Office 2008 SP2 Adds New Abilities to PowerPoint 2008

Created: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 7:07 am



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Microsoft’s new Service Pack 2 update for Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac has ushered in improvements that are a pleasant surprise. Topping the list is the option to add motion path animations in PowerPoint that have been available to Windows users of PowerPoint since PowerPoint 2002 (XP)! All this while, Mac versions of PowerPoint have been able to view motion path animations added by their Windows-based colleagues but they have never been able to add or edit them. This changes everything — look at Figure 1 below to see the new motion path animations option in PowerPoint 2008.

Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2008
Figure 1: Adding Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

I still don’t see the preset motion path options that are available to Windows users of PowerPoint, but that may be a blessing in disguise?

Other improvements in SP2 include the ability to now choose your own default theme including custom themes. Also, when you double-click in any part of a slide, you can start typing. Animated GIFs work as expected (learn more here about the earlier problems), and dynamic guides work better! The last option is still not available to Windows users of PowerPoint.

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