by Geetesh Bajaj, July 24th 2012
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Unwrapping PowerPoint 2013

Geetesh BajajLast week's most eventful happening was Microsoft announcing a public preview for Office 2013, the next version of Microsoft Office. Predictably, this means a new PowerPoint version. Expectations are very high for the upcoming PowerPoint 2013 -- and what you see in the public preview version is essentially what you will see in the final release. So for those of you who are expecting to send feedback to Microsoft based upon your opinion of PowerPoint 2013's public preview, be aware that no new features will be added based on your opinion at this time. A public preview is something that gets released to iron out bugs and make users aware of an upcoming version -- and nothing else!

If that sounded pessimistic, then it was not intended to. And that's because there is so much to like about PowerPoint 2013 -- in the next few weeks and months we will explore all nuances of PowerPoint 2013, and share them with you.

keyboard shortcuts for PowerPointOn another front, thank you so much for getting a copy of my PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts e-book, announced in last week's newsletter. The e-book is still available -- if you haven't downloaded it yet, go ahead and do so now -- and do send your feedback!
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Conversations and Guest Posts

Presentation Summit 2012: Conversation with Rick Altman
Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA. Rick has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989, and is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit conference. He has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. Rick has authored 15 books on presentations and graphics, including Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck. In this conversation, Rick discusses the tenth edition of his Presentation Summit conference. Read the conversation here.

Twitter for Presenters: Conversation with Kelly Vandever
Kelly VandeverKelly Vandever works with organizations who want to take their strategic business presentations from Lame to Fame! An award winning speaker herself, Kelly helps organizations crank up their content to connect and interact with their audiences using old school and hi-tech techniques all while annihilating bullet points and making this world a better place for business audiences everywhere. We already featured Kelly in a very popular interview, where she discussed how presenters can use Twitter. In this conversation, Kelly builds upon her earlier conversation to discuss tools that make Twitter easier to use for presenters. Read this exclusive conversation with Kelly Vandever.
Ignite: Conversation with Sara Winge
Sara WingeSara Winge is VP of the O'Reilly Radar group. Since 1994, she's been crafting the O'Reilly story while in a variety of jobs in Communications. She's been involved in launching most of O'Reilly's new initiatives, and, with Tim O'Reilly, co-created Foo Camp in 2003. Her previous jobs, which include furniture refinishing, firefighting, and job counseling, prepared her for working at O'Reilly in non-obvious but crucial ways. In this conversation, Sara talks about Ignite, how it started, and how speakers can prepare to speak at an Ignite event. Read this exclusive conversation about Ignite.

Drawing a Flag in PowerPoint

Drawing a Flag in PowerPointSeveral times in my training sessions, I have been asked how one can create a flag in a PowerPoint slide? Of course, you can just use some clip art or, if you are good at Adobe Illustrator or some other similar graphic software, creating a flag is a piece of cake. However, the challenge is to how one can create a flag in PowerPoint – this is a very relevant question since most business users, who need stuff such as flags don’t have access to dedicated graphic programs.

Businesspeople Silhouettes for PowerPoint -- 02

Businesspeople Silhouettes for PowerPointThis sample presentation that you will download contains some businesspeople silhouettes ready to use within your PowerPoint slides. You will find these silhouettes in both black and white colors, contained within two separate slides. To help you to start with, we have also included one more slide that contains some variations of these businesspeople silhouettes, that are pre-applied with some PowePoint fills, lines, and effects. Try applying some other fills, styles and effects to these businesspeople silhouettes and see which one works best for you.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Video Clips

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Animations

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Ppted Thai Designs PowerPoint Themes and Templates
This entire series resulted from my Thai vacation. During the entire trip, I collected Thai patterns and motifs -- from carvings on temple walls to woven cloth -- and everywhere else. These traditional Thai motifs were digitally recreated, and placed in backdrops using traditional Thai colors.
Typically this collection sells for $30 on my site -- however we decided to give this entire collection for just $10 to all subscribers and friends for this week.
The entire series contains Themes that will work in all the newest PowerPoint versions for Windows and Mac (2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011). We also included templates for users of older PowerPoint versions for Windows and Mac (2003, 2004, and older). All actual slide backgrounds are also included so that you can print variation slides as well as grayscale options. We also bundled 10 PNG graphics with detailed motifs!

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