Patrice-Anne Rutledge is a business technology author and journalist who specializes in web-based applications, presentation technology, and social media. She is the author of several books for Pearson Education, including Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Using Facebook, and Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes. Patrice is also the founder of Rutledge Communications, a professional writing and editing firm. You can reach Patrice at her website, PatriceRutledge.com.
In this conversation, Patrice talks about her new book, Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
Geetesh: Patrice, tell us about your new book, Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – did you discover any favorite new features in PowerPoint 2010?
Patrice: Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 is my fifth PowerPoint book, but it’s the first to come with an extensive collection of audio and video tutorials. I enjoyed adding this multimedia component, and many readers have told me that watching the videos really helped reinforce what they read in the book.
PowerPoint 2010 offers many new features that make it a worthwhile upgrade, particularly for anyone who currently owns PowerPoint 2007 or a previous version. My favorite new features are those that focus on video. For example, you can now edit and enhance your videos without expensive, third-party video-editing tools. In addition, PowerPoint 2010 enables you to broadcast slide shows on the web and create high-definition videos directly from your presentations.
Another great new feature is co-authoring, which lets you work simultaneously with other people on the same presentation rather than posting or emailing a presentation for feedback. This is particularly useful if you work in an organization that requires group collaboration.
Geetesh: Tell us something about your use of PowerPoint beyond the role of an author — what type of presentations do you create?
Patrice: As a PowerPoint author, it’s my job to research and test every PowerPoint feature. I also use PowerPoint extensively for my business, particularly for training and marketing.
In addition to creating traditional PowerPoint presentations, I use PowerPoint to create webinars, YouTube videos, eLearning courses, and SlideShare decks. PowerPoint is also a great tool for basic graphic design. I’m not a designer, but PowerPoint’s latest features enable me to create interesting graphics for the web. For example, I used PowerPoint to create my Facebook welcome tab and my Twitter background. I think every PowerPoint user should try to move beyond creating basic presentations and explore PowerPoint’s many other powerful features.There’s a lot you can do with PowerPoint besides creating slides.