Last Updated: September 3rd 2011
02/24/2014 10:06 PM
Damith C. Rajapakse is a faculty member at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He has a deep interest, and many years of experience, in presentation design and the craft of software building. He is the project mentor for the PowerPointLabs project and other similar efforts. In this conversation, Damith discusses the Animate in Slide options the currently free PowerPointLabs add-in for PowerPoint.
01/19/2014 10:08 PM
Here are a bunch of jigsaw slides that you can use to create your own jigsaw puzzles quickly within your own slides! This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares. Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large. We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions.
01/16/2014 10:20 PM
How can you create a ceiling fan in PowerPoint and animate it to play? That was certainly an interesting challenge and actually quite easy to achieve in PowerPoint. You can download and reuse this slide for your own presentations.
01/08/2014 11:25 PM
Two animated Sankranti PowerPoint presentations are included within this package. The first presentation has animated kites that gives a flying effect throughout the slide. The second presentation has rangoli that animates perfectly and is available in three variations: white, brown and multicolor. Go ahead and download these and use as you want -- retaining credit for these slides is something we will appreciate!
12/20/2013 03:52 AM
Two animated Christmas presentations are included within this package. The first presentation is available in two color variations: white and black. The second presentation is available in seven color variations: grey, khaki, midnight blue, peach, plum, royal blue, and teal. Go ahead and download these and use as you want -- retaining credit for these slides is something we will appreciate!
10/27/2013 10:43 PM
Gears – these denote that things are moving, something is happening. Yes, gears mean action. Did you ever wanted to use animated or non animated gear graphics in your PowerPoint slides? We created these special gear graphics for you that animate perfectly all the time. What’s more, we animated each of these gears so that you can be sure that they will work perfectly. Even better, we welcome you to copy these animated gears and paste them in your own slides. What could be easier?
07/14/2013 11:54 PM
Do your animations appear a little jerky in PowerPoint 2010 or 2013 compared to how they played in PowerPoint 2007? There could be any number of reasons why the animations may not play smoothly -- you may have too many applications using resources in the background or your graphics system may not be able to cope up. However, when the same animations play well on PowerPoint 2007 -- and do not on 2010 and 2013 (sometimes, even on the same computer) -- then this easy trick may help!
02/04/2013 10:57 PM
The other day a friend asked me how she could add a trigger animation to a slide object – but with a difference! She inserted a picture on a slide (let’s call this Picture 1) and then placed another picture of the exact same size over the first one (let’s call this Picture 2). She then wanted to click Picture 2 to cause a trigger animation on Picture 1 – this caused Picture 1 to be revealed, almost like the example explained in our Trigger Animations in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial. However, what she wanted next was to click on Picture 1 to reveal Picture 2. So to put this in a few words, this is what she wanted: Click on Picture 2 to reveal Picture 1 (and hide Picture 2); and Click on Picture 1 to reveal Picture 2 (and hide Picture 1).
10/01/2012 01:12 AM
By default all versions of PowerPoint show you a preview when you add an animation to any slide object. While this is a great option for those who are new to PowerPoint animation, you will certainly not like this automatic preview feature if you are an advanced user. Yes, these previews can be irritating, especially if you add timed animations of longer duration -- maybe a 20 second animation. You will then have to wait until PowerPoint shows you the preview you did not ask for. Make a small change and you get another 20 second preview. If you are creating a slide with ten animations, the wait for each preview to happen can become quite frustrating! Fortunately, it is easy to turn off these previews in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 for Windows.
09/30/2012 09:42 PM
Animation is movement – and nothing captures attention of the human eye like a “little” movement. More movement does not get more attention – in fact too much animation results in distraction. Even if you decide to use just a wee bit of animation, that can still be an approach that will go astray if your animation is not relevant to your slide content. Also animation needs to be part of your story – something that you plan from the moment you develop your slide content – and not something that you add at the last moment to bring in some pizzazz! Clearly there are a few guidelines that you must be aware of before using any animation in your slides – here are some thoughts to get you started.