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Articulate Studio '13: Conversation with Mark Schwartz
Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz, EVP of Sales at Articulate leads the global direct sales and channel management teams. In this interview, Mark talks about Articulate Studio '13, a suite of e-learning products.

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Standing Out in a Sea of Voices: Conversation with Jim Endicott
Jim Endicott

Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. In this conversation, Jim discusses his Standing Out in a Sea of Voices ebook.

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Conversational Office 2016: Conversation with Heather Ackmann
Heather Ackmann

Heather Ackmann is a Microsoft MVP and full-time author and trainer for AHA Learning Solutions, specializing in Microsoft Office, business professional, and soft skills training videos and educational materials. In this interview, Heather talks about her new book, Conversational Office 2016.

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Your Escape Plan for Networking: by Fred Miller
Your Escape Plan for Networking: by Fred Miller

Your escape plan for networking must be in place! If you're a regular networker, I'll bet this has happened to you. The seminar is scheduled to begin at 8:30, and the event notice suggested to: "Arrive early and Network!" "Great!" was your initial reaction. That's one of the reasons you attend events. You have developed and practiced you Elevator Speech. You've tweaked it enough times that you're comfortable with it and excited about the opportunity to use it with the goal of finding many prospects for your products and services.

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AKVIS ArtWork 9: Photoshop Plug-in Review
AKVIS ArtWork 9: Photoshop Plug-in Review

AKVIS ArtWork 9 is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in and also a standalone application that provides seven painting styles (Oil Painting, Watercolor, Gouache, Comics, Pen & Ink, Linocut, Pastel) for your photos. With these painting styles, you can convert your photograph into a piece of art. It also offers a wide choice of canvases and text options. AKVIS ArtWork 9 is an upgraded version of AKVIS ArtWork 7 which brings new decoration effects and frames, improved innovative interface, adds support for ultra HD resolution screens, and other significant changes.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Resize Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide

In PowerPoint 2016 resizing Text Boxes is easy. You select any Text Box and you get eight handles, four on corners, and four on sides -- you then drag any of these eight handles to resize. The problem with this approach is that the resized Text Box you end up with is not accurate. If you do not need accuracy, then you need not follow the rest of this tutorial -- however there might be times when you need your Text Box sized exactly as the size of a picture you have inserted -- or even an exact size based on a specification.
Reposition Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide

Sometimes you want your Text Box to be placed in an exact position on your slide. Yes, you can select a Text Box and move it around by dragging it with your mouse, and then let it go wherever you want it placed. However, for all practical reasons this process is just visual and not accurate enough. Thankfully, PowerPoint provides a way to accurately position any Text Box just where you want it located -- having said that, do not move your text boxes until they contain all the text content you need within them, or you may find that your Text Boxes resize when you add text to them! Of course, you can control this behavior using the Autofit option we explained to you in a separate tutorial
Slide Background Styles

When you create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2016, you may typically see a single slide with a white background. Alternatively, if you open any of your existing presentations, the background of the slides may be in a different color or fill depending upon the Theme that the presentation is based upon. You can always change this slide background to a picture, a solid color, a pattern, or even a gradient. However, even without exploring all those options, there are twelve Background Styles that PowerPoint offers for every presentation by default. These styles are all coordinated and also designed to work well as a set of complementary backgrounds.
Format Slide Background

PowerPoint 2016 provides twelve default Slide Background Styles, much like the previous two versions. Apart from these Styles, you can continue changing the default Slide Background to something else such as a solid color or gradient, a pattern or texture, or, even a picture. In this tutorial, we'll explore these options that can be accessed within the Format Background Task Pane.
Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds

PowerPoint's Slide Backgrounds can be filled with a solid color, a gradient, a texture or a picture, or even one of PowerPoint's built-in patterns. We explored a generic walkthrough on changing the Slide Background in our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This tutorial explores how you can use a solid color as the fill for your Slide Background -- solid color fills have the advantage of showing a large expanse in just one color. This does keep the slide uncluttered and draws the audience's attention away from the background to the foreground elements -- and that's a good thing! Unless you use a bright orange, a fluorescent yellow or some other striking color as a background for your slide! So do choose your colors with caution - neutral colors such as white, grey, black, blue, and green always work better.
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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 slide.

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