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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 25th 2014

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SlideShark Anywhere: Conversation with David Klein

David Klein

David Klein is vice president of product management 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 and sharing PowerPoints from iOS devices and more. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, David discusses SlideShark Anywhere, launched on March 18th 2014.

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Update Office 2013 to Service Pack 1

Update Office 2013 to Service Pack 1

SP1 for Microsoft Office 2013 has all the new updates which help in improving the security, performance, and stability of other Office 2013 products. Additionally, this SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. You can either install SP1 automatically -- your Office 2013 programs will automatically notify you about the update or you can download SP1 and install it on your computer. The latter option is preferable if you have more than one computer where you want to install SP1 -- this will ensure that you don't have to download the large SP1 package multiple times.

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Table Styles
Table Styles are pre-defined styles for tables 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 selected table look great.
Callout Shapes
Generally Callout shapes are connected to another figure or visual -- and these shapes contain some text. Callouts are not just any shape -- most of the time, callouts also have an attached line, arrow, or another pointer style that identifies it with a certain figure or visual. So in simple terms, callouts are those extra shapes with text that add value to other visuals. On their own, you'll hardly find callouts used anywhere.
Select Table Cells, Rows, and Columns
While working with tables in PowerPoint, you will always need to select some particular part of the table to work upon. For example, you may 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 even 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.
Attributing and Positioning Callouts
Callouts are shapes that allow you to do numerous tasks: you can add text indications, create pointers, and also create comic-book style speech and thought balloons. You can create something that will attract the attention of your audience by combining the callouts with illustrations or photos of characters (both human and animal). All of the 16 Callout shapes available in PowerPoint cannot be used for text and thought balloons -- mostly you can use 4 of these shapes. While Rectangular Callout, Rounded Rectangular Callout, and Oval Callout shapes are speech balloons, the Cloud Callout is essentially a thought balloon.

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Caveats About Masters
While all the Masters that PowerPoint 2003 provides can make it easier for you to create consistent looking slides, there may be times when these Masters will not live up to your expectations. And it is important for you to be aware of these "caveats", so that you don't run into big problems without being aware!
Multiple Slide Masters
Every presentation you create has its own Slide Master, even if you are not aware. This Master governs the default attributes of all slides in your presentation such as the background, font choices, colors, and even the positioning of the placeholders -- this makes all your slides look consistent. However, even then some sets of slides within the same presentation may have disparate slide elements -- so you may have some slides that are governed by one Slide Master and other slides that are governed by a completely different Slide Master!

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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you - just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template - replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories - and you're done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores - and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.

This template is entirely Theme aware - change your Theme colors and fonts - and everything automatically updates. We tested this template in both Windows (2007, 2010, and 2013) and Mac (2008 and 2011) versions of PowerPoint.

Download and play your own Jeopardy-like game.
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