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Sound Energy: Free PowerPoint Template of the Day

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 2:31 PM IST

Today's free template is Sound Energy - download here...


posted by Geetesh on 10:06 AM IST

Today's free template is Biology 01 - download here...


Tuesday, November 29, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 5:39 PM IST

Today's free template is Torn Asteroids - download here...


posted by Geetesh on 10:06 AM IST

At the spring [email protected] conference, I had the opportunity to see a number of cool new products ranging from security devices to mobile blogging platforms. However, nothing I covered at the Scottsdale, Ariz., conference generated more reader feedback or questions though than a product called Ovation from Serious Magic Inc. Anne Chen explains more on the eWeek site...


Wednesday, November 23, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 4:57 PM IST

Indezine is giving away free Thanksgiving PowerPoint templates - check them here...


Tuesday, November 22, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 9:36 PM IST

SmartDraw announced a new Legal Solution edition for creating convincing timelines, crime scene/accident diagrams, evidence charts, patent drawings, forensic diagrams, organizational charts, and more. The new edition provides complete control over the design and development of your trial exhibits and legal graphics. A free trial version can be downloaded here...


posted by Geetesh on 7:56 AM IST

Microsoft Corp. has decided to open up its Office file formats and has submitted the formats to be considered for recognition as a formal standard by Ecma International, which will develop the documentation and make it available to the industry. Opening the MS Office document format takes a step towards eventually ensuring that those customers who do not use Office will be able to work with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents without having to buy the software. More on the eWeek site...


Saturday, November 19, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:28 AM IST

PowerPoint 12 reorganises its interface and dresses up presentations with a vast library of templates. Microsoft is redesigning the interface of PowerPoint 12 to mirror the changes being made across the Office 12 suite, allowing Word 12 and Excel 12 to share the same charts and diagrams. Dumping the toolbar boxes and the drop-down menus of the past, each PowerPoint 12 window features a tabbed banner, called a ribbon, that surfaces commands in response to your task at hand. The early beta version of PowerPoint 12 that we tested reveals a new graphics engine, code-named IGX, that aims to turn up the 'wow' factor on your presentations. More on the ZDNet UK site...


Friday, November 18, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 7:52 PM IST

Microsoft released the first test version of Office 12, the next incarnation of its ubiquitous desktop suite. The company said it is offering up the Beta 1 code to about 10,000 pre-approved testers, with a broader test release slated for the spring. Microsoft is promising a final version of Office 12 for the second half of next year, around the same time as the company releases the Vista upgrade to its Windows operating system. More on CNET


Thursday, November 17, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:34 AM IST

Although details are still sketchy at this time, partners close to Microsoft have indicated that work has begun on a version of Office 12 for mobile devices. Microsoft Watch reported that the update will include refreshes of the mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which have been included with Windows-based PDAs for years, in addition to a mobile version of the company's OneNote product. More on the BetaNews site...


posted by Geetesh on 7:00 AM IST

MacSpeech has released a new ScriptPak for Microsoft PowerPoint 2004, which installs over 200 commands into the company's iListen speech recognition product, allowing users to perform virtually any task within PowerPoint 2004 using voice commands. "This will be a real timesaver for anyone who uses iListen with PowerPoint," said MacSpeech Chief Evangelist Chuck Rogers. More on the MacNN site...


Tuesday, November 15, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 7:35 PM IST

The PowerPoint presentations from my clients kept piling up, and I finally added a new hard disk to my old Mac. I was needlessly delaying the transition - Shirt Pocket's Super Duper! software makes it so easy to duplicate and backup your hard disk. I should know - I've used their product six times in two days so that I ended up with partition sizes that I could live with. Fortunately, I always ended up with exactly the same files I started with! Check out SuperDuper! here...


posted by Geetesh on 7:26 PM IST

Already, the company has announced plans for Office Live and Windows Live, two products that are ad-supported complements to its existing desktop software. But in the internal documents, Microsoft workers maintain that the software maker may be forced to go further if rivals launch ad-supported versions of popular programs such as PowerPoint. More on CNET


posted by Geetesh on 5:15 PM IST

I last reviewed NXPowerLite 1 almost two years ago - and the product continues being the easiest-to-use PowerPoint compression product. I was aware that the team at Neuxpower was creating this new version which was the result of many feature requests. The new version has now been released and its time to do a review again. Read more here...


Monday, November 14, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:15 AM IST

Ellen Finkelstein, author of How to Do Everything with PowerPoint 2003, has a new tutorial for subscribers to her free, monthly PowerPoint Tips Newsletter. The tutorial, "5 easy, sure-fire PowerPoint backgrounds," explains how you can create these great backgrounds on your own. The PowerPoint presentations that contain these backgrounds are included in the tutorial. Look here...


Sunday, November 13, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 2:48 PM IST

What about narrating your voice into PowerPoint then? Well, how many speakers are open to the idea of recording narrations anyway - common excuses to avoid doing that range from improper microphones to just a plain lack of interest! That's where Speech-Over Studio, our product for review can help...


Sunday, November 06, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 12:23 PM IST

Composer/Producer John Bickerton is Creative Director for the UniqueTracks Production Music Library. UniqueTracks licenses music for use as soundtrack in digital video productions, independent films, Flash, multimedia and PowerPoint presentations. In this interview, John discusses music libraries and sounds in presentations...


Saturday, November 05, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 10:56 AM IST

Perfect Medical Presentations authored by Terry Irwin and Julie Terberg won the first prize in the Basis of Medicine Category of the 2005 BMA medical book competition - take a look here...


Friday, November 04, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 3:42 PM IST

Here's something so different! Duarte Design organized a pumpkin carving competition, and I asked Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design about this event:

"Each year the company does a pumpkin carving competition and send it out to our clients. They've come to expect it now and we start to get calls during the last week of October with folks asking when we're sending the URL over to them. This year we had the highest participation 'cuz the prize was an iPod Nano. We also had the most votes to the site with a whoping 1850, we were very pleased".

Take a look here...


Thursday, November 03, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 9:06 AM IST

At some point, every one of you has fallen asleep during a lecture. You know it’s true. And if it hasn’t happened yet, I guarantee that it will at least once in your four-plus years at Cornell. Missy Kurzweil tells you more...


Wednesday, November 02, 2005
posted by Geetesh on 3:38 PM IST

Nancy Duarte has been a Principal of Duarte Design since 1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. In this interview, Nancy talks about design, inspiration and rules...


posted by Geetesh on 8:20 AM IST

Neuxpower Solutions has released NXPowerLite 2.0, a brand new version of their presentation compression tool. NXPowerLite reduces the size of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (as well as StarOffice and presentations saved in the PowerPoint format) by compressing the graphics and embedded documents contained within them, making them easier to manage, distribute and use. More on the PRWeb site...


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