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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 7th 2010

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PowerPoint Mobile 2010: Using with the Presentation CompanionPowerPoint Mobile 2010: Using with the Presentation Companion

If you have a new Windows Mobile equipped phone, or if you are considering buying a new phone -- then you must look at how PowerPoint Mobile 2010 works with the free Presentation Companion add-in for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. We bring you all the info you need, from getting started with Presentation Companion to setting the actual connections with PowerPoint Mobile 2010 -- finally we show you how you can control the presentation itself from PowerPoint Mobile.


Interactive Public Transport MapBuilding an Interactive Public Transport Map Application in PowerPoint

This is a guest article by Jamie Garroch. Here's a convention challenging thought. PowerPoint isn't here to create presentations! At least not exclusively anyway. I read a lot of articles talking about the best way to create presentations yet PowerPoint can be used to do so many things, even create applications. To improve your skills and knowledge of PowerPoint, it's often a great idea to give yourself a seemingly impossible task. In this project, I decided to recreate the London Underground (tube/metro) system map entirely in PowerPoint, make it interactive and then link it to an Internet real-time update service. Read more here...


Mark as Final: Adding and Reversing in PowerPoint 2010 and 2007

Once you create a presentation, you may need to share it. PowerPoint 2010 (and PowerPoint 2007) provide the Mark as Final option that makes your file read-only. I need to add that this is just a deterrent and nothing as restrictive as password protecting a PowerPoint presentation. Mark as Final tries to prevent users from typing, editing commands, and proofing -- all editing options are disabled or turned off. However, do remember that Mark as Final is not a security feature and it can be easily reversed.

Apply Mark as Final in PowerPoint 2010.

Apply Mark as Final in PowerPoint 2007.

Remove Mark as Final in PowerPoint 2010.

Remove Mark as Final in PowerPoint 2007.


Conversations and Interviews

Emanuel ZügerisEmanuel Züger is one of the founders of VIOSO GmbH and one of the managing directors together with Benjamin Fritsch. VIOSO offers solutions for projections, enabling an easy way to create stunning projections on complex surfaces as well as dealing with common projector issues. In this conversation, Emanuel discusses VIOSO Presenter, one of the products that VIOSO creates.

Tim JamesTim James founded SlideDynamic in 2009 and now focuses on product management. The vision and mission at SlideDynamics is to define and lead the market in real-time PowerPoint experience management by delivering valuable presentation outcomes for PowerPoint presenters and their audiences.

Harman SinghHarman Singh is the Founder and CEO of two Internet platforms - authorSTREAM and WiZiQ. authorSTREAM.com is a PowerPoint sharing platform striving to make your presentations sharable on the Web - whether they are viewed from desktops, mobile phones or tablets like iPad. authorSTREAM recently surpassed the million count in its membership -- Harman discusses the million members celebrations and more exclusively in this conversation.

Lin JieLin Jie is from Addintools, a line of add-ins for Microsoft Office applications created by Detong Technology Ltd. from China. When Microsoft Office 2007 was released with the Ribbon, Lin was the first to get back the old menus via the Classic Menu for Office 2007 in February 2007. In this conversation, Lin talks more about his products for Microsoft Office.

Sabra LarkinSabra Larkin, director of communications for Spence-Chapin, has been working with staff for the past 10 years to help implement Spence-Chapin’s mission of finding loving homes for children in need both in the United States and internationally. Spence Chapin recently received a free Brainshark software license, as part of Brainshark’s Non-Profit Program – where Brainshark awards technology grants to non-profits on a quarterly basis. In this conversation, Sabra discusses how the use of PowerPoint and Brainshark helps them.

Charles WolfusFor almost a decade, Charles Wolfus has worked closely with scientists and executives finding ways to increase efficiency and optimize IT systems. For the past few years, he has been co-founder and CEO of Zinali, LLC, a San Francisco-based company dedicated to improving PowerPoint slide search. In this conversation, Charles talks about new improvements in their slideboxx 2.1 version.

Ray HuangRay Huang graduated from Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Computer Science. Ray has 15 years experience developing software for Windows and Mac, and heads Senstic, a small development house that provides solutions that run on your mobile computers, PDA, mobile phones and other portable devices. In this conversation, Ray discusses the i-Clickr PowerPoint Remote product.

Benjamin RadclyffeBenjamin Radclyffe is Vice President, Product Development at DigitalOfficePro. DigitalOfficePro’s products include PowerFlashPoint, PowerQuizPoint and SlideServe. Benjamin joined DigitalOfficePro in 2007. He is a visionary and has extensive domain expertise in product development and the elearning ecosystem. In this conversation, Benjamin discusses PowerQuizPoint.


Learn PowerPoint 2010

Live Preview: Live Preview first made its debut in PowerPoint 2007, and continues being available in PowerPoint 2010 as well. Unfortunately, PowerPoint 2007 had no Live Previews for Chart Styles and that ability is not made available in PowerPoint 2010. Live Preview allows you to see/preview how an actual change will look on the slide before you decide to accept or decline that change.

Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar: There are many, many new users who have upgraded from PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2010 and encountered the Ribbon for the first time. Although most of them like how it looks, they would like to know more about what controls it offers. In addition, the Quick Access Toolbar offers customization options that can be immensely helpful. Learn about both these interface elements now.

Backstage View -- Open, Close, and Exit: When you click the File menu and access Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010, you are presented with several options. The simplest options are those that open and close files and exit the program. Yet even these have abilities that are not visible on the surface -- the Open option for instance has as many as 6 variants.

Files Types That PowerPoint 2010 Can Open: PowerPoint can save to an amazing number of file types -- but it can also open 23 file types! Although that sounds like a large number of file formats, more than half that number comprise PowerPoint's own formats that Microsoft has created over the years. And of course, they need to make sure with every release that all those formats continue to be accepted! They haven't been that kind to non-Microsoft formats although you can still import WordPerfect outlines (yes, I was surprised to see that too!). See the entire list of files that PowerPoint 2010 can open...

PowerPoint File Formats: Quick -- how many file formats (types) can PowerPoint save to? If you count every single format from the necessary to the irrelevant (and forget the missing ones), then the number is 26 formats for PowerPoint 2010, the latest Windows version of this program! Some of these could be genuinely helpful (such as the new WMV export in PowerPoint 2010) and others such as GIF, JPG, PNG, WMF, and EMF ensure that you get good graphic outputs. And RTF outlines can be a boon sometimes. Read more about PowerPoint file types...

Inserting a New Slide: In this tutorial, you can learn how to insert a new slide in PowerPoint 2010 using the New Slide button on the Home tab of the Ribbon.

PowerPoint 2010 Interface: A quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint 2010 interface will reveal all the new options such as the Backstage view. The PowerPoint 2010 interface is quite similar to the PowerPoint 2007 interface, but very different from the PowerPoint 2003 interface.

Backstage View and Save Options: It looks like PowerPoint 2010 is getting more mainstream every day. More users are upgrading from PowerPoint 2003 to 2010 and skipping version 2007 in the bargain. It's strange that when I think I about this, I see them moving from the File menu to another File menu, and they will never work with the Office Button in PowerPoint 2007. Yes, PowerPoint 2010 brings back the File menu -- yet the new File menu is something entirely different than what you may have seen before because it is the gateway that reveals the Backstage view -- that again is a new feature in PowerPoint 2010. And discover the Backstage view's Save and Save As options here...


Working with Slide Numbers

For some reason, Slide Numbers cause more confusion and frustration to PowerPoint users than many other, more complicated features! That's probably because controls to tweak slide numbers are scattered all over PowerPoint -- and while the option you want is available in PowerPoint, it might not be where you expected to find it. In this series of tutorials on slide numbers, learn how you can add slide numbers, work with the Masters and Layouts so that slide numbers show up, and also control the actual numbering as well -- for instance, what if you want your slide numbers to start from 31, or if you want your 4th slide to number from 1? That's covered too.

Learn about slide numbers in PowerPoint 2003

Learn about slide numbers in PowerPoint 2007

Learn about slide numbers in PowerPoint 2010


Learn PowerPoint: Charts

Format Chart Legend: Charts in PowerPoint can be customized by changing the appearance of various chart elements. The legend is also a chart element and typically it is a box or area that codes via color or pattern all the series in a chart. The legend can be formatted to be placed at various locations within the chart area, and you can hide it altogether. Learn more about formatting the chart legend in PowerPoint 2003, PowerPoint 2007, and PowerPoint 2010.

PowerPoint 2010: Chart Elements: Charts in PowerPoint comprise several elements that we call chart elements. Typical chart elements include series (and this could be one or more series with values), categories (again this can be one or more categories), Axes (horizontal, vertical, and in some cases a third axis as well), plot area (the active chart area), legend, chart title, etc. In this tutorial we'll learn more about these individual chart elements.Learn more about chart elements in PowerPoint 2010...

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Chart Styles: Long time PowerPoint users will remember the difficulties of charting -- it was so painful, time-consuming, and repetitive a task changing the fills of all the series one after the other -- and if your presentation had more than one chart slide, then you also had to ensure that all charts looked the same. PowerPoint 2007 made things simple and PowerPoint 2010 takes it further by makes this sort of repetitive formatting easy and consistent with the Chart Styles option. Learn more about Chart Styles...

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Inserting Charts: Inserting a chart in PowerPoint is very simple and you can take two approaches to adding one on your slide. Either you choose a layout for your slide that already has a content placeholder, or you use the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and then click the Chart button. Learn more here...


Create Twitter Backgrounds Using PowerPoint

Have you seen the customized Twitter backgrounds that people create to show an identity for their business. You might think that you need a graphic program such as Adobe Photoshop to create something of that sort, but the easiest tool to create Twitter backgrounds is actually PowerPoint! To make things easier, we are providing a readymade PowerPoint template that makes the task even easier. Just follow these steps to create your own Twitter backgrounds using PowerPoint 2003, PowerPoint 2007, and PowerPoint 2010.

Then add that background to your Twitter profile!


PowerPoint Repurposing

Today, billions of electronic presentations inhabit millions of hard disks in every corner of the world, and more than 90 percent of these presentations were created with Microsoft PowerPoint. Unfortunately, most have a short life span. Typically these presentations are used only once or twice, then filed and forgotten — an enormous waste of time and valuable information. Yet this content can be repurposed, redistributed and reused in a number of different ways. Read more about PowerPoint repurposing here...

 

Free Outstanding Presentations Workshop: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen FinkelsteinEllen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- she has just launched a new free webinar series called the Outstanding Presentations Workshop. In this conversation, Ellen talks more about this webinar series.

Read the conversation here...

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