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Businesswoman Silhouettes for PowerPoint - 01

Monday, April 30, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



The businesswoman silhouettes contained within the download presentation are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. You will see them in both black and white colors -- both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. In addition, there are some other variations of these silhouette vectors included in the presentation which are using different fills, to help you to start with. To make these silhouettes appear coordinated with your slides, you can apply PowerPoint’s fills, lines, and effects to them.



Copy the silhouettes graphics (clip arts) of your choice from the downloaded presentation, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. All these silhouette graphics can be used and customized with Shape Styles just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.

Download and use this presentation.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Once you insert a picture in your slide, there is so much you can do it to make it appear consistent with the look of your slides -- you can make corrections to brightness, sharpness, and contrast values. You can also play with recolor options, and apply Photoshop style filters. However, even before you play with all these options, you must ponder and decide whether you want to use PowerPoint's Crop options. Cropping an area removes unrequired areas, and lets you add focus to the areas of the picture that are relevant to the topic of your presentation. Cropping also lets you remove some unwanted areas.

Learn how to work with simple crop options for pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, April 27, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These businessman silhouettes are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides – and have been provided in both black and white colors. Both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. In addition, you can use PowerPoint’s fills, lines, and effects to make these silhouettes appear coordinated with your slides.



Copy the silhouettes graphics (clip arts) of your choice from the downloaded presentation, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. All these silhouette graphics can be used and customized with Shape Styles just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.

Download and use this presentation.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



By default, animation effects are numbered in the order as they are added to the slide objects. You might need to re-order your animations mainly because you have more than one animated object on a slide, and re-sequencing of animations as they happen in relation to each other may provide a better result. Or you may just want some animations to happen before the others. Also, there are logical reasons to re-order animations since typically entrance and exit animations need to be the first and last animations for any slide object. PowerPoint's Re-Order options for animations let you play with their sequencing.

Learn how to re-order animations on a slide in PowerPoint 2010.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



We already show you how to remove the background from an inserted picture -- this process works great for simple pictures that have fairly distinct foreground and background areas. But, if the picture is little crowded, or does not have clearly demarcated areas, you need to manually select the areas to be retained or removed in the picture using the advanced Remove Background options. Before you start, we assume you have already inserted a picture on your slide and initiated the process of removing the picture's background.

Learn about advanced background removal options in PowerPoint 2011 using markers.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Michael BarberMichael Barber is Marketing Manager for Neuxpower Solutions Ltd. in London. He is originally from the Newcastle upon Tyne, in the NE of England. Before joining Neuxpower, Michael worked for the UK’s largest software company, Sage UK. He spent 8 happy years at Sage, working in a variety of roles across its many marketing departments. His career highlight (other than joining Neuxpower) was bringing to market Sage's flagship software-as-a-service, Sage One. Outside of work, Michael spends most of his time going to music gigs/festivals and following his football team, Newcastle United as they take the EPL by storm.

In this conversation, Michael discusses the new NXPowerLite file optimization product for PowerPoint users on the Mac.

Geetesh: Why did you create a Mac version of your popular file optimization software, and why did you choose PowerPoint as the first file format to launch NXPowerLite for the Mac?

Michael: Neuxpower has been delivering great file reducing software for around 10 years now. Some of the world’s leading brands are our customers. Over the last few years a growing number of our customers have been asking us to deliver software that can reduce MS Office, PDF and JPEG files on a Mac OS. We noticed that as the growth in Mac use across the world increased, so did the number of requests from our customers. As a software company we pride ourselves on putting our customers first. All of our development is led by our customers. This has never been demonstrated more so than by the release of NXPowerLite for PowerPoint® on Mac.

The most popular request for a file type to reduce our software with has always been Microsoft PowerPoint, so it was kind of an obvious choice to start with. Especially given the great links we have with the PowerPoint and presentation community.

NXPowerLite for Mac

Geetesh: How has the feedback been from Mac users, and do you plan to add optimization options for Word and Excel files in the future?

Michael: The feedback so far has been great from our customers. We sent out a pre-release email to those customers who requested the software over the years. The idea was just to say thanks for pushing us to do this. Within minutes of sending that email a customer in Switzerland bought a licence online. A few hours later, a few customers who follow us @nxpowerlite on Twitter were sharing the link to the free 14 day download.

Christy Buechler of DHL, one of the first customers to use this new software, said "We knew all about NXPowerLite working on PC's, so we asked them to create a version to work on Macs. Many people in the proposal/defence industry use PowerPoint’s full of images. NXPowerLite can shrink those files so we can easily email them to customers, suppliers or colleagues." Christy’s comments have been followed by others who have said things like: "Wow," "this is amazing," "I love it," "best software utility ever," and suchlike. I don't say this to appear arrogant, in fact far from it. It's just that once someone starts using our software, they often can't remember how they ever did without it. To that end we have some very loyal customers. As for our next version, and whether we will optimise other file types; well its simple, it's up to our customers. I will be asking those who buy and trial our new product what they want to see next. Once again it will be a customer driven development.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Removing an animation is a simple select-and-click option, but even before you remove any animation, do ascertain why you want to remove it. Here are some obvious scenarios that result in removing animations. Do you want to remove both the animation and the slide object that is animated? Or do you want to just remove the animation, and let the slide object be? Or maybe you don't want to remove the animation or the slide object -- you just want to change the animation?

Learn how to remove animation from slide objects in PowerPoint 2010.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



It has been two weeks of training corporates to create and deliver better PowerPoint presentations -- and yes, these have been two very satisfying weeks. It's always magical to see people understand that the key to creating better slides is not dependent upon what they are trying to tell -- rather, it is what the audience will benefit from.

To most presenters, a presentation is more than the slides -- and the problem is that the "more" here does not extend to presenters and audiences. Here, the "more" is a hot potato -- they want to get done with their slides, and they want to get done with their presentations. At the end of their presentations, they don't look for success but they look for relief because they are done with it!

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The Remove Background option is among PowerPoint's newest and most wonderful abilities. It lets you remove the background from an inserted picture -- this can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through as transparent within the removed parts of the picture. Before you start, we assume you already have a picture inserted on your slide. It helps if the parts of the picture you want to remove are fairly different in color from the rest of the picture, although as you get more proficient with PowerPoint's Remove Background option, you will be able to work with more complicated compositions.

Learn how to remove parts of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2011.

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Monday, April 23, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



What type of talks do you give? Are they about diseases? Are they about laying people off? Are they about problems in people's lives? If so, then you should not smile during your presentation. Smiling when discussing serious or life-threatening situations is obviously inappropriate.

But most of us do not give those types of talks -- yet many people never, ever, crack a smile. But it's important! You say to me, "Right, Claudyne, I'll just break into a grin when I get to the third point I'm discussing." Not exactly. As you look at your talk you will see topics and points that lend themselves to a flicker of a smile and sometimes an actual grin, to show how excited, happy, or pleased you are to share this point.

When?

  1. You have been presenting some problems with the environment and calling your audience to action. Now you are sharing what has been done to reverse the damage. That's the time to smile.

  2. You are giving a project update. Some of it is just statistics on what's been accomplished. But there is a bit of information about how someone on your team figured out a way around a particularly difficult obstacle. Present the success that's occurred since this breakthrough with a smile.

  3. You are describing your goals for the future. They include higher sales margins, store reorganization, and other issues that you illustrate with charts and graphs. Look through those charts and see what numbers are going in the right direction. That's when to smile.

When you smile, you relax and appear more at ease. And when you are more at ease, your audience is too, and is generally more responsive to you and your content. That leads to more sales, more agreement to your department's plans, and a higher opinion of your capabilities.



Claudyne WilderClaudyne Wilder coaches executives, managers, and salespeople on how to deliver presentations that get to the message. Her clients give compelling, passionate presentations. Her company has an ongoing contract to give her Get to the Message: Present with a Purpose workshop at a Fortune 100 Global Pharmaceutical Company. Claudyne brings a unique and invigorating perspective to her work from her years of studying the Argentine Tango.

Do visit Claudyne's site at Wilder Presentations to sign up for her blog, her tweets or to download some free presenting tools.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



After you add animation to a selected slide object, you typically set the animation event. Another animation property you can set thereafter is the speed of the animation. Every animation you add within PowerPoint 2010 has a fixed, default speed (duration). This speed or duration is typically shown in seconds or part thereof, and differs from animation to animation. For example, the default duration of a Fade animation is half a second (00.50) whereas for the Wheel animation, it is two seconds (02.00). Clearly this is a different approach than the behavior in previous versions of PowerPoint where you were limited to five speed presets.

Learn about animation speed in PowerPoint 2010.

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Friday, April 20, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Neuxpower NXPowerLite for PowerPoint 1.0 is the new version for Mac users -- NXPowerLite has been available to Microsoft Windows users for several years now, and this new version marks their first product release on the Mac OS X platform. NXPowerLite for Mac optimize PowerPoint files with the file extensions PPT or PPTX. It shrinks the size of large PowerPoint files by removing unnecessary data and converting graphics into the most appropriate file format and resolution without losing the quality of the images. The optimized presentations then can be shared easily.

Learn about NXPowerLite for Mac users, which compresses your PowerPoint files to smaller sizes.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



In PowerPoint, you can make changes to inserted pictures by applying corrections or, by using recolor options. In addition, you can also apply any of the several filters available to add a completely different look to your pictures -- some filters can change the texture of your pictures and others can make pictures look like paintings or sketches. Whichever filter you choose, make sure you play around with all the options available to be aware of the surprisingly different results you can achieve right within PowerPoint. In this tutorial, we will show you how to apply filters to the pictures to make them to look more like a sketch, drawing or a painting.

Learn how to apply filters to pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Once you add an animation to any slide object, you can play the animation in Slide Show view by clicking your mouse cursor or pressing the spacebar on your keyboard. Another option is to use a button on a presentation remote -- each of these options advances one animation at a time, or may even take you to the subsequent slide. While this approach works for slides that have an animation or two, you will quickly realize that this is certainly not the way to go if your slides have tens of animations, or more. If you add that many animations to any slide, you probably want your animations to be automatically sequenced -- that's exactly where PowerPoint's animation events can help. PowerPoint supports three types of animation events.

Learn about Animation Events in PowerPoint 2010.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Marco MontemagnoFor more than 10 years, Marco "Monty" Montemagno has dedicated his career to informing people about the opportunities offered by the Internet and technology by incorporating unconventional presentation tactics into his presentations. This includes ping-pong tables brought onto the stage, giving out rings to marry the Internet and handing out tennis balls to the audience to throw onto the stage, among others.

In this conversation, Marco discusses quirky ways of presenting, and his secrets to pulling off a successful presentation.

Geetesh: Tell us about your non-conventional, different, surprising, successful and desperate presentation scenarios -– and how you trumped all of them?

Marco: Well the basic point here is that over the last decade I’ve been touring everywhere to divulge internet opportunities to the public. I was forced to talk with audiences varying from old people to kids, from conferences to squares. So I had to invent my own presentation framework to survive :)

One of my more difficult and challenging experiences were when I had to present a presentation every day, two hours a day in the main centre and main square of Milan. I had to talk to strangers about the Internet, every day for 35 days in a row!

Geetesh: So what is the secret behind your unconventional presentation framework?

Marco: I can answer this question in two parts. Firstly you will need to:

  1. Create your own presentation framework and be thoroughly prepared. I have an holistic view of my presentation, concentrating on when, where, etc. You can read more here.

  2. Make use of the tools that are available to you. Use videos, digital and analogic objects, and even your guests and audience. Use whatever is available to you and adapt them to your audience, as your audience ultimately is your presentation. Most of the time, the first 10 seconds are the most important (also on this point I've prepared a mini guide available for free.

Geetesh: What is the single most important emotion that a presenter should possess to be successful?

Marco: On the one hand you have to act as though it's always day one.

If you present in public you have to keep on learning, start from zero every time. On the other hand you have to be super prepared, but strangely enough, if you start a speech with a strategy it will become your biggest weakness.

It is really a balancing act between pulling off a great presentation and real time adaptation (you need to adapt your presentation according to the audience, and all the factors of the holistic presentation).

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Once you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you can make several visual changes to it. You have already learned how to apply corrections to the inserted picture. In this tutorial let us explore the Recolor option for the pictures. Follow these steps to learn more. Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide. Insert a picture, or if you already have a picture on your slide just select it and double click to activate the Format Picture tab on the Ribbon.

Learn how to recolor pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



As presentation training gets more commonplace, you see more presenters who do everything by the book – and some of them do take this quite far. One of the worrying trends is too much practice – I have seen presenters who rehearse everything – from their body movement to their talk, and I suspect some of them even rehearse when they should smile and cough! Contrary to what you may read in the books, too much practice for your presentation is not necessarily a good thing. Yes, it's great to practice your slides – try speaking what you want to say during the time that each slide is being shown – but you must stop after a while, and let your natural personality take over.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



A motion path is something along which you want animate a slide object in PowerPoint. Locking and unlocking motion paths are not much used options, and that may be because these options are not too well documented or even intuitive. However, it's good to know more about these options since locking and unlocking motion paths can help you create better animations. You have already learned how to add a motion path animation to any slide object by either using a preset motion path or by drawing your own custom motion path. We also explained the concept of reversing paths and opening and closing paths. Now, follow these steps to learn how to access and use the Lock / Unlock options.

Learn how to lock and unlock motion paths in PowerPoint 2010.

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Monday, April 16, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Nancy DuarteNancy 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 conversation, Nancy discusses the new Diagrammer™ initiative.

Geetesh: Tell us about Diagrammer, how this initiative evolved, and how you were personally involved with this concept?

Nancy: Over the past few years whenever people told me they kept slide:ology on their desk like a reference book, I would ask them what section they referred to the most. They all said the diagram section. I hadn’t felt that the organization structure of the diagram section in slide:ology was exhaustive so I set out to review it and sweeten the taxonomy. We had several brainstorms at the shop and I reviewed hundreds of internal presentations. Once we had several hundred diagrams sketched, we realized that this could be an amazing tool. So we built the diagrams in PowerPoint and sell them. The new taxonomy is the navigation system.

Diagrammer
Geetesh: How can everyday PowerPoint users benefit from using Diagrammer content in their slides?

Nancy: It’s 11pm, you’re in a hotel in Chicago with a big sales presentation in the morning and you need a slide of 3 things that converge, it’s quicker to use Diagrammer for .99 than draw a graphic from scratch. This tool saves time and money. It’s been fun to get reports from people who like to just spend time up there cruising through the site just for inspiration. We tried to come up with shapes and graphical expressions of concepts that you can’t create in PowerPoint. Everything was built in Illustrator and finalized in PowerPoint.

See Also:

Nancy Duarte on Indezine

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When you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, there may be situations when you feel that the picture needs some corrections. Maybe the picture is too dark or too bright, and you want to give it an average look -- or sometimes you may want to make some changes to it so that it stands apart. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make corrections to the pictures in terms of its brightness, sharpness and contrast values.

Learn about the Correction option for pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

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Friday, April 13, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



The person who said 'talk is cheap' never imagined a five-minute presentation. Speaking at a clip of 160 words a minute, five minutes gets you about 800 words.

With this kind of verbal economy at play, talk is not cheap.

Of all the live presentation events, Ignite is one of the most popular. The love child of Brady Forrest, Bre Pettis and O'Reilly Media, a Silicon Valley technical publisher, Ignite is more like SXSW than TED.

Bess Gallanis at Ignite Chicago

Events are produced by local volunteers in more than 100 cities around the world. Ignite provides the stage, then it's up to the speaker to enlighten, stimulate and entertain the audience. What separates Ignite from other talk-is-chic events is its perfect balance of form and function: Based on its motto, 'enlighten us …. but make it quick', Ignite speakers get five minutes and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Presenters are screened, which keeps the quality high enough to draw a geeky-creative-techy-designer-startup kind of crowd. People come up with really imaginative stories like 'Why you hate Comic Sans’ and 'How to hack your beliefs.'

When I applied to Ignite Chicago, my goal was to debut my new presentation, 'Got Mindfulness', to a general audience. Ignite seemed like the perfect crowd (and it was).

The five-minute Ignite format forced a ruthless discipline on my presentation development and this did get me closer to my goal of making mindfulness make sense to a general audience.

The Ignite experience reminded me of Albert Einstein's quote, 'Make everything simple as possible, but no simpler.' A few tips to help you master a five minute talk:

  1. You must have unassailable faith in the power of focus to carry your story. Backstory is irrelevant. Jump into the deep end of your story and find a single focal point. Use your five minutes to chisel and polish until it sparkles with a deep, brilliant glow.

  2. Know your audience and speak from their point of view. The Ignite audience is high caliber, driven and focused -– and constantly plugged in. I used technology metaphors to compare and contrast how stress leads to burnout and how my own crash-and-burn experience led me to mindfulness.

  3. Make like Homer and become an oral storyteller. I used an entirely different creative process to shape 'Got Mindfulness?'. I set up my video camera and started talking. Talk, watch, more talk. After a few days of this, I had a good sequence and it was enough to put together a PowerPoint. I used high-concept, full-screen images to create visual metaphors that reinforced and supported my presentation.

  4. Don't underestimate the need to rehearse. A lot of the success of a short-format presentation rides on performance. My rehearsing time was interrupted by a bout of the stomach flu just three days before Ignite. I resumed rehearsal the day of the event and I was still rehearsing in the ladies' room at Catalyst Ranch up until the time the program began. I had one small 'Madonna moment,' but otherwise everything went smoothly. All in all, I spent about 20 hours rehearsing.

  5. Lead strong. Engage your audience right away. I was the last presenter before the break and followed some very high-energy speakers. I took the stage ad libbing: 'Wow, after all that great energy, I’m going to dial it way down.' Get on the same wavelength with your audience, literally. Do something to synchronize your mirror neurons.

  6. Finish strong. Start with the end in mind. How do you want to feel at the end of your presentation? How do you want the audience to feel at the end of your presentation? At the end, when I asked everyone to take a nice, deep breath and the collective inhale was loud, I knew my audience was engaged.

  7. Don't get camera shy. The video will live long after the live event. As soon as you take the stage, look directly into the camera and start talking. From time to time, look directly at the camera as if it's another member of the audience.

  8. Watch how fast you talk. Many Ignite presenters speak like it's a race against the clock. Five minutes is enough time to say what you have to say. If it's not enough time, your presentation needs more work. 160 words a minute is slightly faster than normal speech and a good pace for presenting.

  9. Dress the part. Whatever dressing up is for you, do it. Looking the part enhances your credibility. Determined not to wear black created a sartorial crisis because almost everything I own is black. I tried on and dismissed several outfits before settling on a sleeveless sheath dress the color of stone. I was dressed, not over dressed, and the color actually worked really well on stage.

Bess GallanisBess Gallanis is the founder of Speaking with Power and Persuasion, an executive communications consulting firm based in Chicago. She is a communication coach, speaker, journalist, a student of yoga and insight meditation and the author of Yoga Chick (Warner Books, 2006).

See Also: The Best Story Wins - by Bess Gallanis: Part 1 of 2 | The Best Story Wins - by Bess Gallanis: Part 2 of 2 | Bess Gallanis on Indezine

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Motion paths may be paths on which slide objects animate, but for all other practical reasons, they are essentially just ordinary paths (or lines) that have curves, points, etc. If you are familiar with the drawing tools in PowerPoint (Line, Curve, Scribble, and Freeform) -- or if you use a graphic illustration program like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW, you know that paths can be either open or closed. A circle is a good example of a closed path, whereas a curve is an open path.

Learn about open and closed Motion paths in PowerPoint 2010.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



When you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you may want to make some changes to the picture - for example, you may want to change its size, color, adjust its saturation, or apply some styles to it. In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to the Adjust Picture options in PowerPoint 2011. Later, in subsequent tutorials in this series, you will learn more about the individual options in more detail. You can make adjustments to the pictures inserted on slides, as well as to the pictures used as fills for shapes. When you select a picture, the Format Picture tab appears on the Ribbon.

Explore different Adjust Picture Options available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



David KleinDavid Klein is senior director of product management at Brainshark, Inc., leading the product team in developing innovative business solutions. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while also dramatically reducing costs.

In this conversation, David discusses SlideShark, a free iPad app that allows users to properly play PowerPoint presentations on the iPad, and its recent integration with Box.

Geetesh: Tell us more about your new Box OneCloud app, and how SlideShark now seamlessly integrates with Box.

David: Sure, I'd be happy to. Box is a well-known cloud storage and collaboration provider that recently introduced Box OneCloud, which is a mobile cloud for the enterprise. With Box OneCloud, both professionals and enterprises can access a suite of more than 30 applications, including SlideShark, that are built explicitly for organizations leveraging the Box platform.

Through the integration, the community of Box users can leverage SlideShark's ability to successfully optimize PowerPoints for the iPad. The SlideShark for Box app securely uploads the user's stored PowerPoint files from their Box account directly to their SlideShark App catalog with a simple one-click upload to SlideShark option right within Box. We created a video of just how easy it is.

Box: Upload to SlideShark

Geetesh: How will the new SlideShark-Box integration help users view and share PowerPoint presentations on the iPad? What does the integration mean for users?

David: With many businesses deploying iPads throughout their organizations and trusting Box for their cloud storage needs, it is a natural fit to utilize the SlideShark for Box app. By having the ability to upload PowerPoint files from Box to the SlideShark app, Box users are now able to quickly and easily view, present and share PowerPoint presentations on the iPad the way they were meant to be seen – preserving animations, fonts, colors and graphics.

Box OneCloud users can take advantage of the latest version of SlideShark, which has added capabilities for users to share and track online versions of their presentations that can be viewed on-demand and accessed on a variety of devices -– including computers, tablets and smartphones. SlideShark’s availability in OneCloud also provides an important value-added service for mobile professionals using Box for both storage and content sharing.

We're very excited to integrate with Box because it offers a unique capability that improves the experience for Box's users, while also expanding SlideShark's existing user base. The integration also underscores how SlideShark continues to be an essential and game-changing solution for mobile business professionals as evidenced by its popularity. We continue to see two downloads of the app every minute, 24x7, and a consistent ranking among the top productivity apps in Apple's App Store.

Box and SlideShark users can access 'SlideShark for Box' via OneCloud, at the following link: https://www.box.com/services/slideshark.

See Also: Brainshark's Android App: Conversation with David Klein

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Now that you have learnt how easy it is to add motion paths using presets, and draw your own custom motion paths, it is time that you start getting more familiar with some tricks used with motion path animations. The simplest motion path trick is the reverse motion path option. This option is very helpful if you want an object to animate using a motion path, and then animate again from the end of the motion path to the beginning!

Learn how to reverse a motion path animation in PowerPoint 2010.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



In the last issue, we talked about slides that had no bullet points. Let's discuss more about this topic. While many people agree that bullet points can make a slide or even a presenter appear dumb, that's not always the case. If you are using bullet points to show a list, then you should continue doing so -- there's no sense in creating a slide that has a list of recipe ingredients or even a shopping list in a format without lists! For most other slide types, you can look at some other non-bulleted alternatives. Slide purists love the idea of a single picture on each slide with a title -- of course, both the picture and the title should work well with each other. Many other times, you can use SmartArt instead of bulleted lists. Sometimes, a table may work better.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



When you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you are doing a task that is frequent and commonplace -- and to you, this may look like an activity that's simple. But behind this simple task, there are options you may not be aware of. You know that a picture located in any of your folders can be inserted on a slide. But, have you wondered about the relation a picture on the slide has with the original picture located in your folder? By default, PowerPoint retains no relation -- even if you delete or move the original picture file you inserted, the copy on your slide will still be retained since PowerPoint saves the picture as a part of the file it creates. However, there are options in PowerPoint that let you maintain the relation between the original picture and the inserted picture -- for example, if you make changes to your original picture, PowerPoint will update its copy on the slide!

Learn about the advanced options available for inserting and/or linking pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

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