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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: January 2004

Thoughts and impressions of whatever is happening in the world of PowerPoint

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Friday, January 30, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:33 AM IST

PowerPoint In School
Bet you didn't know a koala bear isn't a bear at all. If you had seen Mandeville Elementary third-grader Sarah Schneider's Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on koalas, you'd know that a koala is more closely related to a wombat. Find more at the Everything New Orleans site...

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Thursday, January 29, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:42 PM IST

Giving PowerPoint Pizzazz with Macromedia Flash
There are many reasons you might want to use Flash movies in your PowerPoint presentation, most notably to take advantage of Flash's interactive vector animations and small file size. In some cases, you may already have Flash movies on your Web site or intranet that you want to incorporate into PowerPoint. Or you may want to create a Flash movie specifically to include in a presentation, enabling you to add some extra pizzazz to PowerPoint's existing functionality. Learn more with Patrice-Anne Rutledge...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:58 AM IST

Book Extract: Special Edition Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
This book extract from Special Edition Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 is an Indezine exclusive with permission from Pearson Education. The extract is an entire chapter on working with charts in PowerPoint. Read here...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:46 AM IST

What You Should Know About Mydoom
[email protected] spreads through e-mail. This worm can disguise the sender's address, a tactic known as spoofing, and may generate e-mails that appear to have been sent by Microsoft or someone else. Many of the addresses Mydoom uses are valid addresses that are being spoofed for malicious purposes. Here's Microsoft's security response...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 2:11 PM IST

PowerPoint Raves And Rants
The Sydney Morning Herald talks about how PowerPoint has given confidence to mediocre public speakers, captivated the business world and was recently implicated as one of many factors leading to last year's Columbia space shuttle crash. Power, up to a Point...

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posted by Geetesh on 12:16 AM IST

Create Star Wars Credits in PowerPoint
George Lucas must be so proud of Microsoft. In PowerPoint 2002 and 2003, you can now make Star Wars type animations. The text crawls from bottom to the top, diminishing in size until it fades into oblivion. You expect to see the Millennium Falcon zoom by at any moment. Learn more from my tutorial at the Computor Companion site...

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Monday, January 26, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:12 PM IST

PowerPoint Ezine Issue 36
The new ezine issue is now live...
It's Christmas Again! - freebies for everyone
The Richard Bretschneider Interview - an honest interview that explains Microsoft's position on PowerPoint
Focus on Apreso - an introduction linked to an extensive review
Quick News - more PowerPoint news than anywhere else!
New Year's Presentation Resolutions - exclusive from Claudyne Wilder
SuperSaver 6 Offer - a never-before, never-after offer

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posted by Geetesh on 8:01 PM IST

Sound Fades with Sony Sound Forge 7
Creating sound fade-ins and fade-outs is an often asked question on the PowerPoint newsgroup. Thanks to Steve Foldvari of Sony who helped me do a tutorial on Creating Fades in Sony Sound Forge...

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Sunday, January 25, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 2:03 PM IST

Users of Microsoft's Office System products released in October can expect the first service pack for the software in late June, Microsoft said on Friday.

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Saturday, January 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:43 PM IST

Imaptica Announces Mac OS X Edition
Impatica announced the release of the PowerPoint add-in product that creates streaming content using Java technology for Mac OS X. Impatica already creates a Windows version of this popular product. More info...

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Friday, January 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:10 AM IST

PowerPoint In Schools
"With PowerPoint, our fourth-grade students are doing electronic presentations, creating and deleting slides"
"Next semester, Timperley has more projects in store for her kids. They may be doing a PowerPoint music video." - read more about how computing is making a difference...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:38 AM IST

The Richard Bretschneider Interview
Richard is from Microsoft - he was lead program manager for PowerPoint 2003, and is one of those currently directing planning for the next version of the product. In this interview, Richard discusses the new PowerPoint 2003 and looks beyond...

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Friday, January 16, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:24 AM IST

AcuLearn has announced a new version of its plug-in for PowerPoint. Users can enhance presentations with live video and audio and deliver presentations live or on-demand. Learn more.

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Thursday, January 15, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:33 PM IST

Olympus A New Player In The Projector Market
Olympus introduced the small, light and easy to use VP-1 Data Projector at CES 2004 in Las Vegas. Learn more at the Olympus site...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:17 PM IST

Anystream Apreso Gets Thumbs Up
Online rich media (ORM) continues to emanate from PowerPoint. And then comes Apreso, the name of the product that I am exploring. Predictably, Apreso uses PowerPoint as its source. Unpredictably though, Apreso manages to do so much more at the same time that it almost threatens to create a new presentation workflow. If that got you interested, let's proceed and discover the nuances of this amazing PowerPoint add-in...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:14 PM IST

Until January 19th, PowerFinish providing 7 volumes of PowerPoint templates, PowerDesign Sets and presentation backgrounds for $199.99 rather than the regular rate of $620!

Look here for their product sale items...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 2:27 PM IST

Accordent Technologies released Version 2 Of PresenterONE - this new version includes support For RealAudio 10 And RealVideo 10. You'll find more info at the (link removed)

Also, read this press release at the Streaming Media, Inc. site.




posted by Geetesh on 10:37 AM IST

PointCapture Update Provides Better Interface
Peter McClard of CaptureWorks informed me about the release of version 1.1 of PointCapture that adds a great new interface that includes drop-down menu choices to make more interactive searches. PointCapture allows you to search a specific PowerPoint presentation or slide buried in your computer folders, using powerful data and text filtering and search tools. More info at the PointCapture site...
Also read the Indezine review...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:21 AM IST

CorelDRAW 12 Integrates With Microsoft Office
Corel announced that the new version of CorelDRAW publishes designs for use in your office productivity suite to enhance text documents by adding graphics published directly from CorelDRAW Graphics Suite to Microsoft Office or WordPerfect Office. More info...

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Monday, January 12, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:10 PM IST

Registrations for the PowerPoint Live program are now open. Find more about this event that's going to be held at San Diego from October 10 to 13, 2004 at the new look PowerPoint Live 2004 site.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:42 PM IST

NXPowerLite is PowerPoint 2003 Compatible
Just received a mail from the folks at Neuxpower with the good news that their NXPowerLite product is now PowerPoint 2003 compatible. The new 1.53 version is available as a free upgrade for existing customers. For those of who don't know, NXPowerLite optimizes file sizes of PowerPoint presentations. Learn more...

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posted by Geetesh on 4:58 PM IST

PowerPoint Autorun CD Do-it-Yourself
Echo Swinford's PowerPoint Autorun CD for versions PowerPoint 97 through 2003 is now mirrored at Indezine. Look here...
Extend this further and create an EXE from the packaged presentation. Look here...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:56 AM IST

Insert Pictures Quickly in PowerPoint for the Mac
Microsoft MVP Jim Gordon announced the new version of InsertPicturePPTX, a PowerPoint add-in that works on the Mac. As Jim adds "The ability to do a bulk import has been added. The bulk import feature works in PowerPoint 2001 only. The bulk import feature will import a hundred 72-dpi pics into a presentation in just a few seconds." More info...

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Monday, January 05, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:35 AM IST

Autorun CD Using the New Viewer
PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford has put up a nice tutorial on using the new PowerPoint 2003 Viewer to create autorun CDs with PowerPoint 2002 and 2003. Read here...

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