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Insert Scenes in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



If your are trying to create an eLearning course, one of the toughest parts is determining the look of the output, sourcing quality images, and creating workable scenarios. For many users, there is a paucity of time required to draw, sketch, or create the background elements to support slides. Adobe Presenter provides options that will help you jumpstart this process for your eLearning course with features such as Scenes, Characters and Scenarios. In this tutorial we'll explore how you can add Scenes in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.



Explore how to insert scenes in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Fonts are more than just pretty characters, although your choice of fonts can have a profound effect on how readable your text is to the audience. We have already explored how you can format font styles to make your text bold, italicized, underlined, etc. Beyond these basic offerings, PowerPoint 2013's Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for selected text. You can still change the font type, set the font size, color, and other font attributes in this dialog box, and you can also do more.



Explore options within the Font dialog box in PowerPoint 2013.

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



We begin with a bunch of New Year themed graphics -- and we also bring you a large collection of Snowflakes. We explore inserting Scenario Interactions using Adobe Presenter within PowerPoint. And we also bring you some tutorials on working with text within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.

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



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posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



It's not too easy to find high quality, royalty-free photographs of people that you can use throughout your lessons -- and to find pictures of the same person in different poses with the backgrounds within those pictures removed -- well, that's even more difficult. Fortunately, Adobe Presenter's Character option enables you to add such characters easily into your PowerPoint slides. The Character option provides ready-to-use character images such as business executives and medical practitioners that help you make your presentations engaging with real actors.



Explore how to insert characters in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



The appearance of text makes a huge difference to any presentation. The font typeface used within your slides is dictated by the active Theme or Theme Fonts set of your presentation -- you can certainly override these defaults and choose another font typeface and also change the font size. However, there are times when you need to highlight a word or a phrase contained within your text so that it stands apart and commands attention. To do so, you can apply font styling options that let you make your text bold, italics, underlined, etc.



Learn about applying various font styles such as bold, italics, underline, etc. to format font styles in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, December 29, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Adobe Presenter enables you to add interactions. So what are interactions? Essentially, these are static widgets in the form of SWF files. These widgets help you quickly set up standard user interactions, for example, interactions using accordions or tabs. Once you add an interaction on a slide within PowerPoint, you can customize it further.



Explore how to insert an Interaction in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Sue Hershkowitz-CooreOn Tuesday afternoon, just before the keynote started, Rick Altman announced the location of the next season of Presentation Summit in New Orleans from September 27 to 30, 2015.

He then introduced Sue Hershkowitz-Coore as a communication expert.

What Sue did even before her keynote was to go around, meeting and greeting attendees with a big smile. Sue then started her keynote very, very passionately.

Sue then explored scenarios. Her first scenario was about someone who promised you X by your deadline. You would then have to follow-up with that person under stress because your own work is getting delayed as a result. In such a scenario, how would you handle this? Would you take any of these approaches:

  1. Email again to explain why you need X on time.

  2. Talk to tell him or her to explain that you need this done as agreed upon.

  3. Talk / email to find out if there is a reason they are consistently late?

  4. Ignore it (again)!

One of the respondents said that they would combine options 2 and 3 -- and would rather talk than email. Another respondent chose option 3, mainly because they were curious about why the delay was being caused? Sue thought that the response numbered 3 was the best as it was politically correct and respectful too.



She then asked if any of us have ever wanted to have a good, heartfelt conversation that unfortunately went awry. So what prevents clear, open, direct honest communication?

One respondent said fear prevents such a communication. Others thought this lack of communication may happen due to prejudices, or the desire not to ask questions that others may have difficulty answering, etc.

Sue's next scenario was about what do you need to learn to make your time worthwhile. Audience responses ranged from apology to empathy. Sue added that "Often when we use empathy. It is to help ourselves rather than help others."

And then Sue spoke about apology. She said that, "Apology is good if it helps the person you apologize to. But most people apologize to help themselves, and to think of themselves as good humans."

Sue then spoke about her personal experiences. She was on a plane journey from Phoenix to Chicago. The person on the seat behind her was kicking non-stop. And she was offended, and said something she should not have -- because the passenger on the seat was suffering from Parkinsons, and had no control over his leg movements. Sue then regretted that she had not given the passenger the benefit of doubt. She added, "I took that man's dignity and took my own dignity away."

She then provided two famous quotes:

The less people know the more they yell.
-- Seth Godin

I am neither especially clever or especially gifted. I am just curious.
-- Albert Einstein

And then she asked how would people ask a curious question? She suggested that we use preface words before our questions, so as to neutralize them:

  1. I wondered how you managed
  2. I wondered
  3. May I ask if
  4. I am curious

Sue emphasized, "As you say these words, if you can place them with curiosity from the heart, you will make a difference." Sue then also said that all your questions need to have crystal clear purpose. Examples of these questions:

  1. What do I want?
  2. What do I really want to accomplish at this moment?
  3. If that's what I want, what would I say how would I act?

Finally, Sue asked everyone to have a purpose in their lives -- and that purpose could be to give the benefit of doubt. And then always say thank you!

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



When you type text within PowerPoint, the appearance of your text, such as its font type and size is based on the Theme which is applied to your presentation. So if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then anything you type into a text object may be in the Calibri typeface. You can easily change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will change to the default typefaces of the new Theme or Theme Fonts set. However, there may be times when you want to override these defaults and choose a typeface that is different -- or even a different font size.



Explore how you can change font types and sizes in PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, December 26, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These New Year themed clip arts for PowerPoint are all silhouettes that are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. These silhouette clip arts have been provided in black and white variations that are contained within two separate sample presentations that you download.



Download and use these slides.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



PowerPoint and indeed all Microsoft Office programs allow you to work with a particular object only if it is selected. For example, you select a shape to make changes to the shape. You similarly select a chart to edit the chart. And yes, you can select a text container object such as a text placeholder, a text box, or even a shape -- and then make changes to its position, formatting, size, etc. However, this changes the entire object -- and leaves the actual text content within that object largely unchanged. To make changes to the actual text, you first need to select the text separately and then make changes by using the options available within the Home tab of the Ribbon or the Mini Toolbar.



Explore various ways of selecting text in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Do you want to add snowflakes to your slides, for the winter look? Do you want snowflakes that are already animated for you? Then you will love these Snowflakes for PowerPoint - this product includes both non-animated and animated snowflakes. These snowflakes are already within PowerPoint slides. Just copy the entire slide (with multiple snowflakes for the animated versions) or just single snowflakes (for the non-animated version - and then paste within your slides). You get 5 sets of snowflakes - four of them are of different styles, and the 5th one has snowflakes that are broken or melted! Combine snowflakes from all 5 sets to create something unique and special.



Buy and Download for $5+ (1.93 mb)

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



At some point of time, we all need dummy text to quickly add to our slides so that we can ascertain how a body of text looks or fits within a certain text box or placeholder. Microsoft introduced an undocumented feature in PowerPoint that enables you achieve this with just a few keystrokes, and once you are used to these shortcuts, you'll learn to appreciate this feature so much!



Learn how to insert dummy text in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



We begin with a bunch of Christmas stuff -- a Christmas PowerPoint kit and some animated slides that can be used for greeting cards. Then we bring you an exclusive conversation with Gerry Praysman, who discusses SlideShark's PDF Support options. We also have some Hanukkah themed clip art. And then there's a bunch of tutorial on proofing and text within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.

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



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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



There are three types of text containers that PowerPoint provides: text placeholders, text boxes, and shapes -- all three text containers are sufficiently similar in their characteristics for layout options for the text contained inside them. In this tutorial, we will explore the alignment and text direction options for text within these text containers in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how you can control text layout in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, December 22, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



With Adobe Presenter you can create scenario-based training slides that are easily customizable -- these scenario templates contain the complete question vs. answer flows. For example, if you select the Business scenario, the flow is pre-defined as one question with multiple options. You just need to select the number of options and select the correct answer number. When you publish these scenarios, the user views only the questions initially. The options within the scenario-based training are displayed logically. The user has to complete answering the question by selecting the right answer, otherwise the user cannot navigate to the next slide as the play bar and the side bar are locked.



Explore how to insert scenario interaction using Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These Christmas themed clip arts for PowerPoint are all silhouettes that are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. The clip arts have been provided in black and white variations that are contained within two separate sample presentations that you download. Copy the graphics of your choice from the downloaded presentations, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.



Download and use these graphics in your slides.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



In PowerPoint 2013 resizing text boxes is easy. You select any text box and you get eight handles, four on corners, and four on sides -- you then drag any of these eight handles to resize. The problem with this approach is that the resized text box you end up with is not accurate. If you do not need accuracy, then you need not follow the rest of this tutorial -- however there might be times when you need your text box sized exactly as the size of a picture you have inserted -- or even an exact size based on a specification.



Learn how to resize text boxes accurately on a slide in PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, December 19, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Two animated Christmas PowerPoint presentations are included within this download. The first presentation is available in two color variations: white and black. And the second presentation is available in seven color variations: grey, khaki, midnight blue, peach, plum, royal blue, and teal. Go ahead and download these and use these as you want -- retaining credit for these slides is something we will appreciate!



Buy and download these slides.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Gerry PraysmanGerry Praysman is product marketing manager for Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark's sales enablement solutions help companies drive greater revenue through faster training, increased demand and more successful sales conversations. With Brainshark, users can turn static content, such as PowerPoint documents, into online and mobile video presentations. Brainshark also powers SlideShark, the award-winning app for showing, sharing and tracking mobile sales presentations. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their communications, while dramatically reducing costs.

In this conversation, Gerry discusses SlideShark's newly announced support for PDF documents.

Geetesh: SlideShark now supports PDF files – what does this mean for you and your users?

Gerry: It’s a big deal for both. As you know, SlideShark has traditionally been a PowerPoint-focused app -- letting mobile professionals access, show, share and track their presentations to improve productivity and effectiveness. We've amassed millions of users across 160+ countries, who've together uploaded more than 200 million slides. At the same time, we recognize that sales conversations and other presentations don’t always rely on PowerPoint exclusively. So we're taking the app to the next level of utility -- expanding it to a multi-file presentation and content management solution via PDF support.



This is great news for our users. They can fluidly switch between showing and sharing PowerPoint and PDF files from their iOS devices. This gives them the flexibility to incorporate multiple content types -- such as marketing brochures or rate cards -- into their conversations. Plus, lots of organizations convert other document formats, such as Excel, Word and Keynote files, into PDFs to lock down and control the content. Now those PDFs can likewise be viewed, presented and tracked in SlideShark.

To that end, the analytics piece is another big benefit here, as SlideShark tracks all content shared through the service. So with our PDF support, sales teams, other employees and organizations at large have that much more insight into how effective their content is -- how and when it’s being viewed, how much is being consumed and more. Organizations can also see how their sales reps and other users are accessing and presenting content, illuminating best practices and highlighting which documents are most effective.



Geetesh: This PDF support is available in SlideShark’s business version. How does this version differ from the basic, free version – and what abilities other than PDF support do users get?

Gerry: That’s right – SlideShark PDF support is a feature of SlideShark Team Edition, our multi-user business version. Team Edition subscribers, 30-day free trial users and other Brainshark customers with Team Edition activated can take advantage of the new capabilities.

To compare, the free version of SlideShark has compelling features that meet the needs of many individual presenters. Team Edition is geared more toward business use – with PDF support as well as advanced analytics, greater storage allotments, the ability to broadcast presentations to up to 25 attendees, phone support, administrative features (such as the ability to add, manage and delete users, and organize and distribute content), support for single sign-on and more. Team Edition users can also take advantage of SlideShark Anywhere, which extends some of the key SlideShark features to users on their Macs, PCs and Windows 8 tablets – not just iOS.

We’re very excited – and our users are as well – about SlideShark’s new PDF support, and the productivity benefits it unlocks for mobile professionals. Thanks, as always, Geetesh for the opportunity to discuss our new features. Happy holidays to you and your readers!



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