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by Geetesh Bajaj, April 14th 2009

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The PowerPoint Live Template Contest: Conversation with Rick Altman

Rick Altman of PowerPoint Live has launched the PowerPoint Live Template Contest for this year's event to be held from October 11 to 14 at Atlanta. Winners of the template contest will get a free trip to the fall event!

For those of you who want to see how the winning entries look like, head to this exclusive page we created last year that shows you all the winners over the years

Also exclusive is this small conversation with Rick. Read more here...

ColorSchemer Studio 2.0: The Indezine Review

ColorSchemer Studio 2.0 is a color oriented application that can be used for creating new color schemes by mixing the color values to create schemes -- all the color schemes are created based on sound color theory principles. ColorSchemer Studio 2.0, is from the company of the same name -- which also creates products like ColorPix, Galleria, etc. You can download a trial version of ColorSchemer Studio 2.0 from their site. They have a Windows version available now, and a Mac version in development -- and also a free online version! For this review, I'm working with the Windows version.

Read the review here...

The Power Presenter: The Jerry Weissman Interview

Jerry WeissmanJerry Weissman is among the world's foremost corporate presentations coaches. His private client list reads like a who's who of the world's best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Netflix and many others.

Jerry founded Power Presentations, Ltd. in 1988. One of his earliest efforts was the Cisco Systems IPO road show. The Power PresenterFollowing its successful launch, Don Valentine, of Sequoia Capital, and then chairman of Cisco's Board of Directors, attributed "at least two to three dollars" of the offering price to Jerry's coaching.That endorsement led to more than 500 other IPO road show presentations that have raised hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. In this conversation, Jerry discusses his new book: The Power Presenter: Technique, Style, and Strategy from America's Top Speaking Coach.

Read the full interview...

Learn PowerPoint 2007

Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes: This tutorial is part of the effects series for PowerPoint 2007. I already showed you how you can apply a shadow effect, and tweak the shadow options. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can quickly add a reflection to a shape.

Note: Although you can add both a shadow and reflection effect to any object in PowerPoint 2007 or higher versions, it's good to use just one of these two effects.

Learn more here...

Apply Glow Effects to Shapes: In previous tutorials, I have showed you how you can add preset, shadow, and reflection effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2007. Now I move on to the next effect: Glow. Glow adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. PowerPoint provides several glow variations, and in this tutorial I'll show you how to apply glow effects to a shape.

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More Glow Colors: In a previous tutorial, I showed you how you can apply a glow effect to a shape in PowerPoint 2007 (or higher version). In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can change the glow color.

Learn more here...

Apply Soft Edges Effects to Shapes: We have already explored a few of the effects that PowerPoint 2007 allows to be used on shapes -- and that's the reason they are called Shape Effects. Soft Edges are one of these effects, and we'll look at what you can do with soft edges, which adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. Soft edges work best with larger shapes, especially if you use some of the larger soft edge variations available. PowerPoint provides some ready-to-use soft edges, but there is no option to format soft edges beyond these readymade offerings. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to apply soft edge to a shape..

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3-D Options (Effects) for Shapes: 3-D Options seems like something that should work with the 3-D Rotation effect in PowerPoint 2007, yet it also works with other effects such as Bevel and Presets. In simple terms, 3-D Options let you format the bevel style of a shape with many more options that are available in the conventional Bevel gallery. You can customize options such as contour, contour color, depth, depth color, and materials. This detailed tutorial explains every option within the 3-D Options gamut.

Learn more here...

Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes: We have already covered most of the effects available in PowerPoint 2007 in this tutorial series -- and now I show you how you can add a Bevel effect to a selected shape in PowerPoint 2007 (or higher version).

Learn more here...

OfficeFX Presenter v3.5: The Indezine Review

Have you ever wondered how you might transform your presentations into the kind of integrated media displays you see on television during high profile shows and events? Examples would include the information graphics that appear during network nightly news broadcasts or major sporting events. In those displays backgrounds move subtly, transitions incorporate key branding and design elements, and video is included in visually interesting ways? Our review product, OfficeFX® Presenter version 3.5 offers these capabilities and does so without changing the way your file looks or behaves in PowerPoint.

Read the review here..

Earth Day Related Templates on Ppted

Earth Day Templates on Indezine

powerpoint 2007 makeover kitPowerPoint 2007 Tip

When you move your mouse over thumbnail in a gallery, you can see how the respective formatting will look if you were to apply it to your content. This is called live preview. However, previewing doesn’t actually do anything to your slide – you must click the thumbnail for that to happen.

This tip is from my 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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