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Microsoft Visio - The Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec Interview

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:56 PM IST

Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec is a Lead Program Manager with Visio at Microsoft. Mai-lan has been with Microsoft for five years, working on Microsoft Commerce Server, Microsoft Transaction Server, and Visio. She is the author of two technology books for business managers and multiple articles in MSDN Magazine. Mai-lan is currently working on the next version of Visio. In this interview, Mai-lan discusses Visio, graphics and PowerPoint. Read the interview here...

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Sunday, August 29, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:48 PM IST

Lots of links and resources for video stuff, especially geared for PowerPoint users...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:30 PM IST

I often recommend Hemera's The Big Box of Art to anyone who needs a graphic collection to get started. It provides an amazing array of graphic elements at a very reasonable price. And it does have the best search interface that I have seen in clip media collections. The other day, I needed to create a nice PowerPoint template for my Netiquette presentation - to start with I needed a background that contained email related graphic elements. Here's how I created my background...

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Thursday, August 26, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:27 PM IST

This book extract from You Can Bank on Your Voice is an Indezine exclusive with permission from Rodney Saulsberry / Tomdor Publishing. This is a how-to-book about being successful in the voice-over industry. Rodney breaks it down step by step and tells you what you need to get started in the business. Topics include: how to audition, finding an agent, and making a demo CD. The early chapters are great for the beginner. The rest of the book deals with making lots of money, voice-over techniques, marketing strategies, the home studio, managing your money, vocal exercises, and practice scripts. Read the excerpts here...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:25 AM IST

StratosFour, Inc., a leading digital media company, has released a PowerPoint Add-In for the StratosFour Webcasting application. The StratosFour PowerPoint Add-In integrates with Microsoft PowerPoint and communicates directly with the StratosFour Webcasting application. This allows presenters to advance slides during a live webcast directly from PowerPoint. More on the Streaming Media.com site...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:55 AM IST

Lapiz Lazuli is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 8:48 AM IST

Representing more than just the lightest Epson portable 3LCD projectors to date, Epson's newest projector introductions also mark a dramatic change in the way digital presentations and images can be delivered......Both models are the industry's first 2,500-ANSI lumens projectors with XGA resolution to break below the four-pound weight barrier. Their sleek new designs are not only slim and compact enough to carry in most briefcases or shoulder bags, but also include vast connectivity options and quick and easy setup/shutdown capabilities tailored around the needs of on-the-go professionals. More on Business Wire site...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:03 AM IST

Metadata Management for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Protects Sensitive Document Content from Unwanted Exposure. More on the PR Newswire site...

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Monday, August 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:56 AM IST

Mountain Peak is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 8:49 AM IST

The PowerPoint presentation is neat. It is an aerial snapshot of a small town with rows of houses and wide roads complete with traffic lights! As you watch, the cars on the computer screen start to zip on the roads as the traffic lights blink green. That they turn only green, and not amber or red, is something you would surely discount — perhaps even find amusing — considering that the mind behind the presentation is that of Deepti, a Class 9 student of AP Social Welfare Residential School, Srikakulam, India. More on the Hindu Business Line site...

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Sunday, August 22, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 12:24 PM IST

Lunar Looks is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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Saturday, August 21, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:01 PM IST

Jeffrey P. Fisher provides audio, video, music, writing, training, and media production services. He also writes about music, sound, and video for print and the Web. In this interview, Jeffrey discusses sound, recording, voice-overs and their relation to PowerPoint. Don't miss Jeffrey's hardware recommendations for recording voice-overs for PowerPoint presentations. Read the interview here...

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Friday, August 20, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:29 PM IST

Sunshine is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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Thursday, August 19, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:42 AM IST

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

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:21 AM IST

You know that a regularly scheduled simple maintenance may help keep your computer in shape. There are plenty of third-party programs to help you keep your computer in peak form. However, Microsoft Windows provides you with a solid toolbox of built-in programs to help you keep your computer in shape. Check out the Windows START menu, through the PROGRAMS area, then ACCESSORIES, will reveal a group of computer hard-drive helpers called SYSTEM TOOLS. Learn to cleanup your hard drive...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:14 AM IST

Bersin & Associates, the only research and consulting firm solely focused on What Works(R) e-learning research, today announced the availability of its newest report, "Rapid e-Learning: Market, Tools, Techniques, and Best Practices for Building e-Learning Programs in Weeks." Targeted to training executives, training professionals, and tool providers, the 71-page report offers a comprehensive look at this rapidly emerging category, which now accounts for more than one-third of all training-related projects in companies surveyed. The study was sponsored by Macromedia, Trivantis, Articulate, and iLinc - all providers of tools used to develop rapid e-learning. Results are based on a 2004 survey of 228 e-learning developers and in-depth interviews with training executives from Bayer HealthCare, Citigroup, Procter & Gamble, Novell, SAP, and WebMD for the development of the included case studies. More info at the Business Wire site...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:16 PM IST

DataViz announced that Documents To Go Premium Edition Version 7 is now available. With the addition of native Microsoft PowerPoint support, Documents To Go Premium Edition now offers native file support for all the core Microsoft Office document file types - Word, Excel and PowerPoint - as well as JPEG and BMP picture files. Now that so many Palm OS handheld users now rely on wireless e-mail with attachments, especially with the rising popularity of smartphones such as the Treo 600, native file support has become an essential part of a mobile office suite.
More info at the Business Wire site...

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posted by Geetesh on 6:07 PM IST

Like previous versions, Works 8 includes basic word-processing, spreadsheet and database applications, plus e-mail and calendar tools. New features in version 8 include a stand-alone dictionary and an application for viewing PowerPoint slides. More info on CNET News.com...

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Friday, August 13, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:58 AM IST

Microsoft is to launch a cheaper version of its Windows XP operating system in an effort to halt the rise of low-cost Linux software.....Microsoft's new software - dubbed "XP Lite" - will feature lower resolution graphics and limited options for networking computers together. It will also limit users to running three programs concurrently - a far cry from the full version of XP, where the only practical limit comes from the speed of the computer and the size of its memory. More on the BBC News site...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:58 AM IST

Paint Shop Pro 9, now in beta is available for a free download. The program download is over 100 mb - and if you want to try out the new Paint Shop Pro Studio as well, that's another 150 mb! More info on the Jasc Software site...

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Thursday, August 12, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 6:01 PM IST

Golden Light is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 12:05 PM IST

To celebrate their first anniversary, AbsolutVision is offering a 40% discount on their annual subscription fee. For just $59 a year (normally $99), you get full access to the entire catalogue of high quality royalty free digital images. More info on the AbsolutVision site...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:41 PM IST

Microsoft is set to announce new subscription and licensing plans on Wednesday for its Live Meeting Web conferencing service. The software giant will offer three new subscription plans to better accommodate usage patterns and will add Live Meeting to its volume licensing programs, the most common avenue for large corporate buyers to purchase Microsoft products. More info on CNET News.com...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:48 PM IST

Rodney Saulsberry is one of the top voice-over talents in the United States, and author of the new book, You Can Bank on Your Voice. For more than a decade the Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate has given voice to many successful commercial campaigns, including Toyota Camry, Alpo, Verizon, and numerous movie trailers such as, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Finding Forrester, Tupac Resurrection, Friday and Dumb & Dumberer. Saulsberry, the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the cartoon series Spider-Man, resides in Agoura, California. Read his interview here...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:13 AM IST

Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available for download. Look here...

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Monday, August 09, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:13 AM IST

It wasn't really predicted or unnoticed. Yet, it happened over a period of time. When did the 'presentation' start moving from the board room to a horizon that is beyond time and geography? When did Online Rich Media (ORM) become so much of a PowerPoint phenomenon? Well, there's more to discuss here. We're already witnessing the second generation on Online Rich Media - and that's heralded by a new generation of ORM tools. One such tool is Articulate...

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Saturday, August 07, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:28 AM IST

The book by Susan Berkley shows you how you can achieve greater confidence and credibility by improving the sound of your voice. You will discover how easy it is to: project a polished professional image; speak with energy and enthusiasm; have a warm, friendly voice that puts people at ease. Read some exclusive excerpts here...

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Friday, August 06, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:50 AM IST

Vitaliy Kuznetsov is a Program Manager for PowerPoint in Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU). Currently, he drives the development of PowerPoint, and in the past has shipped PowerPoint 2001 and PowerPoint X, as well as worked on a few Mac Internet products. Kuznetsov’s work interests are in the areas of productivity and multimedia software development, user interface design, and, of course, beautiful PowerPoint presentations. In this interview, Vitaliy talks about PowerPoint:mac, Microsoft and the MacBU...

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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:07 PM IST

Paul Stannard is the CEO of SmartDraw.com, a provider of business graphics software. Stannard started the company in 1994 with no debt, no capital, and no outside funding. Recognized for its explosive growth by Deloitte & Touche and Inc Magazine, SmartDraw.com generates more than 2 million visitors each month. In this interview, Paul discusses SmartDraw, visuals and PowerPoint. He also speaks about SmartDraw's success story, their support infrastructure and shares some trivia. Read the interview here...

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posted by Geetesh on 12:55 PM IST

With everyone talking about ways to insert Macromedia Flash movies into PowerPoint, you'd think that it would only be a matter of time before similar questions would be raised about inserting Macromedia Director movies into PowerPoint. Nothing could be further from the truth — it's amazing that in months of research, I could not find anything on the Internet on this subject. Finally, I tried to do it myself — and the technique that I followed is detailed on microsoft.com...

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posted by Geetesh on 12:42 PM IST

Part of the industry leading line of Flash video encoders from Wildform, the Flix Exporter offers professional quality FLV and SWF video output from multiple video applications that support the use of Quicktime plugins, including Discreet's Media Cleaner, Canopus' Pro Coder, Quicktime Pro, and Adobe After Effects. After installing the Flix Exporter, Wildform's FLV and SWF video export will appear in the native program's export options More info on the Wildform site...

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