PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: June 2004

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:56 PM IST

SmartDraw on PowerPointed.com
SmartDraw is now a featured product on PowerPointed.com - SmartDraw helps you create diagrams, charts, timelines, and illustrations for perfect presentations in minutes. Download a free trial...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:36 AM IST

Six Trade Secrets For Great Speaking
Make the speech about the audience not about you, the content. or data-filled power point slides. As a presenter, face to face with an audience you have an opportunity to connect with people in a unique way. You can form a relationship with a group, with all its synergy and back and forth flow of questions and ideas. Learn from Patti Wood...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:34 AM IST

Microsoft Office 2003 is worth the upgrade
When Microsoft released their new Office 2003 Suite in November, 2003, many people claimed it was just a money grab and that the upgrade didn't offer enough to warrant the price. Well, I've been using it for a while now, and I'm here to tell you that it's a good value for the upgrade cost. Murray Hill of Saskatoon Sun tells more...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:26 AM IST

Perspector and death by bullet points
"If you can get your message over to your manager in thee slides rather than 15, then you're ahead. It is an arms race." You have all been there. Halfway through the fourth business presentation of the week, somewhere around the 17th slide, it all stops making sense. Does Perspector come to the rescue? Find out...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:01 PM IST

ArtRage
ArtRage is a painting package designed to provide a realistic and fun simulation of using paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools. You can run ArtRage on a normal Windows machine with a mouse, but it works particularly well if you have a graphics tablet. Even better, running ArtRage on a TabletPC takes advantage of the unique interaction of pen and screen to produce a realistic painting feel. ArtRage is a free product...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:02 AM IST

Showtime Follies
The PowerPoint road show presentation lives on, despite maltreatment of the art form by occasionally clueless presenters. By comparison, an all-video presentation is too costly to create for all but a handful of high-value events. At the other extreme, winging it in public without any visuals could cost you a chance to underscore your important points. Bill Howard tells more on the PC Magazine site...

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Monday, June 28, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 2:59 PM IST

Free Starfield PowerPoint Template
Ever wanted a starfield background for a PowerPoint presentation. Look no further...

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Sunday, June 27, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Next slide please,' wirelessly
Business travelers have a new wireless gadget for meetings: the RemotePoint Global Presenter from Interlink Electronics. Recently upgraded to the 2.4-gigahertz international standard, this palm-size controller can be used to run a PowerPoint presentation from a PC up to 100 feet, or 30 meters, away. More on the International Herald Tribune site...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:06 AM IST

Style Workshop
Everyone wants their PowerPoint presentations to look different. And so do you - but where do you start? With a template? That's part of the answer - but you also need color coordinated buttons, icons and bullets - and nice visuals that match the look and feel of your presentation. That's where Style Workshop comes into the picture...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:33 AM IST

Perspector for PowerPoint
PerspectorT is a new add-in for PowerPoint that gives it real 3D capabilities. It operates seamlessly with PowerPoint and is easy to use. More info at the TMCnet site...

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Sunday, June 20, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:08 PM IST

Canon World Clipart
Canon Japan has over 700 free pieces of clip art designed by illustrators from all over the world. More info and free download here...

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Saturday, June 19, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:52 PM IST

PowerPoint and Video
Inserting video clips into PowerPoint is usually easy - and PowerPoint allows ample control over how you want the video to play while in slide show mode. However, video in itself comes from disparate sources - from camcorders to stock footage libraries and in-house rendered content to downloads from the Internet. An amazing number of video formats actually are bestowed with an even more amazing numbers of codecs. And if you don't know what this format and codec thing means, you have come to the right place! Read on…

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posted by Geetesh on 7:36 PM IST

PowerPoint and Wildform Flix
Ever since Macromedia decided to open up the Flash SWF format, there has been a deluge of fine programs that output everything from animations and video to the Flash SWF format. Our subject of discussion today is Flix from Wildform, a program that converts video formats to Flash SWF.
Read more...

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Friday, June 18, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:52 AM IST

PowerPoint Presentations inside BMW Watches
With the earphones plugged in, the new BMW watch screams "look at me" almost as loudly as a phoenix-yellow metallic M3 Coupe......The auto company says the watch will hold up to 60 songs or 256 megabytes of other data, like word-processing documents or a PowerPoint presentation. More at the New York Times site (free registration required)...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:45 PM IST

PlanPoint for Microsoft PowerPoint
Take-off PlanPoint is a free Microsoft PowerPoint add-on that enables you to show or hide slides in a presentation at specified dates and times. The product is currently a beta version. More info here...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:03 PM IST

Closing the Office door on Microsoft?
See how OpenOffice fares against Microsoft Office. More on the ZDNet UK site...

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Monday, June 14, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:16 PM IST

PowerPoint and Narration
Stumbling blocks to using PowerPoint narration include incompatible sound cards, loose mic cables, multimedia properties wrongly set, and volume settings. Indezine helps you sort them all out. Read my article on the InfoComm site...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:16 AM IST

New PowerPlugs: Transitions from CrystalGraphics
In addition to cool new 3D effects, PowerPlugs: Transitions V also includes some powerful new features. For example, many of the 3D transition effects in volume V allow you to select your own image or photo to be automatically inserted right into the transition effect. This is a great way to show off your organization's name, product, logo, slogan or photo. More info here...

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Saturday, June 12, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:36 PM IST

Perspector Brings New Dimension to PowerPoint
Perspector is a new add-in for PowerPoint that gives it real 3D capabilities. It operates seamlessly with PowerPoint and is easy to use with one-click, a slide containing 2D shapes can be converted into a 3D scene containing real 3D shapes. Read more in this eMediaWire press release...

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posted by Geetesh on 12:26 PM IST

Ray's File Extractor
Often, you end up creating a presentation that contains 50 slides. Then you need to take the 20 most important slides from the presentation and save it to a new presentation. So, what do you do? Many users would delete the slides they don't need and save the remaining slides to a new presentation. Only that things are not so simple - you might end up deleting an important slide and then do worse by overwriting the active presentation by saving the file. If this situation sounds familiar, you need Ray's File Extractor add-in. Let's explore...

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Friday, June 11, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:06 PM IST

Ray's Free File Extractor Add-in for PowerPoint
Often, you end up creating a presentation that contains 50 slides. Then you need to take the 20 most important slides from the presentation and save it to a new presentation. So, what do you do? Many users would delete the slides they don't need and save the reamining slides to a new presentation. Only that things are not so simple - you might end up deleting an important slide and then do worse by overwriting the active presentation by saving the file. If this situation sounds familiar, you need Ray Blake's File Extractor add-in. Download it here...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:29 AM IST

Word of Mouth - The Articulate Blog
Word of Mouth is the official blog of Articulate, hosted by Director of Customer Support Gabe Anderson. Lots of good stuff to read. Look here...

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Thursday, June 10, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 PM IST

PowerPoint and SmartDraw
In any presentation, visuals play an important role. Well designed visuals can make information easy-to-grasp and understand. On this page, we'll look at how SmartDraw, a drawing application works with PowerPoint to help create quick and effective infographics for presentations. Read more about ways to use SmartDraw within PowerPoint...
Also, you can download a free 30-day trial download of SmartDraw here...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:08 PM IST

Interlink Electronics to Showcase Award-Winning Personal Presentation Products at InfoComm 2004
"There are an estimated 300 million PowerPoint(R)-enabled personal computers worldwide," said Jim Reisteter, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Interlink Electronics, Inc. "To this installed base, 24 million new business laptops will be added this year, effectively defining a global market opportunity for our new family of presentation products. Both the recently introduced RemotePoint(R) Navigator 2.4 and the new RemotePoint Global Presenter were designed using internationally approved 2.4 GHz wireless technology, allowing them to now be marketed throughout the countries of Europe and Asia, as well as in the Americas. Read more...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:05 PM IST

Qarbon Offers PowerPoint to Flash Authoring Product for $99
"We are very excited about the launch of ViewletPresenter as it represents our expanded focus on products that we believe will appeal to the mainstream business user," said Patrick LeGranche, CEO and chairman of Qarbon. "With ViewletPresenter, anyone can convert their PowerPoint presentations to Flash and publish them quickly and easily on the Internet. And at our introductory price of $99.00, we believe that corporate and education customers will find ViewletPresenter to be a cost-effective solution for their online presentation needs." More info on the Yahoo Finance site...

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:41 PM IST

TechSmith releases SnagIt 7.1
TechSmith announced the release of SnagIt v.7.1 - there are several new improvements including direct external program output. For example, you can automatically open your captured screenshots in Adobe Photoshop or any other image editor with one click. Also new is support for MSN Messenger and profile import/export. Find out what's new in SnagIt 7.1...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:34 PM IST

The SmartDraw Education Solution
The SmartDraw Education Solution is a new solution for visual instruction, learning, and classroom management. Targeted towards teachers and students, the Education Solution is an add-on package to SmartDraw that includes 50,000 symbols, 3,000 anatomical images, 900 symbols for maps and geography, and hundreds of math symbols. More info at the SmartDraw site...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:33 AM IST

Top 7 Ways to Succeed in the Business of Speaking
How attractive are you as a speaker? No, your looks, but your consistent ability to provide a quality presentation, attract clients, and be irresistibly attractive to meeting planners and speaker bureaus? Below are some useful tips that I learned while owning a national, professional speakers bureau for 13 years. Learn more with Sandra Schrift...

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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:56 PM IST

Beyond Bullets - A New Blog
Cliff Atkinson's new blog makes great reading. As Cliff says: "If you're looking for new ways to use media to help you relate better to other people, you're in the right place!"
Visit Beyond Bullets now...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:53 PM IST

Microsoft Expression PNGs for PowerPoint
In this tutorial, we will learn how to export a PNG graphic from Microsoft Expression with an alpha channel that PowerPoint can import. I have used the new Microsoft Expression 3.3 for Macintosh. The PowerPoint version used is PowerPoint X for Macintosh. The same techniques should work with the Windows version. Learn here...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:52 PM IST

Animation Carbon - Review
With the launch of PowerPoint 2002 (and 2003), animation metamorphosed from a simple single click attribute to something much more enriched, and complicated. Designers spent hours mastering the new motion paths - and fine-tuned the timings on multiple animations. After the jaws finished dropping and the wows were over, designers were expected to create a similar animation effect for another presentation element! You get the pattern - hours upon hours were being spent on recreating the same effects. It was often felt that it would be great if PowerPoint had a library feature where all such animation procedures could be stored - and then imparted to objects with a single click. Our product for review, Animation Carbon fills that void. Let's explore...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:48 PM IST

An Interview with Michael Doyle
Michael Doyle is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Of Impatica. He has founded several successful high technology companies including Computer Innovations which became Canada’s largest personal computer sales and service organization with revenues of over one billion dollars annually. Mr. Doyle served as a member of Canada’s National Advisory Council on the Information Highway and on the Ministers Council on Educational Technology. He started his career as a Systems Engineer with IBM Corporation and co-founded Impatica in 1998. In this interview, Michael talks about Impatica, online rich media and PowerPoint...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:05 PM IST

Motion Path End Position
This free add-in from Shyam Pillai creates duplicate shapes at the position where each of the selected motion path animation ends. Using this tool you can quickly determine the end position of the animation at design time.Download it here...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:07 PM IST

Macintosh edition of Office has better business-friendly tools
The latest Macintosh edition of Microsoft Office does text, e-mail, spreadsheet and presentation tasks with aplomb. Then again, so did the previous versions.
Read more at the STLtoday.co site...

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Sunday, June 06, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 12:19 PM IST

Clean the Screen
After I clean my glasses, I am always amazed by how much more clearly I can see. The same is true of the computer screen. In everyday use, it accumulates dust, dirt, and fingerprints. An occasional cleaning is definitely in order. The correct way to clean your monitor depends on the type of monitor you have. Here are a few tips for the two most common types of computer screens. Learn more...

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Saturday, June 05, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:24 AM IST

Microsoft Expression
Microsoft Expression is available as a free download now, for both the Mac and Windows. For those who don't know, Expression, a product acquired from Creature House is in the same class as CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand. It's also Microsoft's first product that exports to Flash SWF. At over 50 mb, it is a big download.
More info here...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:22 AM IST

Animation Carbon
How many times have you wished that there was tool which would simply copy animations from one shape to another shape? Here is the answer to your wishes. The one of most time consuming aspect while designing is creating animations. It is frustrating that PowerPoint can't transfer animations. That's where Animation Carbon steps in. Animation Carbon can transfer animation from any shape on the slide to another shape or from one of animation libraries you create. Not only that, you can copy animations from a shape and store it for reuse in an animation library. Learn more here...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:49 AM IST

Wilbers: Making your point more powerful
As a presenter, I like using PowerPoint. Although I don't like having the slides in a fixed sequence, and I worry that dimming the lights will give my audience unneeded assistance in falling asleep, I do like the way PowerPoint enables me to emphasize and illustrate my points with highlighted text, graphs and photos. There's something about those big, fat, color letters that makes the words more interesting. Read more about what Stephen Wilbers has to say...

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Thursday, June 03, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:24 PM IST

Wrapping Images in PowerPoint
Glen Millar shows you how you can create a wraparound style shape in PowerPoint. Here's the tutorial...

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posted by Geetesh on 3:18 PM IST

Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta
Microsoft is offering a free download of Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta. This is being refined to provide a great experience for discovering, playing, and taking your digital media anywhere. Still in the early stages, this technical beta lays the groundwork for an end-to-end digital media experience. More info and download here...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:46 PM IST

A Story that Hunts: Q&A with John Seely Brown
As former chief scientist of Xerox Corporation, and director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center for 12 years, John Seely Brown, Ph.D., is one of the world's most innovative thinkers at the interesting intersection where technology and people meet. The co-author of The Social Life of Information and the author of countless articles and papers, John brings an impressive background to bear on the critique of a social technology called PowerPoint.
Read more here...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:44 PM IST

Making Your PowerPoint Memorable: Q&A with Nelson Cowan
How can you make your PowerPoint presentation more memorable? Align it with the way the mind forms memories, according to Nelson Cowan, Ph.D., who works in the working-memory laboratory of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Although Nelson's research deals with basic aspects of human information processing rather than with bulleted lists in PowerPoint, he suggests relevant points that should be considered in any presentation. Read more here...

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Wednesday, June 02, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:33 PM IST

Students get bargain with Mac Office 2004
Microsoft's new Office 2004 suite for Macintosh is more than a tool for business people. The $149 Student and Teacher edition is a bargain for families with students who need to create documents, crunch numbers and design presentations, including ones that need to be exchanged with folks in the Windows world. Learn more at the Enquirer site...

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Tuesday, June 01, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 12:41 PM IST

The Tablet: Big Machine on Campus?
This September, some University of Virginia students will be lugging more than course outlines, gargantuan textbooks, and standard laptops. Tucked away in their backpacks, 425 students of biochemistry, psychology, or statistics will have a new, free Tablet PC, courtesy of Microsoft (MSFT ) and Thomson Learning (TOC ). More on BW Online...

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