OK I have to ask. What is really wrong with PowerPoint. Tufte and those that agree with him keep saying things like “PowerPoint makes it hard to create good presentations” or “PowerPoint enables the creation of poor quality presentations” or “PowerPoint is a poor quality tool”. But what I never hear is solid examples of what exactly about PowerPoint makes it hard. Why is it poor quality? On what criteria is it being judged?
And more importantly I want to know what a “good” tool would look like. What features would a ‘good’ tool have that make it easier to create good presentations.
Another good discussion point to bring up is what is a presentation? Is it just a PPT file you find on the Internet or is it someone speaking with a PPT file up on the screen? Can you judge the quality of a speaker\PPT presentation just by looking at the PPT file? And is it fair to judge the quality of PowerPoint as a presentation tool by just looking at PPT files that were designed to be delivered with a human talking over them?
And just for those that have flamed me over the Tufte post: this is not about him per se. I'm over the post removal thing now. I just want to understand WHY he and others think that PowerPoint is to blame for poor quality presentations.