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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: June 2005

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New education tools from Microsoft

Wednesday, June 29, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 5:20 PM IST

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a bouquet of four software products targeting schools. The offerings include a beta version of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP, designed for computers being used in school computer labs, public libraries, Internet cafes or other shared locations. The software allows administrators to add safety features to those types of systems, which are often more vulnerable to spyware and viruses. More on CNET


Thursday, June 23, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 11:07 AM IST

PlanPoint is a free Microsoft PowerPoint add-on that enables you to show or hide slides in a presentation at specified dates and times. Open your normal Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and specify per slide when to display it. You can specify a period, a time frame and on which days of the week it should be displayed. Learn more and download a free copy...


Tuesday, June 21, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 3:26 PM IST

Check out the exciting new features coming very soon in the next release of Camtasia Studio, including more interactive videos and easier video sharing. And if you purchase Camtasia Studio 2.1 now, you will receive Camtasia Studio 3.0 when it's released for free! More at the TechSmith site...


Saturday, June 18, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 8:43 PM IST

TurboDemo is an easy to use application that captures all desktop activity to a video file. It goes further and provides more output options than any other similar product - these include Flash, Java, EXE, AVI, WMV, PDF, etc. The Enterprise version also includes PresentationPro's PowerCONVERTER product. More info on the TurboDemo site...


Friday, June 17, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 7:38 AM IST

Many in the corporate world are sick of slick PowerPoint presentations with fancy transitions, animations, and a numbing amount of information. It seems that the folks at the army are too. The Wall Street Journal reported that the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Hugh Shelton, issued an order basically asking for clear concise information without the window dressing. I’m sure General Shelton would appreciate Presenter-to-Go. More on


Monday, June 13, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 5:17 PM IST

Take a look at how PowerPoint MVP Glenna Shaw created the amazing Cinderella project (look under Just for Fun and Other Things) - on the page you'll also find tons of other stuff. A must visit...


Saturday, June 11, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 11:41 PM IST

Whether you're pitching an idea to the boss or teaching geography to a class of fifth graders, you can't beat an electronic slideshow. PowerPoint 2004 lets you turn text, graphics, sounds, and movies into dazzling presentations that get your message across in high style. But what if you're on a short deadline? Relax, and I'll show you ten ways to use PowerPoint to put together slideshows that'll convince your audience that you spent days sweating over your mouse and keyboard. Learn more with Franklin Tessler, author of Office 2004 for Mac: The Missing Manual


posted by Geetesh on 11:26 PM IST

Mythix recently released the iWand Presenter Remote. The remote control is designed for use with presentation and slideshow software. The iWand is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote. It can be used to control many aspects of the software, including mouse navigation. Major functions are accessible from dedicated buttons on the remote. More on the MacNN site...


Wednesday, June 08, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 12:10 PM IST

Business professionals know the importance of creating organized and focused PowerPoint presentations. But how to do that efficiently is a lot easier said than done. Now comes Presentations in a Hurry, a series of 26 professionally designed presentation scenarios that shows how to creatively produce PowerPoints presentations in a fraction of the usual time. More on the Yahoo! Finance site...


posted by Geetesh on 11:59 AM IST

Users at all skill levels and in all types of organizations can create professional quality, interactive, on-demand web presentations using a new application recently launched by Clearengine Corp. Delivered via a hosted service model, is a feature rich, affordable and easy-to-use on-demand web presentation solution. Users can be up and running instantly on Clearengine with only an Internet-connected computer and a phone. More on the AV Multimedia Producer site...


posted by Geetesh on 11:53 AM IST

Media Marketing Inc. today announced the launch of SlideManager(TM), the online PowerPoint management tool that allows for efficient and effective presentation development and management for enterprise PowerPoint managers, developers and presenters. "PowerPoint is ubiquitous, with millions of people using it every day," said James Theall, CEO of Media Marketing Inc. "Oftentimes PowerPoint is a company's primary communications tool and a PowerPoint presentation is one of the first images of a company that potential customers see.More on the PR Newswire site...


Tuesday, June 07, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 11:00 AM IST

Make a VoIP call from within PowerPoint or Excel? Yes, it will happen - as part of some new alliances Microsoft will be using to get into the VoIP space. The giant from Redmond announced today that it will offer its Connected Services Framework integrated software services platform to enable AT&T, Amdocs and Sylantro to build and manage IP services using a mix of service-oriented architecture and Web interfaces. More on Russell Shaw's IP Telephony blog at


Sunday, June 05, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 2:12 PM IST

"You just know at the other end of the flight, they will hop into a rental car and drive to a meeting where they will read every word off the screen -- boring their audience to tears," said Mr. Paradi, a Toronto-based consultant and self-described PowerPoint lifeguard. Audiences so much hate being read to that it's their No. 1 pet peeve about PowerPoint, he says. More on the The Globe and Mail site...


Thursday, June 02, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 5:13 PM IST

Microsoft said Thursday that it will introduce new XML-based file formats for its Excel, PowerPoint and Word applications when the company launches its Office 12 software package next year. Company officials said the move to replace Microsoft's traditional binary file formats with open-standards-based XML versions will allow companies using Office 12 to more easily access data across XML's various applications. More on CNET


posted by Geetesh on 4:29 PM IST

When you first open PowerPoint XP (2002) and PowerPoint 2003, there are 4 window panes visible on the PowerPoint desktop. In the Outline Pane you can choose to have the outline of your slides showing by using the Outline tab or the thumbnail version of the slides by using the Slides tab. More on the BellaOnline site...


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