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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Text Box Autofit Options

Aug 15, 11

Have you seen that PowerPoint automatically reduces the size of your text when you type in too much text? Or does the text box itself increase in size when you type in a sentence or two more than what can fit into the text box? Does this automatic hand-holding by PowerPoint drive you crazy and want to hit your head on the wall? Well, you really don't have to worry because you can make PowerPoint behave itself -- and bend it to your will. You can make these changes in two places -- and which place you choose to make these changes will depend upon how much control you want.

Learn about text box autofit options in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Advanced Shadow Effect Options

Aug 15, 11

Adding a shadow to a shape can give it more depth and you probably get that perfect shadow the first time you use PowerPoint's default shadow options, as already explained in our Apply Shadow effects to Shapes tutorial. However, there are times when you want that shadow to be a wee bit longer, or just a little less pronounced. Fortunately, that's possible and quite easy to achieve.

Learn how you can tweak the Shadow effects that you apply to shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


What Annoys You About Bad PowerPoint Presentations?: Conversation with Dave Paradi

Aug 13, 11

Dave ParadiDave Paradi helps presenters communicate more effectively by using persuasive PowerPoint presentations. He has published over 240 issues of his bi-weekly newsletter, produced more than 70 slide makeover video podcasts and appears in media regularly. In this conversation, Dave discusses his biennial survey on what annoys people about PowerPoint presentations.

Read the conversation here.


SpringPublisher Pro: The Indezine Review

Aug 13, 11

SpringPublisher 2.1 is a desktop publishing software that lets you easily design and print business cards, letter heads, flyers, postcards, etc. The basic version of this program is freeware -- in addition, you can get extra features if you buy an upgrade to the Pro version. This review is for the Pro version, which offers the following extra abilities over the free version: Access to SpringPublisher's online template store with 100 credits, Output to 350 dpi, and use of the product in a commercial environment.

Read the Indezine review here.


Pause Power -- A Verbal Tool Like No Other: Guest Post by Kevin Lerner

Aug 12, 11

Kevin LernerThe Pause is a verbal tool like no other. Suspense. Drama. Intrigue. Power. All promoted by the Pause. Discover how these small segments of silence can translate to large admiration and appreciation of audiences. As Mark Twain said, "The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." Read more in this guest column by Kevin Lerner.

Read this post by Kevin Lerner here .


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Move Text Boxes

Aug 12, 11

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can move text boxes all around the slide area. Do note that we only suggest that you move text boxes, and not text placeholders since the positioning of the latter is normally controlled by the Slide Master. Typically text placeholders for regular text content or even slide titles are located in the same position on successive slides -- so if you really do need to move a text placeholder, do it within the Slide Master so that this change of position happens on all slides, providing a consistent look to your presentation.

Learn how to move text boxes on a slide in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Apply Shadow Effects

Aug 12, 11

PowerPoint 2011 offer six types of Shape Effects -- what's more, you can apply more than one of these effects to a single shape. As is the case with almost anything you do in PowerPoint, you first select the object and then apply an attribute to it -- so, go ahead and select your shape, and we then show you how you can apply a Shadow effect to the selected shape.

Learn how to apply Shadow effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Learn PowerPoint 2003: Reapplying Slide Layouts

Aug 11, 11

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? The title placeholders in your PowerPoint slide may move to another position due to your mouse slipping off your fingers, and you did not realize that until you had already saved the presentation. Or you may have received a presentation from a colleague who has made some changes to text -- for example, 6 pt Algerian font face in light yellow color over a white background. While you can manually correct all these discrepancies, it goes without saying that you will be spending a huge amount of time making these corrections -- and that's entirely unrequired for since we will show you how you can get over this problem with just a friendly click or two.

Learn how to reapply the Slide Layout to your existing slide in PowerPoint 2003.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Shape Effects

Aug 11, 11

Shapes are the building blocks of PowerPoint -- and there is so much that you can do with them. You have already explored Shape Fills and Shape Outlines in PowerPoint 2011. The third characteristic that you can apply to shapes is Effects -- PowerPoint 2011 provides six distinct Shape Effects.

Learn about the Shape Effects for shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

 

The Anti-PowerPoint Party -- Another Precinct Heard From: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman

Aug 10, 11

Jerry WeissmanLast month, a Swiss group calling themselves the Anti-PowerPoint Party launched their efforts-complete with a bright red octagonal STOP sign logo-and took their place in a long line of detractors that stretches back to 2003. The formal start of the criticism was the publication in Wired magazine of an article called "PowerPoint Is Evil: Power Corrupts, PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely" written by Edward R. Tufte, the noted graphics guru and professor emeritus of graphic design at Yale University.

Read this post by Jerry Weissman.


Learn PowerPoint 2003: Applying Slide Layouts

Aug 10, 11

Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003 are a collection of various placeholders laid out in a fixed arrangement on the slide. You cannot create your own Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003 (you can create Slide Layouts in later versions), but you can certainly choose from the several great Slide Layouts that PowerPoint 2003 provides. Let's first show you what exactly a Slide Layout is, and then explore applying Slide Layouts.

Learn what Slide Layouts are, and how you can apply another Slide Layout to your existing slide in PowerPoint 2003.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: No Shape Outline

Aug 10, 11

In this series of tutorials about formatting lines in PowerPoint 2011, you have already seen how to apply weight, dash styles, arrowheads, and also gradients to the shape outlines and lines. While all shapes by default do have an outline, you can remove any outline so that you end up with a shape with just a fill, and no outline. Of course, you can also remove the fill of the shape as well -- but do remember that a shape with no fill and no outline is as good as invisible!

Learn how to remove the outline from a shape in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Format Text Attributes within the Mini Toolbar

Aug 9, 11

Text in PowerPoint presentation needs to be edited in many ways -- sometimes you need certain words to be in a different color, or even bold, italics, or underlined. Whatever the option required to format your text, you'll find that the Mini Toolbar is a great location to do these changes easily -- it really saves you from dragging your cursor repeatedly to the Ribbon area since it pops up right next to the selected text that you want to format.

Learn how to format text attributes conveniently using the Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Gradient Lines

Aug 9, 11

Working with the different line types in PowerPoint 2011 is such a learning experience -- if you have explored this entire series with us, you know that you can change the weight, dash styles, and arrowheads for lines. But there's more -- in this tutorial, you will learn about Gradient lines. Now, Gradient is an attribute that's rarely associated with lines but once you start playing with Gradient lines, you will find that the results can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to lines that are thicker in weight.

Learn how to apply gradient style to lines (shape outlines) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Brainshark's Mid-Year Milestones: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman

Aug 8, 11

Andy ZimmermanAndy Zimmerman is chief marketing officer for Brainshark, Inc., overseeing the company's marketing organization, strategy, content and demand generation programs. Brainshark’s cloud-based software enables users to create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing communications costs. In this conversation, Andy discusses Brainshark’s newly announced milestones from the first half of the year.

Read the conversation here.


Cinematize 3 Pro: The Indezine Review

Aug 8, 11

Cinematize 3 Pro is a DVD extractor program that lets you rip a clip (or part of a clip) from your DVD -- and convert the extracted content into various video and audio formats. Cinematize 3 Pro has the ability to batch-extract any number of segments, and you can save your favorite settings as presets, to be used in future. In this review, we explore how you can rip off a segment off a DVD for use in a PowerPoint presentation.

Read the review here.

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