PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: May 2005

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

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Apple Releases Keynote 2.0.2

Friday, May 27, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 9:20 AM IST

Apple has released Keynote 2.0.2, a maintenance update to its PowerPoint-compatible presentation software (part of the iWork suite). The new release eliminates a potential vulnerability where maliciously modified Keynote presentation could be constructed to retrieve files from the local system. More on the MacFixIt site...


Thursday, May 26, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 1:48 PM IST

VertigoXmedia, a leading provider of broadcast graphics software and hardware, announced a new set of features today for the Xpresenter digital signage platform. Designed to make the popular PowerPoint-based system even easier to use and customize, the latest upgrades to Xpresenter include a new style gallery of graphics templates, custom control panels, video clip previewing, and tools for quickly resizing presentations to fit the varying dimensions of output displays and broadcast monitors. More on the Corporate Media News site...


posted by Geetesh on 1:37 PM IST

PowerPoint is a slide show application program that makes developing your formal presentation a breeze. You can use it for live presentations, and also for web presentations, demonstrations, kiosk presentations, and any other time where a slide presentation can be effective. Chris Curtis explains more...


Wednesday, May 25, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:22 AM IST

Networker Cafe, an online service company supporting network marketing professionals, today launched a viewer-driven online PowerPoint capability called Online Marketing Showrooms. Meeting the demand of network marketers for low-cost display of personal marketing presentations, Networker Cafe licensed software from PresenterNet, and will deliver it as a supported service tailored to the network marketing environment. Marketing Showrooms enable any network marketer to upload a personal PowerPoint to a unique Web location where interested visitors can advance through it at their leisure. More on the PRWeb site...


posted by Geetesh on 10:16 AM IST

For most of their 20 years, Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents have had free rein within corporate walls. But with the advent of federal record-keeping regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which impose strict rules on how companies manage and archive information, those freewheeling days are nearly at an end. Learn how Microsoft is coping with this change...


Thursday, May 19, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 2:33 PM IST

Infommersion has announced the launch of Xcelsius XL, an entirely new product line for the creation of spreadsheet-based dashboards and interactive data presentations. Xcelsius XL allows individual business users to transform static Excel spreadsheets into engaging presentations, dynamic charts and graphs, and interactive Excel dashboards, using point-and-click technology. More on the Business Wire site...


posted by Geetesh on 11:42 AM IST

Conferral enables business professionals, for the first time, to spontaneously show PowerPoint presentations, concurrently revise Word, Excel and other documents with remote colleagues, and immediately send files too large for email attachments. Unlike other web conferencing products, these and other capabilities are activated simply by clicking a button in the toolbar of any familiar Microsoft Office application. By being menu-integrated, users quickly improve productivity without having to master difficult-to-learn products or leaving the application they are currently using. More on the PR Newswire site...


posted by Geetesh on 11:20 AM IST

Griffin AirClick USB ($40) is a small, well-designed remote control that works on both Macs and PCs. Its strength is remotely controlling songs on iTunes on both platforms, allowing you to fast forward and rewind, play the next or previous tune, or pause/play. It can also control the volume. The tiny remote can also control PowerPoint and Windows Media Player 10 on the PC platform, and DVD Player, Keynote, PowerPoint 2004, QuickTime Player, and the VLC (VideoLAN Client) media player on the Mac. More on the Corporate Media News site...


posted by Geetesh on 11:13 AM IST

Discussions have been brewing about the implementation of a new district-wide goal that would require all Coventry fifth graders be able to give a Powerpoint presentation. Tiogue Elementary School librarian Crystal Richardson has however gone above and beyond the proposed district wide goal and inspired her second graders to meet this challenge. More on the Kent County Daily Times site...


Tuesday, May 17, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 3:26 PM IST

Although PowerPoint has a plethora of options as far as creating info graphics is concerned, there are umpteen ways of making better info graphics outside PowerPoint. Microsoft offers Visio as an interesting option – but then Visio is an enterprise level product more geared towards large organizations rather than everyday PowerPoint users. If you identify with this situation and want a product with a reasonable amount of choices and possibilities, you might want to look at ConceptDraw...


Monday, May 16, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:27 AM IST

We have seen it countless times before, but this latest one was particularly poignant. The intelligent presenter, with something important to say, who got lost in her slides. She started out beautifully, introducing herself and her ideas, standing before a well-designed title slide. She knew what she wanted to say and she said it — a surprisingly complete strategy for delivering a good presentation. Rick Altman explains more about the Golden Triangle...


Saturday, May 07, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:50 AM IST

Earlier this week Macromedia released a new version of Breeze, an application the company characterizes as a rich Web communications system. A few weeks earlier, Kevin Lynch, VP sales and product marketing with Macromedia gave Digital Media Net a sneak preview of this powerful new application, which allows users to communicate with each other via video conference, share presentations with audio and video segments, and even share desktops over the Web. More on the Oceania site...


posted by Geetesh on 10:17 AM IST

According to the report, new features in Magneto wil include an improved one-handed navigation of the device, a more powerful version of the mobile Word program, a viewer for PowerPoint documents and the ability to add photos to contacts allowing for photo caller ID. More on the Pocket PC Blast site...


Tuesday, May 03, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 7:27 PM IST

The Solution Showcase highlights how leading companies are solving critical business problems using solutions built with the Microsoft Office System. These solutions are a small sample of the many ways organizations are transforming their businesses by taking advantage of the Microsoft Office products they already own and their employees use every day. More on the Solution Showcase site...


posted by Geetesh on 5:30 PM IST

In a presentation on Metro, Brown talked about some of the benefits of the Metro system, including efforts to create files that take up less space than other fixed-format document files. To do that, Metro looks for repeated data. For example, if a photo is used as a background in 20 PowerPoint slides, Metro includes only one copy. Also, the system saves only those font characters that are used. More on the CNET News.com site...


Monday, May 02, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:14 PM IST

The suits and power skirts sitting around the conference table may just as well have been on lunch break....For a while, PowerPoint presentations, with its clipped advertising language, appeared to be the cure for attention-deficit disorder. No longer. "People are so sick and tired of PowerPoint," says Richard Greene, a communications consultant whose clients include Goldman Sachs. "It's the fastest way to lose your audience." Read more on the MSNBC site...


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