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by Geetesh Bajaj, April 28th 2009

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PowerPoint Cool Stuff: Animated Headshots

Animated Headshots

Learn how to animate a series of headshots -- very useful for an opening slide sequence. You can also use the same technique for product shots or vacation pictures -- just substitute the headshots!

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Grouping Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2007: This tutorial shows you how you can group slide objects in PowerPoint 2007 and higher with regular Ribbon tab controls, right-click options, and shortcut keys. When you have many (or more than one) slide objects on a slide that you want to manipulate in the same way, you might want to consider grouping them. Grouping can be helpful in many scenarios.

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Grouping Slide Objects: When you have many (or more than one) slide objects on a slide that you want to manipulate in the same way, you might want to consider grouping them. Grouping can be helpful in the several scenarios: You want to animate several slide objects at the same time as a single object, or you have too many objects on the slide, and want them all grouped so that you don't have to select them individually all the time, or maybe you just like to have all objects on your slide organized.

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Insert Movie in PowerPoint 2007: As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once; then copy any movie/video file you want to insert to the same folder as the presentation. Thereafter, follow these steps to insert a movie clip in PowerPoint 2007.

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Re-ordering Animation: You need to re-order your animations mainly because you might have more than one animated object on a slide, and you discover that some re-sequencing of animations as they happen in relation to each other may provide a better result. For something of this sort, PowerPoint provides a Re-order option that lets you play with the sequence of the animation.

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Removing an Animation: Before you start with removing an animation, there is something you need to decide. Do you want to remove both the animation and the slide object that is animated? Or do you want to just remove the animation, and let the slide object be? Or maybe you don't want to remove the animation or the slide object -- you just want to change the animation?

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Animation Speed: When you add animation to any slide object, and set the animation event for it to occur, the next thing to do is set the speed of the animation. In this tutorial, I explore speed presets in PowerPoint that determine how long an animation takes to complete.

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PowerPoint FAQ: Conversation with Steve Rindsberg

Steve RindsbergSteve Rindsberg is the founder and President of RDP, based in Cincinnati, OH (USA). Steve's been associated with PowerPoint since the product originated -- his PowerPoint FAQ site is a treasure trove of PowerPoint information. When he's not updating his site, he's creating new add-ins that expand possibilities. Steve's also into a lot of print technology related stuff.

Read the full interview here....

Advanced Presentations by Design: The Andrew Abela Interview

Andrew AbelaAndrew Abela is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair-elect of the Department of Business & Economics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and author of Advanced Presentations by Design.

His consulting clients include Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Motorola, Burger King, eBay, and Kimberly-Clark. Prior to academia, he ran the Marketing Leadership Council, was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. He lives with his wife and their six children in Great Falls, Virginia, and was born and raised on the island of Malta.

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PowerPoint for Court: Conversation with Herbert Rubinstein

Herbert RubinsteinHerbert Rubinstein has been involved in computer graphics for over 15 years as founder and CEO of ReGraphix, an award winning creative house for graphics and design. The past few years, Mr. Rubinstein has taken his presentation graphics experience and applied it to developing presentation techniques for the Courtroom. He has worked with the FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs Service and other government agencies, as well as many law firms across United States. In this conversation, Herb talks about his book and CD called PowerPoint For Court.

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VSTO 3.0 for Office 2007 Programming: Conversation with Vivek Thangaswamy

Vivek ThangaswamyVivek Thangaswamy is a Software Solution developer and technical author based Chennai, India. He specializes in Microsoft enterprise application architectures and server-based product integrations. Vivek is a Microsoft MVP and he completed his Bachelor of technology degree in Information Technology and is currently pursuing a MBA in Finance. In this conversation, Vivek discusses his newly released book: VSTO 3.0 for Office 2007 Programming.

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Presentation Channels on authorSTREAM: Conversation with Dinesh Awasthi

Dinesh AwasthiDinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for authorSTREAM.com at authorGEN (authorSTREAM's parent company). In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications, and certifications in Quality Management and Software Testing.

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Freepath 2.0: The Indezine Review

We all live in a world where media assaults at every angle -- be it in the form of television and online video, or even in the form of digicam pictures and music tracks. And of course, this can be extended to something much more huge by the plethora of file formats inhabiting everybody's computer hard disks in the form of ubiquitous PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Excel sheets, Adobe PDFs, Flash movies, and more.

So how does one create logical collections of such photos, document files, music tracks, and video files in one place, and will this collection be easy to maintain and share? That's a challenge we all face each day. Take an iPod for example -- it comes with iTunes that allows you to make some sense of your huge music collection by creating manual and intelligent playlists so that they can be played in an organized, arranged, and presequenced manner. Freepath, the product which I am reviewing tackles many of these challenges by extending the playlist metaphor to all your document and media formats, including all the formats discussed in the preceding paragraph. In addition, it also tackles QuickTime movies, YouTube videos, and live websites.

Read the Indezine review of Freepath 2.0 here...

Free Slide Executive Professional 3.0 for Universities and Non-Profits

Liber Rodríguez of Novatrox sent me this awesome bit of info that should make universities and non-profit educational institutions very happy indeed. They have decided to give away their amazing slide cataloging and management program for free to them for installation on institutional servers.

"Being able to search the entire University knowledge base of presentations to find individual slides, will save scientists and researchers huge amounts of time", says Jonas Fernholm, CEO at Novatrox AB.

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Book Excerpts: VSTO 3.0 for Office 2007 Programming

Office 2007 ProgrammingThis exclusive book extract from VSTO 3.0 for Office 2007 Programming is presented here with permission from Packt Publishing.

The book, authored by Vivek Thangaswamy will help you get started with using VSTO in several Microsoft Office 2007 applications including InfoPath, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc. The excerpt on this site looks at customizing the Ribbon interface in PowerPoint 2007.

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powerpoint 2007 makeover kitPowerPoint 2007 Tip

If you do many presentations, you might want to look into purchasing some royalty-free stock photo CDs or a download subscription so that you’ll have what you need at your fingertip. Check http://www.pptkit.com/media for links to several stock media sites.

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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