PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: July 2004

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

See Also:
PowerPoint and Presenting Notes
PowerPoint and Presenting Glossary
PowerPoint Programming

Subscribe to this blog



PowerPoint Ezine Issue 46

Saturday, July 31, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:10 PM IST

By being subscribed to this ezine, you are eligible to win! Everyone can download free PowerPoint templates now at Indezine! I also announced my new Digital Dots collection at PowerPointed. I'm giving away two free copies of the collection - you might be the lucky one and receive the giveaway in your mailbox! Read more...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 5:12 PM IST

What is an intelligent Excel template? It is a task-oriented Excel spreadsheet that already has the necessary and appropriate formulas programmed in and professional-looking formats laid out for you. This saves you time, while providing you with the analytical wisdom and presentation style of the pros. More info here...

0 comments




Thursday, July 29, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:10 PM IST

Verdigris Bronze is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 1:18 PM IST

Microsoft may be seen as the enemy by many in the Apple Macintosh community, but it's been a consistently strong supporter of the Mac. Rather than trying to mangle made-for-Windows software into an acceptable Mac form, the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) has long been beavering away on its own, producing software made from the ground up for Mac – mainly Office and its four main components: Word, PowerPoint, Entourage and Excel. The Herald Sun (Australia) site has more info...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 1:05 PM IST

This service pack, initially expected earlier this year, includes major new features for OneNote 2003 and InfoPath 2003 as well as the usual bug fixes and updates to the core Office applications Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. More on the CRN site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 12:15 PM IST

Winnov, a leading supplier of audio/video capture and streaming solutions, today announced the availability of CBOX 2, Winnov's second generation of Rich Media Presentation Appliance making communications more impactful, useful and effective. CBOX 2 provides a turnkey presentation appliance that enables marketers, trainers and other business users to easily create and publish impactful presentations for live or on-demand viewing over the internet, and intranet or via CD-ROM. CBOX 2 makes an event such as a conference or a meeting, instantly viewable on the internet using CBOX's Player which is free and does not require a special download. More on the Creative Mac site...

0 comments




Tuesday, July 27, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:20 PM IST

Woven Azure is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 5:17 PM IST

What do you do when you have video problems within PowerPoint? Echo Swinford provides some answers...

0 comments




Monday, July 26, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:56 PM IST

The new Digital Dots collection of PowerPoint templates is now available from PowerPointed.com. Look here for a preview...

0 comments




Sunday, July 25, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 6:07 PM IST

Paul Jones of Crunchy Software informed me that WowChart has been updated to version 1.4.2. WowChart can now display bar charts of multi row tables. It also has visual improvements and bars can have gradient fills. Text on the chart is now antialiased to make it much clearer. You can also now have multiline headings. There is a new map "Plateau" showing a desert oasis from high above on a cliff. Download a free trial of WowChart here...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 2:12 PM IST

Lime Geometry is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 2:08 PM IST

Ellen Finkelstein is the author of How To Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 (and 2002) and a regular contributor to Presentations magazine, where she writes for the Creative Techniques column. Her company, Ellen Finkelstein, Inc. helps clients create presentations that communicate clearly and achieve their goals. She maintains a Web site at www.ellenfinkelstein.com that offers PowerPoint tips and a selection of free backgrounds. Read the interview here...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 9:52 AM IST

You already spent hours putting together your presentations. On "Call for Help," Tom Bunzel teaches you a few shortcuts to speed up the process and make your presentations look even more professional. Learn more on the G4techTV site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 9:25 AM IST

Opinion: At first, David Coursey wasn't quite sure what to make of a visual planning tool called MindManager. But he found that its "mind mapping" technique helps bring clarity to people with lots of ideas and a desire to sort them out. Read more on the eWeek site...

0 comments




Saturday, July 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:52 AM IST

OperaShow is a great way to create slides. Because the slides are authored in HTML, they can be used on any operating system that supports the Opera web browser. You can easily change the look and feel of the slides by using CSS. On top of that, you can further spice up your OperaShow slides using graphics or JavaScript effects. Scott Nesbitt teaches you at the informIT site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 8:17 AM IST

Much of the PowerPoint world has no design training and yet people are expected to create presentations that are a combination of aesthetics and content. Luckily, part of that problem can be resolved if you start with a good template. So this article talks about templates. Many people don't know how to create templates, so I'm going to explain how you do it. More on the Computor Companion site...

0 comments




Friday, July 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:29 PM IST

Learn more on the internet, chat online to friends all over the world, edit and share your favourite photos, enjoy digital music - or even create your own home movies! There's so much you can do with your PC. And you don't need to be a technical expert. With the right information, it's easy! To help you get started, download Microsoft's free Amazing PC Booklet - an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to computing, the internet, and the exciting world of digital technology...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 1:08 PM IST

As the school holidays are looming, the challenge is on for parents to keep children entertained and out of mischief. Your home computer can lend a hand, and it doesn't have to involve plonking them in front of the screen just to keep them quiet....If you want to start a project from scratch, Microsoft Office can help. PowerPoint and Paint provide ideal tools for children to explore their creative talents. Here's how you can create a personalised memo board. vnunet.com has more details...

0 comments




Thursday, July 22, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 12:31 PM IST

The Omnivox is different from other speaker systems – in fact it’s not a speaker by itself in the first place. Omnivox is actually a small round device that turns any glass or wooden surface into a speaker merely by being in contact with it. Place a connected Omnivox device on a boardroom table and you have one large speaker that produces smooth and even sound. Read this review on the Presenter University site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:12 AM IST

Take-off ShowPoint is a free Microsoft PowerPoint add-on that enables you to start a selected presentation remotely. Choose a common folder on your viewing computer. From any other computer in your network you can copy a presentation to that folder. Take-off ShowPoint will detect that new presentation and will open and run the slide show automatically until a new presentation is sent.
Take-off ShowPoint supports Microsoft PowerPoint versions 2000, 2002 and 2003. Automatically run and control your Microsoft PowerPoint presentations remotely...

0 comments




Thursday, July 15, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:28 PM IST

Val Gelineau, PhotoSpin's CEO and a co-founder, says "Graphic designers are not the only group who use royalty-free photos today. Our Presenter subscription for PowerPoint and Keynote users provides a service to a market that has been under served as designers." PhotoSpin recently announced a brand new pricing model for their annual subscriptions of royalty-free photos, illustrations, fonts, film and sound clips, and a completely unique tier for business people creating PowerPoint presentations. Read the press release...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 7:05 PM IST

The Asset Quality and Disposition Division is responsible for the quality of our assets (loans) and reporting this to management. To achieve this goal we use several Microsoft Access databases to gather, organize, sort, summarize and generate reports and presentations. In the past we would export data to Microsoft Excel and then link to our Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. Now with Take-off’s DataPoint software we are able to skip the middle step of using Microsoft Excel, saving us a lot of time and completely automated. We are currently generating some 8 presentations a month and plan to migrate more of our reports and presentations. For more info, read the case-study...

0 comments




Wednesday, July 14, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:49 PM IST

Backgrounds are an important part of the look and feel of any presentation, but not everyone owns or knows Photoshop, the high-end software of choice for most professional designers. However, several techniques allow you to use PowerPoint or other easily available programs to create backgrounds on your own. Ellen Finkelstein teaches you...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:37 PM IST

Microsoft is working on a new shopping Web site for software, hardware, and peripherals that it plans to advertise in the Windows XP Start Menu and the Internet Explorer Web browser. Called "Windows Marketplace," the Web site is slated to go live for U.S. Windows users by year's end, according to Microsoft, which plans to officially announce the online store on Monday at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. More info on PCWorld.com...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:32 PM IST

Home Theatre is all the rage right now, and those lucky enough (or having enough spare sheckles) to run to a complete surround sound system and whiz-bang large plasma screens are the envy of all and sundry. Especially with the Olympics coming up (oh and footy season, V8 Supercars, Wimbledon etc etc)! But while these $10,000 + systems may be the ultimate at the moment, quietly and behind the scenes, the LCD projector based systems have also been infiltrating into lounge rooms (and boardrooms) – and at a much reduced cost to their plasma based siblings. Read the full review on Mac Animation Pro site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:29 PM IST

Take-off DataPoint can link Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to various data sources. You can display a presentation that is continuously updated during the show without changing the layout of the presentation. You can display text, numbers, images, graphs etc. Take-off DataPoint is a revolution as it is the first program that offers this functionality for Microsoft PowerPoint. This feature can be used to inform your audience with live data. You can welcome visitors at your company, give directions etc. Or inform personnel about production milestones versus the current status. Or display news headlines, weather, currency exchange rates, upcoming events, sport results and much more. More info on the Digital Producer site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:25 PM IST

The words dull and Queensland tourism are not often linked, but this was precisely the situation in which Tourism Queensland found itself....."We had to find an alternative. Tourism Queensland had to be sure its messages were received and actually read," he says, adding that people often ignore email attachments. The solution was to use Macromedia Breeze to integrate PowerPoint presentations on the web. One click on the Breeze link in a short email launches a PowerPoint presentation. Breeze tracks hits on the presentation website and maintains statistics on which slides are viewed. More info at The Age site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 6:13 PM IST

Convoq, Inc., the developer of ASAP, an innovative presence-driven Web conferencing system, today announced new "pay per use" licensing. Individual users can download and use ASAP for an introductory price of $0.10 per minute per conference participant, the lowest-priced "pay per use" IM-based Web conferencing offering in the market. More info on the Business Wire site...

0 comments




Tuesday, July 13, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:57 PM IST

Articulate announced the release of two new editions of their desktop rapid authoring tool: Articulate Presenter 4.1 Professional and Articulate Presenter 4.1 Standard. Articulate Presenter 4.1 enables anyone who can use PowerPoint to quickly and easily create Flash-based presentations and e-learning courses. With Articulate Presenter 4.1, users can rapidly develop Flash-based presentations and e-learning courses by adding narration and interactivity to a standard PowerPoint presentation. At the press of a button, the software transforms the presentation into a compelling Flash experience suitable for delivery though the Web or via an LMS. Find out more at the Articulate site...

0 comments




Monday, July 12, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:21 PM IST

Microsoft Corp. officials on Monday said that the company plans to release its long-awaited Service Pack 2 for Windows XP in August. Until today, the company had said only that the update would be available this summer. More at the eWeek site...

0 comments




Sunday, July 11, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 6:28 PM IST

Blue Mat is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

1 comments




Saturday, July 10, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:39 PM IST

PowerPoint is all about presenting to audiences - more often than not, people tend to use words rather than visuals. Using visual content such as photographs can convey so much more. In this article, we'll look at ways to optimize your photo content before and after inserting them into PowerPoint. Among other things, we'll also look at some photo effects you can create within PowerPoint itself. Read more...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 11:35 AM IST

Many of us already use Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 on our laptop or desktop PC. There is a very powerful feature available which most users simply are not aware about. This feature allows you to use two different displays on your PC. Learn more about dual monitor displays on the Express Computer India site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 11:20 AM IST

Vox Proxy 2.0, scripting software for Microsoft Powerpoint by Right Seat Software, uses 3D animated characters with either a computerized voice or your own recorded voice and places them inside slide presentations. The Windows-only add-in for PowerPoint, which works with PowerPoint 2000 or newer (up to PowerPoint 2003), lets you add whimsy and humor to your presentations, and it's lots of fun to play with, too. More at the DV Format website...

0 comments




Friday, July 09, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:53 PM IST

And You Thought Google Was Just a Search Engine
Everyone loves Google for searching online, but did you know they also offer other tools for your Web based enjoyment? Google's technicians are a very talented group and they're constantly at work developing new and fun services. More at HillsOrient.com...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:16 AM IST

How to Prepare your Mind/Body to Give Great Speeches
Sure you have catecholamines - all speakers do. (including Sir Winston Churchill and Presidents Kennedy, Carter, and Reagan.) Those are the chemicals that make you sweat, make your heart beat fast and make your hands shake. Get rid of those chemical and psychological reactions by becoming message-centered and audience-centered, not self-centered. Sandra Schrift discusses more at HillsOrient.com...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:08 AM IST

How to Create Slide Shows and Self-running Kiosks in Acrobat
Most of us already know that Adobe Acrobat can be used to create PDF multimedia presentations. But many people are unaware of the full range of multimedia capabilities that Acrobat offers, and mistakenly believe that Acrobat is limited to showing small video clips......Acrobat is not a presentation-authoring program, so you'll need to use an application like PowerPoint to create your presentation. Some people use page-layout software to create presentations, but for animated effects, PowerPoint is the easiest tool for adding motion to both text and objects. More at the Planet PDF site...

0 comments




Thursday, July 08, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 12:13 PM IST

Free PowerPoint Templates - Blue Green
Blue Green is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 10:16 AM IST

Review: Macromedia Breeze 4.1
If you're looking for an online meeting tool with powerful features and extensibility, you should give Breeze a try. It’s not perfect by any means, but it provides a host of features you won’t find in similar tools, and for a very reasonable price. More info at the Streamingmedia.com site...

0 comments




Wednesday, July 07, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:09 PM IST

Free PowerPoint Templates - Variegated
Variegated is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 3:14 PM IST

Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data
With this add-in you can permanently remove hidden and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from Word 2003/XP, Excel 2003/XP, and PowerPoint 2003/XP files. When you distribute an Office document electronically, the document might contain information that you do not want to share publicly, such as information you’ve designated as “hidden” or information that allows you to collaborate on writing and editing the document with others.
More info and download...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 9:20 AM IST

Sony Expands Micro Vault Line
Sony Electronics will ship its new Micro Vault PRO, an USB-enabled device that provides 2GB storage capacity (about 1.85GB in user capacity) and "Auto Sync" file synchronization software, later this month. More at the EMediaLive.com site...

0 comments




posted by Geetesh on 9:16 AM IST

Free PowerPoint Templates - Lit Green
Lit Green is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

Download now...

0 comments




Monday, July 05, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:38 PM IST

Presenting with PowerPoint: 10 dos and don'ts
"It can be the very best friend you have," says the Santa Ana, Calif., public relations consultant. "But you have to use it right." Kerr's two-sided view of Microsoft's popular presentation and graphics program mirrors a debate coursing through business and academia. While many embrace the values of PowerPoint as a potent business tool, there are others who contend that it's a drag on effective interaction -- that it confuses, distorts and even strangles communication. Read more on the Microsoft site...

0 comments




Sunday, July 04, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:52 AM IST

New release of Java PowerPoint library
Chris Nokleberg mailed me about the release of version 1.2 of the Java PowerPoint library. New features include the ability to create blank presentations, new slides, and shapes. More info at Root Beer, Chris Nokleberg's fizzy weblog...

0 comments




Thursday, July 01, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:37 AM IST

Book Extract: How To Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
This book extract from How To Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 is an Indezine exclusive with permission from McGraw-Hill/Osborne. The book itself is the ideal resource for anyone who wants to create rich presentations with PowerPoint. You'll find out how to use all the features of the software and get coverage of key topics, such as creating a well-written outline, the fine points of graphic design, and tips for delivering the presentation in front of an audience. Read the excerpts here...

0 comments








Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

©2000-2016, Geetesh Bajaj. All rights reserved.

since November 02, 2000