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PowerPoint add-ins revolutionize presentation workflows. Slide presentations are as much a part of our modern workday as coffee-to-go in the morning and keeping up with the news on our smartphone. But where coffee pushes our energy level and the business news provides new input, most of us lose massive amounts of working time creating and editing PowerPoint presentations. So, no wonder that more and more companies turn to customized PowerPoint add-ins for greater productivity.
We present the five best PowerPoint tools in more detail in this blog post. We also explain the difference between a PowerPoint add-in, add-on, and plug-in.
As an IT expert and/or power user, you probably know the difference between these three software components. However, we would like to briefly highlight their different characteristics and explain three different PowerPoint tools in more detail.
“Plug” is the English term for connector - something added to an existing circuit. A PowerPoint plug-in is a separate program that extends the functionality of PowerPoint. It can perform its own calculations and uses its own libraries. With a plug-in, PowerPoint gets – figuratively speaking – additional, fully developed limbs with which it can work. Famous plug-ins are for example "Java" and "Flash Player".
Plug-ins and add-ons are often confused. While a plug-in works completely independently, an add-on is basically just added on top of an application. A PowerPoint add-on cannot perform independent calculations and accesses the functions of the base software. Without an installed version of PowerPoint, a PowerPoint add-on cannot function. A special PowerPoint add-on is for example the "Emoji Keyboard".
PowerPoint add-ins extend PowerPoint with additional functions (so-called macros). In contrast to an add-on, however, an add-in leverages the functionality of the host software. Add-ins can be tailored to the needs of the respective company. Prime examples are the two PowerPoint add-ins "empower® slides" and "empower® charts" for Mac and MS Office.
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Through our research and surveys, we found that employees who spend at least 50% of their work time in front of a computer spend an average of seven work hours per week creating PowerPoint presentations. 36% of that time is spent not creating, but formatting slides. That exposes an incredible amount of potential to increase productivity. This is where the following five PowerPoint add-ins come into play.