by Geetesh Bajaj, February 18th 2009
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Learn PowerPoint: Slides for Color Blind Audiences
Color blindness is some sort of color vision deficiency which results in differences in the way that an affected person sees and distinguishes various colors. When a color blind user looks at a PowerPoint slide, he or she might view it differently than other people. Even different color blind users may not see the same slide with the same vision -- there are three known varieties of color blind visions.
Show Me! What Brain Research Says About Visuals in PowerPoint
This article by Robert Lane and Dr. Stephen Kosslyn explores how the human brain handles visual input and the implications for PowerPoint presentations.
"We recommend eliminating most of those carefully thought-out words on slides and replacing them with certain kinds of rich imagery. Doing so efficiently feeds the brain what it likes to see, and allows you to communicate messages in ways not possible with words alone."
Learn PowerPoint 2007: Formatting Outlines (Weight, Dashes, Arrows, and Gradient Outlines)
We have already covered fills in PowerPoint 2007 and later versions. In the next part of this series of tutorials, we are going to learn about the outlines in PowerPoint 2007. If you moved up to PowerPoint 2007 from an earlier version, you'll find it interesting to know that Microsoft decided to change some terms -- a line is now an outline, and an AutoShape is a shape. Having said that, many interface areas of PowerPoint 2007 still use the term "line" -- so we'll use both line and outline interchangeably.
Weight is the thickness attribute of the outline: you can change the weight all the way from a hairline thin line to a chunky thick line. Dash type is the variation between a line without dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes.
In this tutorial we'll learn about adding arrowheads to lines. First things first: arrowheads can only be added to lines within open shapes. Shapes, such as rectangles, circles, etc. are closed shapes. Regular line Shapes, such as straight lines, curves, scribbles, etc. are open shapes.
In this tutorial, the outline options series will conclude with this article on gradient lines. Gradient lines are a new feature in PowerPoint 2007
Learn PowerPoint 2003: Formatting Shadows and 3D Style
We have already covered the fill and line options in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. While these versions of PowerPoint do not have a dedicated "effects" set like in PowerPoint 2007, they do offer some effects like shadows and 3D.
Although PowerPoint provides 20 preset shadow styles, you can still create your own customized shadow, or edit the preset shadow styles using the Shadow Settings toolbar.
Unlike shadows, 3-D styles only work with AutoShapes -- this leaves out pictures but you can always use a rectangle AutoShape with a picture fill to mimic a picture with a 3D style.
You can also do more with 3D Styles using the 3D Settings toolbar using options such as tilt, depth, direction, lighting, surface, and color.
SlideBoom Pro: Conversation with Yury Uskov
Yury Uskov is a founder and CEO of iSpring Solutions Inc., an innovative software company with the development center in Russia. Yury has a Masters degree in Software Engineering and since 2001 have been working in rich media industry inspired with the idea of making the best solution for online presentation sharing. iSpring Solutions has already launched several Flash technology projects including iSpring, a PowerPoint to Flash converter, and SlideBoom, an online service for presentations sharing. In this conversation, Yury discusses the new SlideBoom Pro account.
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Before you insert any sound or movie files within your presentation, copy the media files to the same folder as the presentation so that PowerPoint can remember where the file is located. This is especially important if your media files are on a CD, thumb drive, network folder, or external hard disk. Even if the media file is located in the same computer as the presentation, it’s good idea to copy them to the same folder in case you want to share the presentation. Then, all you will need to do is copy the whole folder to share your presentation---this also ensures that the sound and movie will work everywhere without broken links.
This tip is from my book, PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit which I co-authored with Echo Swinford -- check the book now!
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