Do you have to stop a running Slide Show to update your pictures? You no longer have to do so because you can now use PowerPoint as a live image frame.
PresentationPoint has added a new PowerPoint add-on to its Dynamic Elements Suite; Dynamic Pictures. Just use a normal picture placeholder/box and insert it on your slide. Normally you can display only one picture in a picture placeholder/box, but by using Dynamic Pictures, you can display multiple pictures in the same picture placeholder/box.
Why would you do that? Some examples:
- Rotating ads in a shop or takeaway restaurant
- Image frame with your pictures
- Live events with live photographs
You just assign one or more folders with pictures to the picture box.
Choose to play these folders only or include all of the subfolders as well.
Set the display time for each image.
Choose to display all the images in fixed or random order.
When this is all done, you can start the slide show. Dynamic Pictures will now display all the images of the selected folder(s), in a fixed or random sequence. Each image is displayed equally.
You can use another computer to add and remove pictures from the folders. Dynamic Pictures will scan for updates on the listed folder(s) and it will automatically include the new pictures that were added, remove un-existing ones, without restarting the slide show.
Of course, when you have only a couple of images to show, you can use multiple slides with one picture per slide, or you use animation to show all images on one slide. But this add-on might be handy when you have many pictures to show. And especially when the pictures are dynamic and when you don’t want to stop the running slide show.
Here is a sample presentation of a live event.
PresentationPoint builds software to use PowerPoint for information screens. More information about Dynamic Pictures here.
Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport – this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998.