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Freepath in my PowerPoint software collection

Sunday, April 30, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 8:57 AM IST

Freepath is a great, new addition to my PowerPoint software collection. So why did I use the term "PowerPoint software collection"? That's because many users just call Freepath a great PowerPoint alternative! That's funny since Freepath has no way to create an outline, or print handouts! So without further distracting you about alternatives, let me tell you more about Freepath.

Freepath is a playlist program with a refreshingly, different approach:

  1. Freepath plays your PowerPoint presentations one after the other, or even some slides from each of the presentations in your playlist. All your PowerPoint shortcuts work as does your presentation remote since Freepath essentially uses PowerPoint itself to play the PowerPoint presentation. So no surprises there!
  2. If you want to add a Flash animation or a QuickTime movie between slides 3 and 4, you can just insert them in your playlist! Activate the playlist and Freepath plays the Flash and QuickTime so seamlessly that your audience might believe that those elements played in PowerPoint! You can also control the videos in ways you could never imagine using PowerPoint - and of course, PowerPoint has almost no QuickTime support!
  3. If you want to add live Word and Excel content to your presentation, just put them inside the Freepath playlist - these will open seamlessly again and you can also edit them while presenting. You can also use plain text files the same way.
  4. Insert PDFs and live web pages (as long as you are online) in your playlist. You can also navigate between the pages in a PDF document.
  5. Play sound in your playlist - even DRM protected music that you bought from the iTunes store - you can actually drag them from iTunes to Freepath. And when a video with sound plays, you can continue to play another sound to provide realtime mixing although you can always turn off the sound files by pressing the "s" key on the keyboard.
That's what I learned from my initial half-an-hour with Freepath - I'm in touch with Lou Douros, President of Grass Roots Software, who make Freepath to do a full review soon on - meanwhile, you can download a free trial from their site...


posted by Geetesh on 8:54 AM IST

Today's free template is Hand Hues - download here...


Saturday, April 29, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 10:48 PM IST


Cliff Atkinson published a book last year called "Beyond Bullet Points" about how to combat "PowerPoint fatigue": the deadening sameness of Microsoft Corp.'s commonly used presentation software. The book caught the eye of W. Mark Lanier, a Houston-based trial lawyer. What happened next sounds like an episode of a ripped-from-the-headlines TV crime drama. Lanier, who was suing Merck & Co. on behalf of a man who died while taking the painkiller Vioxx, hired Atkinson as a consultant to help with his opening argument. The resulting 253-slide presentation was so mold-breaking — so the opposite of boring — that it was dubbed "CSI: PowerPoint."

Read more on the Los Angeles Times site...

You can also read an earlier interview with Cliff Atkinson on the site...


posted by Geetesh on 8:22 AM IST

Today's free template is Grey Pink - download here...


Thursday, April 27, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 7:43 AM IST

Today's free template is Petal Dew - download here...


Wednesday, April 26, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 5:16 PM IST

I just got back from a vacation to Coorg, a pleasant district (county) located in the southern state of Karnataka, India. Although it is more well known for its coffee plantations, Coorg is also a naturalist's delight with thick forests and gushing waterfalls. The climate isn't too cold like Ooty or some of the other Indian hill resorts but it is still much cooler than the scorching Indian plains during the summer months. The main towns in this district include Siddapur and Madikeri - Madikeri, which is located on a higher altitude is also the district headquarters. Most of these pictures were taken in and around Madikeri.

See the pictures here...


posted by Geetesh on 10:27 AM IST

Today's free template is Exotica - download here...


Tuesday, April 25, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 8:55 AM IST

Plextor Corp., a developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, announced the PX-PA15AW Wireless Projector Adapter. The new device uses wireless technology to enable users to broadcast Microsoft PowerPoint presentations from most Wi-Fi enabled computers to a VGA/XVGA projector incorporating the adapter. The PX-PA15AW Wireless Projector Adapter utilizes Ethernet or Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology to receive, in real time, screen-captured images, graphics, and image content broadcast from most Wi-Fi enabled computers. Users can wirelessly share oversized image files, even PowerPoint files with embedded animation. High-performance algorithms detect the differential regions of the screen, allowing the system to present content at 15 frames-per-second on average for Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g connectivity.

More on the Plextor site...


posted by Geetesh on 8:45 AM IST

Today's free template is Freeze - download here...


Thursday, April 13, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 8:39 PM IST

Today's free template is Tendrils - download here...


Wednesday, April 12, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 11:16 AM IST


Today's free template is Amoeba Floats - download here...


posted by Geetesh on 10:46 AM IST

Julie Terberg is a PowerPoint MVP based in Michigan, United States. She's also an artist who uses Photoshop and PowerPoint together to great advantage. In this tutorial, she uses the Photoshop-PowerPoint approach again to create a convincing open book animation effect inside PowerPoint. Since she used stock imagery in her presentation, the sample presentation is password protected - that means you can only view the content and not edit the actual presentation. That's no issue actually since she provides step-by-step instructions to create the effect - and you can get two free stock images from Indezine Photos - just use the promo code ID36.

Check out this amazing tutorial here..


Tuesday, April 11, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 4:18 PM IST

In this tutorial, Shawn Toh, a PowerPoint MVP from Singapore shows you how you can create a snowfall effect using nothing else apart from PowerPoint's own tools.

Learn and download a sample presentation here...


posted by Geetesh on 2:43 PM IST


Check out the new Powerpoint Live video, an eight-minute vignette of conference imagery and video footage, using software and technology that you would learn all about at the conference.

The video has lively content and Rick Altman will tell you why PowerPoint Live is such a great event. They also have a download for the video available that you can share or see again later.

See the video now....


posted by Geetesh on 1:47 PM IST

Today's free template is Blue Chalk - download here...


Sunday, April 09, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 1:21 PM IST

Today's free template is Hallucinating Diamonds - download here...


Saturday, April 08, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 1:22 PM IST


...once Apple has Windows Vista running smoothly on its operating system and helping its business sales, the company will try a more profitable avenue: marketing a version of OS X able to run on regular PC's that now use Windows. This strategy would turn Boot Camp on its head, as the company selling all those $140 retail copies of its operating system would be Apple. And with hundreds of millions of Windows machines in the world, getting even 1 percent of PC users to switch to OS X would be a huge new business for Apple. It would also create another headache for Microsoft. And that, in the end, is what Apple does best. Robert Cringely discusses more on the New York Times site...


posted by Geetesh on 8:19 AM IST

Today's free template is Skyweave - download here...


Friday, April 07, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 8:03 AM IST

Today's free template is Reflection - download here...


posted by Geetesh on 7:56 AM IST


'Windows' Macs Could Take Bite Out of Microsoft

For the legions of diehard Apple fans, the announcement that some Mac computers would be able to run Windows was nothing short of earth shattering. "It's huge news for the Mac community. It's a real bombshell," said author Leander Kahney. "Hell has frozen over, black is white, two plus two equals five, the whole fabric of the universe has been ripped open." More on the ABC News site...

Macintosh cult greets Apple's Windows

After long imploring computer users to "think different" and defining the Macintosh as a lone bulwark against the Windows onslaught, Apple Computer has decided to open the gate, at least a bit. Two decades after the first Mac arrived, Apple said it would offer users of its latest models a simple way to run the Microsoft Windows operating system and its own. That means a single Apple computer will run programs written for either the Mac or Windows, though it will have to shut down one system to start the other. More on The Times of India site...

Windows on Mac, Simultaneously

Apple Computer's surprise software release allowing the company's newest Intel-based Macs to run Windows has put "virtualization" -- an alternative, and arguably superior, method of achieving the same result -- in the spotlight. Released Wednesday, Apple's Boot Camp beta installs Microsoft's OS in a partition on the hard drive, thus offering Mac users the option of booting up either with OS X or Windows XP. Virtualization, by contrast, allows Macs to run Windows and Mac OS X not just on the same machine, but at the same time, with only a slight drop in performance. More on the Wired News site...

No mass market shoo-in for Apple’s Boot Camp

Apple's decision to run Windows natively on the Mac through its Boot Camp project may be a landmark in the history of computing but its net effect on business IT buyers will be zip. The fact is that the Mac user and the PC user remain two tribes forced to coexist in one universe by unfathomable fate. More on the Inquirer site...


posted by Geetesh on 7:52 AM IST


The Apple CEO is well known for his electrifying presentations. Here are five tips to make your next talk just as mesmerizing - or close. Apple Computer, now celebrating 30 years of innovation, has revolutionized the way we use computers and listen to music. Now its charismatic co-founder, Steve Jobs, has transformed the corporate pitch. Anyone who has watched a Jobs keynote will tell you he is one of the most extraordinary speakers in Corporate America. Jobs learned a long time ago that a leader must be a company evangelist and brand spokesperson. Carmine Gallo explains more on the BusinessWeek site...


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