Tutorials and Reviews for MS PowerPoint (Page 64)
Collection of Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials, Articles, Tips, Reviews, and More.
Xara 3D Maker 7 is an application that lets you create 3D text and graphics such as headings, logos, titles and buttons. You can also create 3D animations and export them to GIFs, AVIs and simple Flash movie sequences, and screensavers for your desktop. With several ready-to-use 3D styles and animations, you can create 3D animations or images for your web pages, mailshots, movies and presentations.
Every shape in PowerPoint is a combination of segments and points (vertexes) -- and these segments and vertexes are only visible in Edit Points mode. We discuss more about segments in a subsequent tutorial but for now, let me help you explore the different types of vertexes (points) in PowerPoint 2010.
Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- in this guest blog post, Ellen explains why you need to prepare for any successful presentation. When you find out that you need to give a presentation, you need to prepare. Here’s a condensed list of preparation steps.
I already showed how you can align shapes in PowerPoint 2010 -- however for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align to each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a group of shapes) to the exact center of the slide. Fortunately, that is easy as explained in these steps.
You learned what Edit Points in PowerPoint are and how they work. These Edit Points give you control over how you want a shape to look, but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate -- or maybe there are far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem -- you can add and delete vertexes from a shape.
NXPowerLite 5 is the newest version of Neuxpower's file optimizer product that we have reviewed in the past. Like in the past, NXPowerLite 5 reduces the size of PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, JPEG images, and PDF files (PDF is new for this version). All the optimized files retain their original format, with almost no loss of quality.
When you use any of the shapes available in PowerPoint, you are not limited to what their default appearance looks like. You may want to change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently. The good news is that you can do this by using the Edit Points option -- this almost makes PowerPoint a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. -- very similar to what you would do in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
In this series of tutorials on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2010, you have already learned to apply a shadow effect to a shape. This detailed tutorial goes beyond the default options, and shows you how you can work further with shadow effects.
Colby Devitt is the president and co-founder of Wildform, a multimedia software company based out of Los Angeles, USA. In this conversation, Colby discusses the advantages of converting from PowerPoint to Flash, and how Wildform's Flair performs the conversion in a more efficient way.
You have already learned how to use three of the four line drawing tools in PowerPoint 2010: Line, Curve, and Freeform. In this tutorial, I show you how you can use the last of these line tools: the Scribble Line tool. Drawing with the Scribble line is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line -- but there is one difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line. Just like you draw with a pencil on a piece of paper, your line stops the minute you stop drawing it. Having said that, you still need to practice to make your scribble lines perfect. Let us get started and explore how the Scribble line option works.
You have already learned how to apply the preset shape effects in PowerPoint 2010. These presets are a combination of various shape effects available -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can apply Shadow, one of these effects to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
Many users like you share their PowerPoint files in their native PPTX (or older PPT) formats -- yet not many realize that these files can be converted to EXE files with custom splash screens. I need to add here that many such EXE files still need PowerPoint or the PowerPoint Viewer to be installed on your system -- and that holds true for the product I am reviewing today as well. VaySoft's PPTX to EXE Converter creates EXE files that automatically check whether Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or the PowerPoint Viewer 2010 is installed on your user's computer.
Joe Gustafson is the CEO and founder of Brainshark, Inc., whose cloud-based software enables users to create, share and track online and mobile video presentations. Under his leadership, Brainshark has helped thousands of companies improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing communications costs. In this conversation, Joe discusses Brainshark’s newly announced partnership with Brightcove.
PowerPoint provides four line drawing tools: line, curve, freeform, and scribble. You have already explored the Line and Curve tools, and in this tutorial you will learn how you can use the Freeform tool to create lines that can be drawn with more creative freedom -- in fact the Freeform tool lets you draw anything almost like drawing with a pencil on a piece of paper. In addition, you can create straight lines as well.
In PowerPoint 2010 there are six types of Shape Effects that you can use -- and more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. It goes without saying that some combinations of these effects look better than others -- the restraint to not go overboard is always a good thing. On the other hand, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time -- fortunately, the Presets option comes to your rescue.
Motti Nisani co-founded VisualBee based on 18 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Previously, Motti was VP Business Development at NICE Systems Ltd. He has a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. In this interview, Motti discusses the new VisualBee 2.0 product, and its improvements that let you enhance your PowerPoint presentations with a single click.
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