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Creating Slides on SlideShare

Friday, November 28, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Until now, SlideShare has been a repository of slides you create in other programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote – and then upload to their site. And then now something completely different has been announced – the option to create slides within SlideShare itself! In this tutorial, we will explore how you can create a basic presentation within SlideShare.

We are assuming that you already have a SlideShare account – if you do not, it’s easy to create a new SlideShare account. Once you are signed in, follow these steps to create your own slides:

  1. Click on the large Get Started button, shown in Figure 1 below.

    Get started creating slides in SlideShare
    Figure 1: Get started creating slides in SlideShare

  2. You may see a login window pop up. Here you have to sign in with your SlideShare credentials to use the new slide creation features.

    Sign in into SlideShare
    Figure 2: Sign in into SlideShare

  3. Once you are logged in, a prompt window requesting your privacy controls appears – this only happens the first time you use SlideShare’s slide creation features. You now have to click on the Accept button (highlighted in blue within Figure 3, below) to start using Haiku Deck.

    Accept to allow Haiku Deck within SlideShare
    Figure 3: Accept to allow Haiku Deck within SlideShare

    What is Haiku Deck?

    Haiku Deck is essentially an online slide creation service that has now been conveniently plugged right within the SlideShare site – once you accept the terms within the window shown in Figure 3, above – you will seamlessly work right within SlideShare.


  4. After Clicking the Accept button, you’ll be redirected to the presentation mode powered by Haiku Deck (see Figure 4 below).

    Haiku Deck within SlideShare
    Figure 4: Haiku Deck within SlideShare

The presentation mode that you see in Figure 4, above has several interface options that will be explained within our upcoming Haiku Deck within SlideShare tutorial.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Axis Labels are the labels for the Categories and Values on chart axes. So, where do these labels come from? Category axis labels reflect the Category names within your data (typically within the built-in Excel sheet). Values on the other hand are determined by PowerPoint based upon the maximum value in your data -- the minimum value is always set to zero. Of course you can change the Minimum and Maximum values if you want.



Learn how to change the axis labels in PowerPoint 2013.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Arpit DhariwalArpit Dhariwal is a Senior Product Manager at SlideShare, leading the content acquisition team. The team is committed to offering multiple ways to share ideas and expertise of users with fellow professionals through SlideShare. Prior to joining LinkedIn in 2012, Arpit worked with multiple internet and technology companies. Arpit has a B.Tech from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology and an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research.

In this conversation, Arpit discusses SlideShare’s slide creation options.

Geetesh: SlideShare has always been an option to upload and share presentations – what motivated the new slide creation abilities?

Arpit: The evolution of highly visual platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, over the past few years has reinforced what we've seen with SlideShare: visual stories have always been the most popular and compelling content on our platform. However, they are challenging and time-consuming to create for many people. This presented a great opportunity to service content creators by building a 'Create' functionality on SlideShare.

Through a special integration with Haiku Deck, SlideShare users can now easily create compelling visual presentations. This marks a new phase of exploring tools that will help our users share their professional expertise and insights through the power of pictures – for content marketing, professional branding, and knowledge exchange.

Our vision is to provide the simplest way for professionals to share knowledge visually. We're really excited to see presentations our users will create.



Geetesh: Tell us more about the typical user who would use the slide creation options on SlideShare? Also will these be automatically shared?

Arpit: Professionals who have great expertise and thought leadership to share - just not the time to invest in creating amazing decks - will now be able to create insightful visual presentations in no time at all. SlideShare is now the one-stop destination to upload and create presentations - that's true for existing users and we now anticipate that this ability will help attract a new set of people. Creating original presentations helps users build their professional brand, expand their network and followers, and educate fellow professionals.

Presentations created using the tool will be shared automatically with the 70M+ SlideShare community and would also be discoverable on search engines. Users can also choose to make these presentations private.



See Also: SlideShare on Indezine

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



While learning about chart axes, you will come across two terms, Major and Minor units. These are the intervals at which the axis spaces itself -- as the name itself suggests, you can choose to space the axis at two levels: Major and Minor. PowerPoint sets the Major and Minor units on its own -- many times, this may be exactly what you need. At other times, you may want to set specific intervals for the Major and Minor units for several reasons.



Learn how to change the Major and Minor units of Value axis in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



If your chart data values are not so much different from each other, the chart created using this data will not help your audience to differentiate the series representing those values. Our sample data explores how people of different age brackets choose their favorite colors. If you look closely at the data, you will realize that all values span between 285 and 365. So, it makes no sense to even discuss any value lower than 250 or above 370 for this data set.



Learn how to set the Minimum and Maximum values on Value Axis of Charts in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



This week we bring you an exclusive tutorial from Taylor Croonquist on creating a waterfall chart in PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn more from a bunch of Photo Album tutorials. Users of PowerPoint 2011 for Mac will learn about playing sounds across successive slides.

And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



The text used to label the chart axes in a chart is called an Axis Title. All chart types other than Pie and Doughnut have axes -- and although Radar charts have an axis, there is no provision to add Axis Title for them. In all other chart types such as Column, Line, etc., Axis Titles are not visible by default.



Learn how to add and edit Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, November 24, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Motti NisaniMotti Nisani is the CEO of emaze, a company that produces a tool of the same name. With emaze, you can create presentations in virtual 3D worlds or simply in slides like. He has a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

In this interview, Motti discusses what's new about emaze.

Geetesh: Your Emaze product has evolved to become a viable alternative in the world of presentations. How do you position Emaze in a world populated by PowerPoints and Prezis?

Motti: I am confident to say that emaze is the best presentation platform today surpassing Prezi and PowerPoint. Emaze’s main advantage is high-end design. Each presentation looks great and unique in its experience, it can be a 3D, a video or a 2D presentation. With emaze, users cannot go wrong and create non-attractive presentations. In addition the HTML5 technology and the fact you can view the presentation on all devices desktop, tablet and mobile is a huge advantage.



Geetesh: Can you tell us more about what improvements and features you are exploring for Emaze in the near future?

Motti: Our main focus now is to enable users and designers to create a custom template on emaze platform. This capability will enable us to scale very fast. Users will not have to use our pre-made templates, they can make their own. In addition designers will be able to sales services to users and companies to create unique templates according to their brand. Our plan in the near future to create a design market eco-system on emaze to connect designers and users.



See Also: emaze: Conversation with Motti Nisani

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



A Chart Title of course is something that describes your chart. And PowerPoint charts do have an option to use a placeholder to contain this Chart Title. However, before you go ahead and use this option, you must decide if you need this Chart Title placeholder or not. Here are some guidelines that will help you make that decision.



Learn how to add a Chart Title in PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, November 21, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



After adding an audio/sound track to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides in your presentation by selecting the Play across slides option. This is done when you need the same music playing through all your slides. But what if you want the music to play only across some successive slides? What if you want the music to play from slide 1 to 12, and let all slides thereafter play without any music? Or you may want to add another audio clip for the next set of slides? Either way, it is possible to limit the number of slides that your music will play across.



Learn how to loop a sound clip across specific slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



Once you create a Photo Album, notice that the default template for Photo Album is a black background with white text. You can go ahead and use this template - but you can easily change the appearance of the slides by applying a Theme to your Photo Album presentation. You can of course do it outside the Photo Album presentation -- in the normal way that you apply a Theme. But you can also apply a Theme right within the Photo Album dialog box.



Learn how to apply a Theme to your Photo Album presentation in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Waterfall Charts are one of the most popular charts for displaying how different items come together to make up a whole. The chart was first invented and is still widely used by consultants of McKinsey & Company, and is something you can easily add to your PowerPoint charting repertoire. Taylor Croonquist teaches you how you can create these waterfall charts easily in PowerPoint.



Read more here.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



The Photo Album feature allows you to insert hundreds of pictures on your slides with just two or three clicks. And these pictures can be edited in myriad ways. You can change the picture layouts, add captions, change pictures to black and white, etc. Additionally, you can also change the frame shapes of the pictures, to give them an effect such as drop shadows, or a black border, or even a picture that's contained in a frame with rounded corners.



Learn about the various frame shapes in your Photo Album presentation.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



This week we bring you some graphics and a sample presentation on Movember. The graphics are ready to use within your own slides whereas the presentation is also reusable and explains the concept behind Movember. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn more from a bunch of Visuals (Graphics) tutorials -- as well as more about the amazing Photo Album feature.

And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



There is no doubt if you are using a rich, vibrant colored picture than olde-worlde black and white for your presentation, the colored pictures will attract more attention. However, the visibility in terms of contrast is far superior in a black and white photo -- artists and photography purists have long hailed the black and white picture as a creative medium. You may want to extend this creative medium to your Photo Album presentations -- fortunately, a click or two is all that is required to create an inspirational black and white Photo Album in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to change color pictures to black and white, and revert them back to color in your Photo Album presentation in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, November 17, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



PowerPoint enables you to add captions for the pictures you add in a Photo Album presentation. Note that by default, the picture's file name is used as a caption, so if the original file name was "Winter Morning.jpg", the caption you see on your slide will be "Winter Morning". Unfortunately it is not possible to get such nice, descriptive names for all pictures -- these days most pictures are just subsequent numbers from a digital camera -- so a name like IMG06712.jpg is more common! You really don't want a caption like IMG06712 -- fortunately, PowerPoint 2013 lets you change captions too! Before we learn about editing captions, let us first show how you can enable them.



Learn how to use captions in Photo Album presentations within PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, November 14, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



After creating a Photo Album, you can reorder the sequence of the images, change their brightness and contrast levels, etc. However, you can also make changes to the layouts of the individual slides -- such as number of pictures you want to be visible on a single slide. You can also opt to show slide titles (or not), or even show your pictures in full screen view where one individual picture fits the entire slide area. What choices you make will depend entirely upon you -- in this tutorial, you will be aware of these different choices.



Learn about Photo Album picture layouts in PowerPoint 2013.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



The Photo Album feature in PowerPoint is not just limited to creating presentations that contain photos. You can edit the photo content in many ways, since the Edit Photo Album dialog box provides abundant possibilities -- in this tutorial we'll explore some of these edit options.



Learn how to reorder, remove, and edit photos within photo album in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



Once you create a Photo Album, there is so much you can do to make non-destructive edits to your photo album presentation. In this tutorial, you will learn about accessing the edit options within the Photo Album dialog box in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to access the Edit Photo Album options in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



We begin with a feature on Jim Endicott's session at the Presentation Summit last month. We then review a Photoshop plug-in called AKVIS Pastel. PowerPoint 2013 (and PowerPoint 2011 for Mac) users can learn more from a bunch of Visuals (Graphics) tutorials.

And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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