating quickly en masse.
- Emoji Keyboard
Emoji Keyboard offers a library of over 1,300 emojis to use for emphasis or to lend a more youthful and informal tone to your PowerPoint Presentation. You can insert emojis in various sizes, as text or images. There is search functionality and you can choose from a range of skintones for various emoji types.
- Selection Manager
Selection Manager is a useful PowerPoint add-in to help the program operate more like Adobe in managing overlapping shapes. The add-in allows you to label items and layers, helping to “unbury” obscured shapes when you select its name from a list in Selection Manager’s dialog box, which operates much like Adobe’s layers.