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by Geetesh Bajaj, February 17, 2015

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Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator

Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator Word Clouds provide creative ways to explore and explain a concept or a subject using relevant terms that support a central idea. Even better, they create a visual from some words, and can be used effectively in presentation scenarios, such as within your PowerPoint slides. However, creating such a Word Cloud in PowerPoint can be both a daunting and a time consuming task! You will first have to insert text boxes and rotate them randomly until you are satisfied. And even then, the output you achieve in PowerPoint may not be so appealing. To make this process easier, we will explore another site called the Word Cloud Generator.

Learn how to create word clouds for PowerPoint in Word Cloud Generator

Pond5: Search and Download Public Domain Content

Pond5: Search and Download Public Domain ContentFinding perfect media for a presentation is no piece of cake, not to speak of being expensive as well. Although there are a wide range of search engines that are capable of pulling up tons of information we need, there's always the hidden caveat that such content cannot be legally used! Yes, there is always the sword of Damocles hanging over your head that a restrictive but invisible license may be applied to the content you find via search engines, which later may result in copyright violations, and even legal headaches. That brings us to the topic of this article - and that is how you can search and download Public Domain content via Pond5.

Explore, search and download Pond5's Public Domain content

Office Timeline Plus Edition: Conversation with Tim Stumbles

Tim Stumbles Tim Stumbles is the co-founder of Office Timeline, a start-up focused on making project presentations simple. Office Timeline offers timeline maker and Gantt chart software, natively built for Microsoft PowerPoint. With Office Timeline over 500,000 PowerPoint users easily create impressive project presentations for important client and executive meetings. In this conversation, Tim discusses the Plus Edition of Office Timeline.

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Adobe Presenter: Publish Options

Adobe Presenter: Publish OptionsAfter you create your eLearning project using Adobe Presenter within PowerPoint, you will no doubt want to publish your content in a format suitable to deploy. Adobe Presenter provides various publish options, and you can opt to publish locally, or even host via the Adobe Connect Server. You can also publish to SWF, HTML5, leading LMSs, and video sharing sites like YouTube or Vimeo. Let us explore how you can use these Publish options.

Explore various publish options within Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter: Local Publish Settings

Adobe Presenter: Local Publish SettingsAdobe Presenter provides various publish options such as to publish locally, via the Adobe Connect service, and also as an interactive PDF. Each of these options has additional settings such as appearance, playback, quality, and attachments. Within these Settings, you can personalize the output. In this tutorial we'll explore the local publish settings.

Explore various local publish settings in Adobe Presenter

Valentine's Day Animated Slides

Valentine's Day Animated SlidesDo you want to create something cool this Valentine's Day? Then just load up PowerPoint, and get started with this "idea kit". The download contains two animated Valentine's Day PowerPoint presentations. Detailed tutorial slides are within the presentation that explains how you can create these Valentine's Day animated slides on your own.

Go ahead and spend a fun hour!

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Tutorials Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Slides

Reset Slide
Sometimes we are exposed to slides that can be so hazardous to our vision! One look at a bad slide and it really doesn't matter if the content is great or not - because the slide has nothing understated about it. Such loud slides can ensure that audiences look more at the look of the slide rather than the content. You might end up with such slides even with no fault of yours, because someone else mis-designed them for you! Fortunately, there is an easy, one-click process to restore the sanity in the slides - it's called the Reset button. Remember, the Reset button is your friend.
Compare Presentations Manually
While PowerPoint does have an option to automatically compare presentations, sometimes doing this comparison manually can be actually more effective, especially when you have fewer changes in the first place. You can place both presentations side by side and compare individual slides.

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Rehearse Slide Timings
If you are happy with the presentation slides you created, you should then move towards practicing your presentation delivery, your timing, and your pace. More importantly, it is time to be comfortable with your slides. PowerPoint itself can help you better handle this job via its powerful Rehearse Timings feature that we will explore within this tutorial.
Record Slide Show
Let's imagine that you cannot deliver your slides in person. You then want to do the next best option, that is to deliver your presentation in front of your computer, almost as if you had a live audience present. All this while, all your narrations are being recorded. Even the time you spend on each slide is recorded along with the time taken for each animation to play. You can also record your laser pointer activity if you use PowerPoint's built in laser pointer. All of this can be saved as part of your presentation that you can send to others - and they can see this at their convenience, with your voice accompanying the slide show!
Reuse Slides Through Drag and Drop
Previously we explored how reusing your existing slides can be a great help, since it saves so much of your time. While bringing up the Reuse Slides task pane enables you to add selected slides to the active presentation, there is another easier and more intuitive way to reuse your slides. You can drag selected slides from the source presentation and drop them within the newer presentation. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to reuse slides through this drag and drop process within PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.

PowerPoint 2011 Tutorials Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Slides and Sections

Rehearse Slide Timings
After creating your presentation slides, you may be satisfied with the outcome. And now it's time to practice your presentation delivery. You need to practice your slide timings, your pace, and most importantly, you need to be comfortable with your slides. And what better to help you than PowerPoint's powerful Rehearse feature that we will explore within this tutorial.
Record Slide Show
Recording slides is almost like delivering a presentation that you cannot deliver in person! Let's imagine that you cannot deliver your slides in person. What you would then want to do is to deliver your presentation in front of your computer, almost as if you had a live audience present -- all this while, your narrations are being recorded. Even the time you spend on each slide is recorded along with the time taken for each animation to play. In PowerPoint 2011, as far as interface is considered, there is no difference between the options available for rehearsing slides and for recording a slide show. The only difference is that while recording a slide show, along with the time spent on each slide, your narrations are also being recorded through the connected microphone.
Adding and Renaming Sections
Presentations with a large number of slides may be a challenge for managing unless they are logically divided into Sections. Even presentations that do not have a large number of slides can benefit from Sections. However, just dividing slides into Sections will not achieve much unless you create and name these Sections in a proper manner to represent what the slides within each Section contain. In this tutorial, let us learn how to add Sections, and also how to rename them.

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PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Shapes

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.

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.

Additionally, since these behave like native PowerPoint shapes, you can fill them with solid colors, pictures, textures, and gradients. And you can even type text within these shapes!

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Concept Slides: Organic Circles

Concept Slides: Organic Squares

Concept Slides: Organic Triangles

Concept Slides: Organic Stars

Concept Slides: Organic Diamonds

Concept Slides: Organic Rectangles

Concept Slides: Organic Honeycombs (Hexagons)

Concept Slides: Organic Ovals (Pebbles)

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