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?
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.