PowerPoint Tutorials, Slide Master View in PowerPoint 2013, Movie Effects and Audio Formats in PowerPoint, and News (Page 136)
Learn how to turn off notifications in Windows 8, add movie effects and learn about supported audio formats in PowerPoint along with the slide master view of PowerPoint 2013 in PowerPoint Tutorials. Review of Photoshop’s Plug-in AKVIS AirBrush 1.0.
Date Created: May 1st 2013
Last Updated: May 14th 2013
PowerPoint provides you with plenty of options to enhance your movie clip. These options include Correction Adjustments, Recoloring, Movie Styles, Movie Effects, Movie Shapes, and Movie Borders. These options will make your movie clips look better and focused -- yet, there are some very basic movie editing options that can be even more significant. These include how you can resize, rotate, and flip your inserted movie clips. Resizing can help you change the dimensions of your movie clips, while slight changes in rotation values can draw attention. Flip, the last of these options though is something you will almost never use -- unless you want to do something drastically different!
This issue has evolved as a PowerPoint to social media sharing special! First of all, we explore how you can share your PowerPoint slides as a link off SkyDrive to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Then there’s another option for sharing your slides (the slides themselves, not just a link) through authorSTREAM on Facebook – Dinesh Awasthi explains more. You can also share presentations off SkyDrive, and not necessarily to social sites only. Do those Windows 8 notifications trouble you? Want them banished forever – we show you how! PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about the Slide Master view, and how you can change Slide Layouts, whereas PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users will explore cool stuff you can do with videos (movie clips).
Enabling Guides for your presentation slides is a great way to make sure that your objects are aligned -- and often in the same position in successive slides. PowerPoint 2013 also lets you work with Guides on a higher hierarchial level within the Slide Master and individual Slide Layouts. Depending upon whether you added Guides within the Slide Master, an individual Slide Layout, or even a normal slide -- your Guides are color-coded for easy identification.
Patrice-Anne Rutledge is a business technology author and journalist who specializes in web-based applications, presentation technology, and social media. She is the author of several books for Pearson Education, including PowerPoint 2013 Absolute Beginner's Guide. Patrice is also the founder of Rutledge Communications, a professional writing and editing firm. You can reach Patrice at her website, PatriceRutledge.com. In this conversation, Patrice talks about her new book, PowerPoint 2013 Absolute Beginner's Guide.
You can crop a movie clip on your PowerPoint slide in almost the same way you crop a picture. Before you crop though, ascertain whether PowerPoint's Crop option will help enhance your inserted movie -- don't just do a crop if it adds no extra value to your movie clip. The Crop option allows you to remove non-required areas of a movie -- for example, if the subject of your movie is a person speaking who is surrounded by a large, distracting background of other people or moving objects, you may want to crop the movie so that the cropped movie now focuses more on the speaker, and gets rid of all the extra distractions.
Lately, Microsoft has been providing many options for sharing Microsoft Office documents online -- previously we showed how you can share PowerPoint presentations online using the Microsoft Office Web Viewer and SkyDrive. There is a third option (also on SkyDrive) that enables you to share presentations on social sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). You can easily share these presentations via a link with your friends, colleagues, and family.
Dinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for authorSTREAM.com. In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications. In this conversation, Dinesh discusses authorSTREAM's Facebook app that brings new abilities to share PowerPoint presentations on Facebook.
Each PowerPoint presentation contains several slides which many users believe are akin to a blank canvas or an empty sheet of paper! You can thereafter add content to the slides in much the same way as you use brushes to create strokes of paint to color a canvas. For example, do you want some text -- you add a text box. Want a picture -- just insert a picture and place it anywhere on your slide! Wait -- this is not really the way that you work with PowerPoint!
In PowerPoint, your inserted movie clip is always placed as in a traditional rectangular shape, which is exactly what most users expect since it does seem safe and conventional. However, PowerPoint 2011 allows you to crop your movie to various shapes such as a circle, an oval, a wave, a triangle, or any of PowerPoint's default shapes. However, while selecting shapes for your movie clips, do remember that most of the shapes other than a Rectangle may crop out some parts of your movie clips. That's why you can play around with shapes such as a rounded rectangle -- but ponder a lot before you place a movie within a semi-circle or a pointed star!
In a previous tutorial, we showed you how you can Share PowerPoint Presentations Online using the Microsoft Office Web Viewer. That option works great if you have your own domain where you want to upload and share PowerPoint presentations (or even Word and Excel files). However, if you already use Microsoft's SkyDrive to create and edit your presentations, then it makes sense to use a similar sharing option that is already built within the SkyDrive service.
Slide Master view is a very important view within PowerPoint -- if you make any changes or edit within this view, these modifications will influence all slides within your presentation. For example, if you want to make your company logo appear on all the slides, you will have to add the logo within the Slide Master -- or if you want the font size of your slide titles to be a little larger or smaller, then those edits also need to be made in the Slide Master.
We first explore how you can share PowerPoint slides with anyone who has an online connection, and how they can view your slides with full fidelity even if they have no PowerPoint installed, thanks to the new Microsoft Office Web Viewer. We then explore some cool VBA code that lets you remove underlines from descenders -- read more to understand this well. We also look at common video and audio formats, and which versions of PowerPoint are compatible with each of these formats. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about the new Guide options, whereas PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users will explore cool stuff you can do with videos (movie clips).
You can always use movie clips inserted in your PowerPoint slides as they are. However, to enhance their appearance and make them look more coordinated with the look of your slides, you can also apply Corrections, Recolor, Movie Styles, and Movie Borders to your inserted movies. Having said so, you are certainly not limited to the options mentioned above -- PowerPoint also offers you Movie Effects, which are very similar to Shape Effects. Movie Effects let you apply various effects such as Shadow, Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation, Soft Edges etc. to a selected movie clip.
We already showed how you can turn off notifications in Windows 8 for a while -- maybe you want these notifications off while you are presenting your PowerPoint slides. Although these notifications can be useful, some of them can be very irritating and even embarrassing when you show slides to an audience. Some people hate them so much that they want them barred even when they are not presenting -- if your thought processes work the same way, you can turn these notifications off permanently.
Different PowerPoint versions support a number of audio file formats – obviously, the new PowerPoint versions support a larger number of file formats for audio. This table provides information about audio file format compatibility at a quick glance.
AirBrush is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that creates an airbrush-style drawing from any photograph. AKVIS AirBrush works as an artistic filter creating stylish colorful airbrush designs from images using its preset or tweaked algorithms to cause a photo to painting conversion. Best of all, you don't need to perform complex calculations or draw lines and details with tools. Just choose one of AirBrush's 40 ready-to-use presets or play with the effect settings to create your own presets.
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