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Jean Haney is the co-founder and president of Visual Integrity, long-standing specialists in PDF and vector graphics technologies. With more than 35 years of software industry experience and a fascination with good page design and typography, Jean enjoys distilling topics down to their essence and providing her audience with a few, “I didn’t know you could do that with PDF!” moments.
In this conversation, Jean talks about Insert PDF for PowerPoint.
Do you want to insert a check mark, which is also called a tick mark, in your slides? Very often, this symbol indicates a task is done, and you may want to add it as part of your regular text in text placeholders and boxes, shapes, tables, and even charts. Fortunately, it is very easy to complete this task in most versions of PowerPoint for Windows. There may be slight differences, depending upon whether you are using a newer or older version of PowerPoint, but even then, the process is very similar.
The terms Header and Footer typically come from word processing programs. These denote repeated elements that show at the top and bottom of every page. Headers and Footers work similarly on PowerPoint slides.
This is part 1 of a series that looks at Presentation procrastinators.
By Kevin Lerner
Someone recently asked me, “how do you manage an executive who has to give a presentation [for a conference or meeting] but isn’t meeting the deadlines or giving you the critical information to create their PowerPoint graphics?”
“That’s happy hour conversation,” I mused, confessing that I’ve endured plenty of sleepless nights frantically working alongside a C-Level executive to help bring their PowerPoint presentation to the finish line…at the 11th hour.
But then I shared my belief that nearly everyone is a “presentation procrastinator.” Most executives have as much enthusiasm about their business presentation as high school kids have about their algebra homework. When tasked with a presentation, most professionals put it off, often waiting until the last minute to finally get serious about it.
So this “last minute crunch” is just the nature of creating deadline-driven presentations. In my 20 years of presentation development, I’ve seen it time and again, at companies large and small, business professionals frantically racing to finesse and finish their presentation as the clock counts down to showtime. And the success of the meeting or event often typically falls on the creative department or PowerPoint designer to magically transform chaos into art…rapidly and without error.
We first explore another example of a visual clichés: this time we find alternatives to clichéd images of targets and darts. We feature Boris Hristov from Bulgaria, a PowerPoint and presentations designer who heads 356labs. He talks about his motivation and inspiration, and more. Rick Altman has just released the fourth edition of his book, Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck. In this exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts about how you can benefit from this book. Mike Parkinson, whom we have featured before, talks again about Build-a-Graphic, a PowerPoint add-in that adds coordinated, intelligent visuals to your slides.
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users will find a series of tutorials. You can learn about Viewing Sections, Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes, Importing Outlines, and Outline Pane Options. And if that wasn’t enough for this week, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates released in the last week.
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