We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Office software Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Let's Present review

£49.50 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Let's Present

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

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

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.

NEXT PAGE: Our expert verdict >>

Read a full review of Microsoft Office 2010

Read a full review of Apple Keynote 09

Let's Present Expert Verdict »

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
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 7 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

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.

  • Ashampoo Presentations 2008 review

    Ashampoo Presentations 2008

    Ashampoo Presentations offers most of Microsoft PowerPoint's functionality, at a fraction of the price. Ashampoo Presentations forms part of the Ashampoo Office suite.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 review

    Microsoft PowerPoint 2011

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011 remedies earlier shortcomings by combining compelling new features with a revamped interface that makes it easier than before to develop dazzling presentations quickly.

  • Goldmail Add-In for PowerPoint review

    Goldmail Add-In for PowerPoint

    If you're looking for a simple way to import Microsoft PowerPoint slides into the GoldMail multimedia presentation package, you'll find the GoldMail Add-in for Powerpoint a solid bet. It's free, it does the job quickly, and you'll be able to import the slides in seconds.

  • Glide Present 2.0 presentation application

    Glide Present 2.0 presentation application

    Transmedia’s Glide Present 2.0 has overtaken Google’s presentation software as our favourite web-based alternative to Microsoft’s PowerPoint.

  • PowerPoint 2013 review - some new features keep PowerPoint on top

    PowerPoint 2013 - some new features keep PowerPoint on top

    Our review of PowerPoint 2013 shows that Microsoft has improved its presentation software, but not by as much as you might think. Here's our PowerPoint 2013 review.

IDG UK Sites

Android M Developer Preview announced at Google I/O: Android M UK release date and new features. Wh?......

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Ben & Holly's Game of Thrones titles spoof is delightfully silly

IDG UK Sites

Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor