PowerPoint Archives (Page 045)
Some more Tutorials, and Interviews on presenting and presentation technologies.
By default, PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 use white as the color of any negative series in your charts -- I know, this does look very unimaginative and there's a workaround to get over this issue. You can learn how you can change it to any color you want!
In an ideal world, we would like to have charts that had all positive values -- but sometimes growth rates may plummet and you might end up seeing negative values in your charts. Or sometimes, negative values may be something good that you need to highlight. In this tutorial, I teach you how you can highlight negative values in a chart by using the "Invert if Negative" option of a data series in within PowerPoint 2002 or 2003.
PowerPoint provides several chart types to choose from, and even allows the user to customize the look of any chart by changing the fills and outlines. To start with, the default fills and outlines that PowerPoint uses for charts can be a little uninspiring -- so in this tutorial, you'll learn how you can change the fills and outlines of a data series within a chart.
Rick Altman, a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA, USA is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit and has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. He has also authored books on PowerPoint. In this conversation, Rick discusses the upcoming Presentation Summit being held in San Diego this October.
Sang-Eun Lee graduated with Master of Arts from the School of Arts in Korea, and works in the areas of medical illustration and photography for the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Korea. She is a PowerPoint power user who uses a variety of advanced features for creation of Samsung Medical Center Template Designs, Q&A slides, and other stuff. Her projects are used by doctors for oral presentations or posters at symposiums, scientific lectures, learning books, and theses. In this conversation, Sang-Eun talks about her PowerPoint workflow.
Visual content often scores higher than pure textual content -- and this has been proved by several scientific studies and surveys. Yet it is not always easy to create and use visual content in slides, documents, or even web pages because the tools required in creating such content typically involve a long learning curve, and familiarity with some new terminology. Our review product, SmartDraw 2010 overcomes these limitations and allows normal office people to create good looking and effective business graphics. How does it fare?
Dave Paradi is the author of "The Visual Slide Revolution" and "102 Tips to Communicate More Effectively Using PowerPoint". He helps presenters communicate more effectively by using persuasive PowerPoint presentations. He has published over 200 issues of his bi-weekly newsletter, produced more than 45 slide makeover video podcasts and appears in media regularly. In this conversation, Dave discusses his new book.
As Vice President and General Manager of ToolBook at SumTotal Systems, Brad Crain is responsible for ToolBook products, including strategy, research and development, and product management. Brad previously held various positions at Click2learn/Asymetrix including Director of Learning Management Systems Engineering and Directorof Enterprise Products. In this conversation, Brad discusses how the new ToolBook 10 from SumTotal makes conversion of PowerPoint content into interactive learning even easier and faster than before.
Yury Uskov is a founder and CEO of iSpring Solutions Inc., an innovative software company with the development center in Russia. Yury has a Masters degree in Software Engineering and since 2001 have been working in rich media industry inspired with the idea of making the best solution for online presentation sharing. iSpring Solutions has already launched several Flash technology projects including iSpring, a PowerPoint to Flash converter, and SlideBoom, an online service for presentations sharing. In this conversation, Yury discusses the new iSpring Online service.
Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine with his contributions to the magazine's Creative Techniques column. Jim has also contributed presentation-related content in magazines like Business Week, Consulting and Selling Power as well as a being a paid contributor for a number of industry-related websites. In this conversation, Jim discusses the just concluded 2009 Annual Presentation Impact Survey conducted by his company, Distinction Communication, Inc.
Vijay Raj is a a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Setup-Deploy, and a Springboard Series (STEP) Member for Windows 7. He is passionate about technology evangelism, and blogs at msigeek.com. He is also a regular speaker at the user group communities and events. In this conversation, Vijay talks about ZoomIt, a convenient tool that allows presenters to zoom into a part of their presentation, application, or the desktop.
Carmine Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands. His client list includes Intel, Chase, Barclays, IBM, Nokia, and many others. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist and former anchor, host, and business correspondent for CNN, Fox, CNET, and CBS.
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.
Art Holden has been in the animation and presentation industry since 1996. He helped start Animation Factory in 1997 and served as general manager of Animation Factory for thirteen years. He currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA and works with PresenterMedia, a media content creating company. In this conversation, Art talks about how his PresenterMedia site can help PowerPoint designers get good visual content.
Expressing ideas using visuals is always a great option as long as you use relevant content. Visuals are actually a much larger family than just pictures -- they can also include content like maps, illustrations, charts, etc. In addition, they often include collections of shapes that function as frameworks. Our review product is called PowerSLIDES, and it is a collection of such multi-purpose framework slides.
One of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored background to your slides. However, people do that all the time and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. One option is to recolor your backgrounds to make them more understated, and I do agree that this is a slightly difficult task to accomplish unless you use the new Recolor options available for pictures in both PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.
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