PowerPoint and Presenting News
by Geetesh Bajaj, August 12, 2014

Concept Slides: Organic Shapes with Brush Edges

Concept Slides: Organic Shapes with Brush Edges Have you tried to draw a line or a circle with just holding a pencil or marker in your hand? You'll end up with a shape that may fail you in a geometry test but it still looks human, personal, and different - just like these organic shapes. Each 8 of these shape types have 10 variants each - so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options! Again each of these 80 shapes have 12 brush stroke styles! Plus you get the lines and arrows in 12 brush stroke styles too. Combine all variations to end up with more than 3000 possibilities.

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Clean Charts in PowerPoint

Clean Charts in PowerPoint The biggest bane of charts seen on PowerPoint slides is that they are too crowded, include too much detail that's much more than what audiences want, and have so little white space. By white space of course, we don't just mean space that is colored white - rather we mean empty, breathing space. If we had to sum up what we need in two words, those words would be "clean charts".

Learn about some guidelines to create clean charts in PowerPoint

Plan Your Chart Type

Plan Your Chart Type While there's always going to be some people who can end up with wonderful charting results without any planning, it does not work that way for everyone. To understand this better, let's explore an analogy. Have you seen those folks, who have the gift of the ladle? They need no clues about what they are cooking, yet they just seem to know what to do next. And they end up creating a culinary masterpiece. But most others cannot do so, and may end up with a culinary disaster without planning. It works the same way with charts - the more you plan, the better your charts will look, and be more capable of explaining your numerical message to the audience.

Planning your chart before you begin is a great way to create better charts

3 More Free and Favorite Stencil Fonts

3 More Free and Favorite Stencil Fonts Place a stencil, and paint over a surface - and you have instant lettering! Stencils take us to the days when large format printing was not commonplace. You placed a stencil, and painted over it to leave an impression on a surface. Stencil designs, including everyday alphabets had "bridges" between areas that were cut - these bridges gave stenciling the unique look that we still associate with this art form. Fast forward to today, and though we no longer require stenciled alphabets, they look different. This "difference" has sparked the renewed interest in stenciled typefaces - we explore a few more of them on this page.

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Prezi Notes for PowerPoint Users 01: Change Fonts

Prezi Notes for PowerPoint Users 01: Change Fonts For PowerPoint users, Prezi is not so easy to understand. That's not because Prezi is a difficult tool to use -- rather that's because we all have been so used to doing tasks in a certain way and expect the same workflows in Prezi, and that does not always happen! The one task that had me stumped initially was trying to change the font within one of the text placeholders.

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Adobe Voice

Adobe VoiceAdobe Voice is an iPad app that makes creating narrated presentations a snap. All you need to do is add slides (Voice calls them pages), add your text or visuals, and narrate. You don't even need a microphone since Voice uses iPad's microphone to create crisp voice-overs.

Learn about Adobe Voice, a new story and presenting tool for the iPad

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Insert SWFs using Adobe Presenter
A decade ago, everyone wanted to insert SWFs into their PowerPoint slides. There were dozens of free and paid PowerPoint add-ins that did this task for you, and if you were patient enough, then you could also do this manually. But now new versions of PowerPoint allow you to add SWFs as a video clip -- and also the need to insert SWFs has reduced. Adobe Presenter also enables you to insert a SWF file within your presentation slide -- the inserted SWF plays in PowerPoint too if you have the Flash ActiveX Control installed.
Manage SWFs using Adobe Presenter
Once you insert a SWF file into your PowerPoint presentation within Adobe Presenter, you can further manage these SWF files. To learn more, first make to insert a SWF file -- thereafter follow these steps.

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Control Animation Timings within Advanced Timeline
The main advantage of the Advanced Timeline is to edit the timing and sequencing of your animations. You can easily control the start time, duration, and end time of your animation to the most minute level. In addition, you can also animate any slide object very slowly to span over a whole minute or more by just dragging the start and end points of any animation bar outwards in the timeline.
Picture Corrections and Color Options for Picture Backgrounds
Although it's not too common to have bright and vivid picture backgrounds for your slides, it is not unheard of. You will often see slides that are saturated with bright, sparkling colors that make anything placed on the slide almost impossible to stand apart. So, do you really want your slide background "not to be in the background"? If not, then the techniques explained on this page will help.
Animation Delay
Once you add animation to any slide object, you can set its animation speed and choose an animation event. Other than speed and event, you can also alter the delay caused before the animation actually starts. So why would you add a delay? There are several reasons and primarily a delay can be beneficial if you want to maintain a time limit between two animations -- as in having the second animation occur 10 seconds after the first one has started/concluded. Of course, that was just a simple example and animation delay can be helpful in many other scenarios.
Animation Painter
Let's imagine you got your animation just right -- you tweaked the speed, set the animation event, etc. Now, you need to apply the same animation to 50 other slide objects within the presentation! Typically, you may have to spend an enormous amount of time for such a repetitive task, manually applying the animations so many times! Fortunately, the Animation Painter feature can help.
Animation Sounds
Adding an animation to any slide object imparts movement of some sort to that object, and draws the attention of the audience to that object. In this tutorial, we'll explore how you can add sound to an animation -- the combination of movement and sound makes it compelling for your audience to focus on the object that is being animated -- but again, this sort of pizzazz only works if you use it sparingly to highlight the most important part of your presentation.
Trigger Animations
PowerPoint's animation options allow users to create a plethora of movement effects, all the way from the amazing to the dizzying. However, most of these animation effects have events associated with them -- the three main events are On Click, With Previous, and After Previous. Whichever event you use, PowerPoint offers an extra animation option called Triggers. This causes your animated objects to swing into movement when you click an entirely different object on your slide.

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Are you aware of all PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts and sequences? Want to check if your favorites have been included in this e-book, or if there are a few that can help you perform your PowerPoint tasks quicker and better? Or if you don't use keyboard shortcuts and sequences, do you want to get started?

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