A key feature of Persuasion, which distinguished it from Microsoft PowerPoint at the time, was the use of an outline to represent the text content of the slides, which was immediately reflected on the slides (and vice versa). PowerPoint eventually provided an equivalent feature.
Aldus Persuasion 1.0. Made for Macintosh only. Created by Peter Polash.
Aldus Persuasion 2.0. Made Macintosh and IBM was available in 1991.
Aldus Persuasion 2.x
Adobe Persuasion 3.0. Had both Mac and Windows versions, and was released in 1995. It was bundled with the Persuasion Player.
Adobe Persuasion 4.0. Was released in 1996. The Mac and Windows versions shipped together, with a simultaneous end-user license for each platform. It was bundled with Adobe Acrobat Distiller 3.0, Acrobat Reader 3.0, Persuasion Player, Adobe Type Manager, and a collection of clip art, movies, sounds, and 20 fonts. It included a utility to directly convert Microsoft PowerPoint files.