Mike Power is the founder and Managing Director of Neuxpower, a software solutions company based in the UK. Neuxpower custom-builds both stand-alone applications and add-ins that enhance existing software such as Microsoft Office. Their commercially-available file optimization software NXPowerLite compresses PDF, Microsoft Office and JPEG files simply and effectively by up to 90%, making them easy to email as attachments.
In this conversation, Mike explores NXPowerLite retrospectively and looks at the near future.
Geetesh: There are several file compression products, but NXPowerLite was the original PowerPoint compression product, and it still works seamlessly with PowerPoint and also other Microsoft Office file formats. Can you reminisce a bit about the journey so far?
Mike: It's been a huge amount of fun!
When we first built NXPowerLite Desktop back in 2001 email bandwidth limits were incredibly tight, so creating a product that quickly made large PowerPoint files small enough to slip under the radar netted us some very excited and appreciative customers. At the time Neuxpower was a digital marketing agency, so the first version of NXPowerLite was a side project. The idea to make PowerPoint compression software came after chatting with a client. He had spent a painful morning hand-optimizing all of the images in his presentation to make it small enough to send to his colleagues in the US. We figured that there must be an easier way… and later that year NXPowerLite was born.
On Launch day we sold a single license to a gentleman called Stewart McKnight from PepsiCo, which was very exciting for us. We were pleasantly surprised a week later when he came back and bought 10, then completely blew us away when he bought 100 licenses the month after! That’s when we realized we were building something that people really wanted, something important. Now we’ve sold roughly 2.5 million licenses of NXPowerLite Desktop, which we are utterly humbled by, it’s a huge number.
The software has evolved dramatically over the years and substantially expanded in scope and capabilities. If you’re interested in seeing what NXPowerLite looked like back in 2001, take a quick look at our blog post charting the first 12-years evolution of the software.
In spite of bandwidth limitations easing over the years, we still find that many people continue to struggle sending large files. Whether it's a restriction at their end or with the recipient - large files continue to cause email problems. It's gratifying to have made such an impact over the years, and exciting to still be able to innovate and develop our solutions further. We have some exciting plans for a major update in 2017 when we release version 8. Improving file reduction remains our primary focus, but we will be making time to completely rework the way files are added, optimized and saved to making the software an even more seamless experience. Watch this space...
After inserting pictures within your PowerPoint slide, you may want to change their appearance. You can add distinctive borders to your pictures or use the various Adjust Picture options. Alternatively, you can directly apply preset Picture Styles as well. These Picture Styles are based on PowerPoint's Picture Effects capabilities and add some effects with a click. Most of the time, this means that a single Picture Style adds a reflection, a glow, and a border to your picture. However, you can also apply any of these effects individually to your pictures. In all, PowerPoint provides 6 effects: shadow, reflection, glow, soft edges, bevel, and 3-D rotation.
Learn about Picture Effect options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.
Have you heard that all fonts are not the same? Did you know that only TrueType fonts can be embedded in PowerPoint, and that too only on Windows versions of PowerPoint? And what are the other font file types? On this page, we will explore these topics.
Learn how you can identify font file types.
Similar to Shape Styles for the shapes on your slide, PowerPoint also provides Picture Styles for your inserted pictures. With a single click, Picture Styles can transform a simple looking picture to something that's more distinct. Note that unlike Shape Styles, Picture Styles are not Theme specific. They just transform your picture to make it look stylish by applying a border, or 3-D effect, or by changing the frame shape, etc.
Learn how to apply preset Picture Styles to your pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.
After a picture is inserted on your PowerPoint slide, you might want to make adjustments to the picture itself so that it looks distinctive and focused. You can change a picture's look by resizing, cropping, changing color values, adjusting saturation, or by applying artistic effects. In this tutorial, we'll explore the options available within PowerPoint 2016 to make these picture adjustments. Later, in subsequent tutorials of this series, you will learn more about the individual options we discuss in this tutorial.
Explore various Adjust Picture Options available in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.
Visual cliché is an area that deserves more attention, and we bring you a new installment of our PowerPoint Cliché series. This time we explore pictures with Stacks of Coins. We also look at one of PowerPoint's weak areas; it has never complained about a missing font and substitutes any fonts not found with no logic explained. Worse, there's no way to identify a substituted font. We explore how you can report to Microsoft, and also we look at a workaround.
In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about inserting online pictures and resizing, rotating and flipping pictures. We also look at recoloring picture backgrounds to improve text legibility. PowerPoint 2010 users can explore ways to view and manage add-ins. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.
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Saving a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF has its pros and cons. The biggest advantage is that recipients won’t be able to edit, and you can embed fonts easily. Disadvantages include that you cannot be multimedia-friendly. Whatever your thoughts may be, PowerPoint makes it very easy to create PDFs.
Learn how you can create PDFs from your presentations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.
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