Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials (Page 93)
Collection of tutorials and reviews on Microsoft PowerPoint.
Date Created: February 3rd 2012
Last Updated: February 15th 2012
The Shape gallery in PowerPoint contains an assortment of shapes, both open and closed. Most of the shapes in this gallery are closed shapes (rectangle, ellipse, and triangle are some of the closed shapes). There are also a few open shapes such as the straight point to point line. Line drawing tools let you create your own shapes -- these can be both open and closed. These line drawing tools are Freeform Line, Curve, and Scribble. In addition, you can convert any closed shape to an open shape and vice versa, as you will learn in this tutorial.
This heart-full slide has several heart shapes that come onto the slide area, one after the other and then gradually become smaller until they drift into a perspective oblivion. All heart shapes are of different sizes, are rotated at a different angle, and also use Theme colors. In addition, each heart has a 3D style applied that has more than one animation added so that the shape diminishes in size as it moves to an imaginary perspective point located off the top right part of the slide. All animations are set to repeat indefinitely so that the hearts keep moving until you navigate to the next slide.
Don Brittain is CEO and a founder of Instant Effects, a California company that develops software to visually enhance presentations, communications, and collaboration. Dr. Brittain has designed commercial interactive graphics software for more than two decades, having been VP Research at Wavefront Technologies and one of the principal architects of 3dsmax from Autodesk prior to helping found Instant Effects almost a decade ago. In this conversation, Don discusses 3D-Hub, a new 3D initiative spearheaded by Instant Effects (USA) and White Space Productions (UK).
Typically when you select any text container such as a text placeholder, shape, or text box -- then you may (or may not) see which language is specified for the text container on the Status Bar within PowerPoint 2010. It is quite possible that you may not be seeing any language specified on the Status Bar -- and this can happen for one of two reasons.
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Any given shape in PowerPoint is essentially an electronic drawing that is composed of both segments and points (vertexes). Think of a “connect-the-dots” drawing and the dots would be points, and the lines you draw between the dots would be segments. Both segments and vertexes are only visible as distinctly different drawing elements only in Edit Points mode. We discuss more about segments in a subsequent tutorial but for now, let us help you explore the different types of vertexes (points) in PowerPoint 2011. Essentially, these are of three types: Smooth, Straight, and Corner.
Jay Wilder is director of product marketing at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users 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 costs. In this conversation, Jay discusses SlideShark Team Edition, which Brainshark is launching today.
Microsoft Office programs such as PowerPoint include proofing tools (spelling dictionaries, thesauri, and grammar rules) for more than one language. To proof text in a foreign language, you need to install and enable proofing tools for the language you require. When these tools are installed, you can tell PowerPoint if a particular text placeholder or text box needs to be proofed as a foreign language -- we will cover the actual process of proofing in a foreign language later in a subsequent tutorial. First, you need to learn how you can ascertain which proofing tools are installed on your computer, and how you can add proofing tools for languages besides English within PowerPoint.
What is it that attracts an audience within any presentation? Are they the slides? Or is it the speaker? Or is there something else that is the sum of all parts: the audience themselves, the speaker, and the slides? We may all have been speakers at one occasion or another but we have also been part of an audience -- and do all successful presentations have a quality about them that we remember long after the presentation was over? If you think carefully about all successful presentations that linger in your thoughts, then there has to be a common thread that strings through all of them -- and that has to be the charisma of the speaker!
In a previous tutorial, you have learned how you can edit points (vertexes) of a selected shape to alter its structure. These vertexes let you control how a shape looks -- but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no vertexes (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. In PowerPoint terminology, the terms vertex and point are often used interchangeably.
Do you want to be more influential in your meetings and presentations? Consider doing these behaviors so that you are on top of the content as well as your presenting style. Get approval of the content: Talk to people who know the audience, and find out the interests of the audience. Talk to at least two people just to be sure you are getting accurate advice.
Dynamic Content transitions are new transition effects in PowerPoint 2010 (these also work in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac). When these transitions are applied to your slide, the actual transition occurs on all areas of the slide except the backgrounds. This makes your content move independently on and off the screen. PowerPoint 2010 provides seven different transition effects within the Dynamic Content category -- do experiment with these options for direction and timing to create some great looking presentations.
These Valentine mobiles are suspended from a rope, and are freely moving pendulum-like in the air with random speeds and directions. All the heart mobiles you see are Theme aware so that their fills change when you apply a new Theme. In addition, we used animation sparingly, yet effectively to create this effect – the entire slide uses just the Spin animation and nothing else! And while this entire animated slide was created in PowerPoint 2010, it should work just fine in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows and PowerPoint 2008/2011 for Mac. All animations are set to repeat indefinitely so that the hearts keep moving until you navigate to the next slide.
In an attention-deficient, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-my-Facebook-page kind of world, the typical business presentation is lame. Professional speaker, trainer, coach, tweeter and blogger Kelly Vandever works with organizations who want to take their strategic business presentations from Lame to Fame! In this conversation, Kelly discusses visible changes in the world of presentations, and the use of Twitter as a means to interact with their audience.
When you insert any of the shapes available in PowerPoint, you are not limited to what their default appearance looks like. You can change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently. 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. A vertex is a point within the outline of any shape that can be dragged or edited to change the appearance of the shape.
AKVIS Refocus is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that improves sharpness of out-of-focus images. You can also use AKVIS Refocus on images which are sharp enough, to create special effects and draw attention to certain details, so as to create selective focus. Refocus is from AKVIS, a company based in Russia that specializes in graphic programs. Apart from Refocus, AKVIS also creates other Photoshop compatible plug-ins like Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Sketch, Enhancer, Decorator, Coloriage, MakeUp, etc.
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