How to use SlidesAI and alternatives to consider

An introduction to SlidesAI, how to use it, and alternative tools

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What is SlidesAI?

SlidesAI is an AI-based presentation plugin for Google Slides. While many AI tools are built as standalone apps, if you are a regular Google Slides user, you would probably prefer to use your existing slide creation and editing tools to edit your slide decks.

If you’re already a Google Slides user, SlidesAI may be a good option for you. SlidesAI keeps it simple and focuses on generating simple, image + bullet-point slides. Most people use AI-generated presentations as a starting point, which makes this structure more than enough in most cases. In addition to the ease of use, SlidesAI is easy to try due to the free tier and low-cost paid options.

How to use SlidesAI

Step 1: Install the Google Slides extension

There are a couple of ways to install the extension, but we will cover the most direct method in this guide. 

  1. Go to Google Slides and start a new deck. 
  2. Press the “Extensions” drop-down, select “Add-ons” and click “Get add-ons”. This will trigger the Google Workspace Marketplace pop-up. 
  3. Search “SlidesAI” at the top, select the add-on and install it.
Google Slides Get Add-ons Screenshot

Step 2: Open the SlidesAI add-on

Once the add-on is installed return to your blank Google Slides presentation. Again, click the “Extensions” drop-down, select SlidesAI, and click “Generate Slides”. For context, “Magic Write” is designed to help improve the slides after they have been generated.

Step 3: Tell SlidesAI what kind of presentation you want

This is where you provide SlidesAI with a prompt, based on which the AI creates your slides. You can provide a short brief, but SlidesAI works best with longer text input, and in fact, recommends at least 500 characters for the best results. This window has two sessions:

  1. Text: This is where you input the prompt, and select the number of slides and type of presentation. You may be tempted to write the prompt in the same way as you would for ChatGPT but SlidesAI works best if you just paste text that you want to turn into slides.
  2. Themes: Here you can customize the look and feel of your presentation in the same way that you can pick themes in Google Slides. You can also choose your bulletpoint style for additional customization.

Step 4: Edit your presentation

Once SlidesAI has generated your deck you can close the pop-up and start working on it in Google Slides.

Alternatives to SlidesAI

However, here are some options if you want to try a tool where AI slide generation is front-and-center:

  1. Plus AI – an AI presentation maker for Google Slides for professional presentation
  2. Tome – an alternative to SlidesAI for a new type of presentation
  3. Gamma – a SlidesAI alternative for polished presentations
  4. Simplified.com – a SlidesAI alternative for more than presentations
  5. Canva Magic Design – a colorful design-first SlidesAI alternative

1. Plus AI – a SlidesAI alternative for Google Slides

If you would like to continue using Google Slides but want an AI tool with greater functionality, Plus AI might be the best solution for you.

Plus AI is an AI slide generator built as an add-on for Google Slides with a similar user interface to SlidesAI. However, compared to SlidesAI, there is a wider variety of professional layouts, better AI writing, and an AI theme designer to help you design custom slide templates using AI.

Plus AI is built to "co-write" slides with you rather than leave you with a template to fend for yourself. Plus AI helps you create an outline, build a first draft, and suggest additional edits to your slides. Plus AI also differs from other options by allowing you to use your own data in the presentations through Plus’s Snapshot technology. Snapshots let you grab charts from any app/tool, embed them in your slide, and refresh the data with the click of a button whenever data changes.

2. Tome – an alternative to SlidesAI for a new type of presentation

As the name suggests, SlidesAI focuses on slides as we know them, whereas Tome is a storytelling tool that aims to recreate how we create presentations altogether. Tome’s alternative approach has proven to be very popular, as the tool reached 1 million users 134 days after launch, the fastest ever for a productivity tool.

Similar to SlidesAI Tome allows users to build presentations based on a text prompt. The output comes out as a presentation organized by a table of contents, including text, introduction slides, and AI-generated images to go along with the slides. Tome’s aesthetics immediately stand out as much cleaner than you might expect from a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation; for example, presentations default to a black background, white text, and images that fit perfectly with this.

3. Gamma - a SlidesAI alternative focused on polished, professional presentations

Gamma creates presentations that have a similar look and feel to Tome, and veer away from the more traditional slide formats of SlidesAI. Gamma’s AI creates presentations that target professional users, whereas SlidesAI has a broader appeal. Gamma’s focus on professional users is reflected in the business-oriented templates such as “Company Fact Sheet,” “Sales Presentation,” and “Deal Review.” Gamma also includes Q&As within presentations, custom branding, and analytics to track presentation views.

4. Simplified.com – an alternative to SlidesAI for more than presentations

SlidesAI is focused on slides, as the name suggests, but sometimes you need an app that can do more than slides. Simplified falls under that category – the app includes an AI presentation generator, just like SlidesAI, but it also has other AI offerings, including copywriting, video editing, and graphic design.

The app has several features that differentiate it from SlidesAI, including the ability to turn presentations into videos. This allows you to create presentation-style video content quickly and easily. Simplified focuses on creating presentation templates, which users can use to flesh out their content.

5. Canva Magic Design – a SlidesAI alternative focused on colorful aesthetics

Canva is a design-first tool, and this spills into their AI slide generator. SlidesAI’s presentations are simple and focused on one format: Bullets + images. Canva’s AI-generated slides have a much stronger emphasis on colorful, yet clean aesthetics, which is unsurprising for a tool created by Canva.

Canva provides a hand-held experience when creating presentations. Since Canva is a design-first tool, this experience focuses on aesthetic changes. It includes auto-adjusting design elements and suggestions for colors, styles, fonts, images, and layouts.

How to choose the best AI presentation maker for you

Want to learn more about AI slide tools and find the perfect tool for you?

This guide provides an in-depth overview of the best AI tools on the market, recommendations based on the type of presentations you want to create and your existing presentation workflows, as well as examples of what you can expect from each of these AI slides apps.

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