Astound was much easier to install than PowerPoint. Once you open the program, it walks you through some simple steps for creating basic presentations. Unlike the version of PowerPoint we reviewed, Astound is fully Power Mac native (designed to run on a Power Mac) and, in fact, requires a Power Mac computer running Mac OS 7.1 or higher. Running PowerPoint does not require a Power Mac.
Astound sets itself apart from the competition with its multimedia functionality. This program makes it easy to add pictures, sounds, QuickTime movies, clip art and more. It also includes built-in animated slide and object transitions. The program comes complete with more than 1,800 pieces of clip media, including sound effects, backgrounds, digital video, animation and clip art. It also includes something called WYSIWYWeb (What You See Is What You Web) for easy posting of your presentation in HTML format.
Astound supports importing from PowerPoint as well as Adobe Persuasion, Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 and more. This program is especially useful for sprucing up an existing presentation but may not be the best tool for creating presentations from scratch.
Astound also supports cross-platform playback so users can distribute a free viewer to Mac or PC users.