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authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0: Conversation with Dinesh Awasthi

Friday, July 29, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Dinesh AwasthiDinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for authorSTREAM.com. In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications.

In this conversation, Dinesh discusses authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0, the new version of their presentation upload program.

Geetesh: What does the authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0 product do right inside PowerPoint, and how much does it cost?

Dinesh: authorSTREAM Desktop is a free PowerPoint add-in which helps you create impactful presentations right from within PowerPoint. Creating a presentation with authorSTREAM Desktop is a breeze. You don’t have to go outside of PowerPoint to find the right images or videos for your presentation.

authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0

With authorSTREAM Desktop, you can:

  • Insert videos from YouTube and Vimeo directly in your slides: Easily search and add videos from YouTube, Vimeo or use URL/ embed code to insert YouTube/ Vimeo videos right into your slides.

  • Search for images from the Web to insert them in slides: With advanced search options (such as image size, copyright attribution, etc.) and support for Bing and Flickr image search engines, you can directly hunt for images from the Web without leaving PowerPoint, and insert them in your slides.

  • Share your presentations directly on Twitter: Share your presentations swiftly and easily on Twitter right from within PowerPoint.

  • Collect images and videos to insert into the slides: Create a collection of your searched images and videos to insert in the slides later on with the feature Add to Collection. The collection stays intact until you close PowerPoint.
Geetesh: I looked and found that you do allow searches on Flickr to be restricted to Creative Commons so that users don’t end up inserting copyrighted pictures on their slides – tell us more about what prompted you to add this welcome feature.

authorSTREAM Desktop 2.0Dinesh: Most image searches these days happen on the Web. Invariably, unable to find the right images in the clip art or image gallery of PowerPoint software, PowerPoint creators end up using copyright protected images from the Web in their presentations.

We thought of bringing those image websites and search engines right into PowerPoint. authorSTREAM Desktop not only helps users search web images without leaving PowerPoint, but also lets them search Creative Commons images from Flickr and add them with attribution in the slides. For Bing image search, where the Creative Commons filter is not available, authorSTREAM Desktop inserts copyright attribution along with the pictures so that the presenter can provide the right attribution and contact the owner of the image for permission, by following the links. In future we’ll be adding more image search APIs and more options to search non-copyrighted images.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Handouts are documents you can print from within PowerPoint that include slide representations from your presentation -- you can opt to include as many as 9 slides on each handout page, and then the slides look more like thumbnails. Of course, you can also choose to print just one slide on every handout page -- then your handouts will look like individual slides printed on a page. Most handouts are created to be printed -- and the look and feel of these printed handouts is determined by the Handout Master. To access and make edits to the Handout Master, you need to get to the Handout Master view in PowerPoint 2010 -- changes you make in this view influence the look and layout of printed handouts. You can change or edit the background, the header, and the footer of printed handouts.

Learn about the Handout Master view in PowerPoint 2010.

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Do you need fills for shapes in PowerPoint that really contrasts well, especially when you have multiple shapes on a slide that need different types of fills? Yes, picture, gradient, or even solid fills work great -- but what happens when you need to print that slide on a black and white printer? Or if your audience includes those who have problems distinguishing between different colors? In that case, your best option is to use pattern fills. We have already explored many of the fills available for shapes in PowerPoint 2011, and in this tutorial you'll learn how you can use pattern fills -- but first, let us explore patterns a little.

Learn how to add pattern fill to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



The Slide Master view in PowerPoint 2010 provides you with access to the Slide Master -- any edits you make in this view influence all slides in the presentation. For example, if you need to show a company logo on all slides, you will make these edits in the Slide Master -- or if you want the font size of your slide titles to be a little larger or smaller, then those edits also need to be made in the Slide Master. Having said that, this page is not a tutorial on how you can make changes in the Slide Master but just a brief overview of how you can access the Slide Master view, and what the interface in this view looks like.

Learn about the Slide Master view in PowerPoint 2010.

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PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive -- you have already learned how to apply solid fills, gradient fills, and picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2011. The next fill option is texture fills, which incidentally are not too different from picture fills other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture.

Learn how to add a texture fill to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



During his long and distinguished career, the great Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa pioneered many innovative cinematic techniques that are applicable to today’s presentation graphics. One is Mr. Kurosawa’s creative use of the Wipe, a filmic transition between scenes in which a new image slides across an existing image and replaces it—like a curtain being drawn across the screen.

In today’s fast-cut action films, the Wipe has fallen out of favor, but the effect is very useful in presentations where fast cuts can be jarring to an audience. More about speeds in a moment, but first let’s look at how Mr. Kurosawa used Wipes in his 1952 film, Ikiru.

Ikiru, which means “to live” in Japanese, is a story about a man dying of terminal cancer, and was inspired by The Death of Ivan Ilyich, a novel by Leo Tolstoy. Two current films, Biutiful and Beginners, deal with the same personal subject, but Mr. Kurosawa provided an extra dimension to his film by adding social commentary—and expressing his point of view with the Wipe effect.

The leading character in Ikiru is a career civil servant in post-World War II Japan where stultifying bureaucracy was weighing heavily on a Japanese society trying to recover and stabilize. To illustrate that situation, a group of mothers shows up at a government office to lodge a complaint about a sewage pond in their neighborhood, but the bureaucrats duck their responsibility by sending the mothers to another office, and then to another, and another, giving them the runaround.

Mr. Kurosawa depicts the runaround in a montage of 16 very short scenes, transitioning from one office to another with the Wipe effect. The first nine Wipes alternate left and right, but the last seven all move to the left. In an earlier post you read that, because audiences “read from left to right, you should design, animate, and display your presentation graphics so that—depending on the message you want to convey—your graphics follow or fight that predisposition. Movement to the right creates positive perceptions, movement to the left negative.”

In Ikiru, the crescendo of leftward moves builds to create a negative perception of the bureaucrats. Film historian Stephen Prince, who provided the commentary track on the Criterion Collection version of the film, called the montage “an assembly which is basically a Rogues’ Gallery of scoundrels.”

The lesson for presenters is, if you want to send a negative message, for instance, to discuss your competition, use the Wipe Left transition in PowerPoint. But if you want to create a positive perception of your own company, use the Wipe Right.

Now for a note about speed: In all the versions of PowerPoint prior to 2010, the Wipe Right transition was done with a hard edge and at a fast speed, creating that curtain-across-the-screen effect. In the 2010 version, the default for the Wipe Right transition is with a soft edge at a slower speed, creating the effect of a dissolve, and slowing down the transition. I am not recommending that you revert to the machine gun cutting that most of our movies use today; instead, use the Wipe Right as your preferred transition, but change the speed from the default of one second to a quarter of a second.

Give your audiences positive perceptions, not a Rogues’ Gallery of scoundrels.

Jerry Weissman is among the world's foremost corporate presentations coaches. His private client list reads like a who's who of the world's best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Netflix and many others.

Jerry founded Power Presentations, Ltd. in 1988. One of his earliest efforts was the Cisco Systems IPO road show. Following its successful launch, Don Valentine, of Sequoia Capital, and then chairman of Cisco's Board of Directors, attributed "at least two to three dollars" of the offering price to Jerry's coaching. That endorsement led to more than 500 other IPO road show presentations that have raised hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Unlike most other views in PowerPoint 2010, the Reading view is new for this version. Not exactly new because it is quite similar to the Browsed by an individual (window) option that PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 provided within the Set Up Show dialog -- but yes, it has some extra features now, and can be accessed right from the Slide Show tab of the Ribbon. In many ways, Reading view is similar to Slide Show view because in both views, the slide is shown in full screen. However, in Reading view you also see the PowerPoint title bar and the status bar at the top and bottom of the interface respectively.

Learn about Reading view in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Picture fills can look great and distracting at the same time -- it all depends upon the type of picture you use for the fill. Remember using a detailed or crowded picture as a fill for a small shape will get you no awards for slide design! Any shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2011 can be provided with a picture fill in the same way that you learned to add or change solid fills or gradient fills.

Learn how to add a picture fill to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



PowerPoint has several views that let you view your slides, or edit them. Speaker notes associated with slides are typically visible in both Normal and Presenter views -- in addition, the Notes Page view also enables you to view your speaker notes in a page view. Each slide created contains its own note page. You can print these pages out to use as a reference while delivering the presentation. The notes do not show on the screen during Slide Show view.

Learn about Notes Page view in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



PowerPoint 2011 essentially provides five fill options: solid, picture, gradient, texture and slide background fill -- of course there's a sixth option called "No fill". We have already explored the solid fill option -- in this tutorial, you'll learn about working with gradient fills. Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another.

Learn how to add gradient fills to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Monday, July 25, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Rick Altman, a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA, USA is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit and has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. He has also authored books on PowerPoint.

In this conversation, Rick discusses the Template Contest for the upcoming Presentation Summit 2011, being held in Austin this September.

Geetesh: How was the template contest for this year’s upcoming Presentation Summit different?

Rick: This was the first year that we received all submissions in version 2007 or 2010 format – no version 2003 entries at all. While we know that there are still many organizations using Office 2003, the tide has finally turned with our audience. Among 2011 signups so far, this year, those identifying themselves as version 2003 will make up a very small minority. That said, few of the entrants are taking advantage of the modern features. For instance, few of the slide masters we inspected actually created additional placeholders and nobody divided slides into Sections. We find that to be pretty common – long-time users still think like version 2003 users – and we suspect the sessions this year that speak to these points will be well-received.

Geetesh: What do you look for within a template while deciding a winner?

Rick: Above all, the template needs to wear well. After all, it will be shown across four days, in four venues, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. Any template that was created to show off one’s technical prowess was immediately rejected, and templates created to show off one’s design skills needed to have shown off one’s restraint. Templates that are too loud are rarely worthy contenders, as our template needs to be able to act as the backdrop for examples of the work or concepts that are being addressed in any particular session. That’s a fine line to balance on: being neutral and understated, yet professional and attractive.


Geetesh: And what did you like in the winning entry this year?

Rick: Tany Nagy struck that balance. She took nicely balanced colors and blended them with “Texas-like” motifs. She didn’t try for too much and yet she created interesting visuals.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



As you are aware, PowerPoint 2010 provides a plethora of views to play and edit your presentation. Other than Normal view, you can choose Slide Sorter view for editing slides -- this view does not let you edit individual slide objects on your slide, but the whole slide by itself. Any edits you make influence one or more slides, depending upon your selection. Slide Sorter view displays thumbnail sized representations of all slides in your presentation -- this view works best when you have to select multiple slides. In this view, you can quickly reorder, delete, or duplicate your slides. In addition, this view also displays hidden slides.

Learn about Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint 2010.

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Whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide in PowerPoint 2011, it is filled with blueish white gradient fill by default (or something else depending on the Theme of your presentation). Other than a gradient fill type, PowerPoint 2011 provides you with different fill types such as solid color fill, picture fill or a texture fill – in this tutorial, you will learn how to work with solid color fills for shapes.

Learn how to add solid fill to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, July 22, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Although most people think of PowerPoint as a slide program, it's also a great drawing program that can in many ways be more easier to use than full-fledged illustration programs. Agreed, PowerPoint is not that full featured as far as drawing goes, but sometimes quick and easy is all you need! In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a tree with just two simple shapes in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how to use default shapes in PowerPoint 2010 to draw a quick tree.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



PowerPoint 2010 continues the tradition of previous versions of the program by providing several views that enable you to view and edit your slides. Unarguably, Normal view is the default and most often used view. This view displays one slide at a time in the Slide area, and is used mainly for editing and creating slides, and shows PowerPoint's typical tri-pane interface that includes the Slides / Outline pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane.

Learn about Normal view in PowerPoint 2010.

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Whenever a shape is inserted within a PowerPoint 2011 slide, you will discover that it has a blueish white gradient fill (or some other fill). You may insert hundreds of shapes and they all have this same default fill, influenced by the Theme applied to your presentation. If you want, you can change the fill of any shape. You can change it to a solid color fill or even change the fill type altogether to a pattern, texture, or picture.

Learn about different fill types for shapes in PowerPoint 2011.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



PowerPoint provides an extensive array of built-in shapes which help you create great looking graphics for your slides. You can manipulate these graphics by dragging their diamonds or combining them -- but at times, you may not achieve the exact appearance you want. For instance, you might want a little curve in your shape edges rather than conventional straight lines. PowerPoint does allow you to tweak and make your shape look more organic than geometric curved lines.

Learn how to create curved shapes in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Duplicating stuff in PowerPoint is easy -- you just select a shape and press the Command+D key combination. However, such duplication copies everything: the shape, and its format attributes, such as all fills, outlines, and effects associated with the selected shape. Sometimes you only want to use those fill, outline, and effect attributes for other shapes you create -- for example, you have a square that is colored pink, it has no outline, and contains a bevel effect. Now you draw a star on your slide and it has completely different attributes -- how can you make sure that it matches the attributes of the square? You can spend some time, and apply those attributes to the star as well, but if you need to do that for ten or fifteen more shapes, that may result in a few hours of repetitive work! Fortunately, the Format Painter command can rescue you from this monotonous task very easily.

Learn how to use the Format Painter command effectively in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Dinesh AwasthiDinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for authorSTREAM.com. In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications.

In this conversation, Dinesh discusses Present Live, authorSTREAM's broadcasting platform for presentation content.

Geetesh: What is Present Live, and how does it help ordinary users broadcast their presentations?

Dinesh: Present Live is an easy-to-use social presentation meeting tool that allows users to discuss their PowerPoint presentations with a selected group online. A user can invite anyone to the meeting by simply sending a unique Present Live link. It’s an entirely browser-based experience and you can use it while retaining graphics and animations in your presentation.

People belonging to all walks of life can use this feature. You can use it for:

  • Education: Discuss different topics of education with the students online.
  • Learning: Useful for online learning as a student.
  • Travel: Share photos of different places you visited or places you found exotic with friends, family and co-workers.
  • Business: Give an online demo of your product or service to your clients. You can also share and discuss information about different users
  • Entertainment: Share personal images or company pictures with friends, family or colleagues.
Present Live from authorSTREAM

Geetesh: What does one need to use Present Live, and how much does it cost?

Dinesh: Present Live is Flash based technology so you just need to login to your authorSTREAM account using any modern browser with the latest Flash player installed to start a Present Live session. No downloads or installations are required to attend a Present Live session. Conducting or attending a Present Live session is absolutely free.

However, users who would not like their attendees to go through the hassle of registration and login on authorSTREAM can upgrade their plan to Pro. The Pro membership is available for less than $3/month and comes loaded with a lot more features apart from Present Live.

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Let us imagine that you have a long numbered list that forms the content of your PowerPoint slide. Now, it is not uncommon for slides to have numbered lists that comprise twenty lines, and that is singularly unfortunate because even if members of your audience have perfect eyesight, they won't be able to read the teeny-weeny sized text! And let us face the fact that too much text is downright boring, and nowadays any sort of bulleted or numbered lists seem to signify a poorly designed slide. One approach you can take to combat this problem is by dividing your list across multiple slides -- but even then PowerPoint may default to numbering your lists at 1 on each slide -- even when you want it to start at 6, 11, or 16! Luckily, that is an easy problem to conquer.

Learn how to start or restart the numbering for numbered list in PowerPoint 2010.

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PowerPoint has a repertoire of various types of shapes that can be formatted by resizing, rotating, etc. When you select most shapes, you get eight resizing handles and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more yellow diamonds -- these enable you to change some facets of the selected shape, or in some cases you can change the entire shape.

Learn about the special diamond handles, and how they allow you to manipulate shapes in PowerPoint 2011.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



By default, PowerPoint uses the 1, 2, 3 numerical style for numbered lists. And since you can change bulleted list styles, it is only natural that you expect some changes to be allowed for numbered list styles too. PowerPoint allows you to change to several numerical styles -- there are variations in digits, alphabets, and Roman numerical styles.

Learn how to change the numbered list style of selected text in PowerPoint 2010.

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Let us imagine that your shape in PowerPoint has effects, animations, and fills applied. Later you realize that you used the wrong shape to start with, or perhaps your boss wants you to change the shape but retain all the effects, animations, and fills! You may want to delete and start over again, and that is a long drawn process -- but you can change any existing shape into another by following these steps in PowerPoint 2011.

Learn how to change one shape to another in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Monday, July 18, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Amit RanjanAmit Ranjan is the Cofounder and COO of SlideShare, the world's largest community for sharing presentations on the web. With 50 million monthly visitors, SlideShare is amongst the top 200 most visited websites on the web.

In this interview, Amit discusses the new LinkedIn sharing options that SlideShare provides.

Geetesh: Tell us about the new LinkedIn sharing option that SlideShare now provides – and how does this enhance the existing capability to post your SlideShare content to LinkedIn?

Amit: There are three new LinkedIn related capabilities that we have added to SlideShare. These allow you to share, discover, and engage with professional content on both the SlideShare and LinkedIn networks:

  1. Share SlideShare content on LinkedIn: All presentations, documents, and videos on SlideShare can be shared on LinkedIn using the new LinkedIn Share button with one click.

  2. SlideShare in LinkedIn Today: LinkedIn Today provides personalized news from your connections and industry peers. SlideShare is the first source of content in LinkedIn Today that isn’t from a publisher, but from a community. With SlideShare, LinkedIn Today is even more personalized and social.

    SlideShare on LinkedIn
  3. Engage with SlideShare content on LinkedIn: When your LinkedIn connection shares SlideShare content in the Update Stream, you can immediately view and engage with that content by clicking on a link or thumbnail — all without having to leave the LinkedIn site.
There's more information on these new LinkedIn options on our blog.

Geetesh: What are the benefits that SlideShare users can achieve from being able to integrate their existing content in social platforms such as LinkedIn – what other social platforms do you support?

Amit: LinkedIn is the largest professional network on the Web, helping millions of people every day be more productive and successful. SlideShare is the largest professional sharing site on the Web, enabling millions of professionals to showcase their insights and expertise via publicly shared presentations.

We’ve been taking advantage of the complementary nature of our services for a while now, beginning with the launch of the SlideShare app on the LinkedIn platform in 2008. We’ve been building on that app over the years, adding things like the ability to share video on LinkedIn (in addition to presentations and documents) and, more recently, making it possible to add entire galleries of content to your profile.

When the world’s largest professional network and the world’s largest professional sharing community come together, great things happen. We’re excited to be deepening our integration with LinkedIn, and will continue to work together to help you discover people through content, and content through people.

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Whenever you add text to a placeholder in PowerPoint, it defaults to creating a bulleted list. Even when you import an outline in PowerPoint, all the content other than the slide titles ends up becoming bulleted text. While this may work in some situations, in others you may want to either remove the bullets altogether, or convert it to a numbered list.

Learn how to change a bulleted list to a numbered list in PowerPoint 2010.

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When you insert a shape within a PowerPoint slide, you can manipulate it in many ways. First, you can resize and rotate it. However, rotate just lets you turn the shape in another direction without mirroring it. If you want to mirror your shape in another direction, you need to use PowerPoint's flip options that create a reverse or mirror image of any selected shape.

Learn how to flip shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, July 15, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Patrice-Anne RutledgePatrice-Anne Rutledge is a business technology author and journalist who specializes in web-based applications, presentation technology, and social media. She is the author of several books for Pearson Education, including Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Using Facebook, and Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes. Patrice is also the founder of Rutledge Communications, a professional writing and editing firm. You can reach Patrice at her website, PatriceRutledge.com.

In this conversation, Patrice talks about her new book, Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Geetesh: Patrice, tell us about your new book, Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – did you discover any favorite new features in PowerPoint 2010?

Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010Patrice: Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 is my fifth PowerPoint book, but it's the first to come with an extensive collection of audio and video tutorials. I enjoyed adding this multimedia component, and many readers have told me that watching the videos really helped reinforce what they read in the book.

PowerPoint 2010 offers many new features that make it a worthwhile upgrade, particularly for anyone who currently owns PowerPoint 2007 or a previous version. My favorite new features are those that focus on video. For example, you can now edit and enhance your videos without expensive, third-party video-editing tools. In addition, PowerPoint 2010 enables you to broadcast slide shows on the web and create high-definition videos directly from your presentations.

Another great new feature is co-authoring, which lets you work simultaneously with other people on the same presentation rather than posting or emailing a presentation for feedback. This is particularly useful if you work in an organization that requires group collaboration.

Geetesh: Tell us something about your use of PowerPoint beyond the role of an author -- what type of presentations do you create?

Patrice: As a PowerPoint author, it’s my job to research and test every PowerPoint feature. I also use PowerPoint extensively for my business, particularly for training and marketing.

In addition to creating traditional PowerPoint presentations, I use PowerPoint to create webinars, YouTube videos, eLearning courses, and SlideShare decks. PowerPoint is also a great tool for basic graphic design. I’m not a designer, but PowerPoint’s latest features enable me to create interesting graphics for the web. For example, I used PowerPoint to create my Facebook welcome tab and my Twitter background. I think every PowerPoint user should try to move beyond creating basic presentations and explore PowerPoint’s many other powerful features.There's a lot you can do with PowerPoint besides creating slides.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



You have already learned about picture bullets in PowerPoint 2010, and how you can import any picture and use it as a custom bullet. You can also create your own picture bullets to use in presentations, and these can be created right within PowerPoint!

Learn how to create your own picture bullets in PowerPoint 2010.

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Once you add a shape to your PowerPoint slide, you may want to resize and / or rotate it. We have already covered resizing shapes in a separate tutorial, and now you will learn how you can rotate a shape. Rotation can be very useful, especially if you need to change the orientation of an arrow, or rotate a duplicated shape. Whatever your motive may be, rotation can be applied in more than one way.

Learn how to rotate shapes approximately and accurately in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



PowerPoint 2010 lets you quickly use picture bullets rather than the conventional symbol bullets, and while PowerPoint does have an impressive collection of ready-to-use picture bullets available, you can also import your own pictures to create a unique bullet for your text lists. So why would you want to import your own picture bullets? Probably because you want their color to match your company branding, or you want to use a stylized bullet that matches your logo -- whatever your reason may be, do remember that detailed graphics don't work well as bullets -- the more closer your graphic looks to the conventional dot-shaped bullet, the better it will appear for consistency and visual reasons.

Learn how to import pictures for bullets in PowerPoint 2010.

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Shapes in PowerPoint can be formatted in various ways: you can change their fills, lines, and effects. Also you can resize them, as you will learn in this tutorial. PowerPoint, like most Microsoft Office programs follows the concept of selection, then action. Any shape that is selected shows several handles.

Learn how to resize shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Most PowerPoint slides are created for presenting to an audience -- and at some time or the other, every presenter has had a moment when they wanted to zoom into a particular area of the slide just to show something in more detail. That's a feature not available in PowerPoint, and third-party add-ins have stepped in to provide this sort of zooming and panning functionality right within the program. Such zooming and panning however does not work optimally with all slide objects – notably, photographs may appear pixelated when zoomed. But for most other slide objects, such as shapes, text, tables, graphs/charts, diagrams, clip art, SmartArt graphics, etc. -- this does work great.

Read the Indezine review of OfficeOne ProTools Zoom.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



PowerPoint 2010 provides you with umpteen options to change the appearance of your bullet points -- you can change the bullet styles, format the bullet size and its color, and use pictures as bullets. In addition, you can use a character from any font, including dingbats as a bullet. Dingbats are fonts which contain decorative symbols rather than alphabets and numbers. Wingdings is a good example of a dingbats font since it is installed by default on all computers.

Learn how to use dingbats and other characters as bullets in PowerPoint 2010.

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