Carles Enric Lopez is CEO of Netmaps, SA — a Barcelona, Spain based company. He has a degree in Geography from the Universidad de Barcelona (UB) and the University College of London (UCL). In addition, he holds a Master in Demography (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ) and is a Postgraduate in Urbanism (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).
In this conversation, Carles Enric Lopez talks about the use of maps in PowerPoint.
Geetesh: How can presenters and presentation designers benefit from using maps in their PowerPoint slides?
Carles: PowerPoint maps are not only perfect for making your presentations easier to create, but also give them a far more professional look. Such maps are ideal if you are looking to add clear, visual references into your presentation. One of the benefits of our maps for presentations is that we have covered all the country maps in the world with the same kind of information so it would be perfect for any company to unify their information.
You can modify any of the maps, and make your own look and feel, so our maps can be combined with your corporate images in an easy way. It is a well known fact that visual aids greatly help people to retain for longer the information which you present to them, and the speaker finds it much easier to engage with their audience and pull off a successful presentation, if they don’t have to worry about technical problems or trying to describe geographical locations. PowerPoint maps will save you a lot of time and hassle, since the maps have been purposely created for PowerPoint software, so you won’t have to worry about glitches, bad graphics or difficult modifications.
Geetesh: Tell us more about your company, and the PowerPoint specific maps that you provide.
Carles: We, at Netmaps, have over 11 years experience under our belts, and specialize in the creation of digital maps in a variety of formats, for example PowerPoint, Illustrator, and Freehand. Our diverse team comprises of experienced geographers and cartographers. Our head office is located in a four story building in the quiet suburbs of Barcelona (Spain), but we have reputable customers in 69 countries throughout the world, such as DK, Time Out, National Geographic, African Development Bank, HP, BBC, Apple, and so on. We offer maps of continents, countries and cities, both topographical, political and road maps. Our maps for PowerPoint were created in 2003 because some of our largest clients needed specific and customized maps for their presentations. We used our beta website version from 2003-2005, with Maps 1.0 available. In 2006 we launched the new version of our website 2.0, and finally in 2009 we have decided to start our PowerPointMaps version 3.0 which combines the free version 1.0 and the payable version. We have also reduced prices by 50% of the version 2.0. Version 1.0 maps are completely free to download, and you can start using them straight away. Upgrading to version 2.0 maps (at a cost of just 49 euros each) allows you to easily modify the PowerPoint map.
Geetesh: Tell us more about your support infrastructure.
Carles: Our maps are fully vectorized, which means that our production team is working day in day out to update any new information. When we update any of the maps, we also transform them to PowerPoint format to make them available for users of PowerPoint presentations.
We can be reached by either phone or email. You will be put straight through to a member of staff (no pushing lots of buttons!). If you choose to send us an email, we promise to get back to you within 6 hours. Our team comprises of native speaking English, French, Spanish, and German nationals. Our production team is on hand if you have any problems with downloading, but if all else fails we can send the map to you via email. Our central server is in the UK and we have backups in India and France. It means our presentation maps are guaranteed 24 hours X 7 days.