PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: November 2004

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Aspose.PowerPoint 1.4 Released

Monday, November 29, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:58 AM IST

Aspose.PowerPoint, from Aspose Pty Ltd and now at version 1.4, delivers Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in a desktop or web server environment without Microsoft PowerPoint installed. Written in 100% managed C#, Aspose.PowerPoint features full support for C# and Visual Basic .Net. More on programmersheaven.com...

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Friday, November 26, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:31 PM IST

Chris Ferrone, Managing Partner of Matton Images LLC, a complete royalty free resource, has worked in the stock photo industry since 1987. Chris is also President of Retrofile.com which licenses rights-managed and royalty free vintage stock imagery world-wide through a variety of agents and other distribution channels. He is also currently the President of the North American stock photo industry trade association, the Picture Archive Council of America. In this interview, Chris discusses "royalty free" and usage of images in PowerPoint. Read the interview here...

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Thursday, November 25, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 5:09 PM IST

Turquoise Snowflakes is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 5:08 PM IST

Electric Hatches is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 5:06 PM IST

Celestial Purple is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:43 PM IST

Above and Beyond have been awarded two of the highest accolades in the UK training industry at the prestigious World of Learning Awards 2004. 'Ten ways to avoid death by PowerPoint' won Generic Solution of the Year and Clive Shepherd, Director, won the Outstanding Contribution to the Training Industry Award. More info...
Read the Indezine review of "Ten Ways..." ...

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Thursday, November 18, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:22 PM IST

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. Dr. Stephen Wilbers explains more...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:50 AM IST

...The presentation, Seid recalls, was “a satire, somewhat stilted and a bit primitive, of Mexican President Vicente Fox’s economic policies, complete with ticky-tacky clip-art and cheesy canned applause.” He loved it. Thus inspired, Seid decided to investigate how many people were using the ubiquitous software, which for two decades has induced yawns in conference rooms worldwide, for other than corporate purposes. More on the UC Berkeley site...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 4:13 PM IST

Maps make excellent visuals and can add so much relevance to presentations that speak about anything to do with geography. You may want to show the location of company offices, franchisees or service centers...Read more...

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posted by Geetesh on 8:15 AM IST

This week’s How-To is a quick and simple one if you have an iPod Photo and use PowerPoint or Keynote and don’t want to lug around a computer—you can just plug in to a projector or a TV. This will also work with a Portable Media Center, or any other photo playing device that can be a video source. Also included in this How-To are some other ways to play your favorite slides, like using a pair of VGA goggles (that one’s for the geeks). Phillip Torrone explains more on the Engadget site...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:27 PM IST

Many professors use PowerPoint presentations as part of their lectures. As everybody knows, PowerPoint can be dull. If you add in a Tablet PC, it can be more interactive. You already have the PowerPoint up on a screen. But instead of static slides, you can write notes on top of the presentation. Beth Simon discusses more on SignOnSanDiego.com...

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Saturday, November 13, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:16 PM IST

According to Templeton, the first thing most people do when they hear they have a presentation to give is try to get out of doing it. That is followed by panic before the presenter actually starts to prepare. The first action a person should take after finding out he must give a presentation is to sit down and brainstorm for 15 minutes and take notes, Templeton says. “The thing is, your brain continues to work on it even though you don’t realize it,” she says. More on the Lawn & Landscape magazine site...

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posted by Geetesh on 7:14 PM IST

"This is always a moment of truth for me. If you were at one of the big conference centers, these types of requests may prompt a call to the convention support supervisor who calls the AV support manager who in turn dispatches the AV professional who then tells you that he doesn’t do power cords. There’s another union that handles that stuff, all before disappearing into the crowd 5-minutes before your set-up is complete. No such challenge here. Todd was a real pro." Jim Endicott tells more on the Presenters University site...

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 3:47 PM IST

"Today, there are people who do their word processing in PowerPoint. They learn PowerPoint, and that's where they want to stay." That's one of the interesting remarks from Ray Ozzie, founder and CEO of Groove Networks Inc., as he continues his conversation with Computerworld, focusing on how collaboration software meets the needs of various types of customers. More on the Computerworld site...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:06 AM IST

Increasingly, professors are placing their PowerPoint slides on the Web before or after class -- a feature that students find convenient and helpful. But while students often ask for this service, it can also make them less likely to attend classes. Jeffrey R Young discusses more on Chronicle.com...

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Monday, November 08, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 2:11 PM IST

This tutorial is more of a demonstration of what cool custom animation effects can be achieved just by using the standard PowerPoint 2002 / XP / 2003 wipes. PowerPoint MVP TAJ Simmons has created this presentation which you can download free from his site. Thank you, TAJ. Be amazed as you travel through the A to Z of PowerPointing...

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Friday, November 05, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 1:28 PM IST

One of the new releases in this area, and with what is described as a ground breaking price point of a $1 under $2000 is the Sanyo PLCSW30 – complete with some very impressive specifications at this value. Read the review at the Mac Animation Pro site...

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Thursday, November 04, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 8:26 PM IST

Visual Exemplars released the second version of Perspector add-in for PowerPoint. Perspector operates seamlessly with PowerPoint, is easy to use and opens up new creative possibilities for presenters by enabling them to draw shapes in 3D. Read the press release...

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posted by Geetesh on 3:09 PM IST

David M. Antonacci sent me information on his resource - it is a Producer based online presentation that explains more about Effective Teaching with PowerPoint in an easy to understand manner. Download and view the presentation here...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:56 AM IST

Thermometer for PowerPoint is a free add-in that creates a thermometer style bar in the bottom area of the slide that shows how much of a presentation has progressed and how much more is remaining. It's a very simple add-in and using it is so easy: one click on an icon and you can add or update your thermometer; another click and the thermometer is gone! Learn more and download it free here...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:54 AM IST

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of award winning 3D animation and video products announced the release of VT[4] LIVE!, an integrated production suite that provides a comprehensive toolset for all professional SD video production needs. "NewTek pioneered the concept of the Integrated Production Suite and with the release of the VT[4] LIVE!, we have once again raised the bar for ease of use, speed and affordability." said Philip Nelson, NewTek's Senior Director Video Marketing. "This is the most comprehensive upgrade that we have ever released for our Windows based system adding in groundbreaking features such as PowerPoint support allowing you to integrate PowerPoint presentations into your live production, one button streaming with VT-Stream, compositor quality scaling and VT-Edit, the fastest editor on the market." More on the Digital Pro Sound site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:32 AM IST

NEC's LT265 can connect to an 802.11g wireless network, but getting it set up can be tricky. NEC's LT265 wireless-ready digital DLP projector has a smooth, egg-shell-white veneer that immediately makes it an attention-getter. I found much to like about this unit, but also a few drawbacks -- including an overly complex wireless setup. More info on PCWorld.com...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Water Drops is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:13 AM IST

Most of us use Microsoft Office, but do we know how to make the most of it? We reveal 100 top tips for mastering this suite. Part 2 looks at PowerPoint and Outlook. Read more on vnunet.com...

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 7:56 AM IST

Using the Munich Systems Fair in October as the launch venue, Schott Systeme GmbH presented their new Business Graphics solution to the visiting public. Based around the existing 2D and 3D CAD tools found in their Pictures by PC CAD/CAM software, their idea is to raise the level of graphics used in business presentations from typical PowerPoint presentations with clipart to graphics with more imagination. More on TenLinks.com...

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:02 PM IST

Circuit Texture is the name of a free PowerPoint template from Indezine.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:58 PM IST

Anyone who has endured a lengthy business presentation understands "Death by PowerPoint." And while it's bad enough being a victim of a boring presentation that has inspired this phrase, it's even worse being responsible for one. Scott Williams discusses more on the Hispanic Business site...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:59 AM IST

This is a review that I did two years ago. The products are now sold under the pptXTREME label. Keith Tromer from pptXTREME has also created some new PowerPoint add-ins. Read the full review...

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Monday, November 01, 2004
posted by Geetesh on 10:25 AM IST

We'll explore two ways to recolor images in PowerPoint. The first procedure does everything within PowerPoint but is limited to recoloring images that are part of the background in a slide master. The second procedure uses copy and paste between Publisher and PowerPoint to recolor all sorts of images. Learn more and download a sample presentation...

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