by Geetesh Bajaj, June 14th 2011

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Thanks to all of you for your continuous feedback. Here are some pictures of Kuala Lumpur from my vacation.

We have a giveaway again this time -- and Ppted Americana, the PowerPoint templates series being provided this time is sure to be popular as it coincides with both the Flag Day and July 4th celebrations in the US. Again, there's plenty of other content -- do look below, and even in the sidebar on the right of this new look newsletter to find more stuff to explore!

Ppted Americana Giveaway

Ppted is giving away five copies of their Americana collection of PowerPoint templates. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. This giveaway ends on June 18th.

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The winners of the Ppted Plaid Patterns giveaway we announced in the issue before the last one are Rhonda, Kurt Reesman, Lisa Day-Lindsey, and Devendra Chowdary -- congratulations to all of you. Also do check out the feedback we received for the giveaway -- thanks to all of you for your kind words.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Connectors

ConnectorsConnectors are those cool lines that link and connect two shapes together in a relationship -- move any of the connected shapes, and the connectors move too! In this set of tutorials, we get started with connectors -- more advanced tutorials on connectors will follow soon.


Smart Connectors in PowerPoint 2010
Types of Connectors in PowerPoint 2010
Drawing Connectors in PowerPoint 2010
Change Connector Type in PowerPoint 2010
Formatting Connectors in PowerPoint 2010
Change Connector Color in PowerPoint 2010

Learn PowerPoint 2010: SmartArt Graphics

We have some more tutorials on using SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010 -- other than the following two tutorials, do check out all our existing SmartArt in PowerPoint tutorials.

Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2010
Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Toolbox

The Toolbox is a Mac only interface option in PowerPoint that sort of replaces the Task Pane found in Windows versions of PowerPoint -- this set of tutorials on the Toolbox is sure to help you become more proficient in your design work.

Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Custom Animation Tab within Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Scrapbook Tab within in Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reference Tools Tab within Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Compatibility Report Tab within Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Customizing the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Also, here's an unrelated tutorial on using the Developer tab in the Ribbon:

Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Conversations and Interviews

Cartoons in PowerPoint Presentations: Conversation with Mark Anderson

Mark AndersonMark Anderson graduated with a music degree in 1997, but his first job involved selling screws! Finding a music career impractical, and the business world uninspiring, he began drawing cartoons at the living room coffee table in his spare time. It was a rough start, but Mark refined his talents and soon sold his first cartoon. Seeing himself in print, and check in hand, Anderson set about reinventing himself as a cartoonist. Mark now runs Andertoons from his studio, where he sits at a drafting table. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, son, daughter, dog, cats, and one well-used coffee table. In this conversation, Mark talks about using cartoons in your next PowerPoint presentation. -- Read the conversation here.

Present Your Story: Conversation with Nolan Haims

Nolan HaimsAfter careers in theatre and the circus, Nolan Haims moved into the world of presentation, designing presentations for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions and all the major television networks. Currently Nolan is Presentation Director for Edelman, the world's largest independent PR company. He writes about visual communication at In this interview, Nolan discusses his career move to presentation design, and what factors influence the creation of successful presentations -- Read the conversation here.

How to be a Presentation God: Conversation with Scott Schwertly

Scott SchwertlyScott Schwertly calls himself a storyteller -- he owns and operates Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique. Alongside his talented employees, he continues to provide professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies like Google and Pepsi to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. In this interview, Scott discusses his newly released book, How to Be a Presentation God. -- Read the conversation here.

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