by Geetesh Bajaj, December 27th 2011
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Time Saving Techniques for a New Day!
It's that time again -- when we are at the end of a year and looking forward to the next one. Typically, if you do not look at dates on a calendar, you will find it makes no difference because most of us (including yours truly) will continue doing what we have been doing so far. It might be a new year but the real important factor is that we get a new day, every single day -- and that in itself is a great blessing. A new day signifies things you may do differently -- just today, I found a quicker way to do a task that typically takes me 15 minutes each day -- for all days of the year, those 15 minutes will add to a substantial amount of time.
That's exactly the approach I recommend you take with your PowerPoint presentations -- learn new shortcuts, find ways of reusing old content, and discover new techniques. The time you save will help you create a better story for your presentation, and will also let you practice your content before you go and present in front of an audience.
We have plenty of new content in this issue -- scroll down to find the content. And we do enjoy the New Year and all the festivities that this season brings forth -- take a look at our Season's Greetings card
we made entirely inside PowerPoint!
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Conversations and Guest Posts
Duarte.com/edy: Conversation with Eric, Doug, and Corey
Soon after we did the Halloween Pumpkin Contest conversation with Nancy Duarte, we planned another one with her about Duarte.com/edy -- but she graciously mailed back saying "Duarte.com/edy is the creation of Eric Albertson, Doug Neff, and Corey Rothermel. I'll let them answer your questions directly." Thank you, Nancy! Read the conversation here.
New SlideShark Features: Conversation with Jay Wilder
is director of product marketing at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Jay discusses new features in SlideShark – an app from Brainshark that solves the problem of PowerPoint’s incompatibility on the iPad. Read the conversation here
PPTools Resize: Conversation with Steve Rindsberg
has been associated with PowerPoint since the product originated more than two decades ago -- his PowerPoint FAQ site is a treasure trove of PowerPoint information. When he's not updating his site, he's creating new PowerPoint add-ins that expand possibilities within PowerPoint. Steve's also into a lot of print technology related stuff. In this conversation, Steve discusses PPTools Resize, his new PowerPoint add-in that resizes slide dimensions. Read the conversation here
Slide Linker: Conversation with Jamie Garroch
, CEO of GMARK Ltd., founded the company in 2009 to provide presentation professionals with PowerPoint software, content and training. Jamie conceived the idea for the company’s first product, ActivePrez from a non-linear presenting need and has since added several other add-in products. His newest add-in is Slide Linker -- a product born out of the need to link slides together so that all linked slides are glued to each other when copied to other presentations. In this conversation, Jamie talks about the free Slide Linker add-in for PowerPoint, and his business of creating custom PowerPoint add-ins. Read the conversation here
Reviews and More
iPad Presenting 04: Add an Apple TV
If you are serious about iPad presenting, then you may have already realized that it makes no sense to attach your iPad to a TV or projector with a cable. For one this means that your iPad is physically tied to a location, and you cannot really move around and navigate your content at the same time. And also the fact that you miss out on portability, the iPad's biggest advantage. The direction you need to explore is quite obvious as far as Apple is concerned -- they would like you to look at their Apple TV device. Learn more about Apple TV
Book Review: How to Give a Great Presentation by Nick Morgan
There is a new trend with ebooks -- they are getting smaller all the time! Typically ebooks were just electronic versions of regular books that had a hundred pages or more and needed more than a day or two to read, especially if you had other full time work to take care of. Now, ebook authors have realized that it's no longer necessary to take a concept that fits into 16 pages, and extend it to an entire book -- so you get ebooks that are direct in their approach, get straight to the point -- and you learn something new within an hour! Nick Morgan's new book, How to Give a Great Presentation fits the description in the preceding paragraph. It is compact, and direct in its tone. Read more here
PPTools Resize: The Indezine Review
With wide-screen equipped projectors and displays -- and the unending amount of sizes required for digital signage, it seems like the PowerPoint slide's typical 4:3 resolution is no longer sufficient. And many times, you have to change your slide size from one to another after it has been created! Yes, PowerPoint does have an option to resize your slides but that feature does have a "take-it-or-leave-it" approach, what with you ending up with slides where pictures and other slide objects can get elongated or squished. Fortunately, our review product PPTools Resize is a much more gentler solution that hand holds you all the way, and ends up with more predictable results. Read the Indezine review of PPTools Resize
Presentation Assistant Pro: The Indezine Review
Presentation Assistant Pro is the professional edition of Presentation Assistant -- both are on-screen presentation tools that work like an assistant when you are delivering a presentation, or doing a training session. In this review, we are looking at the Pro version of Presentation Assistant. Presentation Assistant Pro provides various tools that equip you to make your audience attentive -- some of these tools such as zoom can enlarge portions of the screen. Other tools such as spotlight, curtain, screen digital clock, arrow point, magnification, screen capture etc. offer significant assistance in explaining processes or steps to an audience. Read the Indezine review of Presentation Assistant Pro.
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Download Clip Media from Office.com -- For Mac OS X
There is no dearth of sites providing royalty-free pictures that can be used in your PowerPoint presentations -- but, none of these provide the breadth of choices that you can find at the Microsoft Office site (Office.com). Even better, all these pictures are free to all licensed users of Microsoft Office programs such as PowerPoint. Office.com allows you to download various types of clip media, including pictures.