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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: September 2005

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Impatica Projects PowerPoint Presentations Directly from the BlackBerry

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:05 AM IST

Impatica Inc., an industry leader in the delivery and viewing of PowerPoint presentations over the Internet and wireless networks, today unveiled Impatica ShowMate -- the first and only solution to allow BlackBerry users to project PowerPoint presentations directly from their handhelds. Impatica will be showcasing the ShowMate at the CTIA Wireless IT 2005 show this week in San Francisco. More on the PRWEB site...

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Saturday, September 24, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 8:02 PM IST

Many folks don't realize is that since Exit Animations were added to PowerPoint (2002 or higher) it's quite easy to create your own 3D transition effects without any additional software or hardware. First create your presentation and save it. Then follow these easy steps to create your own 3D transition. Learn more with Glenna Shaw...

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Friday, September 23, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 6:29 PM IST

For years, Microsoft has been trying to add features to Office without them getting in the way of people who already know their way around the software. Unfortunately, the company was a little too successful at making its innovations unobtrusive. In user testing, Microsoft found that nine out of every 10 features that customers wanted to see added to Office were already in the program. "They simply don't know it's there," Chris Capossela, a Microsoft vice president, told a developer crowd last week. "It's just too hard to find it." More on CNET News.com...

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Friday, September 16, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 7:36 AM IST

The new Office format will essentially be a zip file of modules containing everything relating to a particular document, spreadsheet or presentation. One module will contain the basic XML file and another will list document properties. More on Vnunet.com...

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Thursday, September 15, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:02 AM IST

And Moses replied, "Behold, I seek to make a presentation, for my audience will not believe me or listen to my voice and will otherwise say, 'You did not use PowerPoint!'" The Lord shook his head wearily and said to Moses, "What is that in your hand?" And Moses, his voice trembling, replied, "my wireless mouse." And the Lord said, "cast it on the ground." So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent...and Moses said to the Lord, "Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent...I am slow of speech and tongue." More on the Babson Free Press site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:57 AM IST

More than a year before the final product ships, a pre-beta version of Microsoft Office 12 is revealing radical interface changes and user paradigm shifts that recall the overly ambitious Microsoft Office 97 update. Gone are the familiar File, Edit, View and other drop-down menus; instead, major functions will be grouped into task-specific tabs at the top of the window. More on ZDNet UK site...

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posted by Geetesh on 9:53 AM IST

That's the name of a new PowerPoint blog from Andrew - the blog discusses bad PowerPoint and how you can make t better. Here's the description in Andrew's own words:

The title of this blog is a little misleading. I’m not actually proposing “death to PowerPoint”. I don't hate PowerPoint. I don't even dislike it. In fact, I actually think it's one of the most useful persuasive tools ever devised. What I am proposing with this blog is death to bad PowerPoint. Go to Andrew's blog....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:44 AM IST

In the Office 12 version of PowerPoint, Microsoft is promising that users will see contextual tabs that present specialized features as needed. See it on CNET News.com site...

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Sunday, September 11, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 2:26 PM IST

All it takes is a minor error in the Windows Registry or a virus infection, and your operating system can become unbootable. But with a properly configured USB flash drive on hand, you'll always have a compatible replacement no further away than your pocket or keychain. More on the Tom's Hardware site...

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Thursday, September 08, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:38 AM IST

W2solutions, an innovation company in the wireless business today announce the release of HeadsetPresenter 1.5. The HeadsetPresenter is a unique Windows application that turns any Bluetooth Headset into a PowerPoint remote control. The HeadsetPresenter brings additional value to all Bluetooth Headsets on the market, unlocking a whole new and unexpected usage area. More on the PR Releases Database site...

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posted by Geetesh on 10:20 AM IST

With Recosoft Corporation's latest product, Windows users can now convert PDF documents directly into PowerPoint files. Recosoft, the developer of cross platform Macintosh and Windows file format conversion solutions and PDF Conversion utilities, has started shipping PDF2Office v2.5 Professional Edition for Microsoft Windows. More on the PR Newswire site...

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Saturday, September 03, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 12:09 PM IST

PointeCast just added a new $99 version to their PowerPoint to Flash publishing suite. They did retain plenty of the most-used features of their more expensive versions and at $99, I think it's a great tool to get started on the Online Rich Media bandwagon. Here's a link to the product comparison between various PointeCast versions...

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posted by Geetesh on 11:52 AM IST

You can do the whole PowerPoint-to-Flash conversion manually or with related softwares. First, you'll need to prepare the PowerPoint document. Make sure you are not using any complicated gradients or animations. These will be interpreted poorly when they are brought into Flash. Also, make sure there are no objects that fall outside the confines of the slide area. Learn more with Susan Zheng...

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