PowerPoint Archives (Page 047)
Collection of articles, reviews, posts and templates for Microsoft PowerPoint presentation technologies.
Microsoft has had some sort of Office applications built in within its Windows based platform for the phone since its inception. The earliest phone operating systems from Microsoft have had Outlook integration built in seamlessly -- but other apps like mobile versions of Word and Excel have also been available since a long time. The mobile version of PowerPoint was included for the first time as part of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system released in May 2005 -- that version was primarily a PowerPoint viewer with no editing capabilities.
Did you happen to see a chart that spoke of fruit exports and each column of the chart was filled with pictures of a particular fruit type rather than the conventional solid color fills or geometric patterns? For instance, if you wanted to show how the export of grapes has increased over the years, your column chart would have all columns filled with pictures of grapes stacked one over the other? The good thing is that PowerPoint 2007 allows you to do just that within your charts -- as long as you know which options you need to change -- and that's explained in this tutorial!
The significance of any chart lies in its ability to visually represent complex data as a trend that an audience can easily grasp. So if you create a complex chart with too much detail, you might be ironically creating confusion out of simplicity -- even if you are not aware that you are doing this! One of the easiest ways in which you can make your chart look simpler and less intimidating is by using fewer major units in the Y axis -- and if that sounds like something that's difficult for you to understand, then stop worrying and start following this easy tutorial.
Although charts are a visual medium, they still contain plenty of text in the form of data labels, titles, legend, axis labels, etc. And while PowerPoint 2007 does make it simpler to access text formatting options than in previous PowerPoint versions, there's still some learning involved. That sort of learning is exactly what this tutorial aims to provide.
Unlike in previous versions, PowerPoint 2007 includes the exact, same dialog Font box if you are formatting font in a text box, placeholder, or even in a chart -- in this tutorial, I'll show you the formatting options available in this dialog box.
Have you seen charts that were not filled with solid color fills or geometric patterns, but rather with pictures? For instance, if you wanted to show how the export of grapes has increased over the years, your column chart would have all columns filled with pictures of grapes stacked one over the other? The good thing is that PowerPoint allows you to do just that within your charts -- as long as you know which options you need to change -- and that's explained in this tutorial!
Simon Newlyn is a PowerPoint artisan. Based in London, he works for advertising, design and public relations agencies as well as for direct clients through PRojects. His PowerPoint experience therefore brings him into contact with a wide range of styles and presentation needs and for fun... Simon has animated the London tube map! In this conversation, Simon talks about PowerPoint inspiration, and the presentation design scene in the UK and Europe..
AutoFX Mystical Focus 1.0 is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that comprises 16 photographic focus effects, including a special masking layer. The plug-in allows users to add realistic depth-of-field, panning and motion effects, tilt-shift focus, focal planes and a myriad assortment of other effects that improve the look and feel of the photo.
If you create presentations, it doesn't matter if you have few or many slides -- or even if you end up with ten or more variations of the same slide over a period of time. What matters at that point of time is whether you can locate the exact slide you want or not -- and what do you do with the exact slide you found. These sort of capabilities are somewhat beyond the scope of PowerPoint's native capabilities -- so we are looking at a third party product called slideboxx (yes, the folks who create this product insist on all small letters and italics!) that claims to help you become more organized with your slides.
Working with charts in PowerPoint involves a deep knowledge -- hidden beneath the surface are umpteen options that many PowerPoint users are simply not aware of. Through these series of chart tutorials, I have already taught you how you can change chart types, or change fills and outlines for chart data series. You also learned how you can play with fonts and other text options of charts -- and yet, all this is just the tip of the iceberg. One of my pet peeves is how PowerPoint adds so many major units to the Y axis by default.
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 Template Contest for the upcoming Presentation Summit being held in San Diego this October.
Sebastian Stein is the community manager of ARIS BPMCommunity, an online portal on business process improvements and management. He focuses on spreading the word about how pictures can help solving complex business problems without turning companies into bureaucratic monsters. Sebastian is an active blogger and writer. He holds a PhD in computer science. In this conversation, Sebastian discusses the ARIS Express product, and how it can be used to create visual content for PowerPoint slides.
You can create the most amazing charts without any text since the main purpose of any chart is to show a trend. Having said that, text plays a very important role in charting -- and although I do recommend you keep text at a minimum, you'll end up with some text in the form of legend, some data labels, axis titles, or elsewhere. Nothing looks as bad as text that is too small or too huge on a chart, and balance plays a key role in the aesthetics of text in a chart. Yet many people don't know how you can format text in a chart -- this tutorial will get you started.
With the plethora of products that now offer to optimize Microsoft Office file formats and image types, it was probably part of an evolution to witness a product that can optimize all these file types by itself so that you don't need separate programs to compress your images and squeeze the file sizes of your huge PowerPoint presentations. So part of that evolution is the emergence of balesio's FILEminimizer Suite 6.0 product that can squeeze file sizes out of most types that you throw at it -- how does it fare?
Jagdeep Singh Pannu handles Internet marketing for authorGEN's Web properties, tweets friendly advice, likes green tea, and gets excited about meeting netizens in person. In this conversation, Jagdeep discusses the new authorSTREAM iPad Contest.
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