Can beautiful.ai replace your reliance on PowerPoint?

With generative AI solutions on the rise, some of our clients are reassessing their current presentation software needs.

The good news is that most presentation tools on the market now offer enhanced slide layout options and AI content generators. However, where most people struggle is in the data visualization category. How do you turn long-winded content and cluttered slides into something clean and scannable? You need clean slides, especially if you plan to use animation to introduce your content in a logical order.

We still recommend PowerPoint to most of our clients, especially if they are Microsoft-based organizations, ensuring that their presentations work well with their Excel and Word documents and stay safe on your company's private system.

That's why we wanted to start our testing journey with beautiful.ai, which has an add-in that integrates with PowerPoint. An add-in works a lot like an app. By installing the add-in, we should be able to use beautiful.ai design features directly in PowerPoint.

In this video, we'll review two ways to use beautiful.ai.

  1. How to use beautiful.ai and export to PowerPoint
  2. How to use the beautiful.ai PowerPoint add-in
  • 00:01:28 Beautiful.ai interface
  • 00:03:17 Create presentation with AI
  • 00:05:51 Create presentation from template
  • 00:08:39 Add new slide using AI
  • 00:10:23 Smart Slide vs. Classic Slide Options
  • 00:12:54 Pros and Cons of the Smart Slide Options
  • 00:19:27 Images, Videos & Icons
  • 00:20:24 Manual Slide Design
  • 00:23:34 Share Beautiful.ai Online
  • 00:25:34 Export Beautiful.ai to PowerPoint
  • 00:28:13 Beautiful.ai Add-in for PowerPoint Review
  • 00:33:46 My Final Opinion of Beautiful.ai

Testing Summary

While Microsoft Copilot can help with content generation, organization, and quick slide layouts, beautiful.ai adds more smart art options for data visualizations.

Pros include:

  • A clean and simple interface and auto layout generators that can appeal to non-designers
  • Smart slide and smart art options to create quick slides and simple diagrams
  • The online share feature with an expiry date can appeal to new startups in stealth mode

Cons include:

  • Limited design, fonts, and editing capabilities, which means custom graphics, product images, or layouts will require access to external resources and designers
  • The export to PowerPoint and PowerPoint add-in delivered poor results, creating slides that would require expert assistance.

Since the “Export to PowerPoint” and PowerPint Add-in are still lacking, we would not recommend beautiful.ai for data visualization unless you plan to keep all your presentations and private data on their platform.

If you have a growing organization based on Microsoft solutions, we recommend you stick to PowerPoint, use proper themes and templates, and hire the occasional designer to create custom infographics.

If you are a new startup or business founder on a tight budget, beautiful.ai or even canva.com can be good options to get you started.

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