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by Geetesh Bajaj, October 29th 2013

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FlexiPrez for PowerPoint: Conversation with David Cowan

David CowanDavid Cowan is developer of the FlexiPrez add-in for PowerPoint. Although his educational background is in Civil Engineering, he has also worked in Project and Business Management roles including with the Salvation Army in Zambia and Bible College SA in Adelaide, Australia. It was while working in the education field that he developed an interest in making PowerPoint presentations more interactive, particularly for lecturers. This interest eventually led to the development of FlexiPrez. In this conversation, David discusses FlexiPrez.

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Add Picture Fills to Shapes
Picture fills may appear convincing or confusing -- well it all depends upon the type of picture you use for the fill. Do remember that using a detailed or crowded picture as a fill for a small shape will get you no awards for slide design! It's best to use pictures that have one focused object or are subtle in nature for this purpose. Any shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2013 can be provided with a picture fill in the same way as you add or change solid fills or gradient fills.
Advanced Picture Fill Options
There is much more you can do to your picture fill after adding a picture fill to a shape -- you can play around with the parameters for transparency, tiling, etc. This tutorial covers these advanced options for picture fills in PowerPoint 2013. These extra options can help you if you want your picture fill to stand apart and look out of the ordinary.

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Format Number Options in Chart Data Labels
In PowerPoint, you can use category names, series names, or values as Data Labels within charts -- more often than not, most charts show values as Data Labels -- and values denote numbers! When you use numbers as Data Labels, you may want to format them for several reasons such as limiting or expanding the number of decimal digits shown, or including the currency symbol along with the values, or show the value in percentage etc.
Chart Data Labels - Other Options
Adding Data Labels to your charts in PowerPoint is one of the ways to make it more effective. But sometimes using this option may spoil the look of your chart because the Data Labels you used are too long and overlap each other, below where Series names show as Data Labels. To avoid this kind of issues, and also to format the Data Labels for different purposes such as adding some more elements to them, or change their text color etc, you need to format them as explained in this tutorial.
Chart Area
The Chart Area is essentially the entire area that encompasses your chart. Everything on the chart is placed atop this area -- thus you can say that the Chart Area is that part of your chart that's placed below all other chart elements. By default, the Chart Area doesn't show any fill or any formatting unless you have used a particular Chart Style. Even though this default status works well, you can opt to format as required. You can change the appearance of the Chart Area, or make the entire chart text use a single font attribute, or change the position of the chart on the slide with just a few clicks.

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Halloween Kit

Halloween Kit for PowerPoint

The Indezine Halloween Kit is a self-contained set of content that provides everything you need to create picture slides for PowerPoint. This kit contains 5 Standard and 5 Widescreen Halloween PowerPoint Themes, a scary font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some pictures, and even a few sample slides.

Use this kit as a starting point to create your own picture slides! Then you can email your creations, or share them as a movie clip using PowerPoint 2010's Save and Send | Create a Video option. You can also upload the presentation to online sharing sites such as SlideShare, myBrainshark, authorSTREAM, SlideBoom, SlideShark -- or upload a converted video to video sharing sites such as YouTube.

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