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myBrainshark: The Indezine Review

Jan 11, 10

Almost everyone these days is comfortable creating a set of slides using PowerPoint, but tell those same users to create online presentations or e-learning content, and you'll find them not too happy! myBrainshark is a free online application that makes it easy to create on-demand online presentations with just your PowerPoint slides and a phone connection to add voice-overs -- it all works very intuitively, and you can create your first online presentation in less than an hour.

So how does myBrainshark fare? Read on to learn more....


PhotoZoom Pro 3: The Indezine Review

Dec 22, 09

Resizing images to make them larger than what they originally are is normally something that is scorned by purists -- and the fact that pixel quality decreases as you blow up a picture is definitely a very well established rule. Technology though can change quite a few things, and now you can no longer say that resizing larger will decrease quality -- at least, not all the time. There have been specialized resizing applications that do the task with better results for a while now, and a new entrant: PhotoZoom Pro 3 uses its own technology for enlarging pictures with sharper and clearer magnifications, without adding blurriness, or unnatural looking artifacts.

Read the Indezine review of PhotoZoom Pro 3...


think-cell: Conversation with Markus Hannebauer

Dec 22, 09

Markus HannebauerDr. Markus Hannebauer is think-cell’s Managing Director and in-charge of Marketing, Sales, Operations and Finance. Markus has studied computer science and business and holds a doctoral degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University of Berlin. In this conversation, Markus talks about how think-cell chart can help PowerPoint users create effective charts.

Read the conversation here...


Poll on PowerPoint 2010

Dec 11, 09

I created this poll for all of us to know how many have tried the new PowerPoint 2010 beta, and if others are considering playing with this new beta version -- so do vote and see what every one is responding with! As one respondent on my LinkedIn group responded: "Yeah, my company is on 2003, and here I am with 2007 at home, and beta testing 2010 :)"

Vote and view responses here...


Speech-Over Professional 4: The Indezine Review

Dec 8, 09

It's often very time-consuming and expensive to record voice-overs with professionals -- of course you can record your own voice these days but not everyone is entirely audible and has the proper pronunciation, vocal control, and confidence to do that. And trust me -- lots of users want to add high quality narration to their PowerPoint presentations so that these can be shown as a sequential walkthrough without a live presenter. Fortunately, a product that we have reviewed in the past has been updated to make this task automatic, easy, and usable!

Read our review of Speech-Over Professional 4...


XL-Addin: Conversation with Aurelian Laic

Dec 8, 09

Aurelian LaicAurelian Laic has worked in software development and IT consultancy since 1997 creating many business and enterprise applications. He's been working as consultant for large companies listed in DAX and M-DAX and has been writing articles for various security magazines. He is now the owner of a software company that creates XL-Addin. In this conversation, Aurelian talks about how XL-Addin can help PowerPoint users.

Read the conversation here...


Better Beginnings: The Carmen Taran Interview

Dec 5, 09

Dr. Carmen TaranDr. Carmen Taran's presentations and workshops help business professionals to use communication and presentation skills to increase revenue, train or motivate others, and overall to stand out from too much sameness in the industry. A published author, Carmen is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at various conferences. In this interview, she talks about her book, shares ideas about creating better presentations, and then discusses imagination and sincerity.

Read the interview here...


AutoFX Photo/Graphic Edges 7.0 Platinum Edition: The Indezine Review

Dec 2, 09

Auto FX Photo/Graphic Edges 7.0 Platinum Edition is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in which includes amazing filters for adding edges, frames and borders to your photos. The plug-in includes an extensive collection of film frames, darkroom effects, grunge edges, natural media borders, and plenty of styles. There are 32 edge effects in all, and each of these edge effects can be customized and even combined with other edge effects.

Read the full review here...


Create a Presentation the Steve Jobs Way

Dec 1, 09

Carmine GalloCarmine Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands. He is a sought after speaker and author of the new book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience.

In this Indezine exclusive article, Carmine discusses how you can create better slides, and become a better presenter -- all techniques are inspired by Apple CEO Steve Jobs' presentation skills.

Read Carmine Gallo's article here...

 

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes

Dec 1, 09

I already covered this concept using PowerPoint 2003, and now will be exploring the relationship between text boxes and text placeholders in PowerPoint 2007. But maybe someone just said stop, and asked me these questions: Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really different? And why should I bother even if they are different?

All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations.

Read more here...


Register the Default Version of PowerPoint

Nov 30, 09

If you have multiple versions of PowerPoint installed, you might find that when you double-click on a PPT or PPTX file, it opens in a version of PowerPoint that's different from the one you want it to open! Now you can reinstall all your versions of PowerPoint (and Microsoft Office) again in the sequence you want -- and that might take a few hours, or you might do a few registry tweaks -- and that's not for the faint of heart, or even if you are scared of the registry! So it was a great thing that one of our readers decided to share this DOS batch file with us that makes the whole process painless. Having said that, do this at your own risk -- and if you are comfortable!

Read more here...


Learn PowerPoint: Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes

Nov 30, 09

Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really different? And why should I bother even if they are different? All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations. In PowerPoint slides, text can be found in many places: text placeholders, text boxes, tables, charts, Notes pane, and more places. However, the text within a text placeholder has characteristics that set it a class apart from all other text. So what exactly is a text placeholder, and how is it different from text within a text box or anywhere else?

Learn more here...


Learn PowerPoint: Slides / Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2003

Nov 30, 09

In the PowerPoint 2003 Interface page, I already showed you the different parts of the program interface -- in this page, we'll focus on one particular area of the interface: the Slides/Outline pane, and it is normally placed on the left side of the interface. The Slides tab is normally active, but to get to the Outline tab, all you need to do is select the second tab shown in the pane.

Learn more here...


PowerPoint Cool Stuff: Create a Slide Show That Really Slides!

Nov 28, 09

Ellen Finkelstein is the author of 101 Advanced Techniques Every PowerPoint User Should Know. This book contains several, cool PowerPoint tips, and one of them is excerpted on Indezine as an exclusive. Recently, it occurred to Ellen that the words "slide show" came about because early presentations looked like they were sliding as the slides were moved on and off the screen. Here's a technique that makes your presentation look as if it's sliding.

Learn more here...


Dump that Text! Transform Your PowerPoint Slides into a Visual Feast

Nov 27, 09

"Oh, no, not again! Don’t tell me I have to sit through another boring meeting staring at line after line of text on a wall," she mumbled. "Why can’t these people learn how to make their PowerPoint presentations more interesting?" We've all wondered the same thing, but monotonously bullet-pointed, text-filled slides continue to be the norm in most presentation venues. Be different: Show, don't tell.

Robert Lane Dr. Stephen Kosslyn

 

 

 

This article by Robert Lane and Dr. Stephen Kosslyn provides you with better options that will allow you to dump so much text!

Learn more here...

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