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PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: December 2006

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

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Azure Wall: Free PowerPoint Template of the Day

Saturday, December 30, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 1:16 PM IST



Today's free template is Azure Wall - download here...

Categories: templates, powerpoint

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Friday, December 29, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 4:13 PM IST



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

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Thursday, December 28, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 10:19 AM IST



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

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 11:19 AM IST



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

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 8:43 AM IST



Today's free template is Leafage 03 - download here...

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Saturday, December 23, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 PM IST



Sometime ago, I did a review on SmartDraw 2007 -- this review is on SmartDraw 2007's Healthcare edition. This is a separate version of the same product that's aimed at healthcare professionals like doctors, pharmacists, hospital staff, laboratories, etc.

The product is a treasure for medical professionals since it includes an impressive amount of templates and clip art that are healthcare oriented -- it also allows users to create research papers, plans, diagnoses,etc. easily. You can download a trial version here...

You can read the full review here...

Categories: smartdraw, powerpoint, add-in, medicine

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posted by Geetesh on 8:30 AM IST



Agent Bleu (pictured to the left) is the pseudo name of a former designer of audio electronic products, such as the Intimidation series of DJ mixers, who then converted to scripting in 2001. He had his first online success with Doc-Film-Net, a popular resource for controversial documentaries, from which Filmator.net evolved.

In this conversation, Agent Bleu discusses Filmator.net and PowerPoint.

Geetesh: How did Filmator.net come about.

Agent Bleu: I designed Filmator.net for artists and documentary makers but with business in-mind. I wanted to create a system whereby businesses could sponsor artists, while at the same time profiting.

Every business has a message they need to convey, and until now that process has been static by way of written text and pictures, or through the traditional presentation which takes endless preparation and requires a captive audience.

Filmator.net seeks to profit by:

  1. animating these messages
  2. for an indefinite period
  3. while making them available to a fluid audience
A Filmation is an online presentation compiled using images, video, and narration.

Filmators upload their pictures, videos, Flash films, and sounds -- then simply organize the images to play in sequence according to trigger points they set in the sound file.

This is a service that is totally free for non commercial usage and sponsored by business. The concept is simple, businesses want a system where they can create high quality online presentations but they don't want to invest in expensive software. With Filmator.net they can post their presentations online for free -- then every time someone watches their presentation their account is charged between 5 cents and 25 cents, depending on the usage (those with more popular content would pay less).

Geetesh: How do you make a Filmation from a PowerPoint presentation.

Agent Bleu: To make a Filmation from a PowerPoint presentation, you first save your PowerPont slides as single JPEG images (choose File | Save As, and choose JPEG as the file type). Then upload these along with your audio narration.

Thereafter, you set trigger points in the sound file when you want your images to appear (change).

These Filmations can then be embedded into your own websites or hosted free on Filmator.net.

Categories: interviews, powerpoint, powerpoint_flash

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posted by Geetesh on 8:29 AM IST



Today's free template is Leafage 02 - download here...

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Friday, December 22, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 8:11 AM IST



Ppted released a new PowerPoint template set -- this one is called Chemistry. This set contains a set of background designs that show chemistry equipment. Here are some previews.


None of the templates at Ppted.com are free -- these are all designer templates. I just wanted to say that because lots of readers write in to say that their Indezine passwords don't let them download all the Ppted templates for free!

Categories: templates, powerpoint

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posted by Geetesh on 8:09 AM IST



Today's free template is Blooms 15 - download here...

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Thursday, December 21, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 10:06 AM IST



Gabe Anderson (pictured to the left) takes care of support and community initiatives at Articulate, a provider of rich media products used for e-learning.

In this conversation, Gabe discusses Articulate's products, and compatibility issues with PowerPoint 2007.

Geetesh: Tell us more about yourself and Articulate.

Gabe: With thousands of customers in more than 75 countries, Articulate is the recognized world leader in elearning software tools. As Director of Customer Support and Community -- see link here... , my job is to keep our customers happy long after the sale by providing the best technical support and online resources possible.

We believe strongly in the power of viral marketing, so our success is built upon not just outstanding products, but a stellar experience with every customer interaction. I've been publishing on the Web and supporting software for more than a decade, and Articulate customers are by far the most passionate users I've encountered.

Our award-winning flagship product, Articulate Presenter 5, converts PowerPoint to Flash and allows authors to create compelling e-learning courses (SCORM 1.2 and 2004 certified, and AICC compliant) by incorporating audio, video, quizzes, live Web sites, and more.

Our other award-winning products include:

  • Articulate Quizmaker 2 -- quickly create Flash-based quizzes
  • Articulate Engage -- easily add stunning interactive content to your e-learning courses
  • Articulate Knowledge Portal -- host, manage, and track Articulate-powered e-learning content
  • Articulate Online -- effectively track e-learning activity without the usual cost and hassle
I can't wait for our customers to see Articulate Online, which is currently being beta tested and receiving much praise, as well as our other unannounced products. The market will be blown away, and these products will further secure our position as the #1 elearning tools vendor in the world.

Geetesh: Tell us more about Articulate Presenter compatibility with PowerPoint 2007

Gabe: We expect to support PowerPoint 2007 no later than the end of Q1 2007, following the January 2007 general public release date of Office 2007. You can learn more here:

Articulate Presenter & Office 2007

Categories: articulate, powerpoint, elearning, powerpoint_flash, interviews

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posted by Geetesh on 10:01 AM IST



PowerPoint transitions can be so cool -- it's essentially a moving, animated effect that metamorphoses one slide to another over a period of time. PowerPoint itself has plenty of inbuilt transitions -- and volume 7 of PowerPlugs Transitions from CrystalGraphics, which I am reviewing now adds an impressive library of new transition styles.

Read the full review...

Categories: crystalgraphics, powerpoint, add-in

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posted by Geetesh on 9:03 AM IST



There are plenty of illustration programs out there, but Xara's new Xtreme Pro is different. For starters, it is blazing fast, easy to use, and does much more than illustration. It also doesn't cost too much, and we'll explore some possibilities with the product in this review.

Xara Xtreme Pro lets you work with illustrations, photos, animations and page layout -- all within the same interface using a familiar set of manipulation tools.

Read the full review...

Categories: xara, graphics

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posted by Geetesh on 8:00 AM IST



Today's free template is Textured 21 - download here...

Categories: templates, powerpoint

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
posted by Geetesh on 10:12 AM IST



Harbinger Knowledge Products today announced the release 6.5 of Elicitus, its award-winning rapid authoring tool for e-learning. This new release offers several new benefits such as improved productivity, enhanced interactivity and additional flexibility for course developers and learners......Elicitus 6.5 productivity features include export of course data to XML files and bulk import of glossary in addition to questions and PowerPoint presentations.

More on the Training Press Releases site...


Categories: elearning, powerpoint

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posted by Geetesh on 10:10 AM IST



Microsoft posted an updater for Mac Office, version 11.3.2 on Tuesday. The update provides improvements for PowerPoint and Entourage only. Edelman PR which represents Microsoft provided some clarifications.

More on the Mac Observer site...

Categories: office_mac, powerpoint

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posted by Geetesh on 8:49 AM IST



Today's free template is Blooms 14 - download here...

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