Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials, Interviews, and Reviews (Page 100)
Date Created: May 2nd 2012
Last Updated: May 9th 2012
May 1, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Animate Charts
We have already explored how you can animate any slide object, and then tweak the animation speed and animation events. Although you add animation to a chart in the same way, PowerPoint provides some extra animation options that are applicable only to charts. For example, you can animate series and categories individually as required -- and you can also decide whether you want to animate the plot area or not. In this tutorial we'll explore how to apply animation to chart and also explore the various Chart animation options in PowerPoint 2010.
Apr 30, 12 - Businesswoman Silhouettes for PowerPoint – 01
These businesswoman silhouettes are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides – and have been provided in both black and white colors. Both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. In addition, you can use PowerPoint’s fills, lines, and effects to make these silhouettes appear coordinated with your slides. Copy the silhouettes graphics (clip arts) of your choice from the downloaded presentation, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. All these silhouette graphics can be used and customized with Shape Styles just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.
Apr 30, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Crop Pictures
Once you insert a picture in your slide, there is so much you can do it to make it appear consistent with the look of your slides -- you can make corrections to brightness, sharpness, and contrast values. You can also play with recolor options, and apply Photoshop style filters. However, even before you play with all these options, you must ponder and decide whether you want to use PowerPoint's Crop options. Cropping an area removes unrequired areas, and lets you add focus to the areas of the picture that are relevant to the topic of your presentation. Cropping also lets you remove some unwanted areas.
Apr 27, 12 - Businessman Silhouettes for PowerPoint -- 01
These businessman silhouettes are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides -- and have been provided in both black and white colors. Both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. In addition, you can use PowerPoint's fills, lines, and effects to make these silhouettes appear coordinated with your slides. Copy the silhouettes graphics (clip arts) of your choice from the downloaded presentation, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. All these silhouette graphics can be used and customized with Shape Styles just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.
Apr 27, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Re-Order Animations
By default, animation effects are numbered in the order as they are added to the slide objects. You might need to re-order your animations mainly because you have more than one animated object on a slide, and re-sequencing of animations as they happen in relation to each other may provide a better result. Or you may just want some animations to happen before the others. Also, there are logical reasons to re-order animations since typically entrance and exit animations need to be the first and last animations for any slide object. PowerPoint's Re-Order options for animations let you play with their sequencing.
Apr 26, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Advanced Remove Background Options for Pictures
We already show you how to remove the background from an inserted picture -- this process works great for simple pictures that have fairly distinct foreground and background areas. But, if the picture is little crowded, or does not have clearly demarcated areas, you need to manually select the areas to be retained or removed in the picture using the advanced Remove Background options. Before you start, we assume you have already inserted a picture on your slide and initiated the process of removing the picture's background.
Apr 25, 12 - NXPowerLite for PowerPoint (Mac): Conversation with Michael Barber
Michael Barber is Marketing Manager for Neuxpower Solutions Ltd. in London. He is originally from the Newcastle upon Tyne, in the NE of England. Before joining Neuxpower, Michael worked for the UK’s largest software company, Sage UK. He spent 8 happy years at Sage, working in a variety of roles across its many marketing departments. His career highlight (other than joining Neuxpower) was bringing to market Sage's flagship software-as-a-service, Sage One. Outside of work, Michael spends most of his time going to music gigs/festivals and following his football team, Newcastle United as they take the EPL by storm. In this conversation, Michael discusses the new NXPowerLite file optimization product for PowerPoint users on the Mac.
Apr 25, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Removing an Animation
Removing an animation is a simple select-and-click option, but even before you remove any animation, do ascertain why you want to remove it. Here are some obvious scenarios that result in removing animations. Do you want to remove both the animation and the slide object that is animated? Or do you want to just remove the animation, and let the slide object be? Or maybe you don't want to remove the animation or the slide object -- you just want to change the animation?
Apr 24, 12 - Indezine News Released
It has been two weeks of training corporates to create and deliver better PowerPoint presentations -- and yes, these have been two very satisfying weeks. It's always magical to see people understand that the key to creating better slides is not dependent upon what they are trying to tell -- rather, it is what the audience will benefit from.
To most presenters, a presentation is more than the slides -- and the problem is that the "more" here does not extend to presenters and audiences. Here, the "more" is a hot potato -- they want to get done with their slides, and they want to get done with their presentations. At the end of their presentations, they don't look for success but they look for relief because they are done with it!
Apr 24, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Remove Background from Pictures
The Remove Background option is among PowerPoint's newest and most wonderful abilities. It lets you remove the background from an inserted picture -- this can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through as transparent within the removed parts of the picture. Before you start, we assume you already have a picture inserted on your slide. It helps if the parts of the picture you want to remove are fairly different in color from the rest of the picture, although as you get more proficient with PowerPoint's Remove Background option, you will be able to work with more complicated compositions.
Apr 23, 12 - Smile and Relax: by Claudyne Wilder
What type of talks do you give? Are they about diseases? Are they about laying people off? Are they about problems in people's lives? If so, then you should not smile during your presentation. Smiling when discussing serious or life-threatening situations is obviously inappropriate. But most of us do not give those types of talks -- yet many people never, ever, crack a smile. But it's important! You say to me, "Right, Claudyne, I'll just break into a grin when I get to the third point I'm discussing." Not exactly. As you look at your talk you will see topics and points that lend themselves to a flicker of a smile and sometimes an actual grin, to show how excited, happy, or pleased you are to share this point.
Apr 23, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Animation Speed
After you add animation to a selected slide object, you typically set the animation event. Another animation property you can set thereafter is the speed of the animation. Every animation you add within PowerPoint 2010 has a fixed, default speed (duration). This speed or duration is typically shown in seconds or part thereof, and differs from animation to animation. For example, the default duration of a Fade animation is half a second (00.50) whereas for the Wheel animation, it is two seconds (02.00). Clearly this is a different approach than the behavior in previous versions of PowerPoint where you were limited to five speed presets.
Apr 21, 12 - Sonic PDF Creator 3: The Indezine Review
Sonic PDF Creator 3 allows you to create PDF documents from various Windows applications (here is the list of file formats which can be converted to PDF documents). You can also create secure PDF documents and use the batch conversion options to create multiple PDFs at one go. Once the PDF document is created, you can use Sonic's editing features to add watermarks, stamp text and images, add pages, split and merge PDF documents, and more.
Sonic PDF Creator 3 is from Investintech.com Inc, a company based in Ontario, Canada.
Apr 20, 12 - NXPowerLite for PowerPoint 1.0 -- Mac: The Indezine Review
Neuxpower NXPowerLite for PowerPoint 1.0 is the new version for Mac users -- NXPowerLite has been available to Microsoft Windows users for several years now, and this new version marks their first product release on the Mac OS X platform. NXPowerLite for Mac optimize PowerPoint files with the file extensions PPT or PPTX. It shrinks the size of large PowerPoint files by removing unnecessary data and converting graphics into the most appropriate file format and resolution without losing the quality of the images. The optimized presentations then can be shared easily.
Apr 20, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Filters for Pictures
In PowerPoint, you can make changes to inserted pictures by applying corrections or, by using recolor options. In addition, you can also apply any of the several filters available to add a completely different look to your pictures -- some filters can change the texture of your pictures and others can make pictures look like paintings or sketches. Whichever filter you choose, make sure you play around with all the options available to be aware of the surprisingly different results you can achieve right within PowerPoint. In this tutorial, we will show you how to apply filters to the pictures to make them to look more like a sketch, drawing or a painting.
Apr 19, 12 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Animation Events
Once you add an animation to any slide object, you can play the animation in Slide Show view by clicking your mouse cursor or pressing the spacebar on your keyboard. Another option is to use a button on a presentation remote -- each of these options advances one animation at a time, or may even take you to the subsequent slide. While this approach works for slides that have an animation or two, you will quickly realize that this is certainly not the way to go if your slides have tens of animations, or more. If you add that many animations to any slide, you probably want your animations to be automatically sequenced -- that's exactly where PowerPoint's animation events can help. PowerPoint supports three types of animation events.
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