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Advanced Soft Edges Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Friday, January 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

The Soft Edges effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. PowerPoint does provide you with some ready-to-use pre-set Soft Edges, but you may want to edit the applied Soft Edges effect to be less or more pronounced. Whatever your reasons for customization, you can certainly edit the properties for the Soft Edges effect in PowerPoint 2016. For instance, you can change the soft edge size parameter.

Learn how you can get more control on the soft-edge effects applied to the shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Among the various Shape Effects available in PowerPoint, probably the most subtle one is the Soft Edges effect. This effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. Soft Edges work best with larger shapes, especially if you use some of the larger Soft Edge variations available. PowerPoint provides some ready-to-use Soft Edge presets.

Learn how to apply Soft Edge effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Few, if any transition effects have generated a buzz like Morph! Morph technically may be a mere transition, but it adds capabilities to PowerPoint that redefines the way you work with slides altogether.

Explore the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time, especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors. So if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc.

Learn how to make changes to the Glow effect applied to shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST

We first bring you a complete synopsis of Nancy Duarte's amazing keynote at the Presentation Summit. Next, we feature Jon Schwabish in an interview, where he talks about his new book that's already receiving rave reviews. The book is named Better Presentations. We then explore a fascinating service called Beamium that lets you share your PowerPoint slides in a unique way. We also explore how you can identify the file type of a font in Windows 10. This is helpful if you want to know if your font is OpenType, TrueType, or some other type.

In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about working with Slide Numbers. You can also learn so much about Shape Effects, such as Shadows and Reflections. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

A Glow effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area, and by default, the Glow colors emanate from the active Theme. These default Glow colors work most of the time, but of course, you can change the Glow color to something entirely different. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can change this Glow color to any color you want.

Learn how to change the Glow effect's color applied to shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

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Monday, January 16, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Chad JardineChad Jardine is Head of Marketing at GoReact. He also teaches Marketing and Finance in the business schools of Utah Valley University and University of Utah. He is the co-author of Pillars of Inflection: Seven Fundamental Strategies for Explosive Company Growth He tweets at @ChadJardine and occasionally blogs about marketing on Medium.

In this conversation, Chad talks about GoReact.

Geetesh: Chad, please introduce us to GoReact. What motivated you to create this solution?

Chad: GoReact was the result of a terrible presentation. It all started with a public speaking professor, bored to tears in a staff meeting. As his colleague droned on, he mused that it would be great if someone could give him feedback on how painful it was sitting through his presentation. And GoReact was born!

GoReact is like game film for presenters. Today it's used chiefly in university courses on public speaking and language training. But it’s great for any scenario where someone can demonstrate competency on video and receive feedback from a teacher, coach, or mentor. For agencies, freelance coaches, and trainers, GoReact makes it possible to coach remotely and offer post-training updates and competency reviews.

Geetesh: One amazing capability of GoReact is to save comments from viewers along with the video recordings of presenters. Can you tell us more about this?

Chad: Our roots in higher education are evident in the two most common workflows. The most common uses of GoReact illustrate the advantage this gives to speakers:

  1. Presenter Records Remotely. In this scenario, a presenter records a presentation on their own. GoReact works with just about any webcam, smartphone, or external camera, so presenters can record on their own devices and post their videos to GoReact. Teachers and coaches then review videos from anywhere they have Internet access. As they watch the presentation, they can type comments, pointers, and feedback for the presenter. All comments are time-coded to the exact moment in the presentation when they left the feedback. When the presenter watches the video again, they can tell precisely what behavior their coach wanted to praise or correct.

  2. Live Recording and Real-Time Feedback. During a live presentation, GoReact allows audience members to watch the presenter and type feedback. This works remotely as well as in person. You can stream a presentation to a coach anywhere within reach of the Internet and get real-time feedback immediately. You can even make real-time adjustments to the presentation. Usually, it’s distracting for presenters to pause and read feedback mid-presentation, but technically this is possible with GoReact.

In addition to the core benefits, GoReact has some other surprises up its sleeve.

  • First, you can capture feedback from more than just the coach. Audience members, peers, and additional reviewers can all login and comment.
  • Presenters can upload slides to display along with the video of their presentation. This allows coaches to comment on both the delivery and the design of a presentation.
  • Presentations can be sped up or watched in slow motion to capture details of the performance.
  • To analyze a presenter’s improvement over time, you can use a customizable scorecard or rubric like those used in speech competitions. You can build either one of these right in GoReact.
  • There are also customizable markers to flag common behaviors like filler words, body language, nervous habits, etc. This data can be measured and analyzed throughout a course.

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