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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
posted by Geetesh at 9:45 AM IST



You might have created many Custom Shows and played them. If you have heard about it, and want to learn more about this amazing PowerPoint feature, these tips will help you get more from your Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2010.



Here are some tips that can help you in creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh at 9:30 AM IST



Anat RichterAnat Richter is Content Marketing Director at emaze. When she isn't tapping away in its Tel Aviv offices, she is documenting life on the web as a user and a guest blogger.

In this conversation, Anat discusses emaze's new PitchUp'15 challenge.

Geetesh: Tell us more about PitchUp'15 -- what is this challenge about, what motivated you to create this platform. Also tell us more about the responses you have received so far.

Anat: The PitchUp'15 contest offers contestants the opportunity to present their pitches in presentation form using emaze.com and get it viewed by top tier members of the business community, VCs and potential investors. Prizes for the best pitches include a $10,000 cash prize and a sponsored slot at DEMO conference.



When we started PitchUp'15, we had in mind an exciting, sweeping, global contest for start-ups of all stages and hailing from all places with a cool prize at the end of it all. What we did not anticipate was the breadth and depth of valuable information that poured in, painting an intriguing picture of the global state of start-ups.

As a Tel Aviv-based start-up, emaze expected the majority of submissions to come from Israeli start-ups. But apparently, in the global marketplace, physical location and local fame play a very small role.

With more than 30% of submissions hailing from the Greater San Francisco area as compared with 14.3% from Tel-Aviv, it appears Silicon Valley maintains its title as the start-up capital of the world. But the flood of submissions from unexpected locations such as Cameroon suggest that tech activity is springing up across Africa too. 4.5% of submissions coming from Indonesia, 5.2% from the Philippines, and nearly 6% of all submissions coming from Singapore are teaching us that India, China and Japan are no longer the sole players in the Asian entrepreneurial scene.



Geetesh: Based on the responses so far, what trends do you see?

Anat: We see some really interesting trends. Where financial services were the hype of the start-up world a few years ago, it now seems that social and entertainment-based start-ups are dominating the industry.



Surprisingly, mobile and apps have also been on the decline, representing only 10.5% of all submissions. Neck-to-neck at just over 5% each were the healthcare and productivity start-ups, suggesting, on the one hand, a technological leap in costly biotech industry and, on the other, a stagnation in the productivity industry which blew up a few years ago and has since run out of ways to reinvent calendar add-ons, task-list apps and efficiency charts. Expectedly low at a mere 2.4% was the robotics industry. It seems it will take some time before this industry, with its long production times and high costs, will appeal to start-ups



Statistics on the funding stages of submitting start-ups offered an optimistic snapshot of the ratio between the bootstrap and seed stages. It seems that one in every five bootstrap start-ups has managed to raise seed money. While over 60% of the start-ups that received seed also raised Round A funding.

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posted by Geetesh at 9:15 AM IST



Although PowerPoint does include options to use pictures, SmartArt, charts, sounds, and even video clips, we rarely see presentations that have no text at all. Nothing conveys a message better than text, and even pictures do need captions in the form of text. In PowerPoint, several slide objects can include text -- these include text placeholders, text boxes, shapes, tables, SmartArt, charts, etc. In this tutorial though, we are only exploring selecting and editing text within text placeholders, text boxes, and shapes.



Learn how to select and change text within text placeholders, text boxes, and shapes in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
posted by Geetesh at 10:30 AM IST



Were you fascinated with paper planes as a child? Now you can fly them on your slides with our new Paper Plane graphics for PowerPoint! And you can also fly them up your charts, after you decide whether a Column or a Bar chart works best with your data? We then bring you two amazing interviews that have nothing to do with how you design your slides, but everything about how you communicate with your audience. Fred Miller discusses Elevator Speeches, and why these speeches need not be within an elevator, despite their name! And Nancy Ancowitz explains how introverts are different than extroverts while presenting, and not too different too! PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about all sorts of Indent markers that influence how your paragraphs get positioned as a bulleted list within PowerPoint? PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can explore Viewing Sections and Tips for Custom Shows while PowerPoint 2010 for Windows users can learn about creating Custom Slide Shows. And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Geetesh at 9:15 AM IST



If you have a presentation with a large Section, containing many slides, then you may find that this one Section makes it difficult to see all the other remaining Sections – this is because these many slides cover up so much screen real estate making it difficult for you to see other stuff, such as slides in other Sections. And if you want to drag a slide from one Section to another, you may be at a loss to comprehend what you will end up with. So to counter this problem, you can collapse and expand single and multiple Sections, as explained in this tutorial.



Learn how to collapse/expand Sections in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, March 30, 2015
posted by Geetesh at 9:45 AM IST



After creating Custom Slide Shows, you would like to view them or present them to your audience. Of course you can access the Custom Shows dialog box, and then select a show and then choose to play it -- but that's a long process indeed. In this tutorial, we will show how you can access the same Custom Show more easily. And, we will also show you how you can set any Custom Show as the default within a presentation -- this means that when you actually play your presentation in Slide Show view, only the slides within the Custom Show you select will be shown!



Learn how to play custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh at 9:30 AM IST



Have you seen a glossy highlight that is overlaid on the screens of electronic devices such as tablets, laptops, screens, or even phones? You can see an example of this effect in the figure, below -- the tablet on the left has no such glossy highlight but the tablet on the right does! It's easy to create this glossy highlight in PowerPoint -- even better, you can just create a shape that represents this glossy highlight -- and then use it anywhere you want!



Learn how to add glossy highlights for shapes in PowerPoint.

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