IC3/Presentation Software

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Presentation software is a category of application software that is specifically designed to allow users to create a presentation of ideas by stringing together text, images and audio/video. The presentation tells a story or supports speech or the presentation of information.[1]

This lesson introduces presentation software and helps learners prepare for the IC3 Key Applications certification exam.

Objectives and Skills


Objectives and skills for the presentation software portion of IC3 certification include:


  • Be able to create and format simple presentations


  • Inserting content: Text, table, media, chart, graphic
  • Slide Management: Add slides, delete slides, revise slide order
  • Slide Design: Layout, animations, transitions


  1. Wikipedia: Presentation program
  2. Wikipedia: Presentation slide
  3. Wikipedia: Slide show
  4. Wikipedia: Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. Wikipedia: Office Sway
  6. Wikipedia: Powerpoint animation
  7. Wikipedia: Keynote (presentation software)
  8. Wikipedia: Prezi
  9. Wikipedia: SlideShare


  1. YouTube: Which Presentation Tool is Right For You? Powerpoint vs. Prezi vs. KeyNote
  2. YouTube: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016-Full Tutorial for Beginners
  3. YouTube: How to Design a Good Slide PowerPoint Tutorial
  4. YouTube: Prezi Tutorial: My first Prezi
  5. YouTube: Keynote 2016 - Tutorial for Beginners
  6. YouTube: Tutorial: Google Slides
  7. YouTube: Creating an Interactive Presentation


  1. Complete one of the following tutorials:
  2. Learn the step-by-step method to follow in creating a PowerPoint presentation at WikiHow.
  3. Create a more engaging presentation using one or more of these 5 Activities to make your PowerPoint more engaging.

Lesson Summary

  • Presentation software (sometimes called "presentation graphics") is a category of application program used to create sequences of words and pictures that tell a story or help support a speech or public presentation of information. [4]
  • A presentation program is supposed to help both the speaker with an easier access to his ideas and the participants with visual information which complements the talk.[5]
  • Common presentation programs include, but are not limited to, LibreOffice Impress, Adobe Acrobat, Emaze, Apple Keynote, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi and SlideShare.[6]
  • The "slide" analogy is a reference to the slide projector.[7]
  • LibreOffice Impress is presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentations can be exported as SWF files, allowing them to be viewed on any computer with Adobe Flash Player installed.[8]
  • Keynote began as a computer program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events.[9]
  • Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service.[10]
  • Prezi's flagship platform is a visual storytelling software alternative to traditional slide-based presentation formats. Prezi presentations feature a map-like, schematic overview that lets users pan among topics at will, zoom in on desired details, and pull back to reveal context.[11]
  • Built especially for professionals, the Prezi Business platform combines Prezi’s core features with business-focused productivity tools, including real-time data analytics, integration with the business collaboration platform Slack, commenting and co-editing features, and the Live Prezi feature, with virtual meeting rooms for hosting remote Prezi presentations.[12]
  • LinkedIn SlideShare is a Web 2.0–based slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites.[13]

Key Terms

A typographical symbol or glyph used to introduce items in a list.[14]
clip art
Pre-made images used to illustrate any medium and used extensively in both personal and commercial project[15]
Refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing, accentuate subject matter or change aspect ratio. Depending on the application, this may be performed on a physical photograph, artwork or film footage, or achieved digitally using image editing software.[16]
Allows you to jump to another location.[17]
image editing (enhancing)
Encompasses the processes of altering images, whether they are digital photographs, traditional photochemical photographs, or illustrations.[18]
Microsoft PowerPoint
A presentation program currently developed by Microsoft for use on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems.[19]
presentation slide (slide)
A single page of a presentation.[20]
slide show
A presentation of a series of still images on a projection screen or electronic display device, typically in a prearranged sequence.[21]
The animation-like effects that occur when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation.[22]



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