PowerPoint Flexes its Muscles at Trial
May 28, 2021

PowerPoint Flexes its Muscles at Trial

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Powerpoint

[Microsoft] PowerPoint is most often used in trial presentations to most effectively illustrate anything from product malfunctions to catastrophic highway accidents, medical malpractice surgical procedures and anything that needs the minutiae of detail blown up and visualized by a jury. This way, by clearly explaining plaintiffs' claims and defenses of the case, [Microsoft] PowerPoint is an exceptional tool to break down timelines, present photographs, flow charts, diagrams, and other visual aspects of a litigation case. Many articles have been written about PowerPoint and it is stellar in presenting animation and other transitional effects (from traffic crashes to structural defects and damages thereto, etc.) so the jury audience can better understand all aspects of the case.
  • Illustration
  • Data Presentation
  • Chart Creation
  • Animation
  • Clear bullet-pointed outlines
  • Ability to easily print presentation/very user friendly
  • Software program is universal and well-known
  • Cost-effective in what the software offers and how powerful its capabilities are
  • Perhaps better interface with other software programs (like CAD programs) for easy conversion
  • Better design/coding to prevent crashing/freezing/hanging during presentation
  • Better design/coding to more smoothly incorporate into Zoom meetings/recording
  • Built-in layouts
  • Can easily rearrange slides and edit text
  • Portability - can upload to Cloud or download to flash drive
  • Can set sizes for slides
  • Great animation and graphics like Smart Art
  • Easily rearrange images/adding animation
  • Memory retention by use of illustrations, bullet points, outlines, etc.
  • Back up the presentation with handouts, easily printed from PowerPoint and organized neatly on the pages created
  • Consistency with branding also adds to increased efficiency to avoid re-creating the wheel
Dreamweaver is very complicated to use and not nearly as user friendly and intuitive as [Microsoft] PowerPoint. It was so complex I barely could get past the template. This was many years ago. Photoshop was more like a graphics improvement program, not well suited for presentations. AccessData Summation is primarily a database, again, great for manipulating and planning litigation management but not so effective for presenting materials to laymen.

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[Microsoft] PowerPoint is an outstanding tool to use for trial presentations, meetings, seminars, workshops and conventions. So far, it does lag a little behind when used for Zoom meetings because of freezing, shutting down or hanging trying to buffer and may not be appropriate in all scenarios, depending on how many participants are in the virtual meeting.