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Presentitis: Conversation with Robert Befus
Presentitis: Conversation with Robert Befus

Bob Befus is passionate about helping scientists and clinicians present the results of their research. In the 1980s, he co-founded a company that eventually became Research Presentation Strategies (RPS). RPS developed and manages SlideSource.com, a presentation management tool that lets you organize and share your presentations from one secure online library anytime, anywhere. In this conversation, Bob discusses Presentitis.

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Dynamic LIKES: Conversation with Kurt Dupont
Kurt Dupont

Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After three years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998. In this conversation, Kurt discusses Dynamic LIKES, an add-in that lets you promote your Facebook page on your PowerPoint slides, continuously updated.

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emaze Android App: Conversation with Motti Nisani
Motti Nisani

Motti Nisani is the CEO of emaze, a company that produces a tool of the same name. With emaze, you can create presentations in virtual 3D worlds or simply in slides like. Motti has a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. In this interview, Motti discusses the new Android app for emaze.

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The Single Most Important Factor For Persuasion: by Jerry Weissman
The Single Most Important Factor For Persuasion: by Jerry Weissman

An indisputable fact of life in every company, every industry, every vertical, every geography, is that salespeople sell features when they should be selling benefits instead. This mistake is also chronic in presentations because presenters too often focus on their own message to the exclusion of their audiences, causing them to think: "Why should I care?" or "It's all about you!" Politicians fall into the same trap. A recent scientific study about persuasion in the political arena found that each side of the political spectrum tends to appeal only to the principles of their base and not to those of the opposition. Doing so not only fails to move any voters beyond those who are already committed, it also drives the wide wedge in our polarized country ever deeper. The latter problem is the equivalent of a presenter from a startup company pitching for financing only from an existing investor, or a sales person selling only to existing customers. The sales person thus gives up the possibility of gaining a new client or, better still, capturing a competitor's customers.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Align Shapes

Align Shapes

When you believe in the freedom of creativity, you may not want to restraint objects on a slide to be aligned geometrically. Indeed, you may want everything placed in an organic, non-aligned manner. Ultimately, the decision to align is influenced by the scenario -- sometimes it works, and some other times, an unaligned bunch of shapes looks perfectly natural and organic.

Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles

Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles

There are so many different types of shapes that PowerPoint provides you with, and you can format these shapes by resizing, rotating, flipping, etc. Other than these basic formatting tasks, you must explore the special yellow round handles. Most shapes in PowerPoint 2016 when selected, display eight resizing handles and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more yellow round handles -- these yellow round handles enable you to change some facets of the selected shape, or in some cases you can change the entire shape.

Smart Lookup

Smart Lookup

The new Smart Lookup feature in PowerPoint 2016 is an option that brings up definitions, images, and other results from various online resources about a word or phrase, right within PowerPoint. PowerPoint's online documentation sometimes calls this feature Insights, and it looks like the terms Insights and Smart Lookup are the same features.

Duplicate Shapes by Dragging

Duplicate Shapes by Dragging

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 are very useful in representing design or content, or in showing a process or a sequence. However, when you create a slide that has many such shapes, you'll find that most of your shapes may be the same size and may also share other similar attributes. Yes, you can go ahead and insert the same shape into PowerPoint repeatedly, but that will consume much of your productive time that you could have used elsewhere! There are quicker alternatives for duplicating shapes that can be learned if you follow these guidelines.

Select and Deselect Shapes

Select and Deselect Shapes

PowerPoint 2016 expects you first to make a selection, and then the do something such as clicking a button to perform an action for the selected slide objects. If you cannot select an object, then you cannot modify it at all. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object.
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What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this "hole in the paper" visual effect in just under one minute!
How did we do that? We created everything other than the picture you want to use. All you need to do is just download our Hole in the Paper graphic and insert your own picture, send it behind everything else in your "slide" and you are done.

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