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Wednesday, October 01, 2014
posted by Geetesh at 9:45 AM IST



There is no doubt that a presentation with relevant pictures is more effective than just a plain text presentation. Although pictures enhance the look of your presentation, they can also phenomenally increase the size of your presentation file. PowerPoint 2013 and some previous versions are better in that respect compared to the much older versions because they do some compression even if you may not be aware -- yet there is an option to make the compression even more effective.



Learn how to compress pictures in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh at 9:30 AM IST



Peter ArvaiPeter Arvai loves technologies that enable world-changing stories to be shared. In 2008, he joined forces with Adam Somlai-Fischer and Péter Halácsy, an architect and an innovator, to create a more memorable and engaging way for people to share stories. Today, their creation is known as Prezi. Before co-founding Prezi, Peter was already active in the information-sharing realm. In Sweden, he founded omvard.se, a company that aggregates data on treatment outcomes for hospital patients. Soon after, he developed the world's first mobile newsreader so people could follow TED Talks from their mobile devices.

In this conversation, Peter discusses the findings of the Prezi/Harris Interactive Survey, which looks at how critical presentations are for success.

Geetesh: In your recent survey, it was found that most presenters are not effective – and audiences are not receptive! What do you think about this scenario?

Peter: Part of the reason people aren't paying attention is related to presenters "winging it" and not taking the time to make their content relevant for their audience. Thinking through the presentation beforehand enables you to connect the dots and make sure the presentation is as succinct as possible. Mark Twain's commonly referenced quote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead," applies to presentations as well. Remember, humans are programmed to engage, not only to listen. An overly long data list and bullet point-heavy presentation will put an audience to sleep and will be hard for everyone to get through. Create an overarching story and a few main points that back it up.

Geetesh: How can Prezi help in creating a better environment for presenting?

Peter: Prezi helps the presenter formulate a conversation with the audience by showing them the big picture and the fine details, putting the message in context which makes content more memorable and engaging. If a small business owner is explaining their company overview, for example, they could navigate between categories and details, pulling back to reveal the big picture that shows how everything relates at the end. Visually depicting the relationships between main points provides context and reinforces the larger story, helping the audience understand and remember better. Zooming in on details and zooming out to show the big picture is a powerful way to emphasize your main point, something linear slides cannot provide.

Prezi/Harris Interactive Survey

See Also: Prezi/Harris Interactive Survey: Conversation with Carmine Gallo

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posted by Geetesh at 9:15 AM IST



Has it ever happened that you wanted to include just a few slides in your slide show rather than displaying the entire presentation? Then you need not delete the slides that need not be shown -- nor do you need to create a whole new presentation containing only the slides to be shown. All you need to do is to create a Custom Slide Show! So, what's a custom slide show? Think of your individual slides as songs within a playlist -- using the playlist analogy, your custom slide show is a playlist of those songs -- you just substitute songs for slides!



Learn how to create custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
posted by Geetesh at 10:30 AM IST



Within our better charts series, we look at how you can encourage yourself to practice often, or even hire a chart designer. We have an exclusive conversation with Irwin Hipsman of Brainshark, who discusses the amazing animated content slides that his company is giving away. We also bring you a new series of animated gears.

PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Pictures, Video and Charts.

And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



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posted by Geetesh at 9:45 AM IST



Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. Essentially that's good because if you make many changes to a picture -- and then regret experimenting -- then you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There's one caveat though -- the option to reset any picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any compression options for pictures within your presentation.



Learn how to reset pictures in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh at 9:15 AM IST



Do you want to add a video clip to your PowerPoint slide so that it continues to play across subsequent slides? This actually means that when you move from one slide to another, the video continues playing without any interruption. In PowerPoint 2007, Play Across Slides option was available in interface -- but in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 it has been removed within the interface -- however, we found a workaround to get this option back, as explained in this tutorial.



Learn how to play a video clip across slides in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, September 29, 2014
posted by Geetesh at 9:45 AM IST



Imagine you have inserted a picture in PowerPoint 2013, and then applied various picture editing options to enhance its appearance. For example, we added a border, applied some Picture Effects, etc. And then you realize that you have a better picture, or your boss asked you to change the existing picture to another one, but with all the same effects! You would probably delete the original picture and start all over again, and yes, that is a long process! Or you can change any existing picture into another with just a couple of clicks -- retaining all effects.



Learn how to change (replace) one picture into another in PowerPoint 2013.

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