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Callouts are amazing – with just an arrow and some text, you can point at something and add a whole new meaning to any picture! One of my favorite things to do is collect examples of how people use callouts. Just a few weeks ago, I saw this example in TIME magazine where a callout is not used to indicate text but instead a position on a world map! This is such a simple trick, yet so useful.
With a small arrow, you can add an indication to where in the world an event has taken place. Or even to indicate a city or any other geographical location. This type of representative indication via callouts can be very helpful in your slides too.
So what do you all think? Do you want me to make an entire series of posts with samples of callouts? Do you folks have thoughts on callouts to share? Love to hear from all of you!
Categories: callouts, design, opinion, powerpoint, presentation_samples
PowerPoint's fill, line, and effect attributes enable you to customize the look of shapes and other slide objects in your presentation. However, it may take ages to get that perfect color coordination and even after spending time the final look may not match the Theme of the presentation. So as an awesome alternative to end up with a coordinated color combination for the slide objects in your presentation, you can use Shape Styles. Shape Styles are a collection of prebuilt styles housed within a gallery of the same name. These styles are all Theme-specific, so if the presentation Theme is changed - you'll end up with new Shape Styles.
Learn about applying Shape Styles in PowerPoint 2013.
Categories: effects, fills, lines, powerpoint_2013, shapes, tutorials
Dr. Carmen Simon's presentations and workshops are unique because she applies a scientific methodology to her coaching. Unlike other approaches, Dr. Simon’s guidelines for outstanding presentations are rooted in cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
In this conversation, Carmen discusses the larger issue of how you can make sure that your audiences remember your slides.
Geetesh: Forgetting the slides we see – you say this is quite akin to other things we do in life such as forgetting what a coin looks like. So how can we make our slides not similar to stuff we forget, and make them more like something we will always remember?
Carmen: The point about the coin is that we, human beings, do not "attend" to everything around us, even to things that we look at daily or use routinely (such as looking at a coin). We look, but we do not see. We tend to remember more reliably those things we pay conscious attention to; it is possible to remember things even when we don’t consciously pay attention to them, but that type of memory is an entire different conversation, and not something that presenters want to use consistently.
If we know that our audiences are prone to looking but not really seeing, then presenters can use techniques that make it impossible to miss elements in presentations. Take text for example: why not make the words that are important really BIG, where you're forcing people to pay attention, almost despite themselves?
Geetesh: Can you share some thoughts about what slide creators should do to create memorable slides.
Carmen: This question is a grand one, we could cover it in a book. One of the ways to answer what makes something memorable is to ask what makes something forgettable. As you see in the SlideShare, sameness leads to forgetting because sometimes information interferes with other similar information. This is why we must ask: what can I do to deviate from the pattern? For example, if your slides include mostly text, can you insert a graphic? Or the other way around — if you include mostly graphics, can you switch to text? The secret here is that you must have a pattern first before you break it. Unfortunately, most presentations don't have a pattern. Using templates has an advantage where memory is concerned because they help us establish a pattern, which we can break every time you want to attract attention. Templates work because they habituate an audience to the design and then — bam – you catch them by surprise with something they did not expect. This refreshes attention, which is often a solid ingredient for memory.
For more information about workshops that Dr. Carmen Simon teaches with a unique neuroscience approach, access the Rexi Media page on her workshops
Categories: interviews, opinion, powerpoint, presentation_skills
3-D Options in PowerPoint 2013 enable you to format the bevel style of a shape with many more options than those available in the conventional Bevel gallery. And when we say more, we actually mean a whole lot more! You can customize 3-D options such as contour, contour color, depth, depth color, materials, and lighting -- almost like a full blown 3-D program. In this detailed tutorial, you will explore every option within the 3-D Options gamut.
Explore the 3-D Format options available for shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Categories: effects, powerpoint_2013, shapes, tutorials
In this issue, we bring you an exclusive conversation with Nancy Duarte -- we were curious why she is giving away Resonate, her best-selling book for free! And then we have another exclusive conversation with Jeremey Donovan who talks about his best-selling book, How to Deliver a TED Talk. We then get you some Hanukkah freebies -- these are PowerPoint ready clip art graphics of Menorahs and Dreidels. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about working with Glow, Soft Edges, Bevels and 3-D Rotation effects. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
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Categories: ezine, powerpoint
Depth in PowerPoint 2013 plays a very important role when you are working with 3-D objects. Depth is the distance from the top or surface of something to its bottom. For example, even though you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus although you can first rotate your object, you must thereafter add Depth -- and that's what we will explore within this tutorial.
Learn how to apply 3-D depth to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Categories: effects, powerpoint_2013, shapes, tutorials
Steve Hards plays with PowerPoint all the time, and creates add-ins. He was involved with Perspector, a 3D add-in for PowerPoint that enables users to manipulate shapes in 3D inside PowerPoint and to create all sorts of interesting effects. Until very recently the top of the three editions (Lists, Standard and Professional) sold for $299. Surprisingly, the Pro version is now freely available to everyone.
In this conversation, Steve, who managed sales for Visual Exemplars, the company that produced Perspector explains what's behind the move.
Geetesh: It’s amazing that a full featured PowerPoint add-in such as Perspector is being given away free – why is that so?
Steve: Ten years ago, when the 3D Perspector add-in was conceived, we didn't realise how many years it would take to program the refinements into it that resulted in the mature version 4.2.1 a few years ago. There was, and still is, nothing like it. However, in recent years Microsoft, pursuing its own development path for Office, unknowingly hit us with a double whammy.
First, Microsoft changed its 'Office Marketplace' site so that available add-ins are very difficult to discover. They either didn't know -- or chose to ignore -- the effect it had on 3rd party add-in sales. All add-in developers, not just us, were affected.
Second, 64bit versions of Office followed the introduction of 64bit versions of Windows and, although Microsoft's line was that most people did not need to use the 64bit version of Office, we know that it is being installed by default more and more. Like many other developers of add-ins for Office we had to weigh up whether recoding Perspector to run in 64bit versions was worth the likely return on investment. Reluctantly, we concluded that it was not, so we have withdrawn it from sale.
Geetesh: So why did you decide to make it freely available rather than just shutting it down?
Steve: Our most common support request was from people who had replaced their computer and had lost their license key and we wanted to make sure that our customers, whose loyalty we have appreciated over the years, would still be able to access it. That's why we have made the Professional Edition available for download, along with a generic license key that anyone can use. Also, anyone who has the Lists or Standard versions can upgrade using that key. In the Perspector Editor they just need to go to Help, Register or Upgrade.
We will not be providing technical support for the free license - people can try it and, if it works for them, fine. If it doesn't, they should just uninstall it.
For any people new to Perspector who want to try it there is some "Getting started" help when you run the add-in within PowerPoint. There are two interactive User Guide presentations that can be accessed from the Perspector Help menu or the Perspector Panel on the right of the screen when Perspector is in use. The other thing that people need to know is that presentations containing Perspector-generated images can be viewed in any PowerPoint presentation but can only be edited using Perspector.
The free Perspector license and download is available from Perspector.com.
Steve has some other add-ins he produced independently: Opazity and FillSlammer. He also has a comprehensive free resource, The Encyclopedia of Best Free Resources for PowerPoint Users.
Categories: 3D, add-in, interviews, powerpoint
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