Difference Between PowerPoint Presentations And Interactive PDFs

When creating a presentation, you have two choices: PowerPoint or PDF. Both are great for business presentations, but there are some important differences between the two that can help you make your choice. In this article, you'll explore the pros and cons of each format as well as how to choose which one is right for your needs.

Use of Media

PPTs are limited to text, images and videos. The PDF format allows you to include all types of media: video, audio clips, web pages, and so on.

PPTs have a fixed layout that cannot be modified unless you create your own PPT template. PDFs can be customized to fit your needs and the way you want them organized.

While PPTs are used for presentations (usually made by presenters), PDFs are used for documents such as reports or e-books where the reader doesn't need interaction with the information but instead wants to read it without any distractions from other elements on their screen (websites open in separate browser tabs).

Interactive Options

Interactive documents can have a number of different interactive options. You can use hyperlinks to link various parts of the document together, for example, or you can open up an entirely new window when users click something. This is useful for creating a more advanced set of instructions that are easy to follow and intuitive. With a PDF filler, you can upload a file, then sign in to fill in form fields. According to Adobe Acrobat, “You can add text boxes, check marks, and more using PDF editing tools.” These types of features are only available with PDFs. However, PowerPoint presentations do not offer these options.

File Size

If you're looking for a more compact file, then a PDF is the way to go. Unfortunately, PowerPoints are proprietary files and therefore don't have any additional features or different versions like PDFs—the PowerPoint file will always be the same size (unless edited).

PDFs are generally smaller in size than their Microsoft counterparts because they can be compressed without compromising quality. This means that if you want to send someone large amounts of information, sending them a large number of PDFs will take up less space on their hard drive than sending them one giant PowerPoint file.

Adding Branding to Your Presentation

Branding is a word that comes up a lot when you talk about presentations. It's generally used to describe the design elements that make your presentation look like it's from you, whether it's in the form of a logo and brand colors or just text and images.

If you're making an interactive PDF, some of those branding elements can be added directly within the software (like adding a logo). If you're making a PowerPoint presentation, however, things are more complicated because all of those design elements have to be added separately from the process of creating your presentation.

That means there are three ways to add branding: as part of your main file, as part of a separate file, or via third-party software outside both programs.

You looked at the difference between presentations and interactive PDFs in this article. You saw that PowerPoint presentations are an excellent tool for communicating information, but interactive PDFs allow you to add video and audio elements in order to make them more engaging. This can be helpful when it comes time for your audience members to take action on what they heard from you during your presentation.

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