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Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 04

Sunday, August 31, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



All shapes arranged with geometric precision – this can look very organized but also robotic and unnatural. What if you could make all these straight shapes look curved – almost as if they are hand-drawn? Won’t that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love this new series of irregular shapes for PowerPoint. Perfect shapes and boxes everywhere, all neatly lined up! Yes, such arrangements look clean, but also monotonous! What if you could make all these shapes curved, slanted, and natural looking – they are hand-drawn? Won’t that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love these new irregular shapes for PowerPoint.



Download and use these shapes in your slides.

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Friday, August 29, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



When colors are changed for a SmartArt graphic, the only change that happens is to the fill colors of the the individual shapes within the SmartArt. Other niceties such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to the selected SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Ellen FinkelsteinEllen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, a recognized expert, speaker, trainer, and best-selling author on PowerPoint, presentation skills, and AutoCAD. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs. She just announced the 2014 incarnation of Outstanding Presentations Workshop, her webinar series that allows everyone to learn from renowned presentation experts.

In this conversation, Ellen talks more about this new webinar series.

Geetesh: You have been doing these Outstanding Presentations Workshop webinars for some years now. And you are doing it again this year – tell us what's new and what has changed?

Ellen: The format is very similar, although we'll probably be seeing some live video of presenters this year. But we have 6 new presenters. The low price is still the best deal in presentation training around.

The webinars will happen on all Tuesdays starting from September 9, 2014 at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET and will end on October 28, 2014 (except for October 14). Each webinar will last approximately 1 hour.

Also, each webinar will be recorded so you can view it later (for 1 month after the session). Sign up for the webinars now! You must sign up, even to view the recordings.

new webinar series.

Geetesh: Can you tell us more about your line of speakers this year.

Ellen: Certainly, here are the speakers lined up for this year's Outstanding Presentations workshops:

  1. Nolan Haims is a PowerPoint MVP and an amazing designer. He'll be speaking on "Presenting the Story of Your Data." So, it’s about charts, but the most gorgeous ones you’ve ever seen. And he makes it seem easy.

  2. Greg Owen-Boger and Dale Ludwig are presentation trainers and the authors of a new book, "The Orderly Conversation." Their topic is "Make It an Orderly Conversation: Challenging Preconceptions about Everyday Business Presentations." They have practical techniques to help business presenters be more effective.

  3. Nicholas Oulton is the owner of m62, a presentation design company. His topic is "Using Video Technology Effectively to Present and Shorten Sales Cycles." He'll be using some amazing live-video technology that you've never seen before

  4. Lisa Braithwaite is a public speaking coach and trainer. Her topic is "Tools and tricks for getting your audience's attention and keeping it." She'll give us tips that all presenters can use.

  5. Ken Molay is the founder of Webinar Success so we expect great things from him. He'll talk on "Wow your audience with a nonlinear presentation." You'll get techniques that you can put to use right away.

  6. Ken Molay is the founder of Webinar Success so we expect great things from him. He’ll talk on “Wow your audience with a nonlinear presentation.” You’ll get techniques that you can put to use right away.

  7. Ellen Finkelstein (that's me) will speak on "13 techniques that will make designing your slides easy." I'll provide you with practical techniques that you can use right away to improve the way you design your slides, even if you’re artistically challenged.

Geetesh: What is it that an attendee will take away from these webinar sessions?

Ellen: Attendees will get practical tips and techniques that they can use to make their presentations and webinars more clear, powerful, and persuasive. The speakers cover a wide range of topics, so there will be something for everyone. All of the presenters are well-known in their field, so attendees will be getting the benefit of their knowledge and experience.

Sign up for the webinars now! You must sign up, even to view the recordings.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



After you create custom slide shows, you will want to present them to your audience. Yes, you could access the Custom Shows dialog box, and then select a show and then choose to play it -- but that's a long process indeed. In this tutorial, we will show how you can access the same custom show more easily. And then we will also show you how you can set any custom show as the default -- this means that when you actually play your presentation in Slide Show view, only the slides within the custom show you select will be shown!



Learn how to play custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2013.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



After inserting a SmartArt graphic in your slide, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic -- this applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently -- in this tutorial we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn about fill, line, and effect options for shapes within SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Kurt DupontKurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998.

In this conversation, Kurt discusses PresentationLand.com, a new site that showcases PresentationPoint products.

Geetesh: You have created this new site, PresentationLand to showcase some of your PowerPoint add-in technologies – can you tell us more about this site?

Kurt: Sure Geetesh. I’m glad to announce PresentationLand.com. Not just a new PowerPoint templates web site but a dynamic web site where we offer PowerPoint presentations with news and weather content. The setup is simple, you choose your country and then you get a list of newspapers or a weather presentation. For news you just click e.g. New York Times and you get a presentation with multiple slides; one slide per news article that is currently published at the New York Times. For weather information you get a presentation with first a weather map with current and future conditions and then you get a number of slides; one slide per city listed in our weather generation process.

We are now adding more countries to the list. Currently we are generating these dynamic presentations for 6 countries and more than 40 newspapers already. More will be added.

The presentations can be downloaded and used in a shop for customer infotainment, or at welcome screen at the reception desk of a company.

Geetesh: What are the add-ins you use to create the sample presentations that can be downloaded from the site – and how can users create similar presentations of their own?



Kurt: For this purpose we used our DataPoint and NewsPoint application. DataPoint to link a PowerPoint presentation to a RSS feed and NewsPoint to collect local weather information. DataPoint is used for real-time displaying of information from an Excel file or database.

But we see more and more that DataPoint is used to generate nice multimedia presentations for reporting or statistical purposes. Excel reporting is dead. Better reporting is now done in PowerPoint. Managers like a PowerPoint presentation much more where they have animations and just have to click to advance. People can use our software to generate a daily presentation on their sales activities, charts on important customer accounts, production figures of a factory etc.

So this PresentationLand is just a showcase of our software, to illustrate that we can schedule the creation of up-to-date presentations. On our web site we use public information (the news and weather) but companies can use this mechanism for their own (internal and external) data. The setup is very simple. You create your presentation, link it to your data source, set up a first slide and link it to your data. Then with our data scrolling feature, you generate as many slides as you have data in your data source. You want to know how your products are selling? Just let our software generate a presentation on all the data you have. Then you move this output to a file server or web site, or whatever distribution you want to use. You will save time, always have the latest information at your fingertips.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Sometimes, when you draw a line in PowerPoint that is slanted or sloped, you may thereafter want to know the length of your line. Believe it or not, there is no option to do this within the program. Unless you go and revisit your school geometry class!



Learn how to find out the length of a slanted (diagonal) line in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Although the default colors of an inserted SmartArt graphic may works the best, you may also want to change the colors of the shapes comprising the SmartArt graphic. You change the colors of everything within the SmartArt graphic at one go or change colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can change colors of your SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to change colors for a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Naomi S. BrownNaomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University in Washington, DC. A Guggenheim Fellow and Swedish Fulbright Fellow, she is the author of seven books on language. Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World was the 2008 winner of the Duke of Edinburgh English-Speaking Union English Language Book Award. Her new book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, which explores how digital technology redefines what it means to read, will be published by Oxford University Press this winter.

In this conversation, Naomi discusses her new book, and what PowerPoint users need to learn from the book.

Geetesh: Skimming content rather than absorbing seems to have become the norm these days. And PowerPoint by its very format seems to invite the former rather than the latter – unless the absorption option is provided by a proficient speaker. Can you share your thoughts?

Naomi: Like most tools, PowerPoint can be both a blessing and a curse. Used wisely, it enables speakers to cut to the chase of what they really want to say. It also provides added perceptual channels – written words, visual images, color, and maybe sound -- that reinforce the spoken message.

The challenge of PowerPoint is that it lures us into believing that all ideas can be shoehorned into its format. That the complexity of human thought is reducible to bullet points. Given how much experience we now all have with PowerPoint, we have developed a PowerPoint state of mind. As audiences, we increasingly assume that whatever we read – a PowerPoint slide or a novel – should be short, straightforward, and only worth reading once.

Geetesh: You speak about how this problem exists in areas beyond PowerPoint in media such as ebooks. You have also written a book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World on this subject. Can you share some info about your research and new book?

Naomi: The kind of one-off reading encouraged by PowerPoint is showing up in the way we read on digital screens more generally. Whether it's on laptops, eReaders, tablets, or mobile phones, we are witnessing a growing tendency to replace deep reading with a more superficial approach to the written word. Digital devices encourage us to search for information, not to ponder ideas.

My research with university students in the US, Germany, and Japan reinforces anecdotal evidence that when reading on a digital platform, we do incredibly more multitasking and are far less able to concentrate than when reading printed works. We also are less likely to reread digital texts and, according to some studies, less likely to remember what we read and less likely to have an analytical understanding of the content. While young adults are avid technology users, a wealth of studies (including my own) show these users prefer reading in hardcopy over reading onscreen – both for schoolwork and for pleasure reading.

As eBooks continue to edge out print, we need to do some serious thinking about how digital reading styles – supported by the PowerPoint state of mind – may be undermining our ability to have sustained, uninterrupted encounters with serious books.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



In PowerPoint 2013, you rotate shapes using the white rotation handle that appears when you select a shape. However, have you ever noticed that the open line shape in PowerPoint doesn't show a white rotation handle? Now, if you want to rotate any diagonal line to make it either a perfect horizontal, or vertical line, how would you do that?



Learn how to change a diagonal line to a horizontal / vertical line in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



We begin with another set of Irregular Shapes -- these will help you create quick cover slides with collages! We then get you oodles of inspiration to create better charts. And then we explore a review of Avopress Designer, a product that lets you create Themes for PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office programs. We also have an exclusive conversation with Jeff Robson of Prezentt. Prezentt is a tool that lets you get more from your PowerPoint slides.

PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Smart Art and Slide Transitions. And we also explore Adobe Presenter.

And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt, you might want to change the layout of the SmartArt. You can choose from various SmartArt graphics variations available within PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial we'll show you how to change any existing SmartArt graphic to any other layout (type).



Learn how to change from one SmartArt graphic layout to another in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Do you want to show only selected slides from your presentation to a particular audience? The answer is not to delete the slides you do not want to show and thereafter saving as a copy. The answer is to create a custom slide show! So what's a custom slide show? Think of your individual slides as songs -- then a custom slide show is a playlist of those songs! Even better, since this is like a playlist, you do not have to delete the slides that are not used. And there's more -- you can create any number of custom slide shows!



Learn how to create custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, August 25, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic -- follow these steps to learn how you can delete shapes from your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to delete shapes from an existing SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Here’s the new, third set of animated Gears -- we call this one Animated Gears Yet Again! The previous two series can be found here, and here. Like the earlier series, these come in both animated & non animated versions. The time-consuming process of using Gears and animating them in PowerPoint is now made easy again. Watch the video on this page and explore how the gears animate perfectly in the slide.



Download and use these gears in your slides.

Categories: animation, design, graphics, powerpoint, presentation_samples

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Dynamic Content transitions were first introduced in PowerPoint 2010 (these also work in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac). When these transitions are applied to your slide, the actual transition occurs on all areas of the slide except the backgrounds. This makes your content move independently on and off the screen. PowerPoint 2013 provides seven different transition effects within the Dynamic Content category -- do experiment with these options for direction and timing to create some great looking presentations.



Learn about Dynamic Content transitions in PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Once you insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), you may want to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, you can make these additions and later edit them too. You can add more shape(s) to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself, or through the Text Pane. Note that adding a new shape to a SmartArt graphic entirely depends on the SmartArt variant that you are using -- some variants offer more options than the others.



Learn how to add more shape(s) to an existing SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



A Theme is an important part of your PowerPoint presentation, and to some extent it is also an important element that helps create the same consistent appearance within your Word documents and Excel sheets. Also, it is this Theme that persists in retaining your brand identity within your slides and other digital documents. And yet, Themes are a mystery to most users – and there’s no easy way to understand what is happening behind the scenes. Avopress Designer, the product we are reviewing today can help solve that mystery.



Learn how you can create and edit Microsoft Office Themes using Avopress Designer.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Within PowerPoint, you can apply transitions to your slides and later tweak them aplenty. You can adjust the duration and timing of any transition, and even add a sound that will play while the slide transition happens. In addition, you can also play with some more options providing more control over the transition style applied to the slide -- these are all placed in a single broad category called Effect Options. These Effect Options, as the very name indicates are related to the individual transition effects, and options may differ for each effect. Further, each transition effect may or may not provide Effect Options. These Effect Options enable you to have more control over the transition style applied to the slide.



Explore what slide transition effect options are in PowerPoint 2013.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Once you insert a video on your PowerPoint slide using the options provided within the Adobe Presenter tab, you can thereafter make some edits to the inserted video file. To do so, first make sure that you select the inserted video file -- thereafter follow these steps.



Explore how to edit video files using Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Sometimes, don’t all charts look the same? And then some pessimist may tell you that all of them look so uninspiring! That does sound a little cruel. But how can you and your charts look more motivated? And what can you do to be more inspired, and in turn create charts that inspire others?



Find ways to get inspiration to create better charts.

Categories: charting, design, powerpoint, tutorials

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