Let's Present is cross-platform presentation software designed as a cheaper alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint

Billed as a cheaper, stripped-down rival to Microsoft's PowerPoint, Let's Present is easy-to-use presentation-creation software. Based on Adobe AIR, it works on both Windows and Mac OS X systems.

It’s not explained anywhere but you will first need to manually download and install AIR from Adobe’s website (11.5MB Windows, 17MB Mac).

Let's Present's intuitive tri-pane interface will be familiar to users of any presenter software, comprising a large window in which to edit the slide in progress, a timeline and a style editor. It's a snip to get used to Let's Present, and the contextual help is concise and useful. Every option has informative hover text, so you quickly learn, regardless of your experience. This is an important factor in a product aimed not at power users but occasional public speakers.

Although Let's Present lacks some of the depth of options that PowerPoint offers, Let's Present comes fully formed with dozens of slide templates, and more than 100 background themes. You can choose between multiple illustrations, styles, transitions and colours, and import your own images and video. As well as the slide templates, you can go freestyle and build your own layouts from scratch, dragging and dropping boxes on to the page.

Text formatting is simple, with a decent number of options. If you're used to a word processor, you'll have no worries about inputting text to Let's Present. Importing, scaling and rotating images is a doddle. It takes little time and effort to create good-looking slides and presentations.

In our tests of Let's Present using a Windows 7 system with 4GB RAM, Let's Present was stable, and quick to render slides and presentations.

So should Microsoft be quaking in its well-heeled boots? Probably not. The very simplicity of Let's Present means it is no PowerPoint killer. Using the many templates is a cinch, but it does limit your creativity. And you can't import ppt or pptx documents, which will be a major barrier for any user wanting to gently wean themselves off the Microsoft offering.

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Let's Present: Specs

  • Intel Pentium 1GHz (Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz for Mac)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/2003 Server/Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • Intel Pentium 1GHz (Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz for Mac)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/2003 Server/Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later

OUR VERDICT

At less than half the £120 cost of PowerPoint, Let's Present could be a bargain for those who don't require PowerPoint's full feature set, but need a tool to quickly create good-looking presentations. Relatively easy to use and stable, with a decent range of options, it could be a welcome addition to plenty of offices. Migrating from the de-facto standard PowerPoint is off-limits though as Let’s Present cannot open or edit these files. There's a feature-complete 30-day trial if you wish to try before you buy.

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