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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: May 2004

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Thursday, May 27, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:28 PM IST

Xara X¹ PNG and Alpha Channel Export for PowerPoint
The new Xara X¹ has tons of new features - you can also export graphics to Microsoft Office apps like PowerPoint and Word with just one step. In this tutorial, see how Xara X¹ works in concert with PowerPoint...

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posted by Geetesh on 2:50 PM IST

PowerPlugs: Stationery Designer
You can design your own Outlook or Outlook Express email stationery with PowerPlugs: Stationery Designer. It's so easy, and so much fun, to create customized email stationery to send to business associates, customers, as well as family and friends! Read more...

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:42 AM IST

The Kathy Jacobs Interview
Kathy Jacobs is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Right now, Kathy's professional time is spent writing, supporting her site, and answering PowerPoint and other questions. In this interview, Kathy talks about PowerPoint, support systems like MVPs and newsgroups and presentation skills. Read here...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:24 PM IST

muvee magicMoments
I must tell you how much fun it is to use muvee. muvee, or rather muvee magicMoments is an amazing program that automatically creates movie collages from your video clips. Try downloading their trial version here...

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posted by Geetesh on 3:22 PM IST

PowerPoint Ezine Issue 43
The new ezine issue looks at PowerPoint and Video; Kathy Jacobs' PowerPoint book, Office 2004 and more. You can also win several prizes and gifts. Read the ezine here...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:29 AM IST

Office slims down for Mac
David Frith of Australian IT discusses the new Office version for the Mac - and explores the price differences in the same product between Australia and the US. Read more at the Australian IT site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:26 AM IST

Face-off: PowerPoint vs. PowerPoint
Just as a PowerPoint presentation poorly executed can make you want to poke your eyes out, a good one can make you stand up and shout for joy. Our editors take sides on the virtues and the pitfalls of this overused and underappreciated computer tool. Paul Gillin discusses about the enemy of clarity...

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Monday, May 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:17 PM IST

Office 2004 for Mac: A Must Have Upgrade
PC Magazine called the new Office 2004 for the Macintosh a must have upgrade. Read more in this review...

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Sunday, May 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:13 PM IST

The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide
Microsoft announced the release of their Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide on the web. Although many organizations have deployed antivirus software, malware continues to rapidly infect computer systems around the world. There is no individual reason for this, but the current situation indicates that the standard approach of deploying antivirus software on each computer is not sufficient. Microsoft created this guidance to help IT and security staff better understand the threats that malware poses to more effectively plan a sound defense against them.
Download the guide here...

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Saturday, May 22, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:42 PM IST

SecurePack 3
Shyam Pillai announced the release of Secure Pack version 3.0 with support to embed the new Microsoft 2003 Viewer. More info at the SecurePack site...

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posted by Geetesh on 5:33 PM IST

High Criteria Primer on PC Audio
High Criteria, creators of the popular Total Recorder application have a comprehensive primer on PC Audio. This one page primer looks at several audio formats and more.Read here...

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posted by Geetesh on 4:09 PM IST

Free Video Capture App from Stoik
Stoik announced Stoik CAPTURER, a free video capture tool that allows you to capture video. You'll have to register before you download...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:51 AM IST

VBA Express
I received a mail from Anne Troy about her new website dedicated to making Microsoft Office work harder through the use of Visual Basic for Applications. Visit the site and forum...

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Friday, May 21, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:16 PM IST

Kathy Jacobs on PowerPoint: Getting Ready To Present
This book extract from Kathy Jacobs on PowerPoint is an Indezine exclusive with permission from Holy Macro! Books. A recognized expert in teaching Microsoft PowerPoint skills demonstrates how to design presentations to meet the needs of every audience. The peskiest PowerPoint problems are investigated-saving to removable media, how to back save, fast saves and other presentation corruptors, the AutoFormat feature, video drivers, hardware acceleration, and missing slide content. Also detailed is how to use PowerPoint for informational kiosks, games, and web sites. Tips for creating reports and graphical essays and for using PowerPoint with other products in the Microsoft Office suite are provided. Read the free chapter here...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:38 AM IST

Embanet Enables Clients to Take Online Courses Through Strategic Alliance With Impatica
Embanet Corporation, the leading provider of e-Learning solutions, today announced it has partnered with Impatica to help its Clients take their online courses to the next level, and in the process, achieve higher retention and completion rates. Impatica is recognized as a leader for the development and delivery of streaming PowerPoint presentations over the Internet in a manner that requires no special software. More info on the eMediaWire site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:32 AM IST

Microsoft Office 2004 released; Test Drive available
While some users have reported receiving their copies of Office 2004 for several days now, Microsoft Corp.'s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) will officially announce availability of the application suite on Wednesday. Microsoft will eventually offer Office in three configurations and are going ahead with the launch despite the fact their high-end configuration will not be available until Virtual PC 7 is ready later this year. Read more at the MacCentral site...

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Thursday, May 20, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:10 PM IST

DeltaGraph 5.4 Released
Red Rock Software today announced the immediate availability of Red Rock DeltaGraph 5.4 for Windows. The latest upgrade to their award-winning charting, graphing, and data analysis software is now ready for Windows XP and significantly improves the ability for researchers, analysts and marketers to create and publish professional-quality charts and graphs. More at the Red Rock Software site...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:43 AM IST

VertigoXmedia Will Launch Xpresenter at InfoComm 2004
VertigoXmedia, a leading provider of content automation and graphics solutions for AV and broadcast applications announced that at InfoComm 2004 it will debut Xpresenter, an affordable and easy-to-use system for producing broadcast-quality graphics, animation, and video from within Microsoft PowerPoint. More info at the Digital Media Designer site...

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Monday, May 10, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:06 PM IST

The Claudyne Wilder Interview
Claudyne Wilder is guest lecturer at conferences, business shows and corporate events. She is the author of two presentation books: The Presentations Kit: 10 Steps For Selling Your Ideas! and Point, Click & Wow! A Quick Guide to Brilliant Laptop Presentations. In this interview, Claudyne discusses presentations, presentations and presentations - and a thousand ideas to improve them...

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Saturday, May 08, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:51 PM IST

PowerPoint Autorun CD Creator
There's a new PowerPoint autorun CD creator, developed by Justin Arnold of ICTteacher.com - Justin says that the package is 8 Mb, compatible with Windows 98, ME and XP systems. It is free to use to create the first full project, after which registration is required (£10 - online payments accepted for immediate unlock)
More info at the ICT Teacher site...




posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

Raising Capital
It's not just about the PowerPoint presentation. Though your PowerPoint presentation needs to be strong and well-thought-out, a good presentation won't ensure that you secure financing.
Read more at bizjournals.com...

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Thursday, May 06, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 12:50 PM IST

Gadgets Dismantling Families?
Now, thanks to modern technology, the kids are glued to their Sony Playstations video games. Mom is in another room enthralled with the Lifetime movie of the week, and dad is zealously scanning the Internet in an effort to illegally download music. Read more with Joseph Robertia on the Kenai Peninsula Online site...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:46 AM IST

Microsoft in Apple Patent Blunder
Software giant Microsoft has won apple patent rights - not those of its arch-rival Apple computer - but a special variety of fruit tree. More info at the BBC News site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:08 AM IST

Create a PowerPoint Media Presentation
Even though PowerPoint is often associated with corporate presentations, it is increasingly being used in non-conventional areas to create greeting cards, photo slide shows and even family trees. For these situations, rather than being a distraction, music can the perfect accompaniment to your slide show. Microsoft realized that users want more fun features in PowerPoint and gave PowerPoint 2003 the ability to play entire media play lists in sequence. These lists can be made up of all sorts of sound and movie formats. When you combine the play list feature with a cool background ‘skin,' you really can can create a nice semi-jukebox presentation in PowerPoint. Learn how you can create a PowerPoint media presentation...

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Sunday, May 02, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:26 AM IST

PowerPoint and Organizational Storytelling: Q&A with Steven Denning
As program director of knowledge management at the World Bank from 1996 to 2000, Steve Denning learned a few things about organizational knowledge sharing. In his acclaimed book, The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations, he describes how storytelling can serve as a powerful tool for organizational change and knowledge management. As a leading authority in the role of storytelling in organizations, Steve says that PowerPoint can sometimes stand in the way of telling a story, and other times it can advance it. Cliff Atkinson interviews Steve Denning...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:34 AM IST

Free Clipart from HP
HP provides you with free clipart that you can use in your presentations. Download here...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:03 AM IST

Visual Persuasion and the Law
Neal Feigenson teaches Torts, Civil Procedure, and Evidence, and is a research affiliate in the Yale University Department of Psychology. He is an expert in the field of Visual Persuasion and the Law. His course, titled, "Visual Persuasion in the Law" which he created with Christina Spiesel, an adjunct law professor at Quinnipiac and New York School of Law, and Richard Sherwin, New York School of Law professor, is the first and so far, only college law course of its kind that deals with visual technologies n computer animation, CD-Roms -- and their use in law and in the courtroom. Read more at the Jewish Ledger site...

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Saturday, May 01, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:03 PM IST

The 23 Rules To Becoming An Excellent Public Speaker
Our company has been running trade shows for almost twenty years. There are too many shows to count, but the number stands well over 50. Most of these events have been in communications, and I think it’s time to share what I have learned over the years, because there are so many speakers that just need the help.
Learn more from Rich Tehrani, Group Editor-In-Chief of Technology Marketing Corporation...

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