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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: March 2004

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

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PowerCONVERTER 4.4 Released

Saturday, March 27, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:48 PM IST

PresentationPro announced the immediate availability of PowerCONVERTER 4.4 - a new version of their PowerPoint to Flash conversion tool that includes a new customizable Flash presentation player with a slide navigation panel. More info at the PresentationPro site.

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Thursday, March 25, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:38 PM IST

An Interview with Tom Bunzel
Tom Bunzel specializes in knowing what other presenters need. He has appeared on Tech TV's Call for Help as "Professor PowerPoint" and spoken at the PowerPoint LIVE conference in Tucson, Arizona. Bunzel is also a "technology coach" for the Neuroscience Education Institute giving one-on-one instruction to physicians. In this interview, Tom discusses PowerPoint, multimedia, video and more....

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posted by Geetesh on 9:02 AM IST

A coworker has many PowerPoint presentations that he needs to convert to PDF and post on the Web. His first attempt was with a 49Kb PowerPoint presentation which, when he printed to Distiller, created a 35Mb PDF! Why did this happen and how do we get around it? Resolve this problem at the PDF Zone site.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:42 AM IST

Giants: Coughlin makes his PowerPoint
As if the Giants players didn't already know a new era had begun, coach Tom Coughlin provided reinforcement at the start of yesterday's team meeting: He used a PowerPoint presentation while making his 45-minute address. Read more at the Everything Jersey site...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:44 PM IST

An Interview with Dave Gray
Cliff Atkinson interviewed Dave Gray of xPlane, the 'visual thinking company'. Read here...

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Thursday, March 18, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:35 AM IST

New OneNote Site from Kathy Jacobs
Kathy Jacobs has put up a new site on Microsoft's OneNote program. Do take a look and learn more about how OneNote can help you stay more organized - and how far notes can go. Here's OneNote Answers...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:49 AM IST

Microsoft Office 2004 Demo
Join lead program manager, Kris Barton, on a guided tour through some of the powerful new features coming soon in Microsoft® Office 2004 for Mac. Look here...

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posted by Geetesh on 6:52 AM IST

Good and Bad PowerPoint
Brainy Betty has a Breeze presentation that covers lots of tips to make better PowerPoint and Breeze content. Look here...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:01 AM IST

Really Bad PowerPoint, Revisited
Seth Godin is the author of five books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change and work. He was recently chosen as one of "21 Speakers for the Next Century” by Successful Meetings and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addresses. As you can expect, Seth has a few things to say about PowerPoint, especially since his 2001 e-book Really Bad PowerPoint (and How to Avoid It), was an Amazon bestseller. Cliff Atkinson interviews Seth Godin...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:22 AM IST

The Cognitive Load of PowerPoint
Many people have opinions about PowerPoint, but few can speak on the topic with the authority of Richard E. Mayer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Cliff Atkinson interviewed Richard Mayer...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:07 AM IST

Reinventing PowerPoint
Pop quiz time. Which doesn't belong on the following list of business tools: mimeograph; overhead projector; flip chart; PowerPoint? Actually, it's a trick question. None of the items belong--not in today's sensory-straining world of technology-based marketing. New tech tools to liven your tired old PowerPoint presentations--and give your online marketing efforts a boost Inc. magazine tells you more...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:51 AM IST

An Interview with Jim Reisteter
Jim Reisteter is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Interlink Electronics. He is responsible for sales, marketing and product development for the Business Communications and Home Entertainment groups at the company. In this interview, Jim discusses Interlink, the presentation hardware industry, wireless technologies and PowerPoint. Read here...

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Monday, March 15, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:37 PM IST

An Interview with Sonia Coleman
Sonia Coleman is the owner of SoniaColeman.com, an amazing site that's got tons of PowerPoint content. Sonia is among the most active PowerPoint MVPs (Most Valuable Professional) - you can often find her in the PowerPoint newsgroups answering questions and resolving problems. In this interview, Sonia discusses her add-ins, her site and lots of other PowerPoint stuff...

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Friday, March 12, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:39 PM IST

CaptureWorks Announces PointCapture 1.2
CaptureWorks announced version 1.2 of its PowerPoint cataloging, organizing and recreating tool - PointCapture. Download an evaluation version.

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Thursday, March 11, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:48 PM IST

Customizing PowerPoint Toolbars
If you are never really happy with where PowerPoint puts its buttons and menus, then don't put up with it any longer! In this example, you can add the Align and Distribute menu to the Picture toolbar. Learn with Glen Millar...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:53 AM IST

An Interview with Colin Adams
Colin Adams is the president and founder of Indigo Rose Software Design Corporation. In this interview, Colin discusses Indigo Rose and their new PowerPoint related products. He also speaks about their support infrastructure and how he uses PowerPoint. Read more...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:50 AM IST

Churches Use PowerPoint
Protestant churches are tending to become more contemporary, with the use of electronic media like PowerPoint presentations growing more popular, a survey shows. The survey by Ellison Research, a Phoenix-based marketing research company, asked clergy whether the overall style of worship in their congregation had changed in the last five years. Read more at Beliefnet.com

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Tuesday, March 09, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:23 PM IST

PowerPoint and AutoPlay Media Studio 5
Let's look at a typical corporate scenario. Your company has PowerPoint presentations that have to be burned on CDs and distributed. PowerPoint 2003 has an amazing Package to CD feature but how do you burn 15 presentations to a CD and provide a well designed interface to the recipients of the CD? Actually, it's an easy task to accomplish. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial and you'll have created an autorun CD with all your PowerPoint presentations in no time. The same procedure can be followed for a single presentation as well. Read here...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:36 AM IST

Inserting Flash (.SWF) Files into PowerPoint
This is a very basic tutorial on how to insert Flash (.SWF) files into PowerPoint. You can accomlish this in six easy steps! Learn more...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:14 AM IST

The Kurt Dupont Interview
Kurt Dupont is based in Belgium and heads Take-off, which creates the DataPoint add-in for PowerPoint that allows presentations to interface with databases of all sorts including those in text and Excel files. In this interview, Kurt discusses DataPoint, case studies, support infrastructure and the importance of using databases with PowerPoint. Read more...

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Monday, March 08, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:46 PM IST

Flash Template converts from PowerPoint
Kurtis Scaletta has developed a Flash learning object template for Flash MX that facilitates conversion of PowerPoint slides to the Flash MX format.
Learn more...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:03 AM IST

Vic Ferri Creates EXEs from PowerPoint
I first heard about Vic Ferri's PowerPoint to EXE conversion service on a Yahoo Groups forum. Fast forward two years and I was communicating with Vic about his concept - and it seemed good enough for an Indezine story...

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Saturday, March 06, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:16 AM IST

The Seven Deadly Sins of Powerpoint Presentations
It’s not surprising PowerPoint slideshows have become the norm for visuals in most business presentations. However, they can also spell disaster even for experienced presenters. Dr. Joseph Sommerville discusses the sins of PowerPoint...

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posted by Geetesh on 2:55 AM IST

An Interview with Jonathan Blank
Jonathan Blank is currently the founder and CEO of Wildform, a video, animation and presentation software company. In this interview, Jonathan discusses PowerPoint, Flash and Wildform's own products. He also discusses the significance of video in a presentation. Read more...

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Friday, March 05, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:04 PM IST

Hemera Adds 10,000 New Images
Hemera added 10,000 new Image Express online graphic subscription service - you can join Image Express for free and download 6 images - for more images, you'll have to opt for a paid subscription. Try the free images here...

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posted by Geetesh on 3:51 PM IST

NTU Creates Content With Macromedia Breeze
NTU, a Singapore based educational institution uses Macromedia Breeze to enable faculty to build and distribute multimedia lecture presentations easily and effortlessly. Read more at the Computerworld Singapore site...

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posted by Geetesh on 2:47 PM IST

New Favorite Templates from CrystalGraphics
CrystalGraphics announced PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites I and II which include over 5,000 favorite templates selected from their vast library of over 30,000 award-winning abstract and business-themed PowerPoint templates. You can also download free samples. More info...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:20 AM IST

The Incredible, Accessible Presentation
In its purest sense, a presentation is the act of making information publicly available. Today, the world is the audience and electronic presentations are the delivery vehicle. A simple web search for "online presentations" lists over 6 million results. Technology has become the presenter and the presentation. With more than 17 million users worldwide, PowerPoint is the technology. The appeal is easy to see. Thousands of dollars can be saved in travel costs. Your presentation, sales pitch, training course, etc. is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Almost anyone can create a presentation or training course. The downside is that everyone may not be able to access your presentation. Read more with Glenna Shaw...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:18 AM IST

Cattle Annie’s Uses DataPoint
Cattle Annie’s Restaurant & Entertainment Club is one of Virginia’s premier music venues. Several years ago, Cattle Annie’s promotional team implemented PowerPoint slides broadcast through their closed circuit television system, including large screen projectors, to present upcoming entertainment and other promotional items. The project was successful at informing the guests, but keeping the slides up-to-date proved tedious and over time, the appearance of the slides deteriorated. Linking the club’s scheduling database to the slides seemed to be the solution. Take-Off Software answered the call for a cost effective solution with DataPoint for PowerPoint. Read more...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:50 AM IST

Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs
This is a prerequisite for every speaker but it holds especially true for the first time. Practice your presentation as much as you can. By that I literally mean, give your presentation over and over again to a mirror, to your staff, to your spouse or your dog. Learn more with LeeAundra Temescu...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:33 AM IST

Although Microsoft's Office 2004 won't be on store shelves until the middle of this year, here's a sneak peek at its new features. And these additions -- from a command center for related correspondence, calendars, and files, to an audio recorder that gives your typing fingers a rest made quite an impression. Come take a look at the next version of one of the most important program suites for the Mac.

More at the Macworld site.

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Thursday, March 04, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:06 PM IST

Shape Console for PowerPoint
Shaym Pillai announced a free Shape Console that will display a miniature floating window within PowerPoint - this also shows the current selected shape on the active slide. This is very handy when you wish to tab through shapes which are layered one below the other. More info and free download...

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Wednesday, March 03, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:25 PM IST

Corel Touts Microsoft Compatibility In WordPerfect Office 12
Unwilling to give up the fight against Microsoft Office -- the planet's most dominant business productivity suite -- Corel on Monday unveiled its newest alternative, WordPerfect Office 12, which will ship in late April. Read more here...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:16 AM IST

PowerPoint Ezine Issue 38
Giveaways and Winners
Indezine Interviews
How To Write Powerful Bullet Points
Quick News
New Content
Events & Seminars
Read more...

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Tuesday, March 02, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:15 AM IST

Visio and Word
It's easy to bring in your Visio content into Word - depending upon what you want to import, you can choose a procedure that suits you best. While I'm using Word for these examples, the same techniques can be used to insert Visio content in Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint as well. Read more...

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Monday, March 01, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:41 PM IST

Guess who is MVP of the month? None other than Steve Rindsberg - read this profile on the Microsoft site.

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