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Using Dynamic PICTURES in PowerPoint

June 6, 2016

Using Dynamic PICTURES in PowerPoint

Do you have to stop a running Slide Show to update your pictures? You no longer have to do so because you can now use PowerPoint as a live image frame. PresentationPoint has added a new PowerPoint add-on to its Dynamic Elements Suite; Dynamic Pictures. Just use a normal picture placeholder/box and insert it on your slide. Normally you can display only one picture in a picture placeholder/box, but by using Dynamic Pictures, you can display multiple pictures in the same picture placeholder/box.

Read more with Kurt Dupont.


Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

June 6, 2016

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There are so many shapes available within PowerPoint 2016 -- and that's good because that means so many more possibilities to create your own unique shapes by using any of the Merge Shapes commands. One of the amazing options within Merge Shapes is Combine -- this retains areas where the shapes do not overlap while removing overlapping areas -- think of Combine as an amazing cutout option!

Learn how you can combine shapes in PowerPoint 2016 using the Combine command.


Picture Slides Lab: Conversation with Xie Kai

June 3, 2016

Xie Kai

Xie Kai is the project lead of the PowerPointLabs project which is a free PowerPoint add-in containing many productivity features, including the Picture Slides Lab feature. In this interview, Xie talks about the Picture Slides Lab component of the PowerPointLabs PowerPoint add-in.

Read the conversation here.


Merge Shape Commands in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

June 3, 2016

Merge Shape Commands in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Merge Shape commands are a set of five commands that work with shapes, text and pictures. Using these commands, you can play with shapes, text, and picture—and merge them, or subtract one object from the other. The results can be fascinating, and playing with the Merge Shape commands can be addictive.

Explore the Merge Shape commands in PowerPoint 2016.


5 Presentation Hacks To Enhance Your Slides (Infographic): by Adam Noar

June 2, 2016

Adam Noar

Do you ever find yourself yearning for some clever PowerPoint hacks to spice up your presentations? If the answer is YES then you're in luck because today we are going to be sharing some clever presentation tips and tricks that will help get your slide design off to a great start! From knowing where to find awesome images to creating beautiful graphics, this visual guide of presentation design tips from Adam Noar has got you covered!

Read more here.


Rotate Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

June 2, 2016

Rotate Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you insert any shape into your PowerPoint slide, more often than not you will want to make some changes to the default shape that you end up with. Mainly, you may want to resize and rotate the shape -- this is something we do a lot in our everyday life -- like rearranging our work desks, or even changing the position of our favorite chair so that we feel more comfortable. Similarly, all objects on your slide need to be arranged in a way that feels appropriate -- rotation is one way of making this change happen.

Learn how to rotate shapes approximately and accurately in PowerPoint 2016.


Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

June 1, 2016

Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D in PowerPoint 2016 
        for Windows

It’s easy to duplicate shapes by dragging, but while that's a nice way to duplicate five or ten shapes, it's not the best way to create ten, twenty, or more copies. We all know that you can press Ctrl+C to copy any shape in PowerPoint to the clipboard, and a resulting Ctrl+V always pastes a copy from the clipboard to the slide -- what many people don't realize is PowerPoint has this almost supernatural keyboard shortcut called Ctrl+D (yes, the D stands for duplicate), and this Ctrl+D shortcut does more than just duplicate; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes!

Learn how to duplicate shapes using the Ctrl+D command in PowerPoint 2016.


Unified Picture Fill for Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint

May 31, 2016

Unified Picture Fill for Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint

Do you want to add a picture that fills not one but many shapes? And do you want the picture fill to span across multiple shapes? Is that doable? Yes, it is—and there are several ways to achieve these results. We will look at two approaches.

Create shape segments with a unified picture fill in PowerPoint.


Indezine Questions 04: Conversation with TJ Walker

May 30, 2016

TJ Walker

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: Can you tell us more about stories? Moreover, are stories used in business presentations and speeches different from everyday stories? What about negative and positive stories -- is it better to start with a negative story, and then show how the situation can be made positive -- or is it best to stay positive all the time? How can emotion be used as a helpful concept in stories -- can you share some ideas?

Read more here.


Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 30, 2016

Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape -- we will explore more about lines later in this tutorial. In subsequent tutorials, we will show how you can work with shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn how to change the color, and make other changes to lines (and shape outlines) in PowerPoint 2016.


Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 31, 2016

Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shapes are the building blocks of whatever you create in PowerPoint -- in fact, even a text box that you add to your slide is essentially a shape with a No Fill attribute. Once you get proficient with shapes, you can do so much more -- for example, you can combine multiple shapes to create fancier shapes. However, you need to start with the very basics -- and there's so much to learn even at this foundation level. The first task you need to do is to insert a shape – fortunately, PowerPoint makes it easy to do this task.

Learn how to insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016

Geetesh Bajaj

Just when you found a few ways to overcome visual clichés, would you want to find another way by overdoing the cliché itself? We look at an example! In our Timelines that are Different series, we explore a timeline from PoweredTemplate. Joel Harband talks about Speech-Over's options to add interactive narration in e-Learning. We then bring you a review of Tanida's Demo Builder 11 product. And finally, Nova Fisher of Xara talks about the new Xara Web Designer 365 product. PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about the amazing Slide Background Fill option, as well as the option to remove all fills with No Fill. We also explore Transparency options in the various fill types. Sway users will love to explore Tweet Cards and the Play options. Finally, do not miss the new templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Timelines that are Different - 04

May 30, 2016

Timelines that are Different - 04

We have been looking at the collections of major slide vendors, and are picking timeline templates from their collections that number several hundred slides! Choosing just seven slides from such a large repertoire is not easy because so much thought and visual talent has been used to create the available options. Our fourth timeline slide is from SlideModel, a slide vendor based out of Uruguay.

Read more here.


Tanida Demo Builder 11: The Indezine Review

May 27, 2016

Tanida Demo Builder 11: The Indezine Review

You may have seen many tutorials online, especially on YouTube and video learning sites like Udemy and Lynda.com that show you how you can use a particular feature within a program through a screen recording accompanied by annotations and voice. This approach, of course, is an alternative that many users prefer rather than going through a textual series of steps. But how can you create such video demos on your own? Demo Builder 11 from Tanida provides just what you want. It is an easy way to create tutorials, presentations or demonstrations that show how software and systems work.

Read the Indezine review here.


Play Options in Sway

May 27, 2016

Tweet Cards in Sway

After you create a Sway, or even while you are editing, you can use the Preview Pane to see results. Yet, seeing a preview in a pane is no substitute for regular, full-screen viewing! To do the latter, you can use the Play option and enjoy your Sway in full-screen view. Follow these steps to explore along.

Explore Play options in Microsoft Sway.


Xara Web Designer 365: Conversation with Nova Fisher

May 27, 2016

Nova Fisher

Nova Fisher has worked within communications with Xara for over 15 years. She has previously founded and managed some successful early-to-market businesses including an internet service provider (ISP) which was founded in 1994, and the creation of one of the earliest online web authoring solutions in 1996, that enabled anyone to create a professional website without the need for any design or technical skills. In this interview, Nova talks about the new Xara Web Designer 365 product.

Read the conversation here.

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