When making a presentation to a client, it's essential to put your best foot forward. Attractive slides with bulleted points, charts and graphs not only drive home the information in your speech but also help you appear more professional. Fortunately, today's presentation software makes it easy to create presentations with professionalism and flair.
If you're like most business owners, you use your word processing, spreadsheet or database programs on a regular basis, so you probably invested some time learning how to use the software. However, few people create presentations that frequently, so most want software they can learn quickly and don't have to relearn each time they want to use it.
Software makers have begun responding to this demand. The newest presentation software packages, including those reviewed here-Software Publishing's Harvard Graphics, Lotus' Freelance Graphics and Microsoft's PowerPoint-all make ease of use a priority. The major differences lie in their secondary features.
Cheryl J. Goldberg is a former editor of PC Magazine and has reported on the computer industry for more than 13 years. Write to Cheryl J. Goldberg in care of Entrepreneur, 2392 Morse Ave., Irvine, CA 92714. You can also reach her through CompuServe at 70641,3632 or through MCI Mail at 367-2295.