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Callout Sample 03: Curved, Connected Callouts

Callout Sample 03: Curved, Connected Callouts

Continuing our series on how you can use callouts within your slides, here's another sample to share. This is actually quite simple, but that's probably the best part. Making something appear simple to your audiences is the best service you can do for them. The color used for the callouts and the connectors attached to the callouts is the same (chrome yellow) -- and this color complements the overall color within the rest of the slide (primarily brown and white) very well.

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Change Interface Language in SkyDrive

Change Interface Language in SkyDriveSkyDrive may seem to be like an online file storage device but there's so much more to it. All SkyDrive users get access to free Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that work entirely in your web browser. Even better, you can change SkyDrive's interface language in a snap -- you donít need any foreign language packs nor do you need to pay any extra money to get these niceties.

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2014 Sharkie Awards: Conversation with Allison Wahl

Allison WahlAllison Wahl is customer community specialist at Brainshark, Inc., a leader in cloud-based business presentations. Brainshark's offerings include Brainshark On-Demand -- for turning static content such as PowerPoint documents into online and mobile video presentations -- and SlideShark, the award-winning app for showing PowerPoints from the iPad and iPhone. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Allison discusses Brainshark's annual Sharkie Awards program, which is now accepting submissions.

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Sankranti Animated Slides for $0+

Sankranti Animated Slides for $0+Two animated Sankranti PowerPoint presentations are included within this package. The first presentation has animated kites that gives a flying effect throughout the slide. The second presentation has rangoli that animates perfectly and is available in three variations: white, brown and multicolor. Go ahead and download these and use as you want -- retaining credit for these slides is something we will appreciate!

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AKVIS NatureArt 5.5: Photoshop Plug-in Review

AKVIS NatureArt 5.5AKVIS NatureArt 5.5 in an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that contains 9 nature-specific visual effects. It is the newest version of the AKVIS NatureArt 1.0 plug-in that we reviewed earlier. This plug-in allows you to add create natural phenomena on your pictures. You can also add effects directly on a blank background, such as converting a blank background into a sea view, lightning bolt, rain, sun, and snow. Finally, save your effects as presets for future use.

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PowerPoint 2013 TutorialsLearn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Shape Subtract
PowerPoint 2013 lets you change the appearance of merged shapes -- don't get fooled by how easy-to-use this is because the results you can end up with can be seriously impressive. In all, there are 5 options that let you merge shapes, and we have already explored 4 of them. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can use the Subtract option to subtract one shape from another shape or even shapes. Shapes with the Subtract option applied result in a single, cutout shape.
Convert Text to Shapes
PowerPoint 2013 has several new features but there's nothing quite like what we will explore on this page -- an option to convert regular text into a shape. First of all, this is an undocumented feature -- so it was really cool discovering how this was done. And then, this is such an utterly useful option -- people find all sorts of excuses to use this feature. For example, you can now easily create logos in PowerPoint without using any other application. Or use a fancy font and then share that presentation with others in the knowledge that recipients can see the font exactly as intended, even if it's not installed on their computers.

PowerPoint 2011 Tutorials Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Table Styles
PowerPoint 2011 makes repetitive table formatting easy and consistent with the Table Styles option. These are pre-defined styles that contain combinations of formatting elements such as fills, borders, and font colors. PowerPoint provides various such styles to choose from -- just a single click can make your Table look great.
Select Table Cells, Rows, and Columns
While it is easy to work with tables in PowerPoint 2011, you will always need to select some particular part of the table to work with -- this means you will have to select an individual table cell, or even separate rows and columns while performing various tasks such as populating tables with content, or adding and removing table rows/columns, or merging and splitting table cells. Sometimes you will also need to select contiguous cells in both rows and columns, or even the entire table itself. Follow these guidelines to learn about how to select the entire table, an individual row, a column, a cell, or even contiguous cells in PowerPoint 2011.
Distribute Rows and Columns in Tables
Tables can make your data or other content look organized and make it easy for your audiences to quickly understand how the content in one or more cells relates to the content in other cells. However, even with all this organization built-in within the tabular structure, tables still need aesthetics. A table on your slide looks good when its rows and columns are arranged and sized in a proper manner, and the table cell content is aligned well.

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Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

Gears -- these denote that things are moving, something is happening. Yes, gears mean action.

Have you ever wanted to use animated or non animated gear graphics in your PowerPoint slides? We have just what you need -- these ready-to-use awesome gears will save you tons of time. In fact, if you need to spend an hour or two to animate them, then you will be happy to know that we have included animated variants of all gears. Use the ones you want -- either animated or non-animated or even both. To use them, all you need to do is copy them and paste in your own slides!

Download and use gear graphics in your slides.

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