by Geetesh Bajaj, April 2nd 2013

View this as a web page

To ensure future delivery of emails, please add mailinglist @ to your address book.

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Shapes

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Ovals Drawing a perfect oval with just a pencil on paper is easier than drawing a perfect circle – but remove the word “perfect”, and your drawing becomes less stressful – to you and also to whoever your audience may be! And then dawned the computer era – where everything was so “perfect” again – with flawless curves, reflecting unflawed geometry! Do you yearn for the imperfection? You can easily achieve this hand drawn look with our Organic Shapes series.

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Honeycombs Ovals and Honeycombs are just two of the common shapes that we doodled on paper – and then reproduced as native PowerPoint shapes for you to use. All put together, our Organic Shapes collection contains 8 shape types – each type has 10 variants – so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options! These shapes will help break the monotony of text heavy slides, and assist you in explaining difficult concepts better to your audiences. Using these organic shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!

This product is priced at $10+.

Buy and download these slides now

2013 Presentation Impact Survey Results: Conversation with Jim Endicott

Jim Endicott Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. In this conversation, Jim discusses the results of the 2013 Annual Presentation Impact Survey conducted by his company, Distinction Communication, Inc.
Read the conversation here

Use a Mini Mini-Story to Tell Your Audience About Yourself: by Claudyne Wilder

Claudyne Wilder You may be delivering a scientific paper, explaining to the salespeople how the new system will change the way they place orders, or reporting on a project that no one really understands. When you stand up in front of an audience with people who have no idea who you are, you need to let them in on you as a person.
Read more here

SlideShark Broadcasting: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman

Andy Zimmerman Andy Zimmerman is chief marketing officer for Brainshark, Inc., a leading provider of sales enablement solutions. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Andy discusses "SlideShark Broadcasting" a new capability the company is launching today in its SlideShark app.
Read the conversation here

Learn PowerPoint 2013

Slides Pane
PowerPoint 2013's work area below the Ribbon continues to be tri-paned -- these three panes comprise the Slides pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane. The Slides Pane is the thin strip on the left side of the PowerPoint 2013 interface that contains thumbnails of all your slides.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text
While choosing texture fills for your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. Third party custom textures are always an option, including our own Scribble Custom Textures that provide your text with an organic look, as if someone scribbled lines with a pencil to fill them!
Pattern Fill for Text
Do you want to create some text that needs to be printed in black and white? Or maybe you need some text that has awesome contrast -- the Pattern fill that lets you add contrast -- and is yet different from the regular solid fills.
Text Outline
Text outlines in PowerPoint are the borders around your text that can be used to make your slide titles, or sub-titles to look prominent and stylish. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines, follow these steps to explore more.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Reset Pictures
Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. Essentially that's good because if you make many changes to a picture -- and then regret experimenting -- then you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There's one caveat though -- the option to reset any picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any compression options for your presentation.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows To perform some tasks within Windows, you must be able to see all files and the folders -- but there are chances that some of your files or folders may be hidden -- this may not be so obvious and fortunately it's easy to overcome this limitation. By default, all versions of Windows hide at least some files and folders -- in this article, we'll show you how you can unhide these files or folders within Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
Learn how to make the hidden files and folders visible in Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

Joining SlideBoom

Joining SlideBoomIn a previous tutorial of the SlideBoom series, we explained you about the SlideBoom online presentation site. While you need not be a member of this site to view presentations, you must join as a member to do practically anything else such as posting presentations, downloading files, commenting, etc.
Learn how you can join SlideBoom, a PowerPoint sharing site

Add to Circles

Indezine Offer!

Buy Now

I have partnered with my fellow PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein to bring you a fantastic offer: 2 great PowerPoint products at a 33% discount.

1. Concept Slides: Organic Shapes, from Indezine

Concept Slides: Organic Shapes

The entire Organic Shapes collection contains 8 shape types -- each type has 10 variants - so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options!

Since these Shapes look scribbled, they attract more attention from audiences.

2. Slide Design for Non-Designers, by Ellen Finkelstein

Slide Design for Non-Designers

Discover how to design high-impact PowerPoint slides with step-by-step instructions and clear color illustrations. 100+ pages. Covers PowerPoint 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Priced at only $19.97 for both great products together. Get the details now!

Buy Now

End Note

Received this email from a friend? If you would like to join our mailing list, go here.

Read past issues of this newsletter

This newsletter provides more info on better PowerPoint usage, and presentation design. You can also opt to get our RSS feed, where you can get updates through Feedburner.

See our Privacy Policy.

Follow on Twitter | Join our LinkedIn Group | Join our Facebook Group

Do let us know how we are doing -- we love to hear from you! And if you enjoyed reading any content on, please do like them on Facebook and other social platforms, click the Google +1 buttons on all these pages, and tweet them all so that you can share these joys with others -- and keep your feedback coming! Have a fabulous week.

You can also find new templates everyday on the PowerPoint blog along with information on what's new and happening in the world of PowerPoint -- check out at

The Indezine News mailing list is powered by Aweber.

Have a great day!