by Geetesh Bajaj, December 11th 2008
This newsletter provides more info on PowerPoint usage -- and details on new content available on the Indezine site. You can also opt to get our RSS feed, where you can get updates through Feedburner.
Learn PowerPoint: Animation Events
Before you learn to add animation to any slide object, do remember that there are three ways in which your animation can be set to play. These are called animation events. By default, if you don't change anything PowerPoint sets the event to On Click.
Toolbook: The Brad Crain Interview
As Vice President and General Manager of ToolBook, Brad Crain is responsible for ToolBook products, including strategy, research and development, and product management. Brad previously held various positions at Click2learn/Asymetrix including Director of Learning Management Systems Engineering and Director of Enterprise Products. In this interview, Brad discusses the ToolBook product from SumTotal Systems, and its PowerPoint related abilities.
SlideShare Now Supports Keynote
SlideShare, a leading site that lets you upload and share PowerPoint presentations now supports Apple Keynote files too. All you need to do is zip up your Keynote presentation files and upload.
There's an interesting tutorial on the SlideShare site -- See here...
Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint: Reference
We took every single motion path animation available in PowerPoint including the preset and custom options -- and created this sample online presentation that you can use as a reference to preview.
Slide Executive: Conversation with Liber Rodriguez-Florez
Liber Rodriguez-Florez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but is resident in Sweden. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics and works as the Sales Director of Novatrox AB where he is responsible for the technical sales towards international customers. Prior to joining Novatrox AB, Liber worked several years at Relevant Traffic, a highly competitive Search Engine Marketing company, as Technical Director cooperating closely with the Relevant Traffic sales department.
In this discussion, Liber discusses Novatrox's Slide Executive product.
Geetesh: Tell us more about the improvements in Slide Executive Professional 2.3?
Liber: We have improved and streamlined a numerous number of things that will increase usability and make working with Slide Executive even easier. I can’t tell you everything we’ve done because I would go on for too long. But here are some top picks:
Search improvements: A search form is now accessible from the toolbar so you can start a search for slides or files without needing to click any menu or button first. This is very handy not only for slides but also if you want to look for some file you know is far down in the folder structure. Just as before you can limit your search by searching just a part of your slide library from folder down to presentation level. Also the relevancy of the search is improved since Slide Executive takes account of more parameters when sorting the results. We also added some nice shortcut buttons for each slide in the slide search results, allowing you to immediately download a slide’s master presentation or going to that slide’s master presentation directly within Slide Executive.
Animation Factory: The Indezine Review
AnimationFactory.com is a huge resource of visual content that I have known for a very long time now. Founded in 1996, the site now comprises over 500,000 animations, video backgrounds, PowerPoint templates, backdrops, web graphics, sound clips, Flash source files, etc. They have a dedicated team of on-house artists who create this content. Their media elements can be use in any kind of presentation.
Templates on Indezine
You can change the picture in the placeholder by using the Change Picture option in the Picture Tools Format tab on the Ribbon. This tab normally is not visible – it shows up only when you select the picture or picture placeholder on the slide. Or you can just right-click the picture or picture placeholder and choose Change Picture.
This tip is from my new book, PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit which I co-authored with Echo Swinford -- check the book now!
And here are some excerpts...
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