AirDeck vs. PowerPoint (Comparison Guide)

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AirDeck vs. PowerPoint. What's the difference? This quick guide compares features and five key differences between both tools.

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When we tell people AirDeck is an on-demand presentation platform, some ask “what’s the difference between AirDeck and PowerPoint?” Maybe you’re used to using PowerPoint and are unsure of the additional value of AirDeck. We’ll walk you through the key differentiators between AirDeck and PowerPoint, and help you make a decision based on what’s best for your team (click here to try AirDeck free for 14-days).

Feature Comparison: AirDeck vs. PowerPoint


AirDeck vs. PowerPoint chart

Key Differentiators of AirDeck

Looking at the side-by-side comparison of features above, it’s important to note, these platforms are built for completely different purposes. AirDeck is really built for everything that comes after creating a PowerPoint. The AirDeck platform isn’t built to create the visual side of the presentation, but rather to further customize it with additional features.

Our users start with a PowerPoint, convert it to a PDF, and upload it into the AirDeck cloud. Afterward, they can add narration, interactive surveys, and track viewing activity with our reporting tool.

Let’s unpack some of the key differentiators between AirDeck and PowerPoint.

1. A platform built for audio and video narration

AirDeck Platform Displayed on Laptop

AirDeck allows you to record narration for your presentations. Can you do this in PowerPoint? Yes. Is it frustrating and time-consuming in PowerPoint? Yes.

AirDeck is a platform built for using narration. You will record slide-by-slide in the AirDeck creation studio, so no need to worry about messing up halfway through and having to restart your entire recording. You can also easily upload audio from another source. Plus, AirDeck allows you to record live video into your presentation, while PowerPoint only allows you to embed a previously recorded clip. Record right from your browser and insert the video easily.

Try both out and compare for yourself! 

2. Advanced tracking/Analytics 

AirDeck Viewer Activity User Interface

PowerPoint does not allow you to see who’s viewing your presentation, the location it’s being viewed from, or how much time is spent on each slide. With AirDeck’s powerful analytics, you’ll be able to track leads and gain valuable insights. You also have the option to capture names and emails of your viewers so you can track exactly who has seen your content.

3. Increase engagement with built-in survey tool

AirDeck Survey Builder User Interface

AirDeck lets you build your own custom surveys to create an interactive experience and get viewer feedback. This is critical for client questions, feedback, or important information you may need after they see your presentation. Make it mandatory so you’ll get your answers fast.

4. Easy Personalization with duplication and visibility

AirDeck Sorter User Interface

AirDeck allows you to easily duplicate any presentation and tailor it to multiple viewers. While you can duplicate a PowerPoint, it’s difficult to copy over added media like narration or video that you had added. In AirDeck, you can copy all of your existing media at once and simply record 1 or 2 new slides to make it personalized. You can toggle slide visibility right in the AirDeck platform, instead of deleting them from your PowerPoint, then wishing you had them later. 

5. No more huge attachments, more sharing options with a simple link

AirDeck Share Presentation User Interface

AirDeck can be shared simply with a link over email, social media, or embedded directly on your website or blog. PowerPoint does not have social media sharing and you usually end up sending a huge attachment over email. AirDeck is also universal – no more accidentally sending PowerPoints to a Keynote user, who can’t even look at it.

There you have it, 5 differentiators on how AirDeck is different than your standard PowerPoint! Next time you’re creating a sales pitch, product overview, or team meeting on PowerPoint, try uploading your PDF to AirDeck and see the added value for yourself. As we say here at AirDeck, our platform is the ease of creating a PowerPoint plus the power of editing a video.

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