Glenna Shaw is an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for PowerPoint — she works for the US government — she is also very involved with accessibility aspects for PowerPoint. In another avatar, she creates games in PowerPoint. Glenna also runs the PowerPoint Magic site that has plenty of tutorials and downloads.
In this conversation, Glenna discusses the new dynamic content transitions in PowerPoint 2010 (and PowerPoint 2011 for Mac), and how they can be effectively used to add interest.
Geetesh: How are the new dynamic content transitions in PowerPoint 2010 (and 2011 for Mac) different from normal transitions?
Glenna: The big difference with the content transitions is that only the items on the slide move and the background does a slight fade through. They’re like an animation and transition combined. If you keep your background the same on the slides, the content appears to move in and out independently.
Another change with transitions is they now appropriately move backward and forward. If you apply the same transition to all your slides and use the left/right arrow keys the transitions really give you the feel of moving both directions. In previous versions of PowerPoint the transitions were all oriented to moving forward and would just repeat if you moved backward. It looked really odd.
Geetesh: You created a nifty timeline presentation using these transitions – can you tell us more about this presentation and similar scenarios in which these transitions can help convey content in a better way?
Glenna: At the 2010 Presentation Summit, I had a fellow attendee ask me to recreate a timeline template that she had lost when her hard drive crashed. Following fellow MVP Troy Chollar’s suggestion, I used the Pan Transition, and at her request, incorporated a wheel of time on the slides that allowed her to jump to any month she chose. The end result was a timeline that seamlessly moved forward and backward with a wheel that appeared to turn.
I’ve posted a version of a timeline template here. Unfortunately the PowerPoint Web Apps embeds don’t display the new transitions so you need to open the file in PowerPoint 2010.
Note from Geetesh: The embeds you see on this page are from YouTube.
This version of a timeline is my nod to the old Time Tunnel TV series. Anyone could easily recreate this timeline. I simply used the Trek theme, built the timeline components on 12 slides and applied the Fly Through Dynamic Transition. The possibilities are pretty endless with the new transitions. A virtual picture cube could easily be created with the Cube Transition. You just need to use your imagination and experiment.