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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: September 2004

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Ulead Announces PhotoImpact 10

Thursday, September 30, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:24 AM IST

Ulead announced PhotoImpact 10 with several new features including a simple and intuitive interface that has just the right tools for common image editing tasks – ideal for those new to PhotoImpact or digital photography. More info on the Ulead site...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:09 AM IST

Polar Bear Corporate Education Solutions, a division of CrossOff Incorporated (TSX:OFF), announced today that they have signed an agreement with Impatica Inc. to resell Impatica's software that allows organizations to create effective online communications through custom content development. More on the CNW Telbec site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:27 AM IST

Opera, the alternative alternative browser, is moving further into PowerPoint territory with the launch of free new software for Web-based presentations. The company's existing presentation software, Opera Show, was first introduced in 2000 but this required hands-on HTML programming. The more basic Opera Show Generator, by contrast, is aimed at more inexperienced users, quickly turning out presentations. More at the PC Pro site (requires registration)...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:47 AM IST

Wildform, creators of video, animation and presentation software, announced the release of the Custom FX Collection for Wildform’s highly popular video titling and text animation software, Wild FX Pro and Wild FX. The Custom FX collection contains fully customizable versions of all the effects that come standard with the programs. Each Custom Effect contains between 5 and 35 variables, including a speed control option. More info at the Wildform site...

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Monday, September 27, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:13 PM IST

My friend TAJ Simmons has launched a great new site for all sorts of PowerPoint graphics - the site offers instant downloads of a wide range pictures for PowerPoint in a range of themed (from business to medical) images to download. Each image has been especially optimized for PowerPoint presentations. Visit PowerPoint Graphics...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:57 PM IST

About 20 slides into the presentation, something had to be done. Conference organizers asked the moderator to get a message to the speaker. By now, many in the audience were shuffling in their seats, checking their Blackberries, talking on cell phones and looking at their watches. Finally, the moderator walked up to the speaker and quietly whispered, "Doctor, you are going to have to wrap it up."
More on the Star-Ledger site...

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Friday, September 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:02 AM IST

Grass Roots Software, a leader in presentation and multimedia solutions for church communicators, announced a new version of SundayPlus, the company's affordable and easy-to-use worship presentation software. According to a news release the new version features broadcast quality text titling, digital photo retouching tools and unprecedented stability. More info on the Church Central site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:53 AM IST

...I'm concerned that the format of these presentations can actually draw the viewer's attention away from their content. It's not that presenters are trying to fool anyone, they're just trying to present their project in the best possible light.....An extreme illustration of how format can overshadow content is found in the book Catch Me If You Can. It's a true story about a man named Frank Abagnale (Leonard DiCaprio played him in the movie version), who appeared so convincing in his fake airline pilot's uniform that bank tellers and hotel clerks cashed his bad checks without hesitation. They paid too much attention to format (the looks of the airline pilot who was presenting the check), and not enough to the content (whether the check was any good or not). Al Kaniss discusses more on dcmilitary.com...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:52 AM IST

Works Suite 2005 delivers Microsoft Word 2002 and the latest versions of Microsoft Works, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard, Microsoft Money Standard, Microsoft Picture It! Premium, and Microsoft Streets & Trips. This comprehensive package enables consumers to keep track of the household schedule, complete homework assignments, edit photos, manage personal finances and more using their home PC.
More info on the Yahoo Finance site...

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Thursday, September 23, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 11:00 PM IST

If you use Microsoft Visio, you should take a look at Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec's Blogging on Visio web log. I found a great article on using Color Schemes in Visio on her blog page along with performance tips and updates. Mai-lan is an amazing resource of information on Visio - after all she is the program's Lead Program Manager! Check the blog now...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:24 PM IST

Silk Binders is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:00 PM IST

Right Seat Software, Inc. announced the release of Vox Proxy(R) Version 3, bringing new versatility to the process of adding and viewing 3D-animated talking characters in Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. The Vox Proxy collection of fun, effective characters, custom-designed for the PowerPoint platform, can now be viewed using the free PowerPoint 2003 Viewer, while media files can be played using Microsoft Windows Media Player 9. A new online help system has also been added, along with Vox Proxy CD Prep enhancements that allow the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer to be included on Vox Proxy presentation CDs. More on the PR Newswire site...

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Sunday, September 19, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:43 AM IST

In the beginning, networked AV gear consisted only of networked projectors. And, rightly so, the application for doing this was questionable. Why would anyone want to network a projector and where's the value in the additional 15-20% up-charge for a network projector? And, interestingly enough, the application that most manufacturers "pushed' as a value to networking was the one that's still, three years later, not caught on -- pushing PowerPoint slides via the network without the need for a VGA cable. Don't get me wrong, it will catch on, eventually, but that's still a few years away. Gary Kayye discusses more on the Creative Mac site...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:35 AM IST

A new feature in WebEx's latest Web conferencing service has reporters and PowerPoint victims of all stripe a little nervous. The service being announced Monday, WebEx Sales Center, includes an Attention Indicator feature that can notify conference presenters when a meeting attendee has opened another application over the presentation. The idea, according to Praful Shah of WebEx, is to "keep the prospect engaged throughout the sales call." More info on InfoWorld TechWatch...

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Saturday, September 18, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:38 PM IST

In the 15 minutes a CIO is allotted to address his board of directors, a lot can go right and a lot can go wrong. Very wrong. Wrong enough to kill a valuable project. Wrong enough to cut short a promising career. Stephanie Overby discusses more at the CIO Magazine site...

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posted by Geetesh on 4:15 PM IST

Genesys Conferencing today introduced Genesys Meeting Center 3.0, an online conferencing system that promises faster and easier entry into Web conferences. The on-demand service integrates Web, voice, and desktop video conferencing. Point-and-click commands allow moderators to deliver PowerPoint presentations, share and edit any document or application in real-time, and record meetings for later playback.
Rick Broida discusses more on the ZDNet News site...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:34 AM IST

The days of endless bullet-point slides in PowerPoint are numbered—or they should be. Adding digital video to your PowerPoint presentation can help you produce a more instructive and compelling show. To do it right, though, you need to understand the issues.
Jan Ozer explains more at the PC Magazine site...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:22 PM IST

In December 2002, Steven Brier of Practical Growth mailed me to ask for some live support for distribution of a PowerPoint media creation. The problem was delivery. Steven wanted to create CDs of this presentation that he could give away or sell. The PowerPoint Viewer available at that time was woefully inadequate to cope up with this challenge. Both Steven and me tried different approaches — using DHTML export, Flash output and even replicating the whole presentation in other multimedia programs. The bottom line was that none of them worked — at least none of them captured the original concept anywhere close. Read more...

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Saturday, September 11, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:13 PM IST

David Marcovitz is Associate Professor in the Education Department and Director of Graduate Programs in Educational Technology at Loyola College. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he studied support for technology in elementary schools. He has taught computer applications and computer programming at the high school level, and he has worked as a technology specialist in a high school. In this interview, David discusses VBA, education and PowerPoint. Read the interview here...

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Friday, September 10, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:10 AM IST

PDA Drape is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:48 AM IST

Pocket Slides has been a long favourite in the Pocket PC world as a PowerPoint solution for Pocket PCs. In the past versions we have seen them enhance their synchronization features to enable 2-way synching between Pocket PC and PC and the ability to support transitions in their presentations. Conduits has just announced that Pocket Slides has just entered the beta mode for version 2.
More info at the PPCW.Net site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:38 AM IST

Contributing Editor for PC World, James Martin discusses the pitfalls of PDAs in comparison to notebooks. Read more in "The Problem With PDAs"...

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 9:13 PM IST

This book extract from PowerPoint for Educators is an Indezine exclusive with permission from David Marcovitz / Libraries Unlimited. This book provides instruction for using Visual Basic Applications to create interactive educational materials in PowerPoint. It's probably the most extensive book on PowerPoint VBA that you can find anywhere. Read the excerpts here...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:37 PM IST

Macromedia Inc. is looking to bring Web conferencing to the masses by making its Breeze Live hosted service available on a pay-as-you go basis instead of requiring a subscription. Users beginning on Tuesday will be able to access the Pay-Per-Use Breeze Live service for US$0.32 per minute per participant and use a credit card for payments, according to Macromedia. The company hopes to extend the application to small and midsize businesses through its new pricing plan. More at the MacWorld site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

Email 02 is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:10 PM IST

Email 01 is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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Sunday, September 05, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:38 PM IST

Talk about patterned lines and nine of ten PowerPoint users will have a confused look on their faces. What is a patterned line in PowerPoint parlance? Every element in PowerPoint has a fill and line attribute — patterned lines are just another line attribute. Here are some samples of patterned lines...

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